"You'll find your Akita much more difficult than raw recruits, and not nearly as willing to take orders without a reason, lol! These are THINKING dogs." I totally agree Buzz is a good dog but he can still be like a teenage kid and not want to listen to orders given by his owner. Jamie (his owner) never smacks or yells at buzz but like renee said uses the low stern voice. I have never smacked one of my dogs and they all turned out fine. Just alot of patience.