|Barked: Fri Apr 13, '12 1:39pm PST |
|Thank you for your response M&K.
To answer your questions:
1) We want the puppy for a family pet. We are all about socializing the pup (our pom, Bear, we took EVERYWHERE) with kids, adults, and other dogs. We have a two year old daughter, so while I am aware they are protective and loyal to their family, especially the kids, we do not want the dog to view visitors as a threat. SOCIALIZATION will be KEY. However, I enjoy going on walks in the early morning hours, and our pom doesn't exactly make me feel...protected. So when researching dogs, we looked for one that is loyal to its' family, and has protective instincts. After doing all the research we realized that an Akita would be work, but WELL worth it. We're willing to put in that extra effort to have such a fabulous companion in return.
2) As far as training, we are still considering our options, but have always preferred the "praise and treat" type of training. We always used positive reinforcement when training our pom, but are firm. From what I've read, and from the people I've talked to (our future pup's breeder) that is key.
Having moved from a small town to a city, I'm a bit more cautious when by myself walking/jogging, and when researching dog breeds, the Akita fit the bill. Then I ran into a woman, who we will be purchasing the puppy from, who had an Akita and the ball started rolling from there. It all just seemed to fit together so perfectly. We even went over to the breeder's house so my husband and daughter could meet the "mommy dog" as we explained to our little girl. Their dog was so good with our daughter, and our DD just adored their Akita.
After reading your comments regarding same gender conflict, I think we will be leaning towards a female, just to avoid the possibility of that conflict. (We even have a name picked! )The puppy won't be ready until the end of summer (as the breeding isn't for another week or so), however, we view that as a good thing, as it gives us more time to prep for an Akita puppy!
Thanks for all the info. If you have any other helpful comments, I'd love to hear them!
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