A New Puppy – First 10 Days of Hell

I just got another Siberian Husky puppy (Lara) about 10 days ago and am going through a puppy training refresher course. Indeed, it is easy to forget how much work a new puppy truly is.

Therefore, I have decided to write this article of the first 10 puppy days while it is still fresh in my mind. The next time I even think of getting a puppy, I can re-read this article and hopefully remember what a big pain in the ass a new puppy is! πŸ˜€

Days 1 & 2 – Nights from Hell

The first few days were not too bad. We mainly focused on introducing puppy to our other two dogs and making sure that our existing dogs saw puppy as a positive thing.

We also started on puppy potty training but puppy seemed to have that under good control. We did not have any mistakes – it was amazing!

However, puppy did cry at night. This is not surprising since it is the first time she is sleeping in a new location and without her litter mates. Puppy was feeling lonely, sad, and scared. The first couple of nights I had to wake up about 4 times. 2 times to take puppy out for potty, and another 2 times just to cuddle with puppy.

As a result I did not get much, if any sleep. Be prepared to get very little sleep in the first few weeks with a new puppy.

Days 3 & 4 – Puppy Potty Training Hell

The first few good potty training days lulled me into a false sense of security. On day 3 puppy made lots of mistakes all over the place.

I was around to supervise puppy the whole time, but I thought it would be ok to take short bathroom breaks while puppy was sleeping – WRONG!

I found out the hard way that constant supervision is absolutely necessary for potty training in order to prevent potty mistakes.

When I need to go to the bathroom or perform some other task, I now always put puppy in her play-pen or enclosure. There is a blanket, some toys, and puppy pads in the enclosure. This makes things a lot better because puppy either does her potty outside or on her puppy pads. I reward her for going outside, but I don’t reward her for going on her puppy pads.

I take puppy outside –

  • As soon as puppy wakes up.
  • After puppy feeding time.
  • After play or any other heavy activity.
  • Whenever it looks like she is about to potty, e.g. circling, pulling to go to corners, etc. Each puppy will have their own potty signs, so observe carefully to identify our puppy’s pre-potty behaviors.

If puppy tries to go inside the house, I am right there next to her so that I can non-mark her (Ack-Ack), interrupt her, and leave her in her enclosure to finish up. This allows me to quickly go back and clean up the mess while she is in her enclosure.

Constant vigilance and a fixed eating and drinking schedule are crucial in puppy potty training.

Day 5 – Puppy and Furniture Hell

On day 5 I nearly had a heart attack.

Puppy was sleeping nicely with me on the couch, when I started getting really hungry. The kitchen is in the next room, so I quickly stepped away to get a loaf of bread from the refrigerator – WRONG!

As soon as I got the bread, I hear this loud cry. I threw the bread on the kitchen counter and ran back to a crying puppy on the floor. She was holding one of her front legs up in pain.

Bad, bad ShibaShake!

Luckily, puppy was ok and was moving around without any sign of a limp within the next few minutes. Whew.

From then on, I am always with puppy. If I cannot be with puppy even for 1 second, she goes into her puppy enclosure.

Days 6 to 9 – Energizer Puppy Hell

At this point, puppy is a lot more comfortable with her new surroundings and is always up to something. It is tiring as hell to try and keep up with a hyper puppy.

In the beginning, I figured that my other two dogs can take up some of the slack. I was hoping that they would all play, have a lot of chasing and running goodness, and at the end of the day I would end up with 2 tired dogs and 1 tired puppy.

Indeed it worked out well at first. I supervised all play sessions and both my dogs played well with puppy. I stepped in as soon as things got too excited, and the dogs started getting too rough with puppy.

Things were looking up because puppy not only tired out Shiba Sephy, but she also conked out Husky Shania who is a big time Energizer Bunny herself. All I needed to do was stand around and step in at the appropriate times.


On day 9, Shiba Sephy ran over puppy before I could get to them and stop play. Puppy started crying, and was limping for the rest of the day.

