Akita puppies in the Philippines

Training Akitas

April 24, 2014 – 11:30 am

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No, they're not. Training Akitas can be a challenging task.

Let me tell you about two Akitas I worked with – Juneau and Dirk.

Juneau was a gorgeous pinto-colored Akita puppy. Her new owners had never owned a dog before, so they engaged me for a private obedience training program.

Juneau aced all the obedience lessons (as most Akitas do). Oh, she was a little slow following commands (as most Akitas are) and she disagreed (as most Akitas do) over whether "lie down" meant "lie down" on Tuesdays, as well as on Mondays. But overall, she was a solid B+ student.

Four years went by. Juneau matured into a 100-pound beauty with impeccable manners. She was good with guests, good with the children, good with the family cat.

Then, against my recommendations, Juneau's owner brought home another Akita puppy. A family friend stopped by to meet the new pup, bringing along a juicy soup bone for Juneau. The puppy took a couple of steps toward Juneau and her bone, and without any warning, without so much as a growl, Juneau grabbed the puppy and killed it.

It's a tragic story and the moral is certainly not that Akitas are killers. It's that Akitas have strong instincts, deep inside, for dominance and aggression, "primitive" instincts for food possessiveness, and can be difficult dogs for novice owners to read and handle.

Now Dirk's story has a much happier ending, though you might not guess that from the way he started out!

Dirk was a brindle male Akita and wow, was he assertive and obstinate. Dirk destroyed the living room sofa, dug massive craters in his owner's garden, and hauled his owner in every direction on the leash. But Dirk's owner was made of stern stuff and he persevered with his headstrong charge, and after several years of consistent training, this rebellious Akita began to show some respect, which blossomed into faithful loyalty, which never wavered until he died of bone cancer at age 12.

Of course, I've worked with many other Akitas who were nothing like Juneau or Dirk – Akitas who were friendly clowns, or Akitas who lived peacefully with other pets.

So when you ask, "How easy is it – training Akitas?" my answer is, "Usually it's a challenge, but it depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."

That's where I come in. Keep reading my dog training articles (and hopefully buy my book, "Teach Your Dog 100 English Words") and I will help you train your Akita to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.

Some dog training methods are based on what makes the OWNER feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Akitas, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then HE is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]

Source: www.yourpurebredpuppy.com

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I am so sorry for your loss.

I have had a few special dogs in my lifetime that were wonderful friends. When my last akita Bear died I would wake up in the wee hours and sob. I missed him so. He was just eight when he died of anal gland cancer. All I felt for the longest time was I just want him back.
That was when I found this room and received so much comfort. After a couple of months I started fostering dogs and that helped.
Now I have a new akita puppy named Coco that is a joy to my heart.
I still think of Bear everyday. And Angel, the akita I shared life with before Bear

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