|Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 9:53pm PST |
|M&K, stop bein so darn fast with these! I wanna answer, too!
Lobo is same-sex dog-aggressive, but he and the male pup he lives with are usually okay. Sometimes they sleep together, sometimes they want nothing to do with each other. We've only had one issue, and now any time together is supervised - which is how it should be, anyway.
Training depends on you. I use clicker training, and it's worked wonders, M&K I believe doesn't use clicker training, but does use positive reinforcement basdd methods.
If you've been reading, then I'm sure you've read that Akitas need an"dominant" hand and "leadership" and other dominance theory bullpie. Don't worry about the dominance crap - believe me.
Lobo is fed the awesome raw meat diet, but there are some high quality kibbles out there. Poppy eats raw as well as Taste of the Wild. Blue Buffalo Wilderness has mixed reviews. It wasn't the right food for Lobo, but many dogs have done well on it. For a better idea of good foods, you can search Dog Food Analysis.
Branching off a good diet is health. Please educate yourself in Akita health. It's almost scary the things they're susceptible to. Don't let it scare you, though. As long as you keep her healthy, your Akita will likely live a long and happy life.
This is my own personal recommendation, and not something that is necessary, but it would be a good idea to find a Hollistic vet. I know M&K doesn't havr many vets in her area that will accept Akitas, so like I said, if your situation is like that, then obviously any vet is great. In my experience, Hollistic vets have just been less expensive and more knowledgeable. Mine will also use Western medicine if she has to, so she's not a bullheaded moron.
Anyways, M&K and I both are willing to help in any way. Good luck if you do adopt her.
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