The Japanese Spitz is an energetic dog that loves to play and hang out with its owners. The majority of Japanese dog breeds enjoy making their humans laugh. They are also very intelligent and eager to learn, which makes them highly trainable.
While they are known to be very friendly and affectionate, some owners say that they are aggressive. In this article, I will explore with you whether or not they are aggressive. I will also delve deep into some great options on how you can encourage good behavior in your Spitz.
Is the Japanese Spitz aggressive?
Unlike most Spitz breeds, the Japanese Spitz is rarely aggressive. However, they are known to act aloof or bark at strangers as well as other pets. Most of this behavior comes about when the breed hasn’t been properly socialized at a young age. But, despite that aggression, the dogs can get used to new humans very quickly, especially if they are associating with them frequently.
Socializing your Japanese Spitz
Naturally, all dogs are capable of good and bad temperamental traits. That’s why socializing is one of the most important steps that should never be skipped. This is because the lack of socializing can lead to a very destructive dog that lacks confidence, is always barking at anything, especially the things that it didn’t become accustomed to during their socialization period, and can’t get along with anyone easily.
These are the dogs that often bite if they feel cornered. Socializing must always start while the dog is still at a very young age.
When you get a new puppy, there are a couple of rules that you are required to follow in order to insure that your puppy grows up well adjusted.
The fact of the matter is: Dogs that are socialized from a puppy age are less likely to become burdens later in life.
If your dog is properly socialized, it will never be fearful of a particular age group, skin color, or body type.
This means that they are less likely to run away from these people, bark at them or even bite them in order make them move away. Socializing a dog is all about getting the dog used to the surroundings.
How Do I Socialize My Spitz?
As soon as you welcome your puppy into your home, start introducing him safely to all different sights and sounds.
Your dog should meet other animals, children of all ages, crates, vacuum cleaners, stairs, automobiles, pet stores and veterinarian’s offices- the list goes on.
On top of that, your dog should get to meet as many dogs as possible, as they often learn things from other dogs, like communication signals as well as social behavior.
The key here is to get your puppy used to as many different sights, sounds, smells, all kinds of people, places and things as you possibly can.
Encouraging Good Manners and Behavior
While you are socializing and housebreaking your puppy Spitz, you have to be working on teaching your dog on the behaviors that are socially acceptable, because at this age, your puppy doesn’t know which behaviors are considered or not- by you of course.
But it is not entirely possible for your dog to get the full picture on the acceptable and unacceptable behaviors. Most dog behaviors always have some degree of unacceptability among humans.
After all, we all know that dogs greet by butt sniffing. When it comes to welcoming a family member, they are compelled to lick their face or jump up on them.
They have no idea on which things were put on earth for little dogs, and which things are irreplaceable family valuables. The whole world is just “chew toys” so to speak.
If your dog is untrained, he/she naturally becomes a freebooter, during which he/she will do things that reward him and will do anything to avoid things that won’t earn him rewards. He is an opportunist.
When the dog is still in its puppy phase, he don’t know that a behavior is good or bad, and he certainly can’t reason.
The only thing he will be able to figure out easily is that certain behaviors are followed by pleasurable moments and other behaviors are followed by unpleasant consequences.
Thus, it is YOUR job, as its owner, to make sure that none of the unacceptable behaviors get rewarded. Anytime your dog does something and gets rewarded with a treat, he/she will continue that same behavior as often as possible.
For instance, if your Spitz sits politely on the floor and gets ignored by you, but jumping up gets you all excited, your dog is going to choose jumping up over sitting politely every time, because that’s what you’ve selectively rewarded. Though it may not be intentional, your puppy is still learning the good, bad and how to behavior around you, in general.
If the dog is acting in the unacceptable way, he/she must never be rewarded. Always reward a more pleasing behavior in its place.
In the aforementioned example, you should reward sitting with petting and ignore them when they are jumping up to you.
If your dog stays away from the dinner table, reward him Reward him with a treat after dinner away from that table and in his/her food bowl. Your dog should not be begging at the table, so this behavior should be ignored, thus not rewarded.
Most people think that puppies are able to raise themselves to be model citizens (by human standards), and this is disastrous.
The fact is, people don’t want to put in the time in order to prevent the unacceptable behaviors and foster good behaviors.
Reward the Good + Ignore the Bad = Good-mannered and behaved dog
Do Obedience Classes work?
Obedience classes are very effective when it comes to training a dog. In the early days, we only used to sign up for an obedience training course if there was an upcoming obedience competition coming up.
In this day and age, everyone can sign up for these obedience training classes. These training sessions are often called pet dog training classes, or manners classes.
This is because they teach more than just the things you need to learn to compete in obedience trials. The trainings are extended.
They teach the basics of control, some learning theory, and they also help with problem behaviors. While most people take these training classes very lightly, they are quite important as you will go beyond what you’ve taught your dog at home.
As such, trainings are a MUST for every puppy out there. Obedience training in puppies is just as important as school is to us.
If you want to enroll in a class, you can always ask your vet or check out the internet for any upcoming classes in your area.
In your obedience class, you and your dog will be surrounded by a lot of other dog owners and their dogs. The number of people and their dogs in once class may vary from one training arena to the other.
Trainings are always a good way to socialize your dog while you are training it. You will also show your dog that he must obey you even when surrounded by distractions.
Dogs always learn things faster in training classes because they get to watch how other dogs are progressing.
You must never use any hard treatments on your dog, or anything that your dog will associate as negative. If you are asked to harshly punish your dog with leash jerks or other disciplinary measures, don’t do it. Instead, try looking for a different class that uses positive methods, which will make learning more enjoyable for you and your furry friend.
A lot of people tend to quit attending classes, especially after they feel that they have gained a bit of control over their dog or if they have learned how to make their dogs understand a few cues.
My advice is: never go for the advanced training courses if you know that you won’t be able to handle it yourself. Advanced courses aren’t for everyone.
Instead of going full throttle on the advanced course and giving up somewhere along the way, consider going for a less advanced or a beginner’s course. You might want to check and see if your club or training school offers other classes for your dog.
There are a wide range of placed that have trick training classes, agility, fly ball, scent-work, and many other fun activities that you can do with your companion.
In summary, the Japanese Spitz is hardly ever aggressive. These dogs only tend to act up when they see strangers or new pet, but only if they haven’t been properly socialized.
Socialization is best done when the dog is still a puppy, and during this age, they should be introduced to all kinds of sounds, smells, people, and dogs as well as other animals.
Typically, they are less likely to act up at something when they are older if they already encountered it during their puppyhood.
Encourage good behavior around the house and enroll for some fun obedience training classes for you and your dog. You can teach your dog these things when it only about 7 weeks of age.