Akita Pals- Always.
|Barked: Thu Feb 7, '13 10:52pm PST |
|It can work out. Don't give up just yet. I understand that you work,is there any way that you can spend more than an hour playing with him? Akita puppies like all puppies have alot of energy and need some way to get rid of it. Being penned up all day he is over excited when you get home. To stop the nipping which I know is painful you are doing the right thing in trying to redirect but you have to keep redirecting even if it is 50 times in a row,you can also try ignoring him,he nips,you give him something appropriate to chew and turn away from him,do not look at him,talk to him or give him any type of attention until he calms down,when he is calm you can play again,if he nips again,repeat the same steps,if that fails after repeated attempts,put him back in his pen for a bit until he calms down,when he is calm let him out to play,if he nips,try redirecting,if it doesn't work,back to the pen,when he realizes that nipping ends playtime it will stop. Also,he is teething so he needs something other than you to soothe those gums,you can try some knotted strips of cloth soaked in sodium free broth and frozen,use only when supervised and replace with a fresh one when thawed,I always kept a supply of them handy,a kong with something like frozen canned food to keep him busy while you are away,there are also several toys available that are made to be frozen for teething puppies,that should help. Do you work with him on his commands at home such as sit,down,stay,etc... that he started learning in puppy classes? If so make him sit before you let him out of his pen,if you think he is going to lunge at you make him sit and give him a reward for listening,he really does need more than just an hour or so with you when you are there. Akita's bond very closely with their people and the more time you spend with him the better he will be,you also need to be firm and fair with him,if he is doing something that you like,such as laying quietly beside you,tell him he is a good boy. Most Akita's are very food motivated,so if you can find something he likes and work on his basic commands for short periods several times in an evening that will reinforce his learning and understanding of them,taking him for an hours walk or run,a good game of fetch,or something that burns off lots of energy is absolutely necessary or he will become bored and act up. I will happily help you and I'm sure others will chime in as well,you can do this,you just have to be willing to put in the effort to get him the exercise he needs,he also needs to be around other people and other dogs alot for the first year of his life,he should meet at least 100 new people during his first year alone and socialization should idealally be lifelong. Feel free to p-mail me if you have any other questions,concerns or need any other help,I will be happy to try my best to help you. I have known ,loved,studied,and raised Akita's for the past 17 years.|
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