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Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 18:06 #8494

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Hi all.

A bit about myself. I'm 51, a widow and am seriously thinking of adopting an Akita.
Have had dogs all my life, Great Danes, St Bernard and Anatolian Shepards.
My last dog died, of old age, a year before my hubby passed away. Hubby's been gone 4 years now.

I've always liked the Akita breed and would be looking to have an older dog instead of a puppy.

I live alone and work from home restoring furniture.

If anyone can give me advice etc I'll be very grateful.

Many thanks in advance

Alsy
Last Edit: 29 Mar 2013 18:09 by Alsy. Reason: Forgot a sentance

Re: Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 19:27 #8495

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Hi Alsy,
welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy your time here. Being used to large breed dogs is a good start lol

Akitas are very stubourn and wilfull at times, very loyal and hairy beasties !! If you have children visiting you would certainly need an Akita used to children. Akitas can sometimes be quiet aggressive towards other dogs, particully of the same sex.
I dont mean to negative about the breed, but you do need to know the worst about them !!
Your fence needs to be strong and at least 6ft high, they can be quite agile for their size.
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Re: Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 21:14 #8497

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Hi Alsy and welcome to the forum.

I have been an Akita owner for 12 years and have number 2, they say once you have been owned by an Akita, you will always share your life with one. This is true,I could not imagine not having an Akita in my life.

You do need to socialise Akitas all the time, with both people and dogs. They can be stubborn and often will not do anything for free. It has to be worth their while.

Have a look at the photo section further down the forum and see some of the fun things they do. We are having a pack walk in the Stoke area soon, if that isnt too far you could always pop along and meet an Akita or 2, 3,4,5,6, or even 7 or 8
If your dog doesn't like someone, then you probably shouldn't either !

Re: Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 22:56 #8498

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Thank-you both for your welcome

As you say, it's important to know all about a breed, good and bad.

I intend to walk a lot with the dog and even though I don't expect any young visitors, you can never be 100% sure.

The fencing is well over 6 feet high and very sturdy.

One of the reasons I'm looking for an older dog is that they will be past their puppy stage and it won't be like having a teenager in the house

Please feel free to send me any bits of advice along with any tips you have.

Once again, thank-you for the welcome

Alsy.

Re: Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 23:35 #8499

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Hi Alsy, welcome!
I have 2 rescue Akitas now, Kiri and Obi. I had never come across the breed , but had always had large dogs. I can honestly say that they are the most fascinating breed I've ever owned.
They are stubborn, but more in a ' Is she mad asking me to do that' type of way, and when I look at it from their point of view , I have to agree! Kiri, our first rescue is coming upto 3 and Obi is 15 months.
She is the most easy going dog you could ever find, and very gentle with children, we have several under 5 yrs grandchildren, who visit us. Obi is a cuddle monster, also loves all children, but is so big and bouncy, we do have to ration his time with them.
Both of them are great with other dogs outside, but Kiri isn't keen on older bitches coming into her home.
We never let either of our dogs off the lead, Akitas aren't known to have great recall, and have a high prey drive, it's just not worth the risk. We use extending leads and extra long lunge lines, if no one is around.
Personally, they have enhanced my life , and shown me so much loyalty , that I would never consider any other breed. Once you have one in your life, you just can't do without one!
I hope this helps with your decision. Christine, Kiri and Obi.

Re: Hi from a newbie 29 Mar 2013 23:50 #8500

Hello and welcome Alsey

I think having large breed experience is a great start

An older akita would be a good intro to akita's, just like most older dogs they become quite sedate and just love to snooze as they get older, but they still have bursts of energy that will keep you smiling. I found that it took quite some time for my Asia to settle in when she came to me and she needed a lot of basic training, she had her fears and all kinds of insecurities and because of her "akita stuborness" I had to be very consistant and very "stern" with her training but the rewards were well worth all the effort, akita's are very loving once you gain their trust Another important akita thing is that most of them can't be allowed to run off lead, they have a big problem with recall, once they focus on something e.g. another dog, a squirral or a great bit of digging their selective deafness comes into action and they won't come at all! so a retractable lead is a must have Oh yes and another akita thing is that they can be very vocal, they make quite a lot of grumbly and other noises, my old Benny was a non stop chatterer, but once you get used to it you'll soon learn what they are "saying"

Please ask all the questions that you want, it would be lovely to see one of the more mature boys or girls find a forever home
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