|Barked: Wed Jun 19, '13 12:16pm PST |
|Considering the age range your dog is in, you are likely 100% correct in your assumption that this is PLAY behavior from an excitable juvenile dog. It has nothing at all to do with dominance or aggression, but rather an overly exuberant puppy with poor leash/walking manners.
Training classes are a great idea, highly suggest you enroll in them and stick with them through the worst of his adolescence. Akitas are large, powerful, bull headed dogs that need consistent, but fair guidance throughout their "spit and vinegar" phase. They are very heady, will likely push the limits of your frustration, but stick with them and remain positive- they mature into fine dogs when given the correct start and proper ongoing handling.
Do NOT send your dog away for training. Ignoring the fact that sending your dog off to someone else for training will do NOTHING for you in your home (dogs are terrible generalizers, just because he works well for X person in X environment, absolutely does not mean he will work the same for Y in Y environment), you have NO control over what happens to your dog outside of your presence and no way of knowing exactly how your dog is being handled or treated. You would also be sending him off at a TERRIBLE time in his development, as these are the most formative months in his life where the groundwork YOU lay for him will be impacting his adult character. Also consider he is an Akita, very one-person/family-ish, and will resent the stew out of being handed off to someone else once he's already bonded with you. This is a dog YOU need to invest the time into, if you expect to get the maximum return this breed has to offer.
You need to work on control and obedience, take some group classes with a good trainer who uses motivational and positive techniques (this is a PUPPY after all, no need for overly corrective or so-called "dominance" training), and enjoy your puppy.
Also consider contacting his breeder if you are unsure about anything. A good breeder should be willing to give you advise and information about their dogs and help you work through these difficult patches. The breeder will (or SHOULD) know how their lines develop, when they start entering what phases of adolescence and so on, and should be able to give you a clearer picture of what's going on.
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