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Are Akitas easy to train?

In many ways, Akitas are not like other dogs. Akitas are often difficult for novice owners to "read" because compared to other breeds, Akitas don't tend to give the same kinds of signals about what they're thinking and feeling or what they're going to do.

The biggest challenges when training Akitas are related to the breed's tremendous strength, his tendency to be strong-willed, his typical aggression toward other dogs of the same sex, and his hunting instincts, which make him a threat to smaller animals.

So when you ask, "How easy is it – training an Akita?" my answer is, "Usually it's a challenge, especially for novice owners. But it depends on the temperament and personality of the individual dog, plus your own dog training skills."

That's where I come in. My dog training articles will help you train your Akita Inu to be well-mannered and well-behaved. I've been working with dogs for 35+ years, as a dog trainer, canine psychologist, breed advisor, and author of 15 books about dogs.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Training – What Works, and What Doesn't
Some dog training methods are based on what makes the owner feel good, rather than what on actually makes sense to the dog. For example, "positive-only" dog training is a big fad right now. Now, treats can be great motivators for training Akita Inus, but if your dog will only obey for a treat, then he is in charge of his obedience, not you. [read more]


Misbehaving dog pulling owner on leash Teach Your Akita To Respect You
"Respect Training" is the dog training method I use and recommend for training Akita Inus. A dog who respects you will do what you say and will stop what he's doing when you tell him "No." Teaching your dog to respect you means interacting with him in specific ways that encourage respect. [read more]


Words and commands to teach your dog Teach The Right Words In The Right Ways To Your Akita
My method of training Akita Inus includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you. Teach your dog words and he will understand what you say. Teach those words in the right ways and he will actually DO what you say. [read more]


Dog behavior problems Solving Akita Inu Behavior Problems
One of the most common questions dog owners ask me is: "How can I stop my dog from doing (a specific bad behavior)?" My answer is almost always the same, no matter what the misbehavior is.... [read more]


Cute puppy Training Akita Inu Puppies
Just got a new puppy? Akita puppy training starts the moment you bring your puppy home. If you use the wrong teaching method, your puppy will begin making decisions about how he wants you to fit into his life, and that's a recipe for conflict and behavior problems. Whatever your puppy does, you must react properly or he will learn the wrong things. Here's my recommended schedule (what to teach, when to teach it) for training your Akita Inu puppy. [read more]


Outhouse Housebreaking Your Akita Inu
There are two keys to housebreaking. Just two, but you have to get them both right. And I mean 100% right, not 50% right. Otherwise you're going to end up with a dog who is 50% potty trained, and who wants that? So here they are – your two keys to housebreaking.... [read more]


Young man holding his dog Socializing Your Akita Inu
Socializing means training your Akita Inu to get along politely with strangers and other animals. [read more]



Here are my dog training tips for training Akita puppies and adult dogs:

Keep your Akita securely fenced. Akitas can be aggressive toward other dogs and predatory toward cats, livestock, and wildlife such as deer. When you own an Akita, you must make sure that he is safely confined behind an ultra-secure fence.

Teach your Akita Inu to respect you. Respect Training is the key to training your Akita to be well-behaved.

Teach the right words to your Akita. My method of training Akitas includes teaching specific words in specific ways so that your dog not only learns the words but also develops the respectful attitude that makes him happy to obey you.

Stop searching for dog training tips for each behavior problem. There are no little tricks that stop individual behavior problems. You stop most behavior problems by providing your dog with more exercise and interesting activities, providing more hours of companionship, and establishing the right relationship of respect between you and your dog.

Start training your Akita puppy the moment you bring him home. But you need to teach the right things in the right ways. Read more about training Akita puppies.

Start housebreaking right away. Akitas are usually very clean dogs, so are easy to housebreak. Read more about housebreaking Akitas.

Socialize your Akita puppy thoroughly. Akitas can be standoffish, and you don't want their natural caution to become suspiciousness or aggression.

You also need to impress upon your Akita puppy that he must be accepting of other dogs.... however, even with proper socialization, Akitas can be unpredictably aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex. I don't recommend keeping an Akita in a mult-dog household or in a household with a cat. Too many Akitas can be predatory toward cats.

To help you train and care for your dog

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