Akita Pals- Always.
|Barked: Wed Mar 7, '12 4:40pm PST |
|As stated in my last post,Akitas need to be with their families as much as possible. They really do need to stay with Mom and littermates until 8 weeks.That is the time when Mom and siblings teach them,biting hurts. Yes,they need you to be firm but please throw all that Alpha crap away. Trying to bully an Akita into doing your will,is just abuse.
They are highly intelligent and a bit willful. Food agression can be gotten around by hand feeding the first week or two and teaching them that all good things come from you. If you want them to listen and do as you ask,motivate them to want to. The harshest thing I have ever used as far as dicipline is a firm shake of the scruff,and that was very rarely and usually for something that could get THEM killed,such as running out the door and on to the street. Females without doubt tend to be more other dog agressive than males,and I have found no cure for same sex agression,they will tolerate generally other female dogs that are regular playmates until about 18 months,then they generally tolerate them less and less until age 3 and beyond at which time another female in their territory is always at risk. Just a note,they not you,decide their territory. Chances are you adopted mix was given up because someone got into something,and didn't realize what they had signed up for. I am extremely serious about the daily needs of the breed,if bored,they will become destructive,they will as puppies chew/eat anything and must be well supervised. If you choose to really bring this puppy home,a good crate,and making more time for daily walks,as well as considering letting the pup sleep with you or your son would be a really good thing,as much as they are very tolerant of winter weather,the same is not so of summer and if you can not keep her indoors an Akita just isn't a good choice for you at this point. The color you are referring to is Tuxedo because the appear to be wearing a white shirt,they are not that rare,nor are brindle they come up when they do,it depends on genetics of the parents. Bringing the pup home at 6 weeks will simply give you more to deal with as far as issues. As I said,and you can see from the picture we have 2 and I have a California king waterbed,it's been over a year since hubby and I have slept anywhere but the side rails. Also Akitas need no teaching in any way or of any kind to be protective,socialization makes them manageable and agreeable in public,threatening moves or intent,gets a stranger in public an Akita prepared to be in their face,and their territory,home and family are off limits,they will not hesitate to let you know you are in their space. Then there is adolescence,when your well mannered,well trained,star pupil of an Akita seems to forget overnight who you are,that they should listen to any command you give and like the teenagers they are will bend every rule to the breaking point and reinforcing earlier training with better motivation until they get over it at around age 3 is the only was to keep their trust and respect that you spent months in the beginning earning. Also their being alot in a name is simply that there is a Japanese tradition of naming at least your first Akita a Japanese or Asian name for luck. Please really think this out and if you aren't able to give the pup what it needs,leave it with the breeder,also I'm not sure I'm thrilled with your breeder either. The one we dealt with before adding Kai to our home had a rather lengthy application and approval process before even putting someone on a list for a puppy and she has a waiting list of up to a year and a half for puppies,she made home visits,checked vet references,had you out to meet her pack and get their approval,wanted to know your experience,in our case meet Mika and see how she was raised,and it didn't matter how good an owner you were her pups stayed with Mom and siblings until the appropriate age to avoid issues with especially biting but fearfulness,and lack of confidence as well. As I said in my original post,I am not trying to be mean or discourage you,I am simply putting the truth out there to protect yet another dog from the breed I love becoming a victim of irresponsible or unprepared ownership. They are amazingly beautiful,very protective,and an absolute joy to own when raised properly by someone fully prepared for them and willing to make accomodation to what is best for the dog ,not try to fit the dog to their needs. Akitas do not blindly follow,they are very independent. They protect you with their lives if necessary but only if you earn their trust,respect,and devotion. Harsh treatment breaks trust,causes them to fear you,and may at some point lead to them feeling the need to protect themselves from you. I will be happy to discuss the breed with you as much as you would like but unless you can make the comitment to her needs will continue to tell you to think this out,there are already too many out there who are misunderstood or not what they should and can be because of people making the choice to get one without looking into what they are signing up for.
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