|Barked: Sat Jul 14, '12 10:09am PST |
|Thank you for the reply.
Glad to hear that everyone isn't all about crate training. I like using it for puppies, and my familiy, as well as myself, have had success with it. So I'll probably try it and see how it works. Then, once potty training is complete, she'll have her own room, filled with bones, kongs, and other goodies!
I'm also pleased that this "Alpha" stuff isn't all it's cracked up to be. What you said, is basically what we've always done...though I must admit, with Bear, we were a little more relaxed because it was "so cute" as a puppy. (the begging at the table) Now he doesn't have to. He sits beside our daughter and simply waits.
It's also nice to know that many of the "instincts" I've read about are accurate. Dog's seem to just have that extra, or 6th sense in regards to people. However, it seems as if the Akita is more in tune with it than many other breeds, which I like. I know they aren't barkers and have read that when an Akita barks...you pay attention. I don't want people to be scared of her, but when I'm walking when it's dark, I want someone to think twice before approaching.
We plan to do a lot of socializing too. Obviously we want her to be good with kids, as we have a daughter, but I have plenty of younger cousins she'll be around. We'll also take her to get her food, have her groomed, go to parks (Not dog parks...I'm not a huge fan of them; too many risks IMHO.), hopefully the beach, etc. so she interacts with a variety of people in multiple settings. I also don't want her to be other dog aggressive, but she'll be raised with our dog, and I know that will help, at least with him. But we'll also visit my parents monthly, and they have a doberman/beagle mix who she'll need to positively interact with on occassion, so they'll be introduced very early on.
I'm so excited...we already have some names picked out that we'll need to decide on. So far we have compiled a very modest list of: Juno, and Luna. I want something unique, beautiful, and dignified...just like the Akita. Hopefully I can add a few more.
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