Akitas are strong, large dogs with lots of energy and personality.
They have solid and well-proportioned bodies and heavy, flat-topped heads. Their coats are coarse and thick, and come in a variety of colors including white, red, sesame, and brindle. The outercoat is waterproof and the undercoat is warm and softer. They have dark brown triangular eyes and erect triangular ears that point forward slightly. Their bushy tails curl over their backs. The Akita dog breed is one of the tougher breeds when it comes to training, but if you are firm and consistent with an Akita from puppy-age, it is very possible to train your Akita to be a docile and well-behaved pet.
If you have children and you are planning on getting an Akita dog, you should do your research on obedience training to be sure that you are able to make the commitment that this dog requires. Akitas can be violent if they are not properly trained, and for many parents, this is not a risk that they are willing to take. If you know that you will not be able to supervise your childâ€™s every interaction with the dog for the first month at least, you should not choose this breed. If you have no experience with training dogs, you should really hire a professional to help you in getting started at least. Instruct your children not to tease or taunt the dog or try to get it riled up with rough play. Your obedience training has to be very consistent. You canâ€™t decide to address a bad behavior at one time and then ignore it the next time it occurs. Do not give your Akita any mixed messages. Be firm with â€śnoâ€ť and â€śbadâ€ť and â€śheelâ€ť commands. When the dog corrects the bad behavior and begins behaving properly, give the dog immense praise and affection.
Akitas are natural-born guard dogs, and they are very protective of their master and family members. Therefore, it is critical that you socialize an Akita at an early age and on a regular basis. It is not enough for your Akitas to be exposed exclusively to you and your family members â€“ even if you have a large family. Invite guests over so that your dog realizes that he doesnâ€™t have to be aggressive or possessive over you and the family unit. If the dog snarls and growls at company, scold him. Allow guests to offer the dog affection and treats if he will accept them (and if your guests are comfortable with the dog, of course). You should also take the dog for walks, but make sure that you keep him on a short and secure leash. Praise the dog when he refrains from barking at strangers, and scold him when he does display aggression.
Akita owners should know that this breed is generally not good with other pets, especially other dogs. Akitas are best as the only animal in the home, although it is possible (although very difficult and tedious) to socialize a non-canine pet with an Akita so that they can live together. To get an Akitas to live alongside other dogs, you have to exercise extreme patience. Do not let them interact with each other without your supervision, even if you think that they wonâ€™t fight. Akitas can become very aggressive, and they could really cause physical injury to another animal if they felt like doing so. Itâ€™s best to air on the side of caution.
One of the easiest aspects of training an Akita is usually housebreaking the dog. Akitas are very good about alerting their owners to their needs when it comes to having to go to the bathroom (outside). As long as the owner is responsive and attentive to their Akitaâ€™s needs, the housebreaking process should be a relatively simple undertaking.