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General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / SKUNK season is here!
« on: June 22, 2009, 02:45:06 pm »
The skunk population in our area has increased for some reason. I am asking for help...not in getting the horrid smell from my Akita's double coat (we got that already), from my sofa, carpet or chair that he rubbed against in desperation to get it off of his face (uugh...profess ional cleaning needed) but I need to know how to rebuild his confidence to go back out in the yard!!
Like I said, he's a Japanese Akita, 4 years old, altered male.  Afraid of literally nothing at all...until now. This skunk got him in the face/eyes/neck and apparently did the most damage to his ego. In the last 36 hours, Kana nearly refuses to go outside at all. He stayed in until 11:30 am today holding his bladder so that he didn't have to go out. My hubby and I escorted him out in the yard as "support" but he just followed hubby's footsteps and then ran in the garage. He has retreated to the garage and will hardly come out. The only way he will is if we are there and we open the house door to let him back in. He's eaten very little.

Can anyone who has expereinced this please let me know if we need to do something or if it will just go away with time...??? 

Thanks -

Treatment & Preventative Meds / Wood Tick???
« on: July 07, 2008, 09:10:46 pm »
So, my neighbor's English Bulldog (Duke) is on a steady yearlong regimend of Frontline for fleas and ticks.  The problem is that last summer and this summer we have found ticks on him...what looks like a wood tick (larger than a deer tick. 

Isn't Frontline enough???  What do you all suggest? ??? ???

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / Marking!
« on: April 14, 2008, 01:27:03 am »
Looking for a little help/advice about Kana's marking obsession...
He tends to mark A LOT when we are on walks (literally, even when the tank is dry he is lifting his leg and scuffing after) and I took him to work the other day to visit and he did REALLY well with everyone (no jumping...MAJO R milestone) but he marked 2 times while we were in the building for about 15 minutes.  I took him out due to embarrassment!!!!!!!!!
My question we stop this behavior?  HOW do we stop this behavior?  He never does it at home, but if we want him to be more of a "social" dog and go with us places, how do get this to stop?????????


Akita Pictures / Although weather is bad AGAIN...
« on: March 20, 2008, 09:35:43 pm »
We went ahead and got Kana groomed today.  Despite the 3-4 inches of snow we got today, we did it because he has been such a grungy, dirty, smelly teenage boy!! 
He looks show ready...just thought I would add some pics!

General Board for Big Dogs with Big Paws / I'm a little scared...
« on: March 08, 2008, 03:06:52 pm »
OK, so I have a potential situation that I need some advice on...
My neighbors just got a new dog. We are friendly with them (single mom and 2 kids ages 5 and 3) but I have a concern.  The dog they got is a 10 week young pomeranian and mini yorkie mix.'s about 5 lbs. now and will "grow" to a max of about 10-12 lbs. 
Here's my obvious concern...KANA . :o
I am terrified that this little, tiny, miniature, sort-of a dog will be let out either accidentally or intentionally (by the kids who may not know any better) and it will wander into my yard when Kana is outside!!!!!  THIS DOG WILL BE DEAD SO FAST, IT WON'T BE FUNNY!!!!!  Kana will NOT know what it is, will assume it is a rat or something and will most definitely kill it!  My fence is of literally no protection because the tiny thing will be able to easily walk through the slats or go under the fence. 
I have brought up my concern with the neighbor and she kinda had a chuckle about it, but as the weather gets nicer and the little dog becomes more comfortable and curious around their house/property...this may become a read problem. I have told both of the kids that under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should "little bear" (the tiny thing's name) EVER BE INTRODUCED TO KANA.  I also don't want them to be fearful of Kana, though. 
Any suggestions?????? Can I have them sign a waiver releasing us of any responsibility if "little bear" comes into our yard or does that make us sound like we have knowledge that our dog is "dangerous"???
 :-\ :-\ :-\

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Peeing AGAIN!!!!!
« on: February 25, 2008, 12:59:10 pm »
So, many of you will remember that I posted about Kana, our prince, peeing inside...after NEVER peeing inside since we got him at 4 months!  He peed ON our toilet 2x's and since then, we have taken the BPO's advice to close the bathroom door all the time to decrease his temptation. 

We have done that religiously, but tonight we accidently left it open and wouldn't you know...Kana was asleep the entire time I was watching DIDDY in "Raisin in the Sun" on primetime and...he was gone.  Get up off the couch and look...BY GOD< HE'S PEEING ON THE TOILET AGAIN!!!!!!

Unbelieveable! We now have the toilet seat open and the door closed to make sure that this doesn't happen again!  The seat is up...which means that I will be the one who FALLS INTO THE TOILET IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!!!!!! ;)

WHAT DO WE DO???? ??? ???

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Peeing inside!
« on: January 29, 2008, 10:19:29 am »
Weirdest thing happened last night!  We were just settling down for the night getting ready for bed and we had just draggedKana in from outside (never mind that in Chicago it was about -5 degrees and 50 mph wind gusts and snow).  I used the bathroom, shut the lid as usual and went to wash my hands and face.  Kana was there the whole time (does anyone else's dog go with them to the bathroom?).  Then out of the corner of my eye I saw something, turned to look and HE HAD HIS LEG UP HIGH AND WAS PEEING ON THE TOILET SEAT!!!!!!  I was stunned!  Literally, if the top was up he would have been peeing in the toilet!! ??? ???
I made a loud noise (I think a scream of shock) and thankfully he stopped midstream. My husband quickly got him outside (to finish?). 
Now, I need some advice!  Why did he do this?  Kana has not had an accident in the house since the first night we brought him home at age 4 months!!!!  Is this dominance?  Is this just an accident?  Should I be worried it's going to happen again?  HELP!

SO, it seems just as things in our lives were going well on the doggie-front we hit a plateau.  Just recently we added an all weather doggie door to our back garage door.  We have given Kana access to the yard and the garage (a complete bachelor pad with a couch, crate,food, water, TV, etc)while we are at work during the day. 

Here's the problem...he now wants to spend more time in his 'man cave' than in the house.  Is this a problem?  He is waking us up in the middle of the night to go out there and despite our insistance, he bugs us until he goes out.
Any suggestions?

Akita Discussions / Here's my Akita boy!
« on: December 28, 2007, 02:47:25 pm »
Here are some pics of my Akita, Kana.  Hope you like them!

Akita Discussions / When will this adolescence be over???
« on: December 16, 2007, 06:05:14 pm »
 ???So, we have an akita boy.  He's 2.5 and very much a boy.  He still experiences the zoomies and still has much difficulty with jumping (due to excitement), lunging, tearing (papers/boxes/screens)and bowling over our guests.  We have had him since age 4mo and although he is much better than he used to be, he is still very impolite. 
We have done everything!
Obedience classes (passed out of all levels at a top school), "busy" toys, reign of the backyard/garage for exercise, walking, dog parks, trips in the car, visits to our parent's houses, hide and seek with treats in the house, trips to the park, trips to the downtown area, trips to our work, etc...
He is still very much a puppy and often gets what we call "crazy eyes" just before he goes on one of his 'rants'.  He continues to destroy stuff of mine and I am sure it's not out of anger, but attention seeking. 
Does anyone have advice for how to get through this? How much longer did your akita's adolescence last???  I know each dog is different, but I have to ask!

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