Past Breed Requirements – Showsight Journal


The Efficiency Akita

The Akita Breed Commonplace states, “Massive, highly effective, alert, with a lot substance and heavy bone.” As a choose, handler, or exhibitor at a canine present, you could have many occasions watched the Akitas within the ring; the highly effective male or stunning bitch making their means across the ring or creating a panoramic stance for his or her handler. Now I would really like so that you can meet one other facet of this breed: the Efficiency Akita. Sure, I mentioned “Efficiency.” This breed might be seen in Rally, Obedience, and even Agility rings. Akitas are additionally competing in Barn Hunt, Scentwork, and Quick CAT. Many are incomes the three ranges of Canine Good Citizen, Temperament Take a look at titles, and Farm Canine. The particular ones are additionally Remedy Canines!

Coaching an Akita for efficiency just isn’t a simple feat. This breed bores simply. Educate them one thing, they decide it up quick. Repeat it quite a lot of occasions and the Akita is able to transfer on—do it, transfer on. Whenever you see us take the leash off at a trial, that Akita is prepared and their proprietor/handler is assured that their Akita is of nice temperament and prepared for the duty.

Not all of our Akitas can compete at increased ranges in Rally or Obedience, nonetheless, because of the requirement for off-leash heeling. Whereas our Akita might be able to full the duty, the canine’s proprietor could not really feel assured with out the leash. It occurs. We merely transfer on to a different efficiency exercise that our Akita can efficiently compete in. We adapt and proceed to have enjoyable with our well-trained Akita. Many people have skilled a number of canines from puppyhood and have had success in lots of areas of efficiency.

Performance Akitas

The Akita Nationwide Specialty was held this 12 months in Mesa, Arizona. Rally and Obedience trials had been provided two of the times. There was additionally the first-ever Scentwork Trial held at an Akita Nationwide. Quite a few Akitas certified!

For the stability of this text, you’ll hear from the homeowners of a few of these particular Akitas. One such Akita is “Gabby,” an almost 12-year-old who’s the most-titled Akita within the historical past of our breed. She has fairly a following and brings a smile to not solely her proprietor, Barbara Sikkink, but additionally to all who meet her. She is without doubt one of the “particular” ones.

My “particular” one, “Heston,” has sadly left us. He by no means met a stranger and he beloved all folks. He was additionally a Remedy Canine. He beloved it. As soon as, he was even a Present-N-Inform for my grandson’s kindergarten class! Heston had quite a lot of “attempt.” We would not have certified every time we entered the ring, however we had enjoyable.

Heston’s favourite efficiency exercise was Agility. He disliked sitting—he actually did. Think about a Rally/Obedience canine that didn’t wish to sit. That was Heston. He did grace me with a sit on most events, however different occasions he simply seemed up at me and smiled. Anyway, Agility didn’t have any sits. Watching this boy fly over jumps with a smile on his face was wonderful. Different occasions within the ring, I watched him make his personal course and simply adopted alongside. Heston is the most-titled male within the historical past of our breed. Heston was a Efficiency Akita.

Let’s meet another Efficiency Akitas, in response to their homeowners.

Performance AkitasFOREST & DOROTHY CARROLL-MOORS “Forest” is greatest described as a part-time working canine. In different phrases… when he feels prefer it. We made our first try on the Mission Circuit reveals the place the choose was sadly deeply involved in regards to the Akita in his ring that was about to be taken off-lead. This was regardless of sitting exterior the ring for an hour and a half, and Forest was graciously greeting anybody who approached. It was a heat afternoon and it was naptime. He determined he appreciated the middle of the ring so properly that he would simply keep there. Not a qualifying spherical.

The following attempt, on the Akita Pre-Nationwide, Forest once more sat and stayed fantastically for his recall. When known as, he slowly sauntered over as if he was very busy, and sat too distant to qualify. The third attempt on the Nationwide was a attraction. Whereas he was busy searching for ladies, he nonetheless heeled adequately, really got here (nobody mentioned he needed to be speedy), sat proper in entrance of me, and put his paw up as if to say, “Am I accomplished now? And a deal with can be good.”

The problem is to each the exhibitor and our particular canines. They’re as good as they must be and as dumb as they will get away with. I look ahead to our new journey collectively in Obedience and Rally.

Performance Akitas

BUDDY & ANITA PALMER “Buddy” is our fourth male Akita and our third champion. Buddy is working each side of the canine present world; he’s a champion in Conformation and is now beginning to compete in efficiency occasions. He’s very enthusiastic and we look ahead to studying and dealing collectively as a staff. On the Akita Nationwide, Buddy certified in Newbie Novice Obedience in addition to Rally. He additionally earned his City Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) title.

Performance Akitas

DEVYLLE & HEATHYR AGUILAR “DeVylle” fortunately competed in Newbie Novice Obedience and Rally Novice. She earned her Rally Novice Title on the Akita Nationwide, and on the identical day she went on to be awarded a 5-pt. main as Winners Bitch and Better of Winners on the Pre-Nationwide. We couldn’t be prouder of this younger lady and look ahead to a brilliant future.


