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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Lascari

Tikaani | Malamute | Altadena, CA | In-Training

Tikaani, a one year old Malamute, has joined OffLeash SoCal for our Three Week Board and train program. Tikaani comes to us with previous training, so he does know his commands. His owner says he is a smart boy, but can be stubborn and not listen when he feels like it. At home he is destructive of the furniture and likes to steal things. He has shown aggression towards other dogs and has had one bite incident. Over the three weeks Tikaani will be working towards his off leash obedience and manners. Check in to see his progress!


Pupdate 5/12/2024

Tikaani is getting settled in at my home. He got to meet some of the pack. They got to greet each other through the fence. He actually did very well. Tikaani was calm and didn’t try to bark or lunge at them. He actually showed interest and being playful towards one of the male dogs. So far, so good. For now he will stay separated and I will let him get adjusted to his new surroundings.


Pupdate 5/13/2024

Today Tikanni and I went to the park to work on his obedience. We met with other OffLeash SoCal trainers and their dogs so Tikanni could work around dog distractions. Surprisingly he did very well. He was definitely interested and a bit whiny, but didn’t show any aggression. It seems like he wants to engage in a more playful state. We were able to walk past the other dogs without any lunging. We practiced all his commands to see what he needs more work on. He listened to all his commands in the beginning, but started to become stubborn and defiant when he didn’t want to listen anymore. Tikaani needs some work on his duration. It’s hard for him to stay still and hold his commands.


Pupdate 5/14/2024

Today Tikanni and I went to the park to work on his obedience. We practiced all his commands and worked on his duration. We worked a lot on his Heel command, getting him to slow down and walk next to me rather than trying to lead ahead. A big struggle we had while walking was with his nose. He wanted to sniff and try to mark everything so I tried incorporating a new tool, a halter leash. Similar to a horse halter, it gave me more control of his head than his choke chain. He was not a big fan of it a first, jumping around like a child horse and trying to yank and pull it off.  After tiring himself out Tikaani got used to the leash and left it alone. At home I let him interact with the two dogs that he has shown interest and playfulness towards. Tikaani did very well greeting them, no reactivity. I thought that he would try to play, like he does through fence, but he wasn’t interested. I think he was too tired from training.


Pupdate 5/15/2024

Today Tikanni and I went to Lowe’s to work on his obedience commands around distractions. He did very well. Tikaani was focused and obedient. He did so well we were able to work semi-off leash, letting him drag the leash while we trained. He received a few compliments, from the employees and customers, on how well mannered he is.


Pupdate 5/16/2024

Today Tikanni joined me on a little shopping spree at the mall. It was pretty busy so he was able to practice his command around plenty of people distractions. For the most part Tikaani was very well behaved and focused. We did come across a few dogs, which distracted him. He wasn’t vocal or reactive, but very fixated. We will continue to work around dog distractions so Tikaani Can become desensitized when seeing them.


Pupdate 5/17/2024

Today Tikanni and I went to an indoor mall to work on his obedience around more distractions. He did very well. He was focused and obedient. When he gets tired he starts to get a little pushy and tries get out of his commands, but I make sure that he follows through with them.  Tikaani is more used to the halter leash, though he does try to be sneaky from time to time and slips off the lead around his muzzle. He was the center of attention today. Tikaani had quite a few admirers that stopped to watch him train.


Pupdate 5/18/2024

Today Tikanni and I went to the park to work on his obedience. He was a bit stubborn today, trying to push his weight around and not listen to his commands. I made sure that he followed through with every one. After some repetition he finally started obeying right away and we were able to work semi-off leash. At home I let Tikaani socialize with the other dogs. He did very well being around them. The only one he was really interested in was my female German Shepherd, who wanted nothing to do with him.


Pupdate 5/19/2024

Today Tikanni and went to a local shopping center to work on his commands around distractions. He did better today, less stubborn. We practiced all his commands semi-leash. Tikaani got to have some more socialization with the pack at home.


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