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First Akita 23 Jul 2012 19:59 #5989

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Hi all, I'm Donna and have worked in rescue centeres and owned gsds and collies before until last Friday when i took on Simba a 7wk old American akita! I have cared for a few Akita but only for short time couple of weeks at the most. I'm looking for advice on best way to train him and make sure he grows up happy and well balanced dog. We are also having a howling issue and normally at 3am. I've given him a teddy and a clock so the sound could be like his mums heart beat also tried sprays its not worked. Any advice i would much appericate. He was born into a home with kids and lives with four now and been fab we also have a femaile dog he lives with and a cat, Who he runs away from. x

Re: First Akita 23 Jul 2012 21:13 #5991

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Hi Donna and welcome
Pics of Simba please lol.
Unfortunately the howling is the same as with any puppy, he misses his mommy. He will soon adjust.
When I had Princess Tia I found that routine was vital, and we still do it now 2 years on. Do you have a crate for Simba? They are fantastic, but you know this working in rescue anyway lol, feed him in there so its a nice place to go and doesnt stress him.
We kept our training fun but brief, and very rewarding with tasty yummy treats. Simba will not do things for free lol, theyre very smart these Akitas. A good trainer is a must too, and early constant socialisation.
Some Akitas have a very high prey drive and love to chase, so tasty treats & distraction around small furries, birds, cats etc is good to start young. I didnt do that and Tia is terrible she chases everything
Theres lots of good advice on here and lots of friendly people and dogs too

Teresa & Tia
If your dog doesn't like someone, then you probably shouldn't either !

Re: First Akita 24 Jul 2012 07:14 #5993

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Does he need a wee? At 7 weeks he really needs to go out at about 10pm, 3am, 6am if he's like most pups. If not maybe he's used to having a run around at that time. I would crate him in your room, and when he wakes up take him out for a wee then back in to bed. If he still howls just drop a hand down to him so he knows you are there but stay quiet.

As he's left home earlier than he should its vital that he spends a lot of time with well mannered, well socialised adult dogs so he learns how to communicate correctly. This does not mean 20 mins rough and tumble with another puppy as they will only learn manners from an older dog who can teach him. How is he doing with your bitch? Make sure she has time away from him. Also get him out and interacting with known, well mannered dogs f all breeds.

What area are ou in, maybe someone can suggest a good training club.
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Re: First Akita 24 Jul 2012 09:07 #5994

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Yea we have a create and he's paper trained and has mat in create at night. I was always told never to allow them upstairs and to set boundaries so he's created downstairs. We have a one year old collie x he plays with and is due to start puppy classes on the 8th August. He went all night withy no howling as a lady local to me with two Akita said to place a pair of worn unwashed socks in with him! Did think this was mad but gave it a go and fingers crossed its worked. I'm in Leeds area so if anyone knows of a training classes designed for Akita can you let me know as not found one yet. Just genreal puppy class. My mum has a lab who's 4 and is well behaved but wasn't sure how he would take to him as they haven't had him long but may give it a go.

Re: First Akita 24 Jul 2012 10:00 #5995

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So do you expect him to toilet in his crate? if so this will cause housetraining issues. I would definately be taking him out at night. I always have my pups in a crate in the kitchen, but sleep downstairs with them until they can sleep all night. If you can't do this then you need to set an alarm and take him out during the night on a schedule.

Mine mostly sleep downstairs, although the oldies sleep mostly upstairs now. It depends on what you prefer.

Re: First Akita 24 Jul 2012 10:07 #5996

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He is house trained to a mat other wise he won't wee i was going to leave it a week or so and remove mat in the day to teach him to toilet outside then was hoping he would be bladder trained to have his last wee at 12pm then out again at 6am. I didn't wanna be staying with him just so he's quite as made that mistake with my first dog then had separation issues when ever he was left. I'm not sure if its people who don't understand breed but have been told to be firm and starts as i mean to go on other wise i'll have big problems. Hence why i was gonna be it that way.
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