How To Train Shiba Inu Dogs

The Shiba Inu is a member of one of the most ancient breeds of dogs still in existence today. The Shiba Inu is a breed of dog that originated from Japan. The English translation for its name is Little Brushwood Dog and was originally bred for hunting in mountainous terrain. Being a member of an ancient breed of dog, it has a strong prey drive so it is important to train Shiba Inu early.

Shiba Inu are intelligent and independent dogs so they can be a handful especially with inexperienced dog owners. One distinguishing feature of this breed is the Shiba scream which the dog will make when it is bored, unhappy or threatened. It is recommended for owners to train Shiba Inu dogs while they are still puppies. For dog owners to succeed in training, they must establish themselves as the pack leader or the alpha. This will earn you the dog’s trust and respect, which will make the training sessions easier. As a trainer, you must be calm, consistent and patient. When training your dog, you must never show your anger or frustration and take it out on the dog because the dog will see it as a sign of aggression. Since this breed has a stubborn streak, your dog will not back down from a fight. You should set a routine schedule that you can follow and repeat every day for months. If the schedule gets interrupted, the dog will get confused and it might lead to behavior problems. As a trainer, you should set realistic goals in a realistic time frame. Training a dog is never easy and proper training takes time.

It is easy to train Shiba Inu dogs to go to the bathroom because they are meticulous and clean dogs. Sometimes, the dog will train itself to go to the bathroom. The dog just needs a place to do it, maybe in the yard.

If you are planning to train Shiba Inu dogs, you should also socialize them properly early on. They should be exposed to different people (other family members, neighbors, and strangers), other animals, and unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. They should get used to being petted and being handled (opening its mouth, clipping its nails, and brushing) and going to the vet for regular check-ups. A Shibu Inu that is not properly socialized will be an aggressive dog and is more likely to attack (and possibly kill) other animals because of their strong predatory instinct.

Shiba Inu Dog Training

There are many ways to conduct a Shiba Inu training. In spite of this, Shiba Inu dog training all starts with the puppy stage. As a rule, and it applies to almost most canine breeds, dogs are easier to train during their infancy stage. Making Shiba Inus follow even the simplest command would be a lot harder when they reach maturity. As a consequence, Shiba Inu dogs that have been trained during the latter stages of their development tend to be more disobedient and harder to train.

The best period to begin training your dog is when it reached three months of age or after it had its first vaccine shots. Basically, it is advisable to begin with basic actions and commands.  The success of these basic commands relies on simple association. One of the simplest methods is name association. Remember to always mention the name of your dog first before every command. This will help your dog recognize whether you are directing your attention to it or not. Keep this in mind that stating the name of your pet is the key in the success of basic Shiba Inu training. Failing to do this will result to slower command response.

Compared to other canine breeds, Shiba Inus are very intelligent. They have this inherent capability of catching directions and commands faster than any dog breed. Repetition also plays an important part in making this particular dog breed learn commands faster. The more you practice giving commands, the better the results of the training will be.

Japanese dog breeders find it easier to train Shiba Inu dogs because they have the privilege to come into contact with this breed first. As a result, Shiba Inu that were bred in the soils of Japan are quicker in following complicated commands. Some dogs are even known to hunt fish and game fowls with finesse. However, it takes a great deal of patience to train Shiba Inu dogs and make them great hunters.

One of the most effective techniques in Shiba Inu dog training is the command-act-reward methods. This technique involves repetition and patience. You need to make the dog react to your command. If your pet responds properly, make sure that it gets a reward. Most dogs require food as a reward for every correct action but not Shiba Inus. A mere pat on the head or a brief belly rub is enough to compensate them with their actions. In essence, the Shiba Inu dog training can be very easy as long as you have the patience proper methodology.