This is a serious and powerful dog that has one thing on his mind, business. Don’t expect that this breed of dog is going to be anything like a Golden Retriever or Labrador, playful and full of fun and games. The Akita has one thing on his mind and that is to protect you and give you his loyalty. These are fiercely attentive to their owners and their loyalty is what they want to show you. They are known to protect their owner and their families from anyone – any kind of threat and he is at your side ready to come to your rescue. This breed requires certain care, starting from a young pup, in order to help them develop into well-adjusted adult Akita. Here are seven special tips for taking care of Akita puppies.
Training your Akita pup needs to start as soon as you get your puppy home. Akitas get bored easily and do not do well with repetitive type training. Whereas some breeds of dogs can learn from teaching a command over and over until they get it, an Akita learns better when training consists of two commands taught in short intervals, with training switching back and forth between the two commands. They will often give you different answers to your commands, therefore you will want to change up how you offer the command, such as, with the command “sit,” command them to sit while they are standing in front of you, beside you, behind you, etc. They need to learn that the command, “sit” means the same no matter where they are next to you.
Your puppy needs to start the socialization process as early as possible. Socialization means to introduce your Akita pup to all kinds of situations and experiences. The sooner you start the socialization process, the better your canine will learn to feel more comfortable with the situations. Some examples would be to start to gently open his mouth and examine his teeth so that he gets accustomed to dental checks. Look at his feet and handle his paws, trim his nails and perform grooming tasks, such as brushing him. He needs to get used to being handled, and handled by all family members. Pick him up and hold him often, have all family members spend time with him to get him used to everyone in the pack, and everyone bonds with him.
Crating your pup in the begging months will help to teach your puppy where he is allowed to be and not to be. It will also help tremendously in the housebreaking training. Allowing your Akita pup to freely roam in the house will let him start to dominate the home and think he can where he wants, when he wants. He can also get into mischief and be destructive. Crates are also a place that gives dogs a sense of security. They are den animals and like to have a feeling of security in enclosed areas. A crate recreates that for them.
4. Proper nutrition
Your Akita will require a different type of feeding habit than most breeds. You Akita needs a good kibble food, as opposed to wet food, which can expand in their stomachs and cause digestive issues. High protein puppy food is recommended in the first couple of months to help with their growth, and after, a combination of fresh fruits and veges, with a good dry kibble food, is the preferred way to feed your dog. Blue Buffalo Wilderness is a good source of nutrition, along with fresh apples, no seeds or skin, blueberries, raw carrots and cooked peas, are also recommended throughout the week, in their meals. White or brown rice is also a good source of carbohydrates for your Akita. A day of fasting once a week, should also be a part of your nutritional plan for your Akita. Choose one day a week that you will have your Akita fast every week, and keep the plan the same, week-to-week. This is done to help your Akita’s digestive system rest, however, during the fasting day, you can offer him some fresh fruits and veges.
Your Akita will need to be properly groomed in order to keep him clean and free of skin issues. Brush your Akita often to help remove fur from the undercoat that will start shedding. Check his nails regularly and make sure they are kept at a good length that won’t cause him problems walking or damage your floors. Your Akita’s teeth should be brushed regularly to avoid dental decay, just the same as humans get, as well as his ears should be regularly cleaned and around his eyes. Proper grooming helps to ensure your Akita will be healthier and happier from puppyhood, through his adulthood.
Your Akita pup will have a lot of energy that he needs to get out. You will want to spend quality time every day, dedicated to playing with your Akita pup. They love to be outside and play games. Playtime not only allows you to bond with your Akita pup, but it gives them a chance to get exercise and stimulate their minds. Play games with balls and other dog toys, with your Akita pup. Teach him how to play properly by not playing rough with him to encourage rough behavior or aggression. Don’t rough and tumble, push him around or other types of aggressive type play, using your hands around his mouth, or play that creates frustration in your puppy.
7. Leash train
Your Akita is going to grow into a very large dog, ranging anywhere between 70 and 130 pounds. He is also a breed of dog that was bred to hunt and guard, so although they can be passive and calm, they have an instinct to protect and if provoked, there is a risk of aggression. Your Akita should always be on a leash when out with you, and having complete control of the leash is important, to avoid the chance of it getting out of your hands if your Akita should happen to try to lunge or take off, away from you. Training your Akita to obey you and your commands is high priority, while also training them how to walk on a leash and obey you while on it.