Malamutes produce more than just casual shedding and if it’s bothering you, it’s probably bothering your “pup”, although for different reasons. One thing that works every time is shaving off all that fur. Unless you know what you’re doing you should allow a professional groomer to clip your dog’s coat. Make sure to record the size of the blade the groomer uses, it’s usually a number 1 through 10. This way if you lose touch with the groomer, a new groomer won’t have to guess. Also, make sure the groomer includes a bath after sheering the coat. Nothing is worse than loading your dog into the family car after their haircut and having him give a good shake, releasing thousands of tiny hair clippings into the air. Usually you only need to have their coat clipped once a year. The cost will vary based on the size of your dog but it will be worth it, especially if you have children. For some reason kids just love laughing at the appearance of a newly shaved family pet. It’s almost like having a new dog in the house, until you get used to the new look. Also, be sure to agree on a fixed price with the groomer. The price should include the shave and bath. If they ask about trimming the toenails, make sure they quote you the price if it’s not included.
If a summer shave is not in your budget or it’s just not for you, you should invest in a good quality grooming brush and pencil in 20 minutes twice a week to brush your Malamute. If possible, perform the brushing chore outdoors, even a porch is better than doing it in the house. If you don’t have access to a convenient outdoor location, lock yourselves in the bathroom or kitchen (someplace well lit and confined, with a floor that’s easy to clean). Have a groomer help you choose the brush because it’s important and it will last you a lifetime. Never brush too hard, even if the dog appears to like it because it may create a vicious cycle of dandruff. If you notice dandruff-like specks following a brushing session, wait a day then give your dog a warm (not hot) bath using a gentle cleanser, never dish soap. After the bath wait one week before brushing him again. Your goal when brushing your dog’s shedding coat is to gently pull free the hairs that are already loosened, NOT dig down to the skin and yank on fur that’s not ready to shed. You will do this twice a week throughout the shedding season. If it’s primarily an indoor dog, you can adjust the air conditioner thermostat a couple degrees for a cooler environment, which is not very effective because dogs shed for more reasons than just seasonal weather. Unfortunately, those are your best choices: a summer haircut or brushing twice a week. Sorry.