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Re: Damage 02 Mar 2015 15:41 #9823

I go along with Zoey, training them out of it is the only way, they won't just stop doing it, they have to learn that it's not exceptable
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Re: Damage 11 Mar 2015 20:35 #9842

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Puppies are cheeky and mischevious They will get into anything they possibly can.

They do need mental stimulation as well as physical. Kongs stuffed with treats or stock(no salt) and frozen are great for keeping them occupied whilst you are not there.

You can also try throwing her dry biscuits on the garden and letting her forage for them, that will keep her occupied for ages.

She should be fine to have two 30 minute walks a day, they say 5 minutes for every month of their life, but this can be done twice daily.

Do you take her to training and socialisation classes?
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Re: Damage 12 Mar 2015 08:16 #9845

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We have been using a sumo kong stuffed with treats, rawhide chews and a rope toy whilst we are out but none of it seems to make a difference. She has been trained from day 1 but not at classes as we work shifts. I've trained gun dogs to a high standard in the past. It would seem Akitas are very different which I had read before we got her. She has never been allowed to jump up, get on furniture,beg for food etc. I've taught her to walk to heel, recall ( this is hit and miss now if out on a walk) she sits and stays and is very well behaved 95 per cent of the time. I left her with a stuffed kong a couple of days ago and went out. As I got in my car I remembered I'd left my gym pass so went back in. In the minutes id been out the kitchen floor has been ripped up and the bin emptied all over the kitchen!
Next door have a male dog the same age and his owner asked if she's in season because his dog is acting out of character and won't relax. Could this be something? Or is it likely to be separation anxiety?

Re: Damage 12 Mar 2015 10:23 #9847

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Yep Akitas are very different, being a "primitive" dog.

Keep in mind that she's also maybe starting her "teenage" crisis, and commands/orders you taught her might not work as well now. It's a tricky time where you often need to rethink/remodel your communication with your dog

I always encourage people to sterilize their female dogs, as it reduces by 90% their chances to develop health issues (ovary cists, cancer, mammary growth, etc.), it can also have an impact on their behaviour but not always

As for anxiety separation, she seems a bit young for it but it might be it. Does she vocalises as well when you are out ? Can she stand not being close to you when you're home ? Does she often yawn, begs for attention and cuddles ?

For now I would go back to basics and I would simply work her learning to be alone.
Do 5/10 mins of her being alone while you're still at home (I usually work on that while I'm in the bathroom showering ^^ it's convenient ), then longer period of time, up to 30mins / 1 hour, then go back to shorter period of time (10mins) while being out of the house this time.

I would also stress as Teresa said how mental stimulation is extremely important : so doing games, learning tricks etc.

Also, reprimanding her would only increase her stress, you can punish her by ignoring her and feigning indifference when you caught her actually doing it, but yelling afterwards usually just associates your absence and return with negativity and will just increase her anxiety.

That's my 2 cents

Re: Damage 13 Mar 2015 16:37 #9855

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Yes to all the stuff about separation anxiety. She doesn't bark but whines and makes the yawing/talking noise if I go out without her. My partner said that when I nipped out a few days ago she got stressed and was yawing and running about looking for me. I've been reading up on how to deal with it today.

Thanks you've been very helpful

Re: Damage 13 Mar 2015 18:07 #9859

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Yup its vitally important not to shout at her for any bad behaviour. This just excites them and encourages the unwanted behaviour.

Have a look at this link positively.com/dog-behavior/behavior-problems/separation-anxiety/

Victoria Stillwell has some great tips for dealing with separation issues and its all positive based.

Hopefully it isnt separation anxiety, but better to look now and stop it before it possibly develops into it. It does sound like she is feeling stressed when alone and that is not healthy for either of you. Keep us updated
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