If you have no experience with Akitas, Imake sure that the dog is heavily socialized. This is critical to teach it to act accordingly within your pack. You have to be a firm owner, not a pushover, or an Akita will just take over. This is not the kind of dog you want showing dominant behaviors. This is an intelligent breed that doesn't respond to heavy handed training tactics, so experienced training is important. They're also playful, loveable dogs, but you have to exercise caution with a baby in the house. Such a large, powerful dog could easily injure a little one. Just be aware that later in life, your Akita may not accept your child's friends, and may view them as threats rather than friends. This is a very protective breed.
Answered by Anonymous - 5/27/2013 4:10:34 PM