Some do not come at all and will not follow the tester. Anything that tells them their caution is justified reinforces the reaction. Little holds their interest strongly. First, sit on the floor and call him in a friendly voice. 2. Between and within breeds, the degree of submissiveness varies. For these dogs, obedience training is a godsend. This technique is highly effective and will work with young dogs even more quickly than it does with puppies. Turned on their back, most Akitas lie still, carefully looking away to avoid any hint of eye contact. Appropriate reading material, such as Mother Knows Best and a good training book or video can provide a basis for understanding their dog. I didn’t until I got the dog I’11 call Babe. They certainly were pitted against similar dogs. Although we have elements in common with each, the material we receive is unique to us. The female was unconcerned initially, but after about ten shots, she turned around and looked at me for reassurance. As the dog gains confidence through exposure, it is less stressed, so it is less inhibited. Breeding programs over the year increased this tendency and kept it in the breed. According to the standard, an Akita may be aggressive towards other dogs; however, it doesn’t say that they have to be so. Let the dog see you’re not afraid. A dog that is not afraid of noise is more pleasant to own. You’ll have to listen carefully to the replies and be ready to offer constructive advice about handling problems. On the other hand, if Akitas were great protection dogs, they’d be working in police departments everywhere, and some of us would be in Schutzhund trials. The Japanese Akita Classico is the only full-weekend event featuring the breed in North America. With humor, understanding, and persistence, you can train almost any Akita in basic obedience. Unless you are a telepath, you have really no way of knowing how quickly a dog might reach its flash point. This, of course, made the dog harder to train, both because he’d been learning on his own all along and because he was that much bigger than a puppy. In the same vein, when my younger daughter was about ten, I asked her to put our three-year old male in his run while I talked with some people interested in Akitas. To some extent, noise shyness is an inherited characteristic. When the command and action are firmly associated, food rewards are decreased and eventually ceased. Their bites may be more like nuzzles and may never cause you pain. You will have to monitor the puppy’s reactions. If you are fortunate enough to find one, heed her advice. Until this happens, reason is not the animal’s strong point, but once adrenaline is depleted, the animal calms considerably. In contrast, we’ve had Akitas who have resolutely refused to participate. He leans down next to the dog and frequently puts his head level with the dog’s in a gesture of what he thinks is affection, but what the dog perceives as submission. If recognized soon enough, these dogs can be demoted back to a place in the pack where they are more comfortable with their role. Update: Its been 3 months and she is an outdoor dog for now until we move in a couple months... but when i do bring her inside at times she walks around and lays by the door and doesnt do much more. From the outset, you should pick up each puppy and handle it. I remember an interview with a policeman who trained his Akita for K-9 work. Perhaps you can teach him to shake hands for a treat to break the ice. The foundation of a dog’s temperament is laid early and will influence his behavior throughout his life. Clearly, like the middle management of the corporation, the dog considered itself only slightly above this particular child in the family hierarchy and perceived the child as a threat to his position in the group. When you start a new training exercise with your dog, whether it’s heeling in obedience or stacking for conformation, your dog will demonstrate signs of inhibition. The more puppies are exposed to manageable stress, the less inhibited their response will be. The priority of this list is rather loose. To encourage this, I help buyers locate classes and provide information about them and rebate $50 when they bring me a certificate that says they graduated from a class. They wear an ingratiating, very non-threatening expression and may well try to accompany the child if it wanders away. The other breeds bark more. In fact, among the lower-status members is an element of contentment. Each party assumes that he is talking about the same thing. Every morning I get in the shower and no matter what he comes and lays in front of the shower door. I think it’s ironic that those who quibble the most about attempts to make the breed’s temperament more socially acceptable see nothing wrong with the drastic changes in structure and type accomplished over the last two decades. The puppy that runs out first to greet visitors is the most dominant puppy, not necessarily the friendliest. When he was almost a year old, she called me and told me he was growling at one of her younger son’s friends. This is a hallmark of Akita character, and the only excuse I can offer for overlooking it is that it so much an intrinsic part of Akita nature that we take it for granted. Ive had her for two months. This may include: looking the visitor in the eye; sitting or standing (worse) between the two of you; anxious looks at the visitor accompanied by whines; and/or pacing. Giving him no attention keeps you from inadvertently reinforcing one of his hostile responses. Further, in guard-type breeds, distrust may be encouraged, since any stranger at the house would be a subject for alarm. Why do dogs nibble on stuffed animals? I know several people who keep same-sex Akitas together