Makoto’s Reason for Joy CAA RATN CGCA CGCU TKA TT SD VA


Owner: Nikki Snell

Her name translates to Reason for Joy, and joy is what she brings to those who know her. It is a blessed individual who ends up with an Akita as remarkable as Yukiko. From a young age, there were a lot of expectations placed on this special girl and she's exceeded every one of them. Adopted as a Service Dog Prospect from rescue, she trained to be a Mobility Service Dog from the day she arrived. It quickly became evident that she loved to learn, and found purpose in working. Prior to her second birthday, Yukiko successfully completed courses in Puppy Kindergarten, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Obedience, Canine Good Citizen, Therapy and Service Dog training. She passed the ADA's Public Acces Test, Obedience levels I, II and III, and earned her CGC, fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Service Dog with KSCEC. Reckognizing that I shouldn't keep such a special soul to myself, I share her while traveling to Schools and Libraries where she represents Love on a Leash, as a registered Therapy Dog. When she's not on duty, Yukiko enjoys Barn Hunt, Lure Coursing, Dog Scouts, Backpacking, Hiking, Swimming, watching Animal Planet and eating Ice Cream.


Akita Club of America

The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akita as described in the official breed standard.

About the Akita

A natural monument in Japan, the Akita’s proud heritage includes hunting large game such as bear, elk, and boar. This powerful and dignified member of the Working Group is renowned for courage and loyalty, but may not be tolerant of other animals. His luxurious double coat can include any combination of vibrant colors. Aloof toward strangers, they form strong family bonds. Highly intelligent with keen sense of humor, the Akita responds best to respectful commands and training techniques that rely on motivation rather than force. Strong-willed and proud, Akitas are not receptive to abusive methods. Akitas originated in Japan many, many years ago, and have been designated a natural monument of Japan. They are a large, impressive breed with natural guarding instincts. While generally reserved with people they don’t know, Akitas are affectionate with their family. They tend to be independent, and while they will always know where you are in your home, they do not need constant attention as do some of the more dependent breeds. For more about this amazing breed, please spend some time here at our site. There’s a wonderful world to explore.