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Alaskan Malamutes (Complete Pet Owner's Manual) Paperback – November 1, 2007
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I was expecting a book that was more scientific. This book fell short by offering mostly a mix of anecdotes and common advice, rather than facts and careful reasoning. The chapter, “Feeding a Very Large Dog”, advises, “You are better off leaving the chemistry to the experts and reaping the benefits of their research by feeding your dob a high-quality commercial diet that fits the “complete and balanced” criteria.” This tastes of argumentum ad veracudiam. The book never explains exactly what “complete and balanced” means for malamute nutrition. Similarly, the book advises that you often get what you pay for in commercial dog food regarding protein quality, but never explains what it means for protein to be “high quality”.
The section on health issues is much less useful than a quick internet search. The main line of advice is to see your vet. These sections use stock malamute photos, and there are no photos of any of the health issues described — no fleas, no ticks, no obese malamutes, no internal parasites.
I would have enjoyed the book more if it contained more practical tips on malamute training, more precise data on dog food, and more facts about doggie illnesses. Only two pages (p. 44-45) were given to basic dog commands. No data at all was presented regarding malamute caloric intake, nor what proportion of calories should come from protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Historical data and statistics would have been appreciated for common doggie ailments, such as heartworm, kennel cough, and parvovirus.