Do Akitas bark a lot? A good question for any prospective future owner of an Akita. When choosing a breed it’s important to do your research and this article will hopefully tell you all about Akita’s barking habits. In addition, we will also be covering what to do if your dog barks a lot and how you can reduce it. Plus what kinds of barks arent okay and what kinds it’s important to pay attention to. So how much do Akitas bark?
Akitas seldom bark and when they do there’s a good reason. Silent hunters, they prefer to stalk, as cats do. But if your life, family, or property are in danger then these dogs will bark in order to warn you. Akitas do however make many other vocalizations other than barks. That sometimes can even sound like human words.
Silent and stealthy, originating as hunters in Japan, Akitas are not heavy barkers. This is somewhat rare amongst dog breeds. Contrary to myth however they do bark, just not a lot.
Due to their loyalty and devotion to their owners, you should pay closer attention when they bark then you would with other dog breeds. It could be very important and they could be alerting you to approaching danger.
Even so, training is essential for all dogs, including Akitas. So while barking is seldom heard from an Akita their are always special dogs with their unique issues. So while well talk about all the different reasons Akita barks we will also go over some training methods to reduce your dog barking. Just in case for some reason you got an Akitas that’s a barker.
While Akita’s generally don’t bark and are not noisy animals in general, they do have some pretty interesting and unique vocalizations.
Why Don’t Akitas Bark As Much As Other Dogs?
Some of the most talkative dogs originate from a shepherd background. As you can imagine any dog bred to guard or herd livestock is going to have to be more vocal.
After all they have to communicate with the herd.
Akitas, however, were not bred to be livestock guardians. Though they do have very strong protective instincts.
Bred in Japan originally as hunting dogs, these canines were involved in tracking and taking down some of the toughest prey imaginable. Their specialty was hunting bears. In more modern times they’re also often used as police dogs and in all manners of protection.
Due to their both past and current line of work, making a lot of noise was not in the cards. As a result, they developed a much quieter and stealthy disposition. So that they could be able to stalk and sneak up on whatever it was that they were hunting. Whether it be animal or criminal.
When Do Akitas Bark?
Now Akitas don’t bark that often. But that doesn’t mean they never bark. Sometimes they do. Their reasons are similar to other dogs but also a bit different. They have their own unique reasons why.
- Akitas may bark when they’re feeling playful: While some dogs when you come home its just yap yap. With an Akita, its usually not that way, but that doesn’t mean they might still give a few barks when they’re excited. Though they also make a lot of other interesting sounds.
- When they’re trying to scare something off: All dogs bark at the thing they want to go away. Barking is how dogs communicate and they can say a lot of different things with it. In this case, your Akita is trying to tell something or someone to go away and don’t come back!
- Akitas distrust strangers: One of the few times you may hear your Akita barking is when their somebody new around. These dogs can take a while to warm up to brand new faces. It’s their protective instincts kicking in. They have to screen them first before they know its okay for you to hang out with them. Part of this process will probably include barking.
- Akitas will bark to warn you of danger: The world can be a dangerous place and the job of an Akita is to protect you. Or at least this is how they see things. So if they think something bad is going to happen to you they’ll probably bark to let you know.
When is it Good For Your Akita to Bark?
Part of this dog’s operative mode is protection. If you didn’t want a dog to protect you then why did you get an Akita? It’s their special reason for existence. So while not all barking is good some actually is. Mainly that involving the Akita carrying out its sacred duty.
So realize that when your Akita is barking at strange animals or in unfamiliar surrounds it’s doing its job. Likewise when your outside walking your dog and someone starts eyeing you suspiciously expect your dog to do some barking.
They gotta do what they need to do to help keep you safe. You are their entire world after all.
What is Bad Barking?
While it’s perfectly normal for your Akita to bark in unfamiliar circumstances. There are certain times when you may have a problem.
One is if the barking continues even when the stranger or animal leaves the area and yet your Akita is still agitated. Speak soothing words to them to see if that calms them down.
If they’re still upset then start removing them from the situation. An Akita who is becoming increasingly agitated may take aggressive action. So it’s important to take note of it and try to deal with the problem before it becomes a more serious issue.
What Other Kind of Noises Might Your Akita Make?
Akitas are renowned throughout the world for being expressive talkers. Most dogs do all their talking through their barking. But for Akitas, there is actually a colorful palette of various noises and grunts that they create to show their mood and feelings.
It’s difficult to describe in words but it sounds like grunts. Though that word does not give it true justice. They’ll do it when their happy and when they just want to say hello.
Some owners have even had their Akitas make grunts and whoops in a succession that actually sounds like words. For example, one owner had an Akita that sounded like it could say “I’m sorry” and “I love you”. Of course, it takes a bit of imagination to connect the sounds fully into language but I promise you it isn’t hard.
