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Dogs on the loose cause major problems for others


Last updated 12/23/2017 at Noon

“Stinkie” the Akita would never dream of hurting “Frank” the ram, but some dogs can and do get loose and harm livestock. Diane Sieker photo

I have this dog. She’s an American Kennel Club long-coat Akita. Well, you know the Akita’s reputation: mean, aggressive, dominant dogs. They were the original “pit” fighting dogs in Japan a couple of thousand years ago, and they can and will fight. They are an ancient breed, related to Huskies, Chows and other tough northern breeds and were trained to hunt bear. These are tough dogs. We socialized her with all kinds of people, animals and situations as a puppy, and she became a gentle, good-humored and friendly canine.

However, after five and a half years, she learned to jump my pe...

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