I'm new here (thanks Pam!) but not new to Akitas. I'll be adopting a rescue at the end of September. I've raised two Akita puppies over the past 23 years, but I've never adopted a rescue before. He's 2-1/2 and has a nice temperament, but hasn't learned nice manners - yet. He'll be an only pet. Fortunately, he's both crate-trained, and food-motivated, which should be helpful with training. I'm thinking that I don't want him making too many decisions right away - that he should have to come to me every time he wants anything. I have a strict "no dogs on the furniture" rule, so that should also help with establishing and maintaining pack order. He will have a large, well-fenced back yard, but I won't let him loose in it right away. He'll start on a long tether - so that he will come when called. And we'll be starting obedience training classes soon.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom or suggestions for me? Things to watch for that are specific to a rescue?
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