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Akita dogs are big dogs that need plenty of training to turn them into them a good friendly house dog. Having an Akita dog is not like owning any other dog. This is a huge assertive dog that by nature is domineering and will look to take authority of a group or family. If you are thinking about owning an Akita dog then you really need to do your homework before taking the plunge. The dog can be very challenging and is not for everyone
Akita dogs are by nature dog aggressive and require thorough socialization when they are young to get them familiar to other dogs. Even a well-trained Akita has to be carefully watched when in the company of other dogs, especially male dogs. The dog is not a natural mixer and doesn’t like strangers.
The Akita has lots of great qualities like unquestionable loyalty to its family; it’s this deeply innate loyalty that can lead to the Akita dog to become hostile when near other dogs. It may mistake playfulness by other dogs, as a threat and attack in what it believes is a defence of its pack. You need to counter this tendency by coaching the Akita from a puppy that not everyone is a threat.
It’s also very territorial and does not mix well. If you introduce an Akita dog to your home it will soon try to demonstrate its position as pack leader. A huge part of coaching the dog is to make certain that it acknowledges you and other family members are above it in the pack hierarchy.
It’s important that you do this, if you don’t, then the Akita will take command and if that occurs your ownership of the dog will not be agreeable. Don’t even consider taking on an Akita dog without having a good training plan in place.
It will require a lot of your time in the early days to train it to its new home. Lots of people take on Akita dogs and fail with them because they don’t understand what having an Akita involves. You need to do some serious research about this dog before committing yourself to getting one.
A properly trained Akita is a wonderful companion for life, they’re loyal, funny and once trained pretty easy to look after. They’re not the kind of dogs you can take onto a general space however and just let free. Even a trained Akita requires watching when around other dogs and strange people.
Akita dogs make superior guard dogs and family pets when they are well socialized, I can’t emphasise the well trained advice enough. If you’re thinking of getting an Akita then look for an training school to take it to while it is young. The sooner it becomes socialized with other dogs the better. Training is the key to successful ownership of Akita dogs
Once trained though you’d be hard-pressed to find a dog that will give you total loyalty and become a protector and friend for life. The dogs are very loyal to their pack and will not allow any member to be threatened. Despite its domineering nature a well-trained akita is a wonderful dog to have.
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Are you looking for some dog training tips? Perhaps you have some dog problems that you just can’t figure out how to handle. Maybe you’re in the middle of training a puppy. Training dogs can be frustrating and a lot of hard work, but it is so worthwhile.
I’m by no means an expert in dog training. But through my many years on this earth I have always had dogs in my life. Most of them have been rescue dogs. I would suggest rescue dogs for anyone interested in getting a new dog. It’s a wonderful feeling and you will never regret it.
Now, on to the purpose of this article and this short dog training course. Over the years I’ve tried many different dog training techniques to deal with dog problems that I’ve encountered. Many times with rescue dogs, especially older rescue dogs, they might have some bad habits that their previous owner just didn’t want to deal with. Those are the dogs I love to take because they end up being so lovable and sweet once you deal with the dog problem.
One dog training technique that has been very successful for me has been something so simple and yet so effective.
What I do is take a small tin can and put a few pennies in it. Sometimes I will have a few cans around the house so they are handy when I need them.
When your dog exhibits a behavior that is not welcomed, just give the can a shake and at the same time say “No!” This catches the dog’s attention and startles them. They don’t like the sound of the pennies in the can, and after doing this a few times, you’ll see that the unwanted behavior stops. So what you are doing is conditioning the dog to know that when they do the unwanted behavior, they will hear this noise that they don’t like, and therefore after a few times they will stop the behavior. After a few times, you won’t even have to use the can but only say “No!” and they will stop the unwanted behavior.
This is why I have a few cans around the house because you want them handy so you can shake the can immediately when the dog is doing the unwanted behavior.
I’ve used this technique on a number of dog problems that I’ve had through the years. It’s been especially helpful in stopping dogs from barking too much. One of my dogs was a very yappy dog until I tried this technique. After a few shakes of the can, he now does not bark all the time and is much more pleasant to be around.
Another dog problem I’ve handled with this technique is a disgusting behavior of eating their own feces. I know, so disgusting. Two of my dogs now have done this in the past and I was so happy when this technique worked for them. I would have to watch them while they were outside for a few days and keep a window open. Then when they started going toward their own feces with an eye to eating it, I would shake the can from the window and that was enough to stop them. It only took a few times.
I hope you will try this technique and let me know if it works for you. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Also, I have found another great dog training book that has some great simple ideas to help with dog problems that you might want to try. The title is Secrets to Dog Training, formerly known as SitStayFetch. It’s a great resource, PLUS you get six bonus books with it.
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