|Barked: Wed Sep 5, '12 6:37am PST |
|Lobo is wonderful with female dogs. Patient and quite the pushover. But around males, he's more watchful and not nearly as patient - although he is dramatically more so if he knows the dog well. I agree with M&K. I wouldn't take her around other females until she learns a really nice "Leave it" or recall.
I don't live in an apartment, but here soon I may end up living in a trailer (although it has about an acre and a half of land). From what I know about Akitas, they can live pretty much anywhere as long as they're given adequate exercise and mental stimulation. Don't forget that Akitas are a working breed, and therefore require a pretty decent amount of brain-work. I firmly believe that "marker training" (clicker training) is an excellent way to train them because it requires them to think and use their brains.
You could also hide her food around the house, or get one of those puzzles where you can put their kibble in it? I think they're roughly $15 at Petco.
As for the pillows, well, if she was punished repeatedly for chewing on them, then it's not that surprising that she waits until you're gone. Get her some toys that she can rip apart, and reward HEAVILY for those. Lobo LOVES to tear things apart, but he only tears up the things that I give him. Laundry and pillows were never reinforced, so he never really cared about them. Don't get me wrong, in the heat of play, sometimes he would grab a pillow, but then I immediately stopped playing, took the pillow away, and walked off. Grabbing a pillow = Game ends. He hasn't grabbed a pillow in over a year.
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