ROXY & TRACY WEST “Roxy,” as a Veteran, earned her Rally Superior Title on the 2023 Akita Nationwide. Roxy has all the time beloved to point out and go to Meet the Breed occasions, like on the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Pageant. She can be an authorized Remedy Canine. It by no means occurred to me that she would like to do different issues like Rally. Obedience isn’t as enjoyable to her (though she earned her first leg of Newbie Novice Obedience on the Nationwide), as a result of she loves the verbal interactions Rally encourages. As a result of she appears to actually take pleasure in going to class and dealing in direction of completely different titles, we’ll maintain at it. Our subsequent massive purpose is incomes a CD.

CORRA & KATE MANGUBAT “Corra’s” journey to acquiring her Scentwork HD Novice title is a typical Akita coaching story. She requested why she had to do that factor, then did it when she felt prefer it. We had been mentored by ACPS Vice President Tom Knoebel, watched a couple of YouTube movies, and tried to make it as thrilling as doable. Convincing Corra that discovering my smelly sock would lead to a deal with was not the toughest half—that was maintaining her from destroying the scent containers! It took about three tries for her to study this exercise. She accomplished her Scentwork Handler Discrimination Trial 1 at Monroe, Washington (2nd place), Trial 2 (1st place), and Trial 3 (1st place) on the Akita Nationwide. Key takeaway: make it thrilling and belief your Akit

YETI & ILKA WAGNER The 2023 Akita Nationwide was the venue the place I made a decision to take the bounce into Rally with considered one of my Akitas. “Yeti” obtained a rating of 93 and 1st place in our first try at Rally Novice. I couldn’t have been extra happy with him! Two years in the past, on the Akita Nationwide, he earned his CGCA, CGCU, and TKN, and I noticed how a lot enjoyable it was to work as a staff with him in one thing aside from Conformation.

I’ve been considering doing efficiency work for years, however simply didn’t fairly have the fitting Akita to do that with… or perhaps, I simply didn’t have the gumption to attempt. I selected Yeti to start out working in efficiency as a result of he’s so biddable. If he is aware of what you desire to him to do, he’ll do it, and he’ll do it with enthusiasm! He’s simply comfortable to be doing one thing together with his mother.

Treats are nice, however reward is simply nearly as good. He’s so prepared to attempt new issues and I really like seeing his massive smile after we get it proper. He appears to know after we are spot on with a trick or a brand new Rally signal. In true Akita spirit, after we’ve got accomplished one thing three or 4 occasions, we’ve got to maneuver on to a different problem; however I like this in regards to the breed. They’re simply uninterested in issues, so we’ve got to maintain on our toes to maintain them engaged and enthusiastic. Yeti makes this simple for me. One thing new… let’s do it, mother! I’ve the efficiency bug now and plan on getting a few of my different kiddos out as properly.


Performance Akitas

GABBY & BARBARA SIKKINK “Gabby” earned her Rally Championship 2 (RACH2) on the Akita Nationwide alongside together with her Rally Grasp 7 (RM7) and Rally Superior Wonderful 5 (RAE5). She was Excessive Triple and Excessive Mixed on the Pre-Nationwide and Nationwide. She additionally Q’d in three of her Scentwork lessons at Grasp degree. She is only one Q from incomes her general Scentwork Grasp title. She shall be 12 years outdated this month. Gabby is the most-titled Akita within the historical past of the breed: ACH NNCH ALCH NHD EN UCD ROM RACH2 Minda & Midnite The Gods Have Spoken CDX BN GN RM7 RAE5 FDC OAP NJP CA BCAT SWNE SCAE SIAE SCM SIM SEM SHDE TT THDX RATM CZ8B DN CGCA CGCU TKE ATT VHMA VSWE FITS SPOT-ON SD-1 VAX9 HOF-Rally HOF-Barn Hunt

Performance Akitas

DUBLIN & KOKO & SUZI ALEKSANDER “Dublin,” at seven months outdated, blew me away by taking a Excessive in Trial on the Novice degree in Scentwork. That means, he handed all provided components. It was solely his second trial, so clearly, Akitas have quite a lot of pure capacity in Scentwork. It’s an awesome sport for Akitas, because it lets them work independently and at their very own tempo. Dublin additionally handed two Trick ranges to earn his Trick Canine Superior title and his CGCU in addition to incomes his third Rally Novice leg for a Rally Novice title.
“Koko,” who’s 11 years younger and nonetheless as affected person and deliberate as all the time, handed practically all of her runs on the highest Scentwork ranges and even earned her penultimate leg of the ten required for her Handler Discrimination Grasp Elite. One in all my favourite experiences with Koko was competing within the AKC West Regional Championships, the place Koko earned a second place general within the Grasp HD division towards some very skilled groups. She additionally earned her Rally Grasp 2 title and the brand new Rally Selection title in Mesa, together with her twentieth Grasp Q and tenth Selection Q. Koko repeatedly competes in Shed, Carting, Obedience, FCAT, and rat sports activities. Thanks all for sharing your tales with us about your Efficiency Akitas. I hope that judges, handlers, exhibitors, and most of the people will have a look at our Akitas as greater than a beautiful present canine. They’re a lot extra!