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New puppy joining our home 05 Dec 2012 16:41 #7530

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Hi Everyone!
I would be grateful if anyone could give me some advice or experience on buying a new puppy when i already own an Akita.
I have a six month old Akita bitch who i love to bits!
She's well socialised, trained and a gentle giant.
Myself more then my partner, are looking for a smaller breed of dog to join our home.
I would love a smaller dog who i can take more of a resposibilty for as Kaida (Akita) is more a daddy's girl and as i am only petit, i find it very hard to walk her as she is so strong.
If anyone has any advice or your own experiences i would be very grateful if you could share them with me
Many Thanks
Samantha x

Re: New puppy joining our home 05 Dec 2012 17:40 #7531

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Hello Samantha,

i would wait until your girl is 18 months or so before bringing another dog in. When shes going through her Kevin the Teenager stage she could suddenly start dislking smaller dogs.

Cavvies are a good breed, so long as you stop the yapping early, as they are pretty submissive. Biggest thing not to do though is get another bitch, shes far more likely to tolerate a male.

As for the walking, get her a CannyCollar. Most of us are on the smaller side and at 5ft 4 i have walked 50+ kilo dogs.

Marie

Re: New puppy joining our home 05 Dec 2012 17:43 #7532

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Get a crate/cage...best thing you will buy....bring home puppy and place in cage and let your akita sniff...then introduce slowly while you hold puppy...i have a 9yr old akita male,a 8yr old female akita and have just added another male akita,now 11wks old...most dogs will not hurt a puppy,she is only young herself so should be ok with a puppy...just do things slowly and you will be ok.Just be careful when they are playing as the akita will play and wont know her own strength...my 11wk old plays really rough with my 9yr old.

Re: New puppy joining our home 05 Dec 2012 21:55 #7534

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Hi Samantha
We have a 3 year old female Akita and an 11 month old male Akita. We fostered an Akita puppy aged about 8 weeks when Obi , the male was about 7 months old, so quite similar to yours. We had the foster pup for 3 months. All I can say is that it was very difficult meeting the demands of the two younger ones and I believe that Obi was the one who suffered. First of all the size was a problem, he of course was still a puppy himself , but huge compared to Yoko, the pup. Like your girl he is a gentle giant but he became more boisterous during play with the puppy, and couldn't understand it when we stopped play sometimes. He wouldn't harm a fly , but just the weight of him on her was a problem, fortunately she gave as good as she got!
By the way we are at home all the time so could monitor them, if we went out we had to take the puppy with us. If I had the choice I would wait a while longer and enjoy the puppyhood of Kaida.
I hope the comments have helped. Good luck with whatever you decide.

Re: New puppy joining our home 06 Dec 2012 13:07 #7545

I agree with what the others have advised, wait until Kaida is through her teens, over 18 months, they can be very grumpy and start to assert themselfs a bit too much, byt he time she's through her teenage months you'll have a bit more of an idea of what her grown up personality will be

I think it would be good if you could do some walking with her because they learn quite a bit of respect and pecking order while being instucted on a walk, you can also see how she reacts to various dogs while your walking her, they do tend to have dislikes to certain breeds, especially small breeds, my Asia used to fly at anything smaller than a staffy! you can really get to know her well on a walk A canny collar is great for keeping her eyes ahead of her, and if you're worried about being "petite" well I'm 5 feet 2 inches and I walk Asia every evening for 45 mins, yes she's very strong and weighs about 48 kilos (she's on a diet ) but I find a set of 2 kilo hand weights and some arm excerises every other day does the job
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