How to Train Your Akita Puppyby Chelsea Hoffman
If you've just gotten an Akita puppy, you're going to need to train it to make sure it doesn't develop any bad habits like chewing and going potty indoors. Akitas are intelligent dogs that require a lot of interaction, discipline and affection. Positive training is important starting as early as when the puppy is nine weeks old.
Place an indoor puppy pad on the floor next to the front door of your home. Anytime you see the puppy sniffing around, place him or her on the pad. This will train the puppy to avoid using the bathroom on the floor. Eventually move the pad outside, to train the akita puppy to go to the bathroom outdoors.
Fill the small coffee can with nails or pennies to create a metallic rattle. Shaking the can when the puppy is misbehaving will create a high pitch clattering sound. This will stop the puppy from misbehaving, because he or she will associate the sound with particular actions.
Squirt water from the spray bottle at the puppy if he or she is participating in negative activities like chewing. The quick, unexpected stream of water will shock the puppy, and eventually it will cease these bad habits.
Speak in a stern, but gentle voice when giving your Akita puppy commands. Do not whine, or allow the puppy to think you are submissive to him or her. Adopt an "alpha dog" attitude when training your puppy.
Use the puppy's leash as a training tool. Many Akita puppies do not react positively to leash training at first, and may require a little force in the beginning. Gently tugging on the leash to pull the puppy's head up during training asserts your dominance.
Reward your Akita puppy with bacon treats each time he or she does what it is supposed to. To train the puppy to sit for treats, simply hover the food morsel above its head, forcing it to look up. While it is looking up, gently press on the puppy's bottom. Repeating this four or five times will result in the puppy sitting for food when you raise it above its head.
Items You Will Need
- small coffee can
- handful of pennies (or nails)
- plastic spray bottle
- box of bacon flavored puppy treats
- indoor puppy pads(or newspaper)
- One part vinegar to eight parts water in a spray bottle will add a very temporary, but unpleasant, smell that the puppy will want to avoid.
- Never strike or harm your puppy during training. Negative and violent acts of dominance only results in the puppy fearing and resenting you. It is also what leads to making a dog aggressive.