|Barked: Thu Aug 30, '12 6:58am PST |
|The ammount to feed. My pups get about 3 cups per day free fed. I put the kibble in the bowl and they eat what they need. In very hot weather they tend to prefer to eat in the middle of the night. Yours will need a bit more than that most likely with being underweight and also still growing,Akitas do not mature until around age 3+. Again any good quality grain-free food.
Crating or allowing him to sleep in your room is excellent for bonding as is training and feeding from your hand,especially in the beginning.
Akitas rarely need to be bathed,once or twice a year is best,and unless they are blowing their coats or have rolled in something nasty they have no doggy smell at all. A good brushing once or twice a week is usually all that is required. When blowing their coat (shedding entire undercoat all at once) brushing twice daily is better. Please do not consider shaving to prevent shedding,it really does nothing except ruin the weather protection they get from their top coat and takes about 3 years for the coat to return to normal.
Akitas are not very heat tolerant due to their thick double coat so if you are going to keep him inside alone,AC or a fan and plenty of cold water are essential I keep ice water in ceramic crocks to keep it cooler. To keep him busy while alone try an appropriate sized Kong filled with peanut butter,canned food, or whatever with him only for use while you are gone,not as a regular toy. Also avoid treats that contain soy. Studies have shown that Soy ferments in the stomach and increases the risk of bloat,common in Akitas and even when caught early about 95% fatal.
How much exercise he needs will depend entirely on him. Mine actually require very little. They are very content with about a 30 minute walk in the morning and evening,and a weekly run in an area about the size you plan on and about an hour or two of play with us or each other and I live on a city lot. Some however are more active and will require a bit more exercise.
Since we do not know if he is actually housebroken tethering him to you,leashing him to a belt loop,when you are home,sothat you can begin to recognize when he needs to go will be very helpful and save you a great deal of trouble and mess,since he will not be more than a few feet from you at any time,you can correct undesired behavior instantly.
Keep training sessions short,not more than 15 minutes at a time,Akitas become bored very quickly. They can be a bit willful but are also highly intelligent. Kai arrived here at the age of 8 weeks,within a month at best he could open his crate and every security gate in and out of the house.Opens doors,knows how to work the ice maker,knows how to wake us and let us know his food/water bowls are empty or stale,he needs to go outside,which part of the air conditioner turns it on,where every treat in the house is kept and how to let us know he wants one and which type he wants as well as basic obedience. Akitas can also count. I have no clue how but all three I have had the pleasure of being owned by knew exactly how many bites of what they had and when you try to get away with giving them less. They also catch on to a great deal of human language quickly and we have to spell words like walk,ride,outside,and other things they enjoy or they will demand to go. They generally do enjoy car rides but at long distances mine have gotten carsick,ginger snaps about 15 minutes before hand as well as taking away regular food about an hour ahead of time helps with that.
Akitas are also prone to allergies,thyroid problems,skin issues,hip problems and some eye problems. Flea prevention is fairly essential and depending on how bad heart worm risk is in your area you might want to consider prevention for that,they also have medication sensitivities so be careful to find a vet that knows the breed. We use Advantix II and Interceptor (which is currently unavailable) to prevent fleas and other pests and interceptor for heartworm because Ivermectin (common ingredient in many heart worm meds) can be more toxic for Akitas than other breeds. It sounds like you have already fallen in love with this male Akita and should you choose to add him to your life,raised properly you will as many others have become addicted to the breed and not be able to imagine your life without one. I know because it hapened to me.
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