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Akita > To adopt an 18 month old Akita or not - this is my question.



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08/28/2012
 
 
Barked: Wed Aug 29, '12 6:49pm PST 
Thank you for your response! I visited the 18 month old male Akita again today, and will do so again tomorrow. I took him for a walk, and as happened the first day I took him for a walk he was ready to lead me where he wanted to go. However, unlike the previous walk I I took charge and took a different path from our first walk. He tried to get ahead and lead me, but I firmly and calmy told him no and gave him a little tug to bring him to my side. He responded well to this and after a few gentle "tugs" on his leash he did not attempt to do so again.
Also- I wanted to personally witness his interaction with another dog of the opposite sex before witnessing his interaction with the same sex. A SPCA volunteer chose a female pitbull to first "test" him with. I have spoken with 4 handlers and all have testified that he acts wonderfully, but as I said, I wanted to witness his interaction. (The workers have named him "Taz" and have called him so for a month now, but I am going to slowly change his name to Kato) Kato interacted beautifully with the pitbull even though she was jumping and, playfully, biting on him. Next came the true challenge - a male Siberian Husky. While the Husky was only mildly interested with Kato, he acted as if he could not care less. In fact, he walked over to me and sat down and looked up at me as if to say, "See? They know what they're talking about. I'm a cool guy". Haha. I know this is not indicative of how he will react with the Bassetts my father has, but it is a start.

However, enough with the stories - more questions:
- What dog food do you recommend since you have experience with Akitas? How much do you feed your Akitas at morning and night?
- How often do they need to be bathed?
- What are some good ways or ideas to build a trusting and loving relationship with an Akita? I am very nervous since if I do get him, he will be past the early puppy stage.
- Do Akitas, in general and in your experience, like short rides in a vehicle?
- Is it unhealthy to leave an Akita alone, inside a double-wide trailer during the day while I am working? Generally 10am-6pm are my working shifts. Of course, he would join me on my morning and evening walks/jogs, but is this enough room for him with a biweekly opportunity to run inside an enclosed area a bit smaller than a football field?

I know this is a lot of information, but I have researched more websites than I can count and they all say about the same thing. Also- I prefer to rely upon the experience of Akita owners as they must face these challenges with their own companions.
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Akita > To adopt an 18 month old Akita or not - this is my question.


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Barked: Tue Aug 28, '12 10:53pm PST 
Okay Akita owners, I need your help!

I have always had dogs growing up and I am within months of moving out of my parent's house. I began thinking recently of living without a dog and I cannot imagine it. Today I went to my local SPCA to look at an Alaskan Malamute I had seen online; however, upon arrival and a short interaction time I found that the Malamute in question would not be ideal for me due to behavior problems, etc. As I was leaving the shelter I saw a white and black dog that was all skin and bones with his hair hanging in patches. To be honest, it broke my heart that a dog should be treated in such a manner. I instantly inquired and found out that the dog, Taz, was a male Akita around 18 months old. He had been in the shelter a month and was just starting to gain weight. Now, I have had a Collie and Bassett Hound before, and currently have a male and a female Bassett Hound that are brother and sister, but I have been unable to get Taz from my mind. I was able to take him for a short walk, about a mile, before having to leave him at the shelter. He is certainly one of the most mild-mannered dogs that I have had the opportunity to meet, and the shelter workers informed me that he gets along wonderfully with all the other animals at the shelter.

Here is my question: should I adopt him? Taz has been in the shelter for a month, but it is very overcrowded and few to no people have shown any interest in adopting him. I am a 6ft1in male and have always wanted a large dog. I have spent probably 6 hours researching Akitas this afternoon and I am returning to spend some more time with Taz tomorrow. At my parent's house we have 1&1/2 acres enclosed with an invisible fence. Our house is two stories, and provides ample space of a dog that size. The house I am going to be moving into at the end of Sept. is a log cabin that offers 2 acres enclosed by an invisible fence. The cabin itself is one bedroom, but the den/kitchen area is open with a lot of room.
I have no one to ask these questions of, but as I said, I simply dread the thought of such a sweet and loving dog being put down after an already hard, but short, life. Do you believe that I could meet his needs? Will invisible fencing work or should he be a strictly indoor dog? I am more than willing to put in the time to train him and earn his trust and love, but do you think the area I have to offer will benefit or harm him? Please reply soon as I don't think the shelter will wait for me to decide too long.

Thank you for your advice!

Hunter
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Akita > To adopt an 18 month old Akita or not - this is my question.



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Barked: Tue Aug 28, '12 10:43pm PST 
Also - when I leave home in the months to come I will not be able to take my Bassetts with me. My father has grown too attached to them and absolutely refuses to part with them, thus the Akita delimma. Just wanted to clarify!
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Akita > To adopt an 18 month old Akita or not - this is my question.



Member Since
08/28/2012
 
 
Barked: Tue Aug 28, '12 10:41pm PST 
Okay Akita owners, I need your help!

I have always had dogs growing up and I am within months of moving out of my parent's house. I began thinking recently of living without a dog and I cannot imagine it. Today I went to my local SPCA to look at an Alaskan Malamute I had seen online; however, upon arrival and a short interaction time I found that the Malamute in question would not be ideal for me due to behavior problems, etc. As I was leaving the shelter I saw a white and black dog that was all skin and bones with his hair hanging in patches. To be honest, it broke my heart that a dog should be treated in such a manner. I instantly inquired and found out that the dog, Taz, was a male Akita around 18 months old. He had been in the shelter a month and was just starting to gain weight. Now, I have had a Collie and Bassett Hound before, and currently have a male and a female Bassett Hound that are brother and sister, but I have been unable to get Taz from my mind. I was able to take him for a short walk, about a mile, before having to leave him at the shelter. He is certainly one of the most mild-mannered dogs that I have had the opportunity to meet, and the shelter workers informed me that he gets along wonderfully with all the other animals at the shelter.

Here is my question: should I adopt him? Taz has been in the shelter for a month, but it is very overcrowded and few to no people have shown any interest in adopting him. I am a 6ft1in male and have always wanted a large dog. I have spent probably 6 hours researching Akitas this afternoon and I am returning to spend some more time with Taz tomorrow. At my parent's house we have 1&1/2 acres enclosed with an invisible fence. Our house is two stories, and provides ample space of a dog that size. The house I am going to be moving into at the end of Sept. is a log cabin that offers 2 acres enclosed by an invisible fence. The cabin itself is one bedroom, but the den/kitchen area is open with a lot of room.
I have no one to ask these questions of, but as I said, I simply dread the thought of such a sweet and loving dog being put down after an already hard, but short, life. Do you believe that I could meet his needs? Will invisible fencing work or should he be a strictly indoor dog? I am more than willing to put in the time to train him and earn his trust and love, but do you think the area I have to offer will benefit or harm him? Please reply soon as I don't think the shelter will wait for me to decide too long.

Thank you for your advice!

Hunter
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