|Barked: Tue Jun 25, '13 12:29pm PST |
|It definitely sounds behavioral and not like aggression. However, I don't see sending him to a trainer as a help since it is proven that the best training happens WITH the owner instead of away from them. I would say this is especially true with a breed such as the Akita. They bond so closely with us, I don't see the advantage in sending him away.
For a while when we walked Koda, he got really excited at one point, pulled some and jumped around. It was a young puppy thing. We never really experienced this after 6 months of age. He just "grew out of it". Now, Koda walks like a well mannered juvenile on leash.
Try a pronged collar first. It was reccommended to us by a trainer. The chokers can hurt their throats, but with large breeds, like the Akita, they are helpful. We noticed a big difference in Koda. The trainer explained that as humans, we view it as harmful and like a Medeival torcher device, but with these large/giant breeds, they don't feel it the same way we do, due to all their fur and skin. I may get some flack for this, but I've talked to many Akita owners who use these and they help greatly. I would suggest that for walks and see what results you get. The key is to have a trainer show you how to properly use it. It needs to be worn up high and not "low".
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