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02-24-2014 08:56 PM
KZoppa I haven't read the comments. I will put in my 2 cents though.

Akita's are a breed I watch very closely because I know how they are supposed to be in temperament and the vast majority hold very true to it. That being said, there are a few who don't fall anywhere near the tree they should in terms of being friendly with other animals or people.

Raised in a family and socialized correctly, they can get along just fine with those in their circle. Others outside of that circle, beware though. I found an akita wondering in our neighborhood a couple years ago. Nervous as all heck but didn't let it show, I hopped out of my van and called him over. He came running, friendly, tail wagging, silly wiggly happy boy. Found his owner. Glad I found THAT dog instead of his brother. His brother was a true in all things Akita.

just make sure you understand the possibilities of what you're getting into. A friend adopted one who was said to be friendly and good with other animals and she wasn't.

There's a social akita a couple streets over but he's 11 so it could easily be that he just doesn't care anymore lol.

No matter what, enjoy your new addition and I hope it all works out. He's a good looking dog.
02-24-2014 10:16 AM
selzer He's a handsome dog. I've always been a bit leery of the breed. Probably kind of like most non-shepherd owners are about our dogs.
02-24-2014 09:00 AM
LaRen616
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He is gorgeous!
02-23-2014 05:44 PM
Sunflowers
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Very good point guys, didn't even think about that, will follow the advice!
Don't forget to casually go while the dog is eating and drop something super yummy in the bowl. I still do this from time to time and Hans is always happy to have my hands near his bowl because it always means something special is about to be put in there!
02-23-2014 05:33 PM
Mary Beth
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Just an update on day two:

So far, so good. He is showing a bit of separation anxiety, whining and such when I leave a room and he can't follow me. Housebreaking is progressing already, less accidents indoors. When I play with him or pet him I'm noticing his normally upright curly tail goes down. A sign of submission?

We have a long way to go but he is reminding me of how amazing it is to have a dog in one's life. I have missed this joy like you wouldn't believe. I miss Mali still, every minute of every day, but this new guy is helping ease that pain a bit, more so every minute.
Congrats -he is so handsome. I have always admired Akitas. I would expect that bit of separation anxiety is normal for now as he is settling in and doesn't know if this will be his forever home . My husky was like that when I first adopted her. So would when I would leave, I would give a treat and say "be good" and then left, but the second she was quiet, I would return and say a calm "hello" - and gradually I extended the time. On the tail - my husky also did that when she was relaxed and happy - otherwise her tail was up and curled -like she was on the alert.
02-23-2014 03:16 AM
Caitlin Just an update on day two:

So far, so good. He is showing a bit of separation anxiety, whining and such when I leave a room and he can't follow me. Housebreaking is progressing already, less accidents indoors. When I play with him or pet him I'm noticing his normally upright curly tail goes down. A sign of submission?

We have a long way to go but he is reminding me of how amazing it is to have a dog in one's life. I have missed this joy like you wouldn't believe. I miss Mali still, every minute of every day, but this new guy is helping ease that pain a bit, more so every minute.
02-23-2014 12:01 AM
Caitlin Very good point guys, didn't even think about that, will follow the advice!
02-22-2014 05:18 PM
Sunflowers
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wait for a calm submission before allowing him to eat, take food away, repeat)

he is beautiful
but be careful with this
this is not really the best way to address
potential or existing food aggression
people have created food issues
where none were existent
by doing this
First of all, congratulations and good luck !

I have been meaning to say just this.
You have a new dog and are trying to establish trust.

After the release to eat, let the dog have his food and eat in peace.
02-22-2014 04:32 PM
brembo One of the most fun and friendly dogs I ever met was an Akita. I was doing a huge subdivision next to a smaller development and spent weeks out there laying out lots and houses. I spotted the Akita and wandered over to give rubs and he(can't remember his name) just ate up the attention. Over the weeks I made it a point to use my lunch hour to eat and play with the dog. We'd jump around and play wrestle, laze in the sun and just enjoy each other's presence. The owner "caught" me at some point, sort of shocked I was dumb enough to play with a full grown Akita, but the dog liked me and it made lunchtime that much better. The owner(a lady) started bringing me sweet-tea and chatting while I lunched. I brought her pics of my German, was a nice diversion from work.
02-22-2014 04:17 PM
mcdanfam Adorable video! Looks like a sweetie! Congrats....pretty dog!


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