I bought an Akita back in September. He is now 6 months old. He is fed well, has lots of chew toys and we give him lots of attention. I was taking him to all of my daughter's soccer games, PetSmart, trails, etc. (but the outdoor soccer games have ended). I had been trying to socialize him, as I know that's imperative for Akitas. So far he has been doing well, except last night someone came to our house. I was hoping to leave him loose in the house, but he didn't seem to happy about the stranger and I did not want to risk him biting the person so I kept him in a separate room. I even bought him a new bone thinking that would keep him happy, but it didn't work. I'm trying to do everything the right way, but he is very strong. He is an absolute sweetheart in the house, but as he gets older, he is becoming more protective. I've read a lot about Akitas and I know they can be stubborn. I guess what I'm trying to find out is how do you make them listen? When I walk him he pulls, but I've been trying to teach him "heel" and give him treats when he listens. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!