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im new and need advice! 13 Feb 2012 11:31 #3518

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Hi everybody,
I am in need of some advice. I have a beautiful akita bitch who is 18 months old. I have had her since she was 10 weeks old and started positive hand feeding training at 17 weeks. She was well socialised as a pup and went everywhere with me. I even took her on a doggy holiday boot camp for a week ( which she hated and didnt want to join in with the other dogs. She wanted to do her own thing so we spent many of those days at the beach just her and the family ). She has always been jumpy around new people but gradually gets used to them over time. However, there are 2 people who she just does not like at all and we have to keep her on the lead when they are around. She has recently showed aggression to one of these people and im now very concerned. She always wears a d.a.p collar as this seems to help her alot, under the vets reccomendation.From what i gathered, aggression starts at around this age - is this correct?
We no longer do training with her as she did not get on with the dog trainer after he tried to handle her from behind,she became scared of him so i am looking for a new trainer again, on the advice of the vet. Can anyone reccomend a good trainer in the hertfordshire/ london area who is good with akitas? and i would love some advice on all of the above.looking foreward to hearing from anyone who can help x

Re: im new and need advice! 14 Feb 2012 00:06 #3538

Hi Elaine & welcome....sorry to hear you're having some problems with your Akita girl(you didn't put her name)...I cannot help with finding a new trainer, but there are members on the forum that will be able to help you with this... Akitas & other dogs are very sensetive animals & can pick up on vibes that you & I can't...I talk from experience on this...I had a Great Pyraneese Mountain dog & when one of my sons friends came to our house, he would do exactly what your Akita does..he herded me & my daughter into the front room & stood in front of us growling...he wouldn't let him in the front room...it was like you, very embarrassing...until...this chap was arrested & put in prison for sexual assualt on a few women & rape on two women!!!!.....now I'm not saying your friends are guilty of anything, but somehow your dog is picking up something from them, that she either dosn't like or is frightened of...there must be a reason why she dosn't like these isolated 2 people & I would try & get to the bottom of this..I don't think she's becoming aggressive, but protective & there has to be a reason why.....Akitas can be aloof & very independant & maybe that's why she didn't want to join in with the other dogs when you went to boot camp...they do like to do their own "thing"....my daughters Akita is very nervous around new people & it takes her ages to get to know them, but once she does, she's ok with them...it's nothing abnormal!!.......hope someone comes forward with some more advice for you & your Akita Bear ....keep in touch with the forum.....Pam Maya & Scoobie

Re: im new and need advice! 14 Feb 2012 13:26 #3550

Hello and welcome to the forum:), I'm sorry to hear you're having a few problems with your girl.

the age when akitas sort of "set their ways" is around 15 months, I'd go along with Pam and say that perhaps your girl is picking up something form your visitor, nothing nasty but maybe just their tension and around her, my old Benny used to take a dislike to some people, but after trying unsuccesfully to get him to lke the person I just removed him to another room, a trainer said that if I try to "push" him into doing something that makes him feel stressed he'll begin to lose trust in me. But, I used a training method on asia that worked, she was very nervous of all visitors, so when the doorbell rang she would sculk and growl, I just put calmly led her to another room, saying nothing at all, put her in the room and shut the door, she now felt that I'd taken her away from something that was causing her stress, I then let the person in the house, no-one speaks to the dog at all while she`s shut in the other room. After a while (when she's stopped barking if she is baking at all) calmly go to the room where she is, saying nothing again, then atatch her lead and walk her into the room where the visitors are, keep her on her lead next to you, get her to sit, if she barks or growls just lead her straight back to the room and shut the door again. continue until you can take her out of the room and to your guests without her barking or growling, get her to sit and give the guests small treats to offer her, they just hold the treat in an open hand and let her take it in her own time, they or you say nothing, all the "saying nothing" to her is to make it all seem very normal. if she continues to be upset by the visitors just leave her in the room until the guests have left

I think I've covered this training tecknique (poo spelling, sorry I think the main thing is to be consitant, don`t just do it now and then, and the whole family should follow the "rules" as well if it doesn`t work you'll just have to let her be on her own in another room whenever a visitor she doesn`t like comes round, that`s what we ended up doing with our Benny he was happy about it though

As for the not liking other dogs, that sounds normal to me, Asia isn`t keen on being around dogs for too long so we just avoid them if we can;)
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Re: im new and need advice! 15 Feb 2012 19:37 #3578

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thankyou for the advice. i now feel much better about the situation, but it is still a worry. You are right about vibes - both people are quite scared of her( keeta ) and the one who she was aggressive towards tries to compensate by talking to her quite loudly and tries to stroke her, but body language says alot! Other than this isolated incident, she is very well behaved and i feel privalaged to have keeta in our family - hard work, but definatly worth it xx

Re: im new and need advice! 15 Feb 2012 21:36 #3585

Well, basically I dont really have too much to say other than. Welcome to the forum hope you enjoy and please put pictures on, Im sorry aout the problem your having with your bear but keep working try some techniques I mean even searching the internet for training techniques, the Cesar Millan (dog whisperer) website maybe helpful or victoria stilwel?

But let us know how everything goes, anymore probblems tell us we may have some advice that may at least help a little, even the slightest bit.

Thankyou
Jessica and the gang.

Re: im new and need advice! 16 Feb 2012 00:02 #3598

Hi Elaine....glad we've managed to put your mind at ease & yes we know you will still worry, but if you use the technique that Pauline gave you it might help Keeta...they do feed off our moods & if she feels you're nervous, then she will react to that....just try & stay calm when your visitors come round....she sounds a lovely girl & like you said such a privalidge to own an Akita....they're wonderful dogs & oh so worth the hard work they give us ....let us know how things go with you & Keeta & maybe you can post a pic of Keeta ......Pam Maya & Scoobie
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