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I got a male Akita two weeks ago, and I absolutely love him. I was not planning on getting any dog for another 3 months, because I am not able to have a dog until I move into my new apartment in August. Once I played with him and got to know him, there was no way I could say no!
That being said, I have to deal with our current arrangement. The first week I had him, I stayed every minute of every day with him. It did not take him long to realize that he was "stuck" with me, and he seems to be relatively attached to me, especially considering what hes going through. Now reality is setting in, and he has to stay with a friend of mine (who also happens to be the same person I will be living with starting in August). I make it a point to see him for 10-15 minutes a day at least, and I take him to my parents house on the weekends and spend all, or almost all my time with him.
Now to the question: Does anyone have advice on this situation? Any tips or things to watch out for, things I should definitely do/not do? Anything would be appreciated. Thanks!
You said "Bonding".....that's all about building confidence and trust (in each other) but, you didn't elaborate on how you're doing that. Tied to confidence building is removing/lessening the fears (socialization) whether they be sound sensitivity, sight related, people, kids, other dogs, etc.
Socialization starts with making a check list of those fears..ie; afraid that his food will be taken (resource guarding)...seems to be spooked by kids or umbrellas, etc. and then teaching him how to cope with those things.