We have an indoor 7 year old Japanese style male Akita and have just bought a female puppy (akita) that will be here in a week. What should we do to make the transistion easy for our male.
We brought in a male Akita puppy when our other male Akita was four years old. No problems at all. We made sure that the puppy knew that the humans were the pack leaders and our older Akita was next in line (so that he would follow the older Akitas lead in how things go around our house- he followed our older Akitas example right away.). So- we eat dinner first, then the older Akita, then the puppy- same for treats, getting leashed up for going outside, walking out the door to the yard or for a walk. Both dogs must sit- we go out the door first, then our older Akita, then the puppy follows last. We even had an older sick Akita come and stay with us a month after we got the puppy- no problems- he followed our older Akitas actions because he understood who is boss. In the rare even that a problem arose, both Akitas were made to sit and could not move until everyone was calm and quiet. The problem was always resolved within a minute or two- then treats to let them know that cool, calm and collected is what is expected.
They eat next to each other, snooze together, play together – very kind and gentle. Our cats curl up with them- everyone gets along as long as they understand their place in the pack.