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Handling An Aggressive Akita
All dogs are capable of aggression, from the tiniest Pomeranian to the largest Mastiff. Breeding, personality type, and the original use of the breed do play a role in the modern-day aggressive tendencies of dogs: Akitas, originally bred for dog-fighting and subsequently employed as bear- and wolf-hunters, have a background of controlled ferocity towards other animals which can make them a handful for novice owners. If your Akita is expressing signs of dominance or aggression, it is imperative that you treat them instantly.
This article deals with handling the early signs of dominance and mild aggressive behavior; if you feel threatened or frightened by your Akita, seek professional help immediately (talk to your vet).
What Should I Look Out For?
No dog becomes aggressive without a long, drawn-out path through dominance-related behavior first. Signs of dominance and early aggression include:
How Can I Handle It?
The only real treatment for aggressive behavior is immediate, sustained obedience work. You need to reinforce the bond of authority that you have (or had) over your Akita, and make sure he knows that you're the boss. There is no need to panic; all dogs can learn new tricks, even if it means unlearning the old ones first!
Things To Remember
Make sure that everyone in the house is aware of the problem and see that they know how to deal with it: it's no good spending time on training if someone is undoing all your good work behind your back!
Akitas can be dangerous dogs. If your Akita is exhibiting signs of true aggression - snarling, lunging, snapping - as opposed to 'warning signs' such as passive aggression and dominant behavior, then you must seek professional help immediately. Don't hope the problem will solve itself; aggression will only worsen if you leave it.
For more information on handling aggressive and dominant behaviors, as well valuable information on a host of other problematic behaviors and training tips, check out Secrets to Dog Training: it's packed full of extremely useful, step-by-step procedures on training your dog and preventing/dealing with unwanted behavior - and there's a great deal of information on aggressive behavior!
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