|Barked: Sun Sep 30, '12 12:56am PST |
|Put him in the tub/sink/or whatever you plan to bathe him in,it takes quite awhile to get them wet by the way,use only as much shampoo as you need and one for sensitive skin like aloe or oatmeal dog shampoo is best,then rinse him thoroughly. Akitas are very clean on their own,have no doggie smell,very sensitive skin and should be bathed no more than twice a year,usually during the times they (blow) their coat,they will shed the entire undercoat during the late winter or early spring and again in the late summer/early fall.
If you are calm,firm,and matter of fact,he will get used to it in just a short time and should be fine.
2.He will eventually come to you when you call but needs to be trained to do that,no puppy will come when you call without being trained.
3.Potty training I explained before,he needs to be taken out on a leash,walked around the yard about every 2 hours,must stay out until he goes,be praised or rewarded,then brought in.Potty time can not be seen as playtime,he is there to do his business.
4. Akitas do not typically eat as much as other breeds their size but do drink alot.
5. He should be checked over by a vet to make sure he does not have worms,or a urinary tract infection,you should also be getting him vaccines for at least rabies,parvo,and distemper and discuss others that are necessary with your vet.
6. He will learn to walk on a leash,he needs to be trained how to do that for right now allow him to walk and explore when he goes for potty trips until he goes. He is also most likely teething,you need to give him something he likes to chew instead of your hands,if he refuses to play with a toy like a braided rope made for dogs,then you need to turn your back and ignore him for a few minutes until he is calmer and yes,puppy teeth are very sharp,the teeth of a full grown Akita are DANGEROUS,that is why he needs to learn that you make the rules.If turning your back does not stop the biting then crating or gating him away from you for a few minutes until he settles down and you can try playing again is usually the last resort.
7.Akitas are very smart and get bored easily that is why training sessions must be kept short. Does he like his food? By the way what are you feeding him? Akitas should be fed a grain-free,soy-free food.You should also be giving him fish-oil capsules,vitamin E,and glucosamine suppliments.
8. Akitas are very different and not a breed for everyone,they take alot of time,energy,effort and TONS of patience to be well behaved,not agressive,and enjoyable safe pets. Mika at 5 listens well and behaves like an angel,Kai having just turned 3 still has some behaviors to work on,he is just finishing his teen years. None of us were trying to be mean to you we are trying to help you understand that they require alot of work and special handling by someone who is well prepared for what they are getting into BEFORE they bring one home,they are not a breed you get just because they look nice and that loyalty you read about along with respect are earned,not guaranteed.
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