They truly do sound like their talking to you. It’s one of the great beautiful wonders and joys of Akita ownership.
How to Train Your Akita to Stop Barking
While most owners won’t really have a problem with their Akita barking too much some might. So here are some basic training tips that will work with Akitas and most other dogs as well.
- Train them with a command phrase like “hush” or “quiet”.
- Use a squirt water bottle.
- Bark collars
- Remove barking temptations
All four of these methods or a little bit of each mixed in with the other should work very well. Remember that the key to teaching anything lies in constant consistency. Inconsistent rewards and rebukes confuse them and hinders their successful training.
This method is quite simple to explain but a bit more difficult to put into action. Since the problem when trying to train our dogs is teaching them what exactly it is that we want. We have to be creative sometimes in order to succeed.
- Step One: When your Akita is barking get a treat ready. Wait patiently until they stop barking.
- Step two: Once barking has ceased then speak your command phrase.
- Step three: Since their quiet now, even though it was because of accident, give them the treat and lots of loving praise.
- Step four: Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary when you feel confident with the method try using your command phrase to stop them barking while they’re already barking. Hopefully, your Akita will understand the word now and obey your command to stop barking.
The reason why this method can work so effectively is that it helps the dog to associate stopping barking with the command phrase. Even though we did through patience and trickery. Still, the dog actually doesn’t know any better and begins to think that it was the command that was causing them to stop barking instead of their own volition.
Squirt Water Bottle
This technique can be used on its own or alternatively in combination with the previous technique.
Whenever your Akita starts barking just spritz them a bit with the squirt water bottle. This will disrupt their train of thought hopefully leading them to stop barking. While dogs don’t have the same dislike of water as cats do, many of them still get annoyed by being sprayed.
You can also use this in conjunction with the previous method. Simply use the squirt water bottle while using your command phrase and then when your dog stops barking because they got sprayed. Then feed them a treat while also praising them. Ideally do it in a baby voice. Dogs just eat that up.
Using Bark Collars
There are also non-violent bark collars that can be used as well. This generally should be reserved for those cases where the barking is reaching intolerable levels and nothing else is working. They do after all cost money and they can be rather uncomfortable sometimes for both dog and owner.
It’s important to note that I am not at all referring to shock collars. These can be extremely dangerous to the dog and can lead to dog aggression. I do not recommend shock collars in any situation.
Some types of bark collars you can get
- Citronella collars: These spray the dog with citronella whenever they bark. It doesn’t at all hurt the dog, but many dogs are very irritated by the smell. Some people don’t like the smell either so it might not work for everyone.
- Water spray collars: these are simply the same as the squirt water bottle. except that it’s fully automated. They may not always work with all dogs, however. Very clever animals might just wait until its empty of water and then let loose with all their stored barking at once. Akitas are extremely clever so their likely to be the kind of dog that would outsmart the bark collar in this way.
- Noise-emitting collar: They emit annoying noises whenever the dog barks. It’s extremely irritating for them so they’ll associate the negative sounds with their own barking. I’m a little unsure of them however do to the sensitivity of dogs hearing. You don’t want to hurt your Akita’s ears after all.
Your Pets Barking Could be a Medical Problem
Since Akitas are generally such quiet pets, when they start barking a lot it could be rather unusual. If you notice your pet canine barking more then ordinary. It might behoove you to take them to your trusted vet and get a check-up.
While most dogs when their feeling sick will get very quiet. Others, however, will actually bark out their problems and pains. After all, how can you, their owners, know that they have a problem if they don’t let you know through barking.
So don’t always treat your dogs barking as a nuisance. You have to keep an open mind and actually listen to your pet. Know their habits and usual activities. So that you notice when something is off. Your pet’s life could depend upon it.
Akitas are generally quiet dogs who don’t bark that much. It’s their hunter’s instincts as they must be silent and stealthy in order to fulfill the purposes they were bred for. They do however make a large variety of other expressive noises. From grunts to even whistles with their owners, these dogs can be extremely expressive of both mood and emotion.
While doing Akitas don’t bark a lot, you might have gotten one who doesn’t completely fit the mold. For training them to stop barking just use patience, a command phrase, and lots of treats and love. Squirt water bottles and bark collars can also add to your repertoire. In conjunction with a well-trained command phrase, any barking problems you might experience should be successfully resolved.
Remember though your Akita may be barking in order to warn you of danger. Listen to your dog and realize that sometimes they bark for a good reason. This could be a dangerous stranger, a vicious animal, or something else bothering them like a gas leak.
So don’t always ignore your dog. Especially when they don’t usually bark a lot, any barking in such a case probably means theirs a problem of some kind that demands your attention.