|Barked: Wed Feb 20, '13 5:45am PST |
|Hopefully I can remember each of your 5 questions/situations and adress them in the same post,it is not that your post ws long,my memory is just that bad right now.
1. If the GSD was of the same sex (another male) this could be same sex agression which will likely become worse as he gets older. You can try socializing him around other male dogs that are calmer to minimize the issue but it's doubtful you will ever get rid of it completely and Akita's in general will react to any other dog that has an agressive or "in your face" attitude" they simply don't like it.
2. I'm sure playtime with your Shiba sounds like a dogfight at times,this is perfectly normal. I have two Akita's and they sound far worse at play than they did when they actually got into the one altercation they had over you guessed it, food.
3.Even if you keep food and water in the same area of the same room,do not expect your Akita to share,what is theirs,is theirs. Don't tolerate attacks on your Shiba,but do not plan on making them share a food and water dish either. Since your Shiba is too small to put your Akita in it's place,you will have to enforce the no bullying rules when it comes to food. Always supervise,and when giving treats also give distance,hopefully with you between to redirect them before they get near each other.
4. Of course your Akita tries to get in the way when you try to give your Shiba attention. Akitas love to be the center of attention and do not like to wait their turn. I often feel I need eight arms to pet my two as many places as they would both like at the same time and I haven't been able to hug my husband first when he gets home from work for more than two years,the pups would run me over to get their attention from him first.
5. He will get over the crying when you are away from him eventually,or he will become well enough behaved to be given more freedom. Akitas like to be with their people and are very bonded to them. That is why when he can hear you but can't see you he becomes upset. Mine are now Mika 6 years and Kai 3 years,they are fine on their own with free run of the house but still NEED to know where I am in it. They are perfectly content to go their own way and do their own thing until or unless they hear me move from where I am to another place,then they have to get up and see where I am going and what I am doing before they will settle again.
I hope this helps ease your mind a bit and answers some of your questions. If you need any further help consider starting an account and feel free to p-mail me any time or post here,I usually stop in fairly regularly.
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