When it comes to bringing a pet home, especially if we are talking about a canine, it is important to consider many aspects and factors. One of the most frequent concerns that dog owners present is about the personality of their new pet and many of them wonder if it can get along with family members, especially kids.
On this occasion, we will focus on the Akita dog. This dog is known as the Akita Inu or Japanese Akita. As we can realize, it is not difficult to deduce that this dog comes from Japan.
It is characterized by being a large-size dog that can measure up to 67 cm and weigh up to 45 kg. Its body is muscular with a wide and hairy head, a strong snout, and a powerful jaw. An Akita can present the following colours:
For many people, the most distinctive characteristic of this type of dog can be found in its personality and its treatment of kids. First, it is essential to know that this canine breed is shy and reserved.
You will not see an Akita causing disasters for a large part of the day since its attitude is usually calm and balanced. They are very loyal dogs towards their owners. They can get along with the rest of their human family members but are distrustful with strangers.
Even though the Akita Inu is a dog that loves to protect its owners, it might not be the best option for families with children due to their temperament.
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Reasons Why Akita Dogs are Not the Best Option for Families with Kids
As we all know, children, especially those with very little age, can unconsciously mistreat a pet, thinking that it is a toy. Obviously, a kid of that age will not have the ability to understand that he is doing something bad. Akita dogs do not support the mistreatment, so they do not react well if a child annoys them.
We must also take into account the size of an Akita. As we have said above, the Akitas are dogs of large size with muscular bodies. That could represent a danger for very young kids since these canines could hit the little ones while they run.
Obviously, these dogs do not intend to hurt. Simply the instinct of these dogs when running could take them to hit children accidentally. That is why it is important always to supervise these dogs when they are with children and never leave them alone.
Another reason why Akitas are not the best dogs for families with kids is their possessive personality. These dogs love to have their toys and food at their disposal.
However, they do not tolerate anyone approaching their belongings as they will feel the need to protect them. Adults can understand this situation and not approach the favourite food and toys of the Akita, but a child will inevitably do so.
How to Make an Akita Get Along with Kids?
We have previously explained the reasons why Akitas are not the most recommended dogs for families with kids. But does that mean that they cannot learn to get along?
While the nature of these canines leads them to behave in this way with children, they could get along with them as long as they receive socialization training from puppies and be raised together with the little ones from an early age.
The following tips will help you raise your Akita and kids from an early age:
- The root of the problem is in the unconsciousness of children. Therefore, the first step is to educate and teach your child not to push, hit, or bother the pet regardless of whether it is a dog, cat, or another animal.
- Complement the above by helping your kids show love to your Akita. These dogs, like most, adore playing, so if you educate your child correctly, both could have fun without danger. Even so, it is never advisable to leave them alone, especially if your child is very young.
- In case your neighbours or family (with children) visit you, you must tell them how to treat the Akita properly. In the same way, tell your child to teach his friends or cousins
to adequately treat the pet.
- Allow your pet and your child to play different games to reinforce the bond between them. Supervise them to prevent unwanted incidents from occurring.
- You should educate not only your child but also your Akita. Every time your pet behaves well with your kid, reward it. The positive reinforcement will help your Akita understand that it should get along and play with your little kid.
- Even though these canines have a protective instinct towards their owners, you can train them to take care of your child at all times.