There are several misconceptions concerning Akitas on the internet. They are believed to be silly and hard to train. Dog school is not for them…etc.
The Akita is a little bit different from other dog breeds but it is not silly at all. It needs a more different attitude than a German Shepherd e.g. or any other working dogs. Akitas obey to their owners out of love, not because they are afraid of the punishment. This must be taken into consideration.
To be able to train them you have to be consistent and confident because of its obstinacy by character. If you forbid something once, you shouldn’t allow it at another time either. Let’s set up limits and make it keep them.
You shouldn’t try to get your pet to be obedient by punishing it, this will only result in its stubbornness and rebellion. They will do anything for you, if you show love and patience towards them. Regarding their training the reward-based method is preferred. Good behaviour or carrying out of a command must be rewarded by different dog treats, and if they don’t perform what you want, you should turn away and stop practising.
This breed needs to be tired out mentally, they like to learn different tricks and take part in dog-related sports. It is recommended to punish them only in case of some behavioral problems such as excessive aggression or stealing something from the table etc. The tasks given by the owners can be rewarded or not, but if you try to punish them in this case too, they won’t feel like performing it.
Besides their stubborness they often resist our decisions. They are capable to think and act independently so it is important to teach them to show respect to the owner, which can be achieved by dominance training and assertive behaviour.
Both socialization and training are highly important in the first year. Typically, they don’t get along with other dogs, which can be highly improved by early age socialization, dog kindergarten and dog school. It is recommended to take them to as many crowded places as possible, so there will be no problems later.
The behaviour of The Akita depends on your requirements. Although they are nice and friendly with strangers during a city walk, they are able to protect their homes vehemently. As a cosnsequence of the close dog-owner relationship, they recognise any given situation and act accordingly.
If your dog is trained at home, you need to have dog-related experiences. Moreover, if you can teach them all necessary things, you shouldn’t immediately reject the idea of the dog school.
Dog schools can provide such benefits that we cannot give to our pets. These are the diverse atmosphere, strange people and dogs, which is a necessary part of socialization. Despite the fact that our dog behaves kindly and properly at home, it can happen that they don’t tolerate strange dogs. In addition, dog school sessions can be a great opportuity for doing some sports or programmes together.
To find the appropriate dog training school it is essential to be aware, because if you choose the wrong one, you can cause more harm than good. Visit the chosen place together with your pup and check how they feel in the new surroundings and what exactly the training is about. Is it about only training or they place great emphasis on the importance of socialization and dog’s communication? You should look for a trainer who uses positive reinforcement training and where it is allowed for the dogs to play without a leash. The best is if they have experiences with Akitas.
Strange to say, Akitas communicate in a more different way than other non-japanese breeds. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings. They don’t like if somebody agressively intrudes into their private spaces and gets into their faces. When it comes to introducing them to new dogs it is worth approaching them from behind and avoiding eye to eye contact, since this is the second phase for them.
Some advice on how to build a close relationship:
– If you go out of a door or gate, you have to go first not your pup. If he/she pushes ahead very much, you shouldn’t pull him/her back with the leash, but make him/her sit down, pass along and then you should call him/her to come to you.
– Try to work without a leash. If you want to put a stop to a behaviour, you shouldn’t pull him/her from there, instead you should use a reinforced word that he/she obeys. (e.g. NO!)
-Start putting your hands into the bowl of the dog from a very early age when he/she eats, you can even take away the food then give it back. Your dog mustn’t react with a grunt because you are the leader, it depends on you when he/she can eat.
– Try the “japanese dinner”. The point is to sit down cross-legged on the carpet and start eating. Your dog might try to beg for food, however, you need to keep eating not letting him disturb you.
– Don’t repeat commands. Be consistent.