|Hello There, my name is Kameika, I am a whopping
40kg, pretty as can be but quite large (not as large as my male counterpart
but still a fair size).I am often referred to as a cute fluffy bear and
my human mom often is asked if they can have one of our babies . I took
it upon myself to sit down and tell you what I expect from all my new owners
and explain about my fur babies and what owning one of my little puppies
is all about ... We are more than a fluffy ball of fur. Trust me.
First of all I am not your average four legged friend. I have a dominant nature, there is no two of us that are alike. We do not like to be approached face on by little yappy dogs. I find it much easier to hold them in my mouth until their owners come along to free me from their agro. I can however get along fine in a household with other animals as long as they are my own. Let me just say I do not adjust well to the neighbors cat, but my own cats are fine! I have a baby girl who lives along 5 cats, a rabbit and guinea pig with no problems at all... but she absolutely hates the neighbors cat.
Many dog owners love to have a dog off a lead, in my opinion it only gets us into a whole lot of trouble. No matter how much obedience training I get, I can honestly say I seem to go deaf when I see a bird flying up above, a rabbit running afar or even when I decided I have not explored a pathway before and seem to be feeling a bit curious that day... I will run off. I come back eventually but only after I have put my humans through much agro! My mom often receives calls from people who seem to think “their Akita” was different but has now been missing for a few days since their last walk off a lead. My mommy tells all her new owners to NEVER let us off a lead. My mommy uses a tracker lead to give us a good run in the park, or she will find somewhere that is secure and fenced before she will let us off a lead.
I am a lovely dog, with only a few important rules in
place we all will get along fine. First and foremost before you even take
one of my babies home I want you to know they need discipline just like
my humans children.. so obedience classes are a MUST!! I say start off
with the basic puppy classes and work your way up. I am no different to
a human really, they attend school to learn and I need the same. If only
for 2 hours once a week I will become a remarkably behaved dog. Just remember
the more time you put into my training the better behaved I will be. Can
I make one thing clear to all of you though, if you are a large family,
can we agree that everyone uses the same commands, as I find my fur babies
get quite mixed up if everyone has chosen their own word for a simple
command. Working together as a family on my training will enable even
the children to give me a command and yes I will understand it!
My greater grandmothers used to look after the young Japanese babies in the rice fields whilst their parents were trying to earn a living. Being female we are very loving and were excellent carers for the mothers children. Even today we have not lost what has been inbred into us for years. We guard our family and our children, we protect them and sometimes we may not understand when the children have friends around and they are play fighting... we Akitas may have a tendency to protect our children from any danger. So please never allow us to be around children and their friends if they are getting involved with horseplay. Precautions are the best things with us Akitas. My human owners will be the first to say, myself and all my friends here all have fabulous temperaments, we all get along well with adults and children with no problems at all. SO no worries if you have young children or older children, I suggest with enough education and supervised access we will both live in the same household with no problems at all.
Another rule of the house ... I like to be top dog,
especially if my owner will let me and believe me if you give me an inch
I will run a mile with it. You are to always walk through a doorway first,
you will eat first , and I will never ever be fed from the table but fed
only after the family has finished their dinner. I need to know my place
and that is at the bottom. I need to learn the respect my humans deserve.
I will behave appropriately with these few rules in place. I will soon
learn who really is “top dog” in the house. I have to admit
us Akitas are a bit aloof, STUBBORN and most say we are very hard to train...
quite the opposite in fact. Most who have ever trained an AKita will say
we catch on quite quickly. What we have a hard time understanding is why
you throw a ball 3 times and we fetch it back and yet you continue to
throw it. I myself will just look at you as if to say you can go get it
I hope I have made it a bit easier and also have answered many of the questions that arise when considering ownership of an Akita puppy. If you have any further questions please feel free to email my human mommy and she will be more than happy to help.
Hikays Covergirl At Dayami (Kameika)