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The American Akita Dog Breed

The American Akita, a dog breed with an attentive and capable appearance, is one of the most popular breeds all across Japan. Despite its name, it was actually bred in the mountains of Japan and is a wholly different sort than its Akita Inu relative. The American Akita is a bit more stocky, has softer and more abundant fur with a larger nose. Being from its ancestor, the Matagi dog, they still have a strong sense of hunting within them.

These dogs are quite muscular, they have a thick neck, strong legs, and muscled back. Their back legs are powerful and their tail is a cute long curly cue. They usually have a "black mask" on their face, unless they are of all white. They come in brindle, tawny, beige, white and brown, all black and all beige. Their face resembles a bear slightly just like their Akita Inu brothers, and their ears stick straight up in a triangular shape. They can weigh to thirty to fifty pounds.

American Akitas are positively fearless, …
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How to Tell if Dog Behaviors Are Appropriate

Dog owners will often ask me when I am teaching a dog obedience class if a behavior their dog is exhibiting is good or bad. What I tell them is each of them has to decide for themselves if it is something they wish to have in their relationship with their dog or not.
What this means is that first, if it is something that you are concerned enough about to ask your dog's obedience class instructor about, it is probably not a good thing. The next question needs to be is this safe for me and the dog?

I ask my students to keep a list of behaviors and interactions they have with their dogs. If it is something they dislike or like, they add information on what happens before and after the behavior happens. This gives them the tools to stop a behavior if they do not want it or to encourage a good behavior.

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