I don't own a Malamute, but I have a dog who is incredibly freaked out by having his nails addressed in any way in spite of having regularly handled and clipped his nails since I got him at 8 weeks. Initially, anyone could do his nails without protest. I don't know what happened, but that changed over time.
He is so freaked out that he throws himself around wildly, and I fear broken bones or sprained ligaments.
Things I've tried:
- lick mats
- treating it very matter of factly
- softening his nails first with prolonged exposure to warm water
- quiet electric nail grinders
- super sharp clippers with a rubber stopper (quick, and no "click" sound)
- little emery boards
- doing only one nail a day
- literally everything else I could think of.
Our vet recommended giving him a sedative before doing his nails. I tried it once, and it was pretty effective; he still put up a fuss, but once it was clear I was going to do it regardless, he just quietly gave up and I was able to do all of his nails without drama. (I used a quiet nail grinder and held each toe such that the vibrations would be mostly absorbed by my fingers.)
Since then, though he still hides when I get the grinder out, he limits the dramatics to just a minute or two.
When I had Border Collies, I never once had to do their nails or trim their paws, because they ran on any number of surfaces a lot (miles per day). It was only when I started slowing down that my dogs started growing nails. So I have to take some responsibility for (sadly) not insuring my dogs get enough exercise outside that their nails are ground down naturally.