Hi there, I am new here and could really use some advice! First let me give you all some background on my current situation. I'm a single mom to a 6 year old little boy. We lost our Staffordshire, Roxy, last Christmas. We both were wanting to share our home with a new pup and I decided it may be best to take my little guy to the shelter and let him get the puppy that gravitates to him. So that's exactly what we did. We rescued what I was told was a "3 month old golden retriever possibly mixed with a husky," in May of this year. Only to discover he isn't a golden retriever at all he is an Akita Inu. Growing up my father had a big heart so we always had dogs. We had Schnauzers, Pit Bulls, Labs, Boxers, Staffords, etc. We even had a Greyhound once. So dogs are nothing new to me. Well this dog is totally different from any dog I've owned or been around for that matter. He is very protective which is one of the traits I was looking for. He is also very intelligent. However, he is stubborn as an Ox and he seems to think my son is a toy not a friend. He is constantly nipping at his toes, growling, barking, he bites onto his shirt when he walks by and won't let go until I say something. The child crying doesn't phase him. My child is scared of him at times, and that is not okay with me. He only listens to commands from me and at times he waits until my back is turned and disobeys me immediately too. I have tried just about everything and can not seem to get him to obey consistently. I consistently tell him down when he jumps on people or jumps on furniture. I've tried making loud noises to scare him off and that did not work. I tried popping his behind that doesn't work... It doesn't help that he is extremely fast and there is no way I can catch him. I know he is smart and knows he is doing something wrong though because he will jump on the furniture and just stand there waiting for me to catch him just like he stares at me while he is doing something he knows he shouldn't be doing. So he is smart, but he is stubborn. I could really use some suggestions on ways to possibly get through to him and ways that I can teach him that my child is not his chew toy. I've never had this problem before.. I'm hoping that it is just that he is in the puppy stage and things will get better. I don't have any experience with Akita Inu but I love my dog and I'm not giving up on him because he is difficult at times so please bear with me. We both love him dearly we just need a little guidance.