How do I get my dog to stop smothering my puppies?

Not all have the instinct to nose the puppies to the center of the whelping box for safety. Smothering, crushing, and laying down on the puppies can be prevented by installing railings that help prevent the dog from accidentally lying on a puppy that may have slipped behind her.

Will Mom suffocate puppies?

Place a “pig rail” in the whelping box. This allows puppies against the wall a space that their mother cannot crush them. With large litters, sometimes the mom lays down where she can, and a pup is accidentally suffocated against the wall of her box. Pups can become wrapped or tangled and suffocate.

What kind of temperament does an Akita have?

The typical Akita temperament is one of confidence and loyalty. They are known for being powerful, independent, and courageous. There are actually two strains of the Akita: the Japanese Akita and the American Akita. They can be aggressive if not properly trained and can be aggressive towards other dogs. Can Akitas make good family dogs?

When to introduce your Akita to other dogs?

Early and often is key here. Introducing your Akita to lots of other dogs during the first week and then not taking them out of the house for another week will not help. They need regular trips out of the home to meet other dogs. The more they do, the less likely that will become aggressive.

What makes an Akita a good guard dog?

Their guarding instincts are genetic and one of the reasons they are perceived as violent. If you’re looking for a guard dog, the Akita is about as good as they come. But this comes at a cost. They are very aloof towards strangers and are known to be aggressive towards other animals.

Do you have to bark for an Akita to bark?

Contrary to many people’s perception, an Akita owner understands that Akitas don’t bark. They are very friendly in that they groan, grunt and make noises as a way of communicating, but rarely bark. As a matter of fact, an Akita owner pays attention when they bark because something must be amiss.

Why are Akitas so aggressive to other dogs?

Akitas can be aggressive if not trained properly or taught how to act around other people. These dogs were bred to protect the Japanese royal family from threats not be companion dogs. Their behavior often mirrors this history. Does the dog in your life have a cat in theirs?

Do you need a dog trainer for an Akita?

We recommend working closely with a dog trainer to help curb your Akita’s possible aggression. The earlier you start, the easier it will be. It is important to regularly train your Akita, even if it is just to refresh them on what they already know.

When do you start to socialize an Akita?

Socialization should begin just as early as training. An Akita should get used to meeting new, different people all the time and should be taught to be friendly. This does not mean that you should force your dog to come into physical contact with everyone they meet.

What’s the difference between a male and female Akita?

They tend to be moody from one time to another which happens for various reasons. For instance, male Akitas become wild towards male dogs and so is female Akitas towards female dogs. However, this should not be mistaken to selfishness. Akitas are not mean but only like to be in control.