and others that have several mixed-sex ones that run together with no trouble. Compared to training a Border Collie, training an Akita is an uphill climb. I think their sense of loyalty makes Akitas accepting of all the household inhabitants, including cats, kids, other adults, and livestock. When left alone in a yard, the Akita will regress in socialization and his/her boredom may cause destructive behavior. I am alpha and I dictate when things start and stop. However, when a visitor comes to your house, gets in your car, come up to you when you’re in your yard, or is talking to you at a dog show, your Akita at least should be neutral. These owners will require a disproportionate share of mentoring to stay on track. I picked her up at a show. Some dogs will be happier (and humans safer) if we find other ways to express our love. If you have small children, I do not recommend an Akita Inu. Over the ensuing years, learning research has supplied additional tools for working with dogs. Since the adrenals can produce only so much of it, eventually, the dog’s hyper-attentive state will wear off. Even more unfortunate, because the dog is so good with his own children, the owners tend to justify the first obvious signs of trouble by blaming the child or extraneous circumstances. He quit bending over, never kissed the dog again, and corrected him firmly when the dog growled. Two of this litter attacked people, the other was with a very active, very assertive family who loved him dearly but kept him well in hand. These two have physical and personality differences. After a few minutes of this, most will “suddenly” notice your calling them or your walking around and they will come or begin following you. However, if he liked a crate, he never made any attempt to leave it. Information about the PAT or PET (Puppy Aptitude Test, Puppy Evaluation Tests) is available from many sources. Desensitization should be reinforced repeatedly and done with many different children The dog should still not be left alone with them, but if someone forgets, which will inevitably happen, the children and the dog won’t have to pay for the oversight. I adopted a 14 month old akita, female. Some of the health problems associated with Japanese Akitas include: 1. The most distressing thing about these dogs is that frequently the are devoted family pets who adore their own children and will tolerate anything from them. Some Akitas seem to have an “Aha!” experience and suddenly get the point, while others never have a clue. This should continue when the puppies’ eyes and ears are open. As his hormones have kicked in, he’s become increasingly reluctant to down in the presence of adult males. This attraction is very different from the protectiveness of guarding and herding dogs. We spent hours trying to catch a Sheltie that had gotten away from its handler. We can reinforce strengths and shore up weaknesses in the dog’s nature. Your best course is to do nothing until the dog’s flight response begins to shut down. The age to start formal training then halved to three months. When he growls at her, she yells at him. Unfortunately, Akitas don’t have a lot of bluff. Dominant dogs eat first and get their pick. While these all have a large element of risk to the individual who likes living on the edge, only the first presents a hazard to others. I certainly would repeat the test several times and would be ultra careful about his placement, making sure that the new owners were able to handle such a dog. Minimum of hips, eyes and thyroid clearances on all of our dogs prior to breeding. Once again I agree with Jimmy. Since some breeds to not have a lot of personal loyalty to any one person or group, I suspect it is, and it is vital that we keep it in the breed. A very independent puppy makes a poor candidate for a home where no one is at home during the day or where he is left outside most of the time. Everyone who has Akitas knows that they are independent dogs. With no real attachment to the tester, many Akita puppies just stalk off. When these bonds form there are of course signs of affection. An equally independent and unafraid female toddler walked up … reached over grabbing this powerful head in her tiny hands and before I could move, lifting the head and slamming it down on the floor,’shut up’ I was frozen ..Kuma, though not in the least harmed, was stunned, and made a visibly conscious decision. They can be a lot of dog, but they can also be very loyal. When they follow, average puppies walk along beside you. He doesn’t like children, he has to learn to leave them alone; he doesn’t like visitors in the house; he has to learn to accept them. In today’s litigious society, the consequences of an attack that damages someone else’s dog can be severe indeed. Akita Inu dogs are strong, independent and dominant. Very young puppies will continue to bite but the bites should get progressively softer until they disappear altogether. Josey and my son will lay around on each other all day long. These dogs have certain common traits: short, erect ears; mesocephalic heads with oblique-set eyes; double coats; and tails that curl upwards in some fashion. The roots of dominance behavior are found in the dynamics of the pack, the social unit into which canines organize themselves. A dog that can’t be trusted to leave other animals alone on neutral ground is a real liability. . For eleven years, two joggers came past our house every morning, and for eleven years, my German Shepherd barked at them while the Akitas just watched, a much more sensible response. If a PAT is not available, you should try to do your own testing on the puppy to determine how dominant he is. They often attack the mop but abandon the attack after a few seconds, while Rottweiler puppies in the same situation may have to be pulled off of it. In fairness, this action wasn’t all that difficult since none of these dogs were big winners, and in accordance with Murphy’s law, the very best ones in terms of conformation had some of the weirdest behaviors. Give them a book like Terry Ryan’s Alphabetizing Your Dog or Carol Benjamin’s Mother Knows Best and ask that they read it before they pick up their puppy. Its height is determined first by their inherited temperament, which differs among breeds and within a breed among its individuals, and secondly by their degree of socialization to strangers in and out of the home. They did not go to a training class. Mutual respect was established and each went their own way.”