|Barked: Sat Sep 29, '12 9:03am PST |
|I have 17 years experience with Akitas. First of all the "tiger stripe" is called Brindle. Secondly,did you even bother to do one bit of research before taking on an Akita? They are independent,willful,stubborn,and require a TON of patience. As others have said they are not the type to follow you around waiting on your every whim. All of mine even as younger puppies that came to our home at 8-9 weeks ignored us except when it was feeding time for at least 4 days. They prefer to get to know you and settle in in their own time. Stop trying to cling to this puppy for it's attention,it will simply tune you out.
Allow the puppy to come to you on it's terms. At this point you should be taking the pup outside at least every 2 hours on a leash to potty,hand feeding at least some of it's food,and allowing it to explore it's world on it's terms. You can also for safety so the pup does not get into anything and is not unsupervised tether it to yu using a 6 ft. leash with the handle through your belt loop and the rest of the leash slipped through the handle before being attached to the collar. No Puppy is instantly leash trained,Akitas included,that takes time,effort and energy on your part. I hope that you have planned for the 8 hours per day that must be dedicated to an Akita puppy for at least the first year of it's life. This means taking it out day and night until potty trained,working multiple times a day for 5-10 minutes on teaching the most basic commands,socializing around people and other animals,exercise, training,and walks.If you are not prepared for this,or what you want is a puppy that will adore you and want to cuddle all the time,take this pup back,you have picked the wrong breed. My female Akita is a walk by cuddler and just wants someone in the same room she is 5,My male just turned 3,cuddles on his terms,he will come to us for attention WHEN HE WANTS IT. Otherwise,he will simply walk away or move to avoid you. He is very sweet wonderful and affectionate when in the mood,otherwise he wants left alone. Had you done your research you would have discovered this BY READING THE PROFILE. I have no clue who sold you this puppy but they were certainly not the least bit reputable as a breeder or you wouldn't have it. The breeder we got our male from took more than 4 months of visits,phone calls,questionaires,and a visit to our home to meet our resident Akita along with both personal and vet references before approving us for a puppy.
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