Shiba Inu Puppy Training

If you know have seen the 2009 movie Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale, you are probably moved to tears by the loyalty of Hachiko, who was a Shiba Inu, to his master. In the film, Hachiko always waited for Richard Gere to alight from the train at the end of the day. The dog continued to this after Richard Gere’s character passed away. An intelligent breed, an owner who has this kind of dog should start Shiba Inu puppy training at once.

The Shiba Inu is a breed of dog originating from Japan. Its name means “little brushwood dog” and is one of the most ancient breed of dogs that still exist today. The Shiba Inu is a small and agile dog originally bred for hunting in mountainous terrain. The features of the Shiba Inu include a double coat, fox-like face, similar to that of an Akita, and the shiba scream which is a loud and high pitched scream the dog makes when unhappy, provoked or very happy. They are independent and intelligent dogs, and like many ancient dog breeds, their prey drive is strong. If they are properly socialized, owners will not struggle much with obedience training. The Shibu Inu is a clean and meticulous dog and makes an effort to keep itself clean by licking their paws or legs. They like swimming and playing in puddles. Because of their clean nature, they are easy to housebreak, even sometimes doing it themselves.

Shiba Inu puppy training should be done early because this breed of dog can be difficult to handle as an unruly adult.

  • You must establish yourself as the master or alpha during Shiba Inu puppy training so you can get the dog’s trust and respect, which is essential to obedience training.
  • Establish a set of routines and stick to the schedule. These include feeding time, going to the bathroom and taking the dog out for daily walks. Any deviation will lead to confusion and eventually, bad behavior.
  • Never get angry with your dog during Shiba Inu puppy training. Keep in mind that your dog does not think like you do and when you show anger, you show aggression which will make your dog fight back. Remember to stay calm during training.
  • Remember to praise your Shiba Inu for correct behavior.
  • You must be consistent and patient during Shiba Inu puppy training. Do not expect results overnight. Proper training takes time.
  • Start socializing your Shiba Inu puppy while he or she is still young. Because of their stubborn nature, a Shiba Inu that is not properly socialized may become aggressive. Socializing includes exposing your dog to other people, sights and smells, being groomed and handled, and going to the vet. Remember that this breed has a strong prey drive so your dog is likely to attach other animals if not socialized properly.

If you follow the puppy training tips above, you are sure to have a wonderful dog that is also a great addition to your family.

Basic Shiba Inu Care

Despite their size, Shiba Inus are still considered the smallest of all Japanese dog breeds. They look very much like red foxes with their pointed faces and upright ears, but their personality closely resembles that of a cat. They are fastidious with their appearance and they always want to keep clean. Hailed as the most popular dog breed in Japan, Shiba Inus are extremely intelligent but that doesn’t make them easy to train. Shibas Inus are very independent dogs. That, coupled with intelligence, makes this dog one of the hardest canine breeds to train. Though training is a challenge, it is worth it. Shibas are loyal to their family, good with kids, and affectionate to their owners. Shibas have a very unique temperament. If you’re planning to adopt one, you need to know everything you can about Shiba Inu care.

Shiba Inu Care Tip #1: Leash Training

Shiba Inus must be leash trained as early as possible. Shiba Inus are specifically bred to hunt down small rodents, and if they are not leash trained early, it can be very difficult to stop them once they start running after small animals. Leash training a Shiba Inu at an older age can be very difficult because Shibas are strong creatures. They can easily pull the leash away from your hand or hurt you.

Tip #2: Activities

Intelligent dogs get bored easily and tend to become destructive when not mentally stimulated. Shiba Inus require lots of physical and mental stimulation. Give your Shiba some toys when you’re not around, but don’t forget provide him with lots of physical affection as well. Shiba Inus love to run and play, very much like people. Be sure to give them a toy they can chew on, lest they chew on your furniture. When allowing your Shibas to play in the backyard, make sure you have a six-foot fence surround it because Shibas can jump very high while others were even reported to climb.

Tip #3: Socializing

Shiba Inus must be socialized at a young age. Since Shibas are bred to be hunting dogs, they tend to become very rowdy around children of not trained. Surround your Shiba with lots of people at an early age. Keep a close eye on your Shiba when around strangers for the first time, most especially children who are young. This rule also applies to other pets your Shiba doesn’t know. Shiba Inus learn very quickly but can be quite of a challenge when it comes to obedience.

Tip #4: Grooming

Shiba Inus are very fastidious about the way they look and will take all chances to keep clean. In addition, their coat is tend to be self-cleaning, as it repels dirt. Shiba Inus don’t require much grooming care, but they must be bathed at least once every week. Shibas require some combing to keep their fur shiny and soft. Brushing the hair of your Shiba on a regular basis will prevent hair from floating around your house.