. I walk her all the time, feed her, play with her, groom her, and train her. To determine this, you have to look at function. Through the dog training books at vour local library, you have access to some of the finest trainers in the world and a plethora of training methods. Less social puppies may balk at the come but warm up to the tester by the time he is walking about. These have been done in the wild on wolves and coyotes and in academic settings, on dogs. Some of my Akitas will allow them in and station themselves in front of the door, watching. what are the signs. Again, dominance is relative to the social structure in which the dog finds itself. Sooner or later, everyone runs up against the Akita’s independent steak. This tendency made them a good choice for the sport of dog- fighting. Akitas certainly have an air about them, a strong, noble and loyal breed. As young dogs and puppies deal successfully with fears, they will become generally less fearful. At eight weeks, she left her breeder who did have small children and spent the next two years in a childless environment. However, Tatsuo Kimura tells me that one of the reasons the Akita breeders shifted directions early in this century was because of a fight between an Akita fighting champion and a Tosa Fighting Dog, a breed resulting from crosses of the Japanese native Tosa Inu with various European imports. They may greet the person and immediately wander off. For instance, many people would rank protectiveness much higher than I have, but almost everyone would agree on the first few. Hounds must be flexible in their responses. He keeps working because he is given a reward which can be food, play, or verbal praise and a pat. With the rising tide of nationalism in Japan, they began to value the Akita Inu as a native Japanese breed, for itself rather than for what it could do in a dog fight. Left to their own devices, Akitas will make their own world and rules for living in it. Sometimes, a pack works because a dominant dog keeps everyone in line, but maybe these Akitas are just that much less dog-aggressive. I’ve never been daring enough to put my older bitches together, although I suspect a few of them would get along. Unfortunately, not every area has enough trainers for you to pick and choose, in which case, you will have to get additional help. Of course, you normally don’t invite people over for your dog’s benefit, but if you own an Akita you should make a point of it. It’s a good idea for you to provide this material for their review before they pick up their puppy and for you to question them closely to make sure they understood it. To lessen this possibility, a valuable part of the dog’s temperament is the ability to accept the presence of a non-threatening stranger whether he is neutral or friendly. With Magnum, I'll be on the floor (lately painting baseboards) and he will come and rub his head on my back, then put his head on my shoulder, and give me kisses. Instead, social activities occur at communal baths, restaurants, hotels, clubs, parks, etc. You can talk to the dog, but make sure you are not sympathetic. How Do Shiba Inus Show Their Affection? When puppies play with each other, they engage in biting behavior. In addition to putting them on the scale, you should hold the puppy, stroke it, and talk to it. One of the worst panic attacks I’ve ever had was when one of my Shepherds encountered a bronze statue in a neighbor’s front yard. Getting an Akita. A multi-group winning dog, it was so traumatized by the experience, it was never shown again. The dog’s anxiety level is proportionate to the number of strange things in the environment and their magnitude. Some components are equally important; others depend on an individual’s preferences. It really makes you wonder some times how they can be so close. Years ago, while the groups were going on at the dog show site on one side of the river, the city set off fireworks on the other for some sort of celebration. He will eventually have to relax When you see this, you can acknowledge his good behavior with some attention and a treat, so long as he remains on the down-stay. Almost all the males and some of the bitches with her behind them had some oddity of behavior, although it was by no means the same from dog to dog. With dogs, this is not a game. For the obedience trainer, these traits present a real challenge. Second, an Akita should be accepting of authority, that is he should be submissive. Let us know in depth about these individual breeds of After all, the prey sets the pace and determines the course, and the hunter must be adaptable, ready to abandon one strategy in favor of another. It is the cutest thing in the world. The structure provided by obedience training gives the less confident dog a prescribed method for handing stressful situations. just wondering... i adopted a 15 month old female akita two months ago. What would a shepherd do if his helper suddenly decided that running back and forth around the sheep was boring? If our Akita’s bark