Some of these are general sites, while there are a few local businesses we recommend for those of you living in the Fairbanks, Alaska area.
If you decide you'd like to participate in some of the AKC sponsored events, like Confirmation showing, Rally, and Obedience, or just want some support from dog lovers near you, joining a kennel club is a great option. Kennel clubs offer classes for you and your dog - Akitas are a working breed - they are happiest when they have a "job" to do - training them and having fun with it is rewarding for both dog and owner. Having a dog that will actually listen to you is essential. Listed below are the AKC Kennel Clubs in Alaska. Find the club closest to you:
This is a page I wrote, explaining exactly what is involved, if you choose to purchase a show dog from me, and some of what is expected, as far as training, etc. I have also included some videos to watch, to get a better idea of how to train your dog for the show ring. For full details, please refer to the AKC FULL Puppy Agreement form, found on the Wait List Info Page.
This top notch dog training facility is run by Beth Frank, and is located in North Pole, Alaska. All kinds of classes, from agility to confirmation show ring training to obedience, from basic to advanced. Something for everyone. AK K9 Center is where it's at!
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A really good food to start with - just use the regular adult formula, either the chicken/rice, beef/rice, or lamb/rice formulas are the best. This food has no wheat, corn or soy - perfect for Akitas!
A good quality and priced dog food. No wheat or soy, but it does have corn. This is a complete feed, but I would recommend adding some sort of probiotics to your dogs diet, while on this food (yogurt, Probios, capsules, etc).
Ancestral no-grain diet - HIGHLY recommended for adult Akitas, but puppies require a lesser protein food (25% or less), so as not to grow too fast. Fairly expensive, but worth it!
This particular formula (Pacific Stream with Smoked Salmon Recipe) has the perfect ratio of protein to fat (25/15) for growing puppies, and can be used into adulthood as well. Grain free, and not super expensive. A high quality food, and remember that Akitas do very well on a fish based diet. Fish and Rice is OK too. You can buy this food at both Alaska Feed Company & Cold Spot Feeds.
(Very nice facility, with warm, caring staff and vets. You do have to bring your puppy in, between ages 4-6 months, for a rabies vaccination. Only a licenced Vet can administer this shot. They need a booster of Rabies 1 year after their initial shot, and every 3 years after that.)
(Great place to get "bulk" dog food - dogs need variety, among many other great pet and farm products, including Alaskan-Made products)
(Here, you can buy your puppy its first set of three shots (5-Way Parvo). Just give one shot every two weeks, three times. All you have to do is pinch a bit of skin between the shoulder blades, forming a "tent" and then inject the shot into the front of that fold of skin. They barely feel a thing, and it's SO much more cost effective than going to the Vet three separate times. They also have the Kennel Cough vaccine there (Bordatella), and that can be given after the set of 5-Way Parvo shots are completed. After that, go to the vet for Rabies between 4-6 months, give an annual booster of the 5-Way, and Rabies every three years.)
A comprehensive website dedicated to helping answer common questions about Akitas.
Click here for a great article on how to properly introduce a new baby to your furry family member.
- More links to come as I find them -