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Old 02-08-2019, 10:27 PM
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He was never possessive with me. I could take anything from him any time. One of his vets told me Akitas don't bark or growl they just attack silently without warning. That was definitely him. Never made a sound to let me know except maybe a short bark while he was already springing.

So I had to learn all potential triggers and learn his body language very well to prevent problems. His tail would be wagging too which confused me at first until I learned more about dog body language.

Current dog does plenty of barking and growling and rarely ever springs. When he does it's completely justified. Never possessive. Much easier. No Akita in him. Has other protective breeds though.
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:34 PM
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hmmm that does make it difficult, my ex had a pure bred Akita- stunningly beautiful dog & very well behaved. A total fluff ball. Yeah a flicking or quick swishes of a tail is different to wagging. Wagging is a slower side to side rythm, & a more relaxed demeanor. It is important not to get those mixed up.
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He would do the fast excited wagging with tail high that can mean excited to play or meet a new dog or person or be aggressive. It was full side to side wagging just not slow, same as he did when he wanted to play or saw me or someone he really liked. The tail high and fast wagging just means excited and since he never barked or growled it confused me. He'd even sometimes whine and act excited, to attack I guess lol.

Now that I have my current dog who will growl and bark and also loves other dogs but has also been in scuffles and been defensive or protective with people I can see a clear difference between loose play body language and excited potential threats. It also took a lot of video watching and reading and watching many dogs at the park.
I never brought my old dog to parks as he didn't enjoy socializing with other dogs in a busy environment. He tolerated them fine and liked individual dogs but lived people and his cats. I could keep him focused on me and fetch in a dog park and did if I had no other place to take him but he wouldn't just sit around and enjoy being there he was much too active.

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oh yep Yeah my exs akita had a tail up that curled back on itself. My dog has no tail lol! just a wee stump, it was removed before I got her. That also means I have to pay close attention to what her stumps doing. She waggles it fast as an answer yes if I ask her something, when she barks its up not moving & when her ears are back growling its tucked in.
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