The Akita dog, a dog from the northern region of Japan, is a breed of power, alertness and courage. It is known for the extraordinary affection and loyalty that it gives to its owners and friends. They can be protective and possessive of their territories and properties, and can be really unfriendly to strangers they are not even tolerant of young children and other dogs. They are also not very tolerant of dogs of the same sex. This breed is very independent and dominant and is expected to be obedient, detached and quiet in situations that they are not familiar with. An Akita dog needs an owner that is firm, confident and consistent. If not, then this dog will grow very willful and very aggressive. Because of the kind of temperament that the Akita dog has, it is very important to start the Akita training while the Akita is still young.
The Akita dog is highly trainable, but the owner must establish himself as a pack leader to their Akita in order to gain their respect early. The Akita must learn who the master is while it is still young in order to avoid behavioral problems in the future. However, this does not mean that the owner must be mean and strict as he still needs to be loving and affectionate toward the Akita. Therefore, the owner should combine their soft side with being firm and consistent. One of the most important aspect of Akita training is the obedience training, which the basic of every dog training. Some of the essential commands that the Akita should be taught are house breaking, come command, sit command, remain command, mouth control, and sharing. Fortunately, teaching the Akita dog to house break will not be a difficult task since they are very clean dogs.
Consistency is a very important factor in Akita training, so training them to walk on leash, sit, stay, come and leave must be done daily while they are young up to when the Akita is already 4 to 6 months old. The difficult part in Akita training is that the Akita dog can be stubborn and easily bored. Therefore, as the Akita dog matures, the owner should add more advanced training techniques to continuously keep the dog interested. However, the new training techniques should also come with rules and guidelines that much be followed strictly by both the Akita dog and the owner. Also, if the Akita dog gets bored, the owner should treat it as a perfect opportunity to introduce the dog to new scenarios and people. Moreover, the owner should also allow the Akita dog to do something that it would like.
Other essential tips to remember during Akita training are the need to praise the Akita dog to motivate it to continuously learn and the need to communicate properly. It is also important to keep the training lessons short as possible to avoid stressing the Akita dog or making it bored and disinterested.