Kye & Coops Mom
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: East Texas
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Joyce, I am very glad you are seeking a behavorist to discuss this with. I love Akita's and even spent a wonderful day at a kennel when we were in Germany many years ago. The breed is facinating but they will protect to the death, it was what they were bred to do. It takes a special family to understand and train the dog to override her instincts and live in a social world..and you are doing this. I agree with you the gut problem is that you didn't feel you had control of her for that short time. I agree with other posters that if Ky wanted to, she would have attacked..but she didn't. So part of your telling her was registering.
You take your responsibilities with her so to heart, which is what a good owner should do. I will be interested in what suggestions the behaviorist tells you, because Ky will always want to protect - to keep her family safe, but she must learn when to ignore her instincts and let you handle. I wish I could offer some advise, but can't but I admire and respect so much that you are going the extra mile to find alternative ways to handle this. You have made Ky a special member here & we all care for her.
Deb & My Golden Kids
Kye & Coop - the loves of my life
My little Biewer Yorkies - all 7 of them!
Sadie & Okey - my mini aussies
I want to surround myself with people who are "Cracked" for they are the ones that let the Sun Shine in.