Placing your Malamute
If you need to find a home for your adult Alaskan Malamute, FIRST CONTACT YOUR BREEDER FOR ASSISTANCE. If that is not possible, or if your breeder will not offer help, this information will assist you in proper placement of your Malamute.
for you to know that Malamutes are now killed in animal shelters throughout the
country in growing numbers. Municipal shelters exist to enforce
rabies laws and to take in stray dogs. Most states mandate a short
waiting period for owners to reclaim pets; when that time has
elapsed dogs are killed to make room for the next batch of unwanted
"pets." Regardless of your Malamute's beauty--how friendly, loving or
special you think it is--to shelter personnel, it's simply another
unwanted dog that will be killed and piled up for transportation to
the rendering plant. That is a fact.
If your Malamute is
suffering from a health problem and your reasons for seeking
another home are based on the expense involved in caring for the
dog, you should know that no one else would want to adopt a dog that
is not in good health. Many shelters are forced to kill young,
healthy Malamutes for lack of homes--you probably won't be successful
in finding anyone interested in taking on a major health problem.
You will have the
best chance of finding a new home for your
if the dog is young and adaptable, obedience trained and friendly.
If you can't or won't make an effort to work through existing
problems and keep your Malamute, then follow the instructions below and
Bring the dog to your veterinarian to update all shots and get a clean bill of health. Ask your vet for a written health certificate. This shows you care about your Malamute and expect no less from an adopting home.
Place a classified ad in a local paper with a circulation over 100,000. Describe the dog in human terms, i.e. "Malamute, female, beautiful, affectionate to good home only. Do not advertise a price.
Take the names and numbers of all callers and try to get them back within one hour. Do not talk about the animal at all until you call them back. Many people will leave a fake number never expecting you to make any attempt at responsible placement.
When you return the call, ask questions immediately – do not let them ask the questions. You must take the lead. For example: "I am returning your call about the Malamute. Do you have an animal now?" Go on from there.
CLICK HERE for the Telephone Interview Score Card. It will help you gain an understanding about the person interested in adopting your dog. Work these questions into a conversation. If people think they are being tested, they may not be as honest as they would during a casual conversation.
If you are happy with the phone card score, invite them to come over to meet the Malamute. Malamutes are not as well known to the general public as the Cocker Spaniel or German Shepherd, breeds that have faced exploitation for a longer time. Therefore, take time to explain the breed's size, obstinacy and aggressive traits to the potential family. Keep in mind, it is your legal responsibility to mention any incident of biting if it has occurred.
*We strongly recommend you spay or neuter your Malamute before placement. People seeking a dog merely to breed will eventually abandon the dog, but families interested only in a spayed/neutered companion, have the best record of responsible dog ownership.
The following are vitally important actions to take BEFORE you allow your Malamute to leave your home:
First the DON’T’S:
If there are other animals and your dog has not shown animal aggression, warn the family to pick up ALL triggers to possessive aggression: food, toys, rawhide, etc., feed in separate areas, leave two large water bowls, and introduce the dogs on leash in a neutral territory like a park. Advise them not to leave the Malamutes alone until they are certain the dogs are compatible.
Once you place your Malamute, do follow-up checks to assist the dog and family during a period of adjustment. The first check about 7 days after adoption should be an in-person review.
For the next 6 months or more, continue checks by telephone and gradually diminish to once every few months. Include a few unplanned visits in your follow-up to be certain your Malamute is not simply tied out without proper care.
Your Malamute is dependent on you, and though they act as if they are in charge of their world, in reality, the Malamute is incapable of calling you when things go wrong. To avoid the tragedy of improper placement, please take the time and make the effort to place the dog in a proper home. We have given you important guidance here but you must apply it when interviewing potential owners.
© 1994 Barbara Bouyet
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