Activities For Akita Pits

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Introduction

An Akita Pit is a crossbred combination of a Japanese Akita and an American Pitbull. As a willful, energetic, and loyal breed, they are more suitable for experienced owners and those with time to dedicate to fun activities and training. However, adopting an Akita Pit will see you showered with love and affection by your new furry friend. In saying that, if you don’t give them the attention they deserve, they tend to become quite destructive – meaning you can say goodbye to that cute pair of new shoes. If you need a helping hand, we’ve included some fun and stimulating activities for Akita Pits below. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

When you bring home your adorable Akita Pit puppy, you may find that it’s a battle against wills. If you want them to sit, they’ll stand, and if you want them to come to you, they’ll run away. Akita Pits like to be in charge and be the dominant member of the family, which means you do need to put a lot of time and effort into training them. You will want to do this sooner rather than later, so luckily this is an all-weather activity you only need to buy a leash and treats for, and it only takes an hour of your time per week. 

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Enrol them
The first step to obedience training is enrolling them in a class or one-on-one session. You will first need to establish what you believe will be best for your pup. If your Akita Pit is a puppy, you may find a puppy school is an excellent option for new skills and early socialization. For older dogs, a firm and experienced hand of a dog trainer could be more suitable. Once you have picked one, enroll your pup and get started.
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Establish your needs
Whether you have adopted your Akita Pit as a dog or a puppy, you will find you want to get different things out of the training experience. For puppies, necessary skills such as sit, stay, and come will be most important – as well as early socialization. For older dogs, you may find that a trainer and you have to work a little harder to undo old habits. Establish what you want from the experience before you begin.
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Begin training
When you begin training, you will need to have a lot of patience, as well as a calm and firm hand. Your new trainer – either a one-on-one trainer or a puppy school coach, will guide you through the process. They will educate you on how to handle your dog, as well as what you need to be practicing at home. The ultimate goal is for your dog to listen to your commands and be sociable with other people, animals, and children.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy waste bag
Leash
Toy
Activity description

The dog park as an activity is not going to be suitable for every Akita Pit, but it may be for yours. If you socialized your Akita Pit early on, there’s every reason to believe they will play well with other dogs. What’s more, the earlier you begin this process, the more natural that the socialization process is. If you trust your dog to be around others, then grab a doggy waste bag, toy, and leash, and head to the dog park on a sunny day. It’s an excellent and free activity you are both bound to enjoy for an hour or more each week. 

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Find a park
Depending on how well socialized your pup is, you may find certain dog parks are going to suit your dog better than others. For example, the open plan enclosures that cater to all dogs may not be the best option. Instead, a large dog enclosure is more suitable.
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Start slow
If you’re not sure how well or quickly your dog will adjust to a dog park, take the process slow. Walk around the enclosure with them on the leash then bring them inside. Don’t immediately take them off their lead. Instead, let them take in the sights and sounds before you act.
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Play
Once you establish that your dog is going to play well with others, bring out the toy and let them play with it. A frisbee, ball, or even their favorite rope toy is going to be a much-loved addition to play in a new environment. Then, you will be able to start a new routine of going to the dog park at least once per week.
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Run

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

An Akita Pit is a very energetic and enthusiastic dog that requires a lot of physical activity. One way to cater to their needs is with a run. If you’re a jogger or love being active, you will enjoy how smoothly your Akita Pit works in this routine. In any weather, this fun and free activity can tire both you and your pup out – and it only takes half an hour. Grab your running shoes, a leash, and a doggy waste bag, and head out for an adventure. The best part about a run for an activity is that it can take you anywhere. On one day, you can choose to go into the bush, while on another, you can run laps of your neighborhood. The options are endless. 

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Set a route
Akita Pits can be stubborn when they come across wildlife or other animals. They can take off at a moment’s notice – or at least try to when they’re on a leash. To avoid that, ensure you set a route for your run that bypasses potential “flow” risks. From the neighbor’s cat, that you know is always outside, to the squirrels in the park – there are several things to consider.
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Go running
If you have planned a few route options, it’s time to get the gym shoes on and hit the road. No matter which route you take, your dog is sure to enjoy getting outside the house with you and seeing a bit of what’s on the other side of the fence. Before long, you can then come home and relax with a tired and satisfied pooch.
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Chew Toys

On a rainy and miserable day, no one feels like going outside. However, it’s still essential to provide your furry friend with as much stimulation as possible. To do so, purchase some chew toys and a toy box and give your dog plenty of options. You may find that they are more than happy to entertain themselves on cold and wintry days when no one feels like taking them outside. 

Laser Games

It can be hard to tire out an energetic dog, but you may find that by buying a laser, you stand a chance of winning. Dog-friendly laser lights are affordable and give your dog something to chase. They are also suitable for use in the daytime and at night.  

Conclusion

In the beginning, training an Akita Pit can be a little ruff. They can let their stubborn side show through quite quickly. However, when you incorporate training from a young age then group it with fun activities, you will quickly find your furry friend is well-behaved, fun loving, and affectionate.