Caring for an Akita
The Akita's double coat is thick and warm and is shed twice a year. If your potential Akita is to live in the house, then you must be prepared for the coat loss. Most of the coat loss will only take a few weeks to get out with warm baths and regular raking and brushing of the coat. This will also promote the growth of the new coat more quickly.
The best tools to use when he is blowing his coat (shedding the undercoat) is a rake, comb & slicker. There are long coated Akitas that require more grooming; wooden rakes with several rows of metal teeth work well on their coats. Hair on the bottom of the feet should be trimmed.
The Akita needs very little grooming except when blowing coat. No trimming or shaving of coat hair is required or recommended.
Whether you own a show or pet Akita the routine of bathing and grooming should stay the same. firstly encourage your Akita to climb into the bath or a separate bathing area especially for your pets.
Put a collar and lead on your dog to help prevent them from jumping out and running around getting every room extremely wet!!!!! Cover any areas in the bathroom that will become slippery when wet, as this will prevent your dog from slipping.
When you have your Akita in the bath wet the coat all the way down to the skin. Now for the first coat of shampoo...... i have always used Pro-vitamin shampoo which Improves the texture and body of coat and smells just divine!
This shampoo Contains a range of vitamin extracts (including vitamin A, E and F), together with Aloe Vera, to nourish and improve the condition and texture of the coat and help provide a lustrous finish.
Once the shampooing is complete you need to rinse and rinse and rinse!!!!! Start from the top and work downwards. It is important to remove all of the shampoo as this will limit the risk of any skin irritations.
Now.....washing the neck and head area....cover the ears and shower around the face area, only a small amount of shampoo is needed here and repeat the rinsing process until the water runs clear. Owners have very different ways of drying their dogs, and you will find a method that best suits you.
I always used a standard hair dryer on Roxy when she was a puppy and now she will allow us to dry her fairly easily- (although now she has grown this method does take some time.) Not all of Akita's will enjoy the long periods of hairdrying so towel dry as much as you can. Most Akitas will not like hairdrying near or on the face so it is easier to dry this area with a towel.
Whilst drying your dog have a brush in the other hand and brush the leg coat in a upward movment, and the body coat up and forwards- this allows the coat to stand away from the body. The 2 inch strip across the Akitas back should be brushed from the head to the tail.
There are a wide variety of brushes, finishing sprays and shampoos on the market, all of which are very similar. You now have a clean, fragranced, happy akita, who will be ready for any occasion.
It is debatable how much exercise an Akita needs but a large fenced-in area is ideal for this breed. Two walks lasting at least 15 minutes each a day, should be enough to keep your Akita fit and healthy.
A strong, independent and wilful breed that will test the boundaries of the pack in an attempt to become the alpha. They learn very quickly, but can soon become bored and with their independent nature may not reliably perform a command after they have learnt it!
To keep his interest, training exercises should be kept short and varied, giving him new challenges as often as possible. Early socialising and regular training classes are a must with this breed. Akitas do not respond well to harsh methods of training. Motivational methods, with patience, kindness, consistency and firmness work well.