It is your puppy’s first winter.
What is important to know:
- 1. Do not panic if you notice your puppy is trembling and moves around with caution – this is a common reaction to snow for the first time, it has nothing to do with hypothermia. Puppies adapt very quickly – and then it is a sheer pleasure to watch the Akita’s winter fun.
- 2. You need to monitor the paws: snow clogs up between the toes and sometimes these lumps cause significant discomfort and prevent the dog from moving normally. Help the puppy with this problem.
- 3. It is recommended to give warm water after a walk. For better sleep you can try adding a weak chamomile brew.
Also, be advised that puppies at least 6 months old may live outside the house. American Akita can tolerate frost well, but their body need time to get strong enough. Think in advance about the open-air cage and kennel winterization, protect the animal’s territory from blowing snow (shield the leeward side with any durable water-repellent cover).