You can introduce the American Akita puppy to the training guru right after the immunization quarantine (1-2 weeks depending on the vaccine). Note that it is not necessary to immediately start training outdoors. Quite the opposite: it is more favorable to organize the first “lessons” at home, so that your pappy is less distracted and could focus for interaction with the dog handler.
Trust the experience of your fellow owners of this breed: the sooner you start, the softer the basic adaptation period will pass. The main thing is to understand that the harsh methods of training (fear, force, etc.) are outdated long ago. They are the reason to the popular belief that training before six months is unnecessary, since stress overload cannot be avoided. Therefore, dear friends, look for adequate and competent specialists who keep up with the times, and start practicing as sooner as possible: why should you wait until your puppy develops bad habits, which you still have to uproot.
Since your puppy is still in isolation at home due to the immunization, you can devote your time for home training.
Well, of course, the very first step is toilet training. In our case, the napkin. This must be done, as even after walks continue, you should mind that physiologically Akita puppies are not able to hold for a long time and answer the call of nature only 2 times a day. You will have to wait at least six months, or even a year, so a napkin can be a great help. Remember that the first successes need to be consolidated for quite a long time, following a special method of toilet training.
Ideally, by the time of full-scale walks, your Akita has already made friends with these essential items of dog life and does not try to get rid of them on the street. So start adapting at home. All puppies initially tend to throw off and get rid of a collar – this is normal. Everyone gets used to it – and yours will too.
This is it – the keystone of your life together. Perhaps, the most difficult moment in education. You should know: everything you allow to your cutie pie will become a stable behavioral habit for an adult pet. No, he will not overgrow: everything you teach in childhood will shape the dog’s further behavior.
So, what should you pay prior attention to:
Important: don’t get overboard. Discipline is necessary, but excessive austerity and constant punishment can build up cowardice and aggression. Always remember that at this tender age, their mental health is still very unstable. Less punishments, more rewards: only praise and encourage with sweets and games.
Hooray! Finally, you can go for a walk now – it is a very important step in the animal socialization.
Really carefully (start with 10-15 minutes a day) introduce the puppy to the various manifestations of the world around them: from a quiet courtyard, go to noisy crowded streets; from single cars to busy roads. He should see other animals as well: react adequately to cats, birds, adapt to canines. It is very important that your puppy sees and gets used to such things from childhood, stays calm during your joint trips and does not try to escape in panic.
Again, pay special attention to steady stress factor increase, in steps, so as not to injure the puppy’s delicate mental health. Gradually increase the walking time and with it the time the dog is in crowded places. Remember, vacation outside the city in the bosom of nature for a long time can turn out to be the other side of the coin: health benefits are undeniable, but the puppy grows out of the city noise and will have to re-adapt.
Important socialization steps:
Always remember: at this age, it is very important to regularly repeat all the commands you have passed and continue to patiently work on behavior reflexes: even if it seems that you have mastered a certain skill, repeat it over and over again.
Unfortunately, at this age you will have to deal with not very pleasant manifestations of a canine character: it should seem that everything is set and most basics have been worked out. But you notice that your young friend is often allowing itself to ignore your commands, gets carried away with its furry friends, or even showing a tenacious unwillingness to obey.
Well, it is time to move on to real training and be very demanding.
What four-month Akita needs to be taught?
Puberty, hormones and all other pleasures – be strong, you have got a teenager who will question the established hierarchy and try to undermine the designated boundaries. Allow one or two rules violation, and the dog will stop following commands that have been worked out.
You need to be extremely careful, as at this age it is so easy to ruin your relationship and loose trust by being harsh. Be patient: now all the flaws become visible, and a lot you will have to repeat. Delicacy, moderation, system approach and motivation are your principles.
And, of course, look for a specialist familiar with the modern canine training system for dogs, based on principles of animal psychology.