Often called bear-fighting dogs, the Akita is a dog breed that’s intelligent, compassionate, and loyal to its owners. For centuries, the Akita breed has been used by villagers as guard dogs against carnivores and thieves, while today, the breed is prized for having a unique combination of courage, dignity, alertness and devotion to its owners. The Akita can be extremely affectionate to its friends and family, and most of the time, can be very territorial as well. Akitas are relatively easy to care for when they’ve grown older, but as Akita puppies, they can pose a bit of a challenge. Training Akita puppies may be difficult, even for those who are experience with dogs. The loyalty and devotion they’ll show you when they get older, however, is well worth all the stress and struggle of caring for them while they are young.

Tips on Training Akita Puppies

From the very first time you receive your puppy, fit her with a collar. A collar allows you to attach a leash to your puppy, making her easier to identify and contain. Clip the leash to collar, and let her drag it around for a while so the puppy becomes used to the weight of the leash. As soon as you suspect that shes comfortable, hold the leash and follow your puppy around until she gets used to someone walking beside her.

Use a crate. Set the crate of your puppy in a quiet, generally undisturbed place in your home. Akita puppies may be very territorial about their personal place, so place the crate on the part of your home where she usually sleeps or eats. Place her favorite items and toys inside the crate so she becomes more comfortable with the area.

 Akita puppies are gluttons who like lots and lots of food. Give your puppy a feeding schedule and monitor her intake of food. Feed your Akita puppy the same time every day, and always make sure clean water is beside her food pan. Akita puppies need good food, so always make sure you’re feeding her meals with all the nutrients and vitamins that she needs.

 Select a portion of your yard where you want your Akita puppies to poop and pee. Selecting an area and training your puppy to go there every time she has to defecate or urinate will  keep your house clean. Research methods on how to potty train your Akita puppies, and begin training as soon as your puppy can walk.

Make sure your Akita puppies are well socialized. Akita puppies are generally intolerant of other dogs and creatures, especially if they are strangers. Socializing your Akita puppy at an early age will teach her to be more accepting of other people or animals. Before socializing, however, make sure your Akita puppy has been vaccinated. Quick trips to the park or just bringing her with you to the car will allow her to learn a variety of new things, relieving her of any fears. Remember, Akitas are generally intolerant of strangers, so train your dog as early as possible.