Day 10 – Puppy in Vet Hell

On day 10, puppy was still limping so we took her to the vet.

It was fun, fun, fun – with temperature taking and various poking and prodding of body parts. Then, the vet had to put puppy’s leg through a series of pretty heavy handling.

Puppy was not happy.

$343 later, we had a conked out and unhappy puppy, with a sprained rear leg.

Thank goodness it wasn’t anything more serious, but no more off-leash play until puppy gets bigger.

To close, I feel it is only fair to say that there are also many reasons to get a puppy. But … they require a lot of time, supervision, and energy to care for especially in the first few months.


Day 12 – Puppy slept through the whole night without waking up. Hopefully there will be more such nights in the future.

Day 14 – Puppy’s limp is all gone. She now has free and good use of her rear leg. YAY!

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  1. Sudip Das says

    I got a 50 days old Labrador ….I live in a apartment in 1st floor ..so can u plz tell me how to potty train him .N how long will he pee and poo inside

  2. Sarah says

    I just got my Shiba Inu puppy a few days ago, he is 8 weeks old. He is doing extremely well potty training but he is constantly crying and whining at night or whenever we crate him. I know you’re not supposed to pay attention to them when they’re whining to get out but I can’t let him wake my family. How did you stop your puppies from whining at night?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Shiba puppy! πŸ˜€

      I help my puppy get used to his crate by doing desensitization exercises and tying it to positive events and rewards.

      This ASPCA article has a weekend crate training technique, however, it may not work with all dogs.

      I put my puppy’s crate in the bedroom, and angle it so that he can see me. Keeping my puppy in the bedroom with me, helps with bonding. In addition, a new puppy has just been separated from his mother and siblings. He is in a totally new environment, with totally new people, so he will be feeling afraid, lonely, and somewhat anxious. Therefore, for the first few days I like to sleep on the floor with my puppy.

      Some people use clocks or heartbeat pillows to help calm their puppy at night. I make sure that whatever I use is absolutely puppy safe (i.e. puppy cannot tear it apart and swallow parts of the item, which may become a choking hazard.)

      I talk more about what I did with my puppy in the article above. The key is not to put my puppy in a situation that he is not ready to handle, and where he will become anxious. I try to set my puppy up for success by carefully managing his environment and routine. In this way, he gains confidence and trust, and is less likely to develop anxiety issues or undesirable habits down the road.

      More on how I trained my puppy.
      More on how I set up structure and teach my puppy impulse control.
      ASPCA article on puppy socialization.

  3. Tegan says

    Your puppy looks a lot like my little girl. Buffy is 10 weeks and she has never pooped in the house the whole time we’ve had her. Is that normal for a husky puppy? She has peed in the house a lot but she’s getting better at letting us know she needs to go out. She gets really hyper and playful when she’s awake. She’ll run around the garden and play with everyone plenty. However, she has started getting very bitey when she’s excited and when she does this we sternly say no and stop her doing it. If she continues we do this and ignore her. If she still continues to bite we get up and put space between us while ignoring her so she can’t bite. She also bites when we pick her up and she doesn’t want to be picked up. What do you recommend doing about this? She bites quite hard sometimes! She also sleeps through the whole night without needing the toilet in her crate. I’m grateful but possibly a bit worried I’m dehydrating her since I stop her drinking right before bed. Thanks a lot, your blog is very helpful!

    • shibashake says

      For puppy biting, I do three things-
      1. Bite inhibition training. This teaches my puppy to control the force of her bites.
      2. No-bite conditioning.
      3. Structure and impulse control.

      More details in these articles-

      As for picking my dog up, that is something that can be pretty scary for them. When I pick my dog up, he cannot move much, his freedom is severely limited, and he cannot run away if anything happens. First, I get my dog used to touching and hugging by pairing it with rewards and positive events.

      After my dog is comfortable with that, then I start doing the similar desensitization exercises with