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Old 05-08-2005, 05:41 PM
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"You'll find your Akita much more difficult than raw recruits, and not nearly as willing to take orders without a reason, lol! These are THINKING dogs."
I totally agree Buzz is a good dog but he can still be like a teenage kid and not want to listen to orders given by his owner. Jamie (his owner) never smacks or yells at buzz but like renee said uses the low stern voice. I have never smacked one of my dogs and they all turned out fine. Just alot of patience.
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Old 05-08-2005, 10:03 PM
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Love4Pits, thank you very much. If you have an Akita, is it possible you can PM me with some information where I can contact you if I have problems, I'd greatly appreciate it!
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Old 05-09-2005, 02:46 AM
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Hi Hydro.
Sorry I didn't stop by earlier. I've been BUSY.

I agree with everything that was said. Especially about feeding a food like Innova, housetraining right away, gettting your pup fixed and using positive reinforcement training.

I think the key thing to remember is that no matter what your dog does wrong it is always your fault. You are the one expecting it to live in your human existence and if he is making mistakes you are not communicating with him clearly enough. Sounds harsh but it's true. So keep that in mind the next few months when you clean up your 15th pee spot off the carpet or pour alcohol on your puppy bites. :P

lol you're going to have to so much fun! And I'm really glad you stopped by for some advice. You'll love it here. We're a close group but that won't stop us from telling it like it is.
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Old 05-09-2005, 03:09 PM
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My dogs go to the vet twice a year for checkups, every now and then for the occasional concern, and for their shots.
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Old 05-09-2005, 06:15 PM
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Welcome and I wish you a lifetime of happiness with your new companion!! I would say that the most important thing you can do for yourself and for your dog is puppy school and then many more classes after puppy school. A lot of people think that if they can teach a sit and a stay at home that they don't need puppy school...WRONG! All puppies need to go to school so they can become social and accepting animals. Car rides, meeting strangers and strange dogs on a daily to weekly basis are vital for having a well rounded and self assured puppy and eventually adult dog! I would also recommend a crate and lots of different safe chew toys scattered across your floor. Some good ones to try are nylabone, kongs and stuffed toys (only of you monitor!!) Play with your puppies paws and mouth gently on a regular basis to get him used to being "examined" this will come in handy when he goes to the vet, or needs a nail trim. Have fun, and go to class!!! You will be amazed at how fun it is, and how it helps you connect with your dog on a deeper level. Since you have never owned a dog before, the instructors will be a life saver as questions arise!! Take care.
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Old 05-10-2005, 01:12 AM
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Thank you very much for the welcome and the words Pug! 2 more days, I can't wait!
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Old 05-10-2005, 08:04 AM
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I think the key thing to remember is that no matter what your dog does wrong it is always your fault.
ROFL! Might be good preparation for marriage!

One point of difference about crates: Please avoid crating your large breed dog. It can seriously affect their physical development. These large dogs (and I really think it's true for ALL dogs, especially any heavily muscled dog . . .) need room to move about and stretch for their bones and muscles to develop properly. A puppy proofed room is a far better choice when your pup is home alone.
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Old 05-10-2005, 12:34 PM
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Its pretty much all been said allready.

Get some kongs and keep them killed with treats or peanut butter and keep a number of them frozen, itll help the teathing. If Akitas have a strong jaw Ild avoid Nylabones they dont last long around here with Bailey and become choke hazards. Ill have to make a list of what that dog can destroy at some point, he ate half a Jolly Ball one night. Bluedawg is more of a shredder than a chewwer so books and stuffed toys are allways in danger.

Im currently making a dog proof room that will have a fenced run attached to it so these 2 have a choice to be in or out and not confined when nobodies home. Neither dog is crate trained.
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Old 05-10-2005, 01:19 PM
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Please keep in mind, that it is still very important to keep a crate and crate train your dog regardless of size!! Crates are a safe resting space for your pup and something that ALL dogs need to get used to!! I agree that large puppies need space to play a stretch, but as long as the crate is not abused and use is kept to a minimum it will be a beneficial piece of equipment for training a puppy. I have raised Great Danes with the use of crates and have never had a problem with muscle or bone development and they are MUCH bigger than Akitas! @ 36''@ the shoulders and 170lbs. Proper play time and proper rest is very important for all breeds. Keep it in mind!!
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