Post by Ii Katsumori on May 4, 2013 4:05:33 GMT -5
I've never seen sashimono on dogs and I would doubt they would bother. Sashimono weren't even deployed to all troops. I'm also not sure if dogs would have been brought into battle; while dogs can do a very good job of distinguishing their "pack" from another "pack" I don't know how you would have managed them in the chaos of battle, especially as your armies start to grow large enough so that the dogs don't know everyone else.
That said, I can very much imagine a lord bringing his favorite dog on campaign. In that case, you normally see simple rope leashes used, and I could easily see a dog walking alongside or behind the lord in parade, etc. They could be useful for hunting, as well as potentially guarding their lord.
Post by Hayashi Yuki on May 4, 2013 15:01:55 GMT -5
While I don't know much on the history of dogs in ancient Japan I do know about Akitas and training. They are a work dog which means they are very smart, and like to do work for their masters. Even the simplest task for them will bring them joy. They aim to please. They normally attach themselves to one or two people, and will guard them with their life. Careful with this because if you do not socialize your Akita they can become a hazard to people. Akitas do not bark or growl so people who know nothing about body language will not know if the dog is tens or wary of them. You have to keep a visual eye on them at all times while around new people. The minute you see any warning signs that the dog is uncomfortable get the new person to back away, or call for your dog.
The guy who helped me train with my corgi owned two Akitas, and taught me a lot about them. They are almost as primal as wolves sometimes, and you have to remind them who is the leader.
I remember meeting an Akita at a dog park beach. I was so excited to see one that I nearly forgot how to treat them. In other words I went to pet it right off the bat. I did ask "can I pet you," and when I noticed it eyeing me I knew it was a bad idea. I was still polite to him, and let him sniff my hand, but I made sure not to make any sudden movements toward him or his owner.
Akitas are beautiful, loyal dogs, and I do hope you enjoy the one you get. Just be sure to be a responsible owner, and a good leader.
Only one reliable historical document referring to a samurai taking a dog with him into battle is also known to exist, and is found in Volume 21 of the Gasen by Taiheiki, which refers to a warrior named "Hata Roku Ryouzae-mon Tokiyoshi" who kept his dog named, "Inu-jishi", literally the "Dog Lion" with him during battle.
Again, no reason to assume there wasn't more than only one instance, but if there is only one reference, it can't have been super common.
Post by tengumoon on Sept 24, 2013 23:22:57 GMT -5
We have our Akita, a male, almost 11 weeks old, named Shogun, and already 11 kilograms! He is a willful, intelligent, dominant dog. Ive spent the last 3 weeks working with him. He picks up so much, so quickly. He is being well socialised with animals and people.
He is a joy to have! (but a lot of work!)
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