in the night, we know they have a good reason. We must be careful not to undermine strengths and encourage problems. He gazes off into the distance when strangers pet him as if no one is there. Why? Akitas may consider small animals as prey and hunt them. You will be bitten because that’s how puppies test their world. Almost everything you’d like to know about this training method can be found on the internet. His poise in the face of new situations is based in part on inherited traits and in part on the ability to handle stress. Ask specific questions about the dog and his behavior so that you can identify any problems that might be developing. This disussion of temperament was originally published in Akita Dog, the newsletter of the Akita Club of America, and later in Akita World magazine. Again, all of us have seen this with Akitas. Of the Akitas I have observed, the vast majority show medium to extreme submissiveness on the PAT. One of the reasons I think this method is so successful with Akitas is that it challenges them–no boredom here! He asks her to leave if she can’t put the dog up. I told her the dog’s behavior posed a significant risk to this child. Many Akitas have soft mouths, probably from crosses to native dogs that were retrievers. The expense is negligible when you consider the tragedies it can prevent. Unfortunately, it was next to the dog’s food bowl. I’ve heard this story so many times, I now tell puppy buyers never to let their instructors take a dog once it is an adolescent or older. Confident dogs can reach into their bag of tricks and find a way to deal with the unusual. She may also intervene in the puppies’ play should one puppy prove too aggressive to his siblings. Subsequent tests will show changes because of outside influences. Talk to other Akita people who have trained their dogs in obedience. She takes his collar and begins leading him out of the room. You and the rest of your household should jump right in with the rest of the puppies, teaching them that humans are very delicate beings. You can pick it up (few Akitas will actually bring it back, so don’t be disappointed when your dog proves to be a “getter” but not a “returner”) and throw or drag it along the ground. He also points out that food rewards may not be enough with Akitas and that sooner or later you will have to resort to some type of physical correction. This can be accomplished with careful attention to dominance body language and dominance behaviors by all the members of the family. Ninth, an Akita should have an inhibited nature. If the dogs are then shown or continue to be taken out in pubic, this socialization is reinforced and eventually will become a way of life. Even mild Akitas do not take well to corrections from strangers. Give him a warm “thank you,” and wait for the next time. In common with the northern/hound types, he is physically tough with a high pain threshold which was probably increased through selective breeding when he was used as a fighting dog. Magnum brings me toys to play and he knows when mom's had enough not to push it. Inheritance gives each of us a set of building blocks that represent our basic nature. You will seldom be in a position to judge the accuracy of their reasoning, and if you like the dog, your regard may shade your opinion, too. Akitas are typically wary of strangers and are unlikely to show the displays of affection that they will do with their families and those that they know and trust. They are quietly confident in themselves and appear aloof or independent at times. While the CEO may have a genuine liking for this guy and may even share the table with him once in a while, you can bet the rest of the group will have very little social interaction with such a low- status individual. The Akitas will chase a ball that rolls in front of them but quickly loose interest in favor of some other activity. The best way to avoid tragedies is to make sure you sell puppies only to homes where they will be kept inside. I’ve got several excellent sites linked on my web page. The lure, coupled with a command and praise teach the dog. Calling what he thinks is a bluff, the trainer may meet the challenge by some sort of discipline, perhaps a jerk on the collar or a smack. Like retrieving, I believe this is an inherited component of temperament. Akitas generally look before they leap. Hi, I'd love to know how affectionate your Akita is and how they show it. Puppies are born with an immature brain which should be fully functional at about this time. With excitable breeds, puppies end up running about the room, jumping on the tester, and sometimes, even barking and whining. If they disappeared into a poof of smoke, he wouldn’t notice or care about their absence. They developed a routine for meeting and dealing with visitors and strangers. While it shares many aspects of lure training, it relys on the dog’s figuring out what you want him to do rather than your forcing him to do them. In between lies nothing but trouble. An unforgiving puppy is not a good choice for the former; he may not be tolerant of rough play that accidentally hurts. Personally, I think trainability is an innate characteristic of all dogs and that all dogs are trainable. They have no trouble assessing their proper position in the group and quickly move to occupy it. They are unlikely to do anything reckless or daring; rather, they consider what they are doing and use their experiences to evaluate their actions. When she leaves with the stranger, however, his authority is defied and he is worried about her safety. Are you thinking of getting a new Akita or just interested in learning more about Akitas? Akitas are shown in the working group, but where do they fit in the obedience picture in terms of working