Training your Akita Shepherd puppy is rewarding, but you need to understand the mind set needed to raise this breed. This breed is a cross between the Akita Inu and the German Shepherd, and thus brings traits of both of those breeds to the table.
It needs to be understood from the beginning that the dog is to be the follower. This is the beginning step of training your pet.
Once the dog has learned you are worthy, of its love, respect and trust, following leads and commands will become easier for it to perform. Trust and respect must be earned and cannot be forced. One way to earn this trust is through positive interaction. Once trust is accomplished, your dog will begin to learn quickly.
New dog owners often mistake love and affection for the needed respect and trust. Though your dog needs love, it is of more importance to gain their trust and respect. A puppy or dog should never be allowed to continue with improper behaviors. Boundaries for behaviors must be set for your dog to follow.
Your Akita Shepherd will appreciate the boundaries since it supplies the needed resemblance to the rules set forth by the leader of the pack. Members of the pack know their jobs and the rank they hold within the pack. The structure allows the pack to function in unity for survival. If this leadership is not provided from you, a frightened and confused pet may result.
Good luck training your new Akita Shepherd!
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