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.

Guide To Shiba Inu Puppies

Shiba Inu puppies melted the hearts of many people when a viral video of a Shiba Inu (Mari) and her three puppies was spread across the internet. They became famous for saving an old man and his granddaughter under the planks of wood from their collapsed house because of the 2004 Niigata earthquake.

The Shiba is considered the smallest of all Japanese dog breeds. Yet, despite its size, the Shiba Inu is known for its excellent hunting skills. Believe it or not, the small and brushwood dog was built for hunting bears and boars. The breed almost went obsolete when the World War II occurred but some breeders were able to rescue the Shiba. Today, it is one of the most popular household breeds in Japan. Its versatility is impeccable. This breed wears many hats ranging from being a watchdog, guard dog, show dog, companion dog, hunting dog, etc.

The most prominent feature of Shiba Inu puppies is the fluffy and straight coat. The Shiba Inu actually has two coats. The undercoat is soft and thick while the outer coat is stiff and straight. You will see Shiba Inus in several coat colors black with tan markings, sesame with red markings, cream, red, or red with hints of black. Shiba Inus definitely have markings on their cheeks, muzzles, throat, chest, and underside. Their muzzles are round and narrow toward the nose, their lips tight, triangle ears erect, and their eyes triangular. Their tails are very distinct because they curl over the back. Their body structure is very compact.

The earthquake video may have portrayed the Shiba Inu as compassionate, courageous, and loyal. While these characteristics are true, it takes a good deal of training to mold Shiba Inu puppies. This breed is known for its strong and alpha personality. Needless to say, you should expect the Shiba to be stubborn. In fact, this breed is not recommended for first-time dog owners because improper handling may cause the Shiba to be domineering and destructive. It’s important to train Shiba Inu puppies firmly and as soon as possible. Establish that the human is the leader in the master-dog relationship. Shibas are very loyal dogs so expect them to be a little reserved with strangers. Towards an effective master, this breed is very loving, courageous, kind, playful, and alert. If you decide to keep a Shiba Inu, only keep one breed in the house because Shibas tend to rule over other dogs. Don’t mix them with small animals because the hunter in them will only be harmful to the smaller pets.

You can keep Shiba Inu puppies in apartments as long as they get moderate exercise regularly. Be wary of hip dysplasia and patellar luxation with this breed. Shiba Inus are social dogs so maintain a health and loving relationship with your puppies. While they are not hyperactive dogs, Shiba Inus certainly appreciate physical activity. They’re remarkably smart so keep their minds alert with training and activities. Start obedience training as early as 4 months. Shibas tend to become destructive when they’re bored.

Adopting A Shiba Inu Rescue

A Shiba Inu rescue center is built to care for abandoned Shiba Inus and build a list of possible owners and future homes for these dogs. Aside from that, the rescue center provides for the basic needs like neutering, spaying, and shots before they are turned over to the future – and hopefully, permanent – owner. Most of these centers are run by non-profit organizations. They mostly rely on donations to help with the upkeep of the center and pay for the expenses of the dogs needs. Rescue centers also need volunteers too. Support in cash is very much appreciated but help in kind is very much welcome as well.

It is the duty of the Shiba Inu rescue center to educate future owners about the history and background of the breed. Shiba Inus are one of the oldest Japanese native breeds. They have been breed for hunting game and wild animals but they have evolved into guard dogs, watch dogs, and even companion dogs. They’re very versatile animals with a complex yet courageous temperament. It’s quite a pity that there is a growing number of abandoned and neglected Shiba Inus in the community.

If you are interested in adopting from a Shiba Inu rescue center, you should be ready to welcome this kind of dog into your life. Although they look cute and cuddly, the Shiba is not the best breed for first-time dog owners. This is probably the reason many people have abandoned their Shiba Inus. They cannot handle the temperament of the dog. While it is not violent in nature, Shiba Inus have a very strong personality. They will step up and lead the pack every chance they get. They need an owner with a strong personality. The owner has to assert confidence and authority to show the Shiba who’s in charge. This does not mean hurting the dog. Remember, aggression begets aggression when dealing with a Shiba Inu. In some instances, the Shiba Inu becomes so reserved and does not respond to interaction.

Expect that the Shiba Inu receives the basic immunization set and spaying/neutering when it comes from a Shiba Inu rescue center. You may be apprehensive about adopting a Shiba Inu that’s not a puppy anymore but the wonderful thing about adopting from an adoption center is that the Shiba gets holistic care. They receive ample food and kept in comfortable shelters. They are socialized well and some even receive basic obedience training. They will not release dogs for adoption unless they are fully rehabilitated from trauma and stress.