traits? To some extent, their sense of loyalty is the fount from which other traits arise. Don’t be fooled, though. Because the dog attacked the back of the child’s skull rather than his face and let go when commanded, the physical damage required only stitches in the emergency room. Akitas tend to try more than one approach to any problem; just because they did it one way first does not mean they will do it the same way next time. The best example of this is the puppy at its first match that allows you to set it up and then stays like a little statue without a lick of training. Here, dogs that get into trouble usually do so because the trainer has a major lapse in judgement. Again, the dog is acting as a protector of a lower-status member of his pack. Otherwise, ignore him and continue your conversation with your friend. However, now that I have only Akitas, our yardmen have no trouble coming in the backyard so long as my children are not outside. Hachikō (ハチ公, 10 November 1923 – 8 March 1935) was a Japanese Akita dog remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following Ueno's death.. Hachikō was born on November 10, 1923, at a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture. Hound independence is expressed in passive resistance. When asked why, he pointed out that privacy there is at a premium and most homes are small by our standards. It is constructed of building blocks we receive from both parents. We are not raising Poodles or Golden Retrievers, and if we wanted that type of dog,we certainly wouldn’t be in Akitas! We have back-door garbage pickup, which means the garbage men have to come inside the gates. They can also be more dominant, strong-willed, and have more of a tendency toward aggression toward people and other dogs if not raised with enough structure, socialization, and consistency. Many Akitas totally ignore strangers, and that is a perfectly acceptable response. Allowing the instructor to take an post-pubescent Akita, especially a male, for a demonstration can be a real prescription for disaster. They certainly don’t seem to need others in the way wolves do for example. Occasionally, you may encounter the person who Ian Dunbar describes perfectly as “dog dim.” A short conversation will tell you that they haven’t got a clue as to why dogs do anything nor do they have a clue about how to get them to do anything! Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1972 as a Working breed. The hurt puppy protests with a loud, high-pitched scream, and the offending puppy lets go. Much to my surprise, I found an even newer technique which uses food too but couples it with what psychologists call an event marker. So did Babe. So, what do you do when the dog gets into trouble? Potential animal aggression. “[They] show their affection by being with you,” Hughes confirms. They love and respect each other. Guarding is a primary duty of the European guard dogs commonly seen in Schutzhund work–Rottweilers, Shepherds, and Bouviers. This is essentially the body attacking itself. They show their affection in other ways. These dogs can be time bombs. Cora however is a sweetie and usually lays on the couch with her head in your lap. The method to socialize Akita dogs is as follows: First: Socialize as soon as possible. Several weeks later, a similar circumstance arises. Back to my veterinarian’s advice, abject terror can only last for so long. These measures of social attraction are followed by two measures of dominance and a third test which indicates the puppy’s reaction to them. In fact, they had only the one bitch in common in their pedigrees; they just had the same phobia. She’s been dog-aggressive since puppyhood, and I’m sure had she been put in a pack situation, she’d have inflicted a lot of damage on other bitches. He was crate-trained, and at my urging, she agreed to keep the dog crated whenever visiting children were over at the house. She told me she is sure the child would be dead if she had not been right in the next room. EEEEEYUKKKK! In your own family, a dog that gets to big for his britches may need to be taken down a peg or two. They’ve already been down this road and can offer you constructive advice. Independently, they arrived at the same solution to their fear; they backed into the water. His comments reminded me of a young male I was working on the down-stay. One visitor said, “One wrong move, and you’d have been fair game!”. His opinions were probably confirmed by some of the actions of the child, such as sitting on the floor. From both his function as a hound and his heritage as a northern dog, he has a core of independence that makes him unable to always do what you want. Can you imagine an Akita that is not loyal to its family and friends? They are very serious dogs. Intervention with a young dog that has not become so distressed that he attacks might have changed the course of events. The problem is that dogs learn by repetition, so as a trainer, you have to balance the two by mixing a variety of exercises, using short training times, and by keeping training a manageable challenge. Akitas, especially males, are very aware of status and, in addition, are rather independent in nature. On his first day at their house as a six- month old puppy, Leslie “awoke to find Kuma’s imposing muzzle about two inches from my face and two dark, unfathomable eyes staring at me. One of the characteristics we consider “smart” in a breed is the ability to consistently repeat a learned behavior. Perhaps this component of behavior is better viewed as acceptance of authority. With almost the same components, one structure may have a good foundation and great stability, while another is likely to topple into disarray. 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