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Luka is very energetic, goofy 4 year old purebred in BC. He is "small" malamute at only 65 lbs but he has a giant personality.
Luka had a bad beginning in life. Until he was 9 months old he was chained to a tree and never socialized or exercised. Then he found a new owner and for last 3 years he has been loving life, hiking daily, back-roading and road-tripping all over Canada, swimming in the ocean and rivers and making the occasional dog friend.
Due to the addition of a baby in the home, Luka is needing a new family to go on adventures with. This fun boy is simply too boisterous and lively to live with such a little person and he is also no longer getting along with the other dog in the house.
Personality-wise, Luka is exuberant. You have never seen a dog so blissful in the woods. He is also very loyal. After some fun time outside, he will gladly curl up at your feet for hours. He is also crate-trained to the point where he chooses to sleep in his crate whenever he is tired and the door is open. And he is content to stay in his crate when his family is out of the house or to be left with free reign since he is not destructive.
Due to his rocky first months, he does have some separation anxiety. It is triggered whenever he is tied up to something or left outside in a yard. And he will loudly vocalize his anxiety. His social skills have improved dramatically over the last few years, but he still has a ways to go. Towards dogs he exhibits leash aggression, food aggression and resource guarding, and he seems to play a little too rough for most dogs. When leashed and passing by other dogs, Luka is will bark and growl. He still needs a lot of training in this area but he responds beautifully to positive reinforcement training methods and verbal praise.
Luka's exuberance can be overwhelming as he is quite insistent and vocal when he does or doesn't want to do something. However he does respond well to positive reinforcement training. Some examples of his boisterous quirks include:
-Jumping up on visitors and licking their face --he needs heavy supervision and quick correction when greeting
-Swimming out to "save" his owner from "drowning" --he'll circle you in the water until you grab his collar and let him pull you to shore
-Playing tug of war --he will listen to "drop-it"
-Chasing his own tail or back leg while growling --usually only if he hasn't gotten enough exercise that day
-Pulling when on-leash --he has been taught to heel but needs constant corrections in order to maintain the heel and if you take him running/jogging he heels absolutely perfectly and will not pull at all
-When he is in the car and realizes that the destination involves woods, he will get extremely excited and vocal. He paces and shrieks. However, he is much more polite during regular car errands. When the weather is cold enough he loves to hang out in the back seat and he will sit very politely and wait for you without barking at passerbys. Just don't leave him alone with the groceries!
The ideal new owner for Luka would live an active lifestyle and Luka would greatly benefit from life with a malamute-experienced owner as he exhibits almost every challenging trait common to the breed. He shows no signs of slowing down as he leaves his teenager years and enters adulthood. He is as energetic and goofy as ever and needs a owner who is up for the challenge of raising this fun-loving boy. He would be the perfect companion for someone active who could take him mountain biking, hiking or jogging on a very regular basis. One hour daily of rigorous exercise is generally enough but he always appreciates more when his owner has time.
Luka requires an adult-only home or homes with older teens, no cats, no other dogs and no small furry animals. He will make a great addition to your home and will provide you with wonderful companionship in all of your indoor and outdoor activities.
If you think you might like to make Luka a part of your home, please complete an application to adopt a Malamute from the AMHL at: http://www.malamuterescue.com/rescuedb/app/adoptapp.php
For more information about Luka or to inquire about adopting him, please contact Jocelyn at Alberta@malamuterescue.com
Given that it is impossible to predict with complete accuracy how any dog will react in a given situation, without completeknowledge of its life experiences, the AMHL urges the adopter to exercise caution in introducing the dog tonew situations until the dog has become fully adjusted to its new environment and the adopter has had an opportunity to become familiar with the dog's unique personality.