Akita/new Akita in home, ????
Chantelle wrote at 2008-10-18 08:57:06
Akitas, like most dogs (whether puppies or adults), do suffer from anxiety, especially when brought into completely alien territories.
My cousin has an Akita that he bought at 3 years of age (now 4) and his dog feels completely at home now.
What I suggest you do, as my cousin did, is to spend as much time with your new dog as possible IN his familiar surroundings.
For example, before straight out buying him, try visiting him at his owners house every now and then, or taking him out for walks and returning him. That way, he will get to know you better and will be used to being alone with you.
It's great when walking as you will be alone and the dog will be having fun!
If that's not possible, try asking for his usual toys or a blanket, or even an item of clothing that has his masters scent on it and if you like, rub the clothing or blanket on yourself before playing with him.
In my experiences, even just the scent is enough to calm and re-assure a dog. Make sure you play with him often, give plenty of affection, and if you notice he likes doing certain things, make sure to do them often.
Good luck with your dog!
ALM wrote at 2012-11-30 18:27:02
I know it has been many years since this question was asked, but I came across it while doing some similar research and felt like I should add something for anyone who sees this and references it in the future. I was very sad to hear that you returned your Akita, but I think you had the dog's best well-being in mind and I can certainly respect that. Akitas are capable of developing very, VERY strong bonds with their family or "pack". An aunt of mine took in an Akita that displayed the same "pitiful" behavior. He moped around for almost a month. He barely ate, wouldn't make eye contact and would refuse to get up and move around short of relieving himself. Whereas we were very worried about him, we gave him respect, space and time to grieve the loss of his family. During this time he managed to eat/drink what he needed to stay alive and after an entire month of this "mourning" behavior, he began to come around and open himself up to his new family. He eventually developed a new bond with his new "pack" and eventually became a playful, loving family treasure. Long story short - There is nothing "wrong" with Akitas that display this behavior. I wouldn't call it common but it's perfectly normal. If given space and time, they will let you know when THEY are ready to move on and build a relationship with you.