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Kuma is a sweet, but reactive and strong-willed Akita. In the past, upon seeing another dog, he has actually pulled his owners to the ground and dragged them.

The proper position for your dog, when walking, is behind or beside you. Your dog should NOT walk in front with the leash extended. This conveys to your dog that he/she is leading the walk instead of you. This can lead to many behavioral issues that some regard as a “breed trait” or “personality,” when actually it is your dog being in charge of its humans. Your dog should not be allowed to stop and sniff, or relieve himself, unless you say it’s okay. That is not to say that once the dog has given you a signal that it needs to potty, you ignore it for a long period of time. You just make sure you send the message that the dog doesn’t decide when you stop.

Take your dog to the front door and open the door. Make the dog sit quietly; do not allow the dog to bolt out the door. The dog needs to see you are the one who decides when it’s time to leave. When your dog is sitting quietly at the exit it’s time to leave. Be sure you exit the house before the dog, even if it’s just a step before the dog.

The collar should be far up on the neck, which gives you more control over the dog. There should be no tension in the lead. Do not allow the dog to pull and don’t constantly pull on your dog. Relax and be CONFIDENT.

Having a well-behaved dog in public is directly affected by your relationship at home. Often, times when an owner begins to ask for respect in other areas of life other problems they have with the dog will become much less common or completely disappear. You cannot always solve an issue by only correcting the obvious behavior.