Hello all, I have made this forum to get some advice on my American Akita bitch - I am desperate for help. I am a student - this is my first dog. She's a family dog and I have several siblings who help look after her. We have 2 male cats - she's fine with them. She's 4 years old and healthy, we had her since she was 2 months old. I met her mother and father - mother completely friendly, just like a big puppy, her father; not so friendly. Anyway, she was the most amazing puppy! Vets, groomers and current/previous Akita owners complemented her behaviour, saying she was the most well behaved Akita they've ever met! I was able to let her off the leash wherever we went, on pavements she would stick by my side or behind me. Any dog that tried to bother her she would just ignore - if they pounced on her she would just bounce them off. However, her recall wasn't quite so good. But - she LOVED to go for walks and socialize with other dogs, I even took her to an indoor dog park community now and then. Walking her was amazing, and it never seemed a task, it was so fun. Then, she had her second season/heat and everything changed. She suddenly attacked a dog (no harm done, just scary to experience). Since then I have been nervous to walk her, and she's rarely friendly to other dogs. She's completely fine with people and kids - just dog aggressive. I know it's her dominance, she displays it in lots of ways: - More aggressive with larger, dominant breeds (e.g. Rottweilers) - but she gets on with small male dogs - When we approach any grass, she'll rub her paws on it (marking her territory) - She pees to mark her territory every so often when walking She gets very excited when seeing other dogs, just as she did when she was a puppy, but this time the fur on her spine stands up and she wants to dominate. Walking her has become so difficult! I feel terrible not letting her walk freely and explore, and I feel even worse not allowing her to socialise with other dogs. Now don't get me wrong, she doesn't try to attack every dog! But I just don't know what to expect so I'd rather not risk it. I've taken her private training, but even the trainer seemed nervous when bringing her Rottweiler out because even at a distance both the dogs were constantly barking at each other. I'm fed up of being nervous, I want her to be happy again. I know this is such a long post, but I really would like some advice! Thank you for reading this.