Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Akita Greeting - Putting Vocalizations on Cue

Akitas can be very vocal with their owners.  They like to howl, whoo-hoo and even grunt.  I decided to take advantage of this fact and every day when I get up I get a wonderful Akita greeting.

Whenever I hear this I get all warm and fuzzy inside!  Now if your dog tries to use the vocalization when you don't ask her/him to, then ignore the times your dog does it on his/her own and only praise/pet/reward when your dog does it on cue.  For incessant vocalizers, you may need to put "ssshhh" or "hush" on cue as well.