Two Akitas

Posted by nydianaponte
Feb 1, 2008
Hi. I have a 2 years old female Akita. She is very good with people, but not with animals. I got a 2 months old male Akita. For the last month (he is 3 months now) i started putting them together so she can smell him, and she used to show her teeth to him. After two weeks i let him on the floor so they can play. They wrestle very hard and sometimes i get scared because he doesn't get tired even he is most of the time n the floor. The female sleeps outside the house and the puppy still sleeps inside. My front door is made of metal and glass, so they can see each other thru the door. Even they play when I am present, sometimes the male stands in front of the door, when she sees him, she shows her teeth and starts growling and barking. I believe that if i keep putting them to play every day, eventually they will get along without me being there to guard them. I read the book about the alpha dog and i am applying the guide for us to be the alpha, and after us she should be the one because she is the oldest, When he grows up, i don't know what is going to happen. Am i doing the right thing? Thanks in advance. Nydian
Posted by Blue
Feb 26, 2008
My experience with dog fights is limited, but these are links to similarly aggressive dog problems that other people have had answered on this forum.

Dog on Dog aggression:
Outside/Inside house

Household Dog aggression:

These situations may be different from yours, but there's a lot of good information that you can apply to your dogs - alpha training for one - is vital. So be sure to use the alpha training techniques to try to obtain more control over your dogs.

In addition to including alpha techniques your dogs should always be reprimanded for bad behaviour (in particular dominant female). DO NOT yell, as this has no effect on a dominant dog. Growl instead, use a guttural growl like " AAHHH!" instead of "No!", as this makes a sharper sound then "No" (If done correctly it may hurt your throat a little). It may sound funny when you and your husband are growling at the dog, but you'd be amazed how much it works! I also include wide eye contact when my dog is ABOUT to cause a problem!

If you catch the female going for or even eyeing the pup again, reprimand (like suggested above) and either throw a heavy blanket on her or if you can a bucket of water. This is a definate "that behaviour is UNACCEPTABLE" from the pack leader. She got the growl, didn't listen, then the consequences of ignoring the alpha (similar in effect to a bite that an alpha wolf would give to an out of line pack member).

Remember to always reward appropriate behaviour by the female around the male, good play sessions with him, sleeping near him, just good behaviour. This way, she'll know that it makes the leaders happy when the pack is at peace, and that good things come to peaceful pack members!

A strong reprimand/reward program with your female Akita I'm sure will help to resolve some of the issues, before they can escalate as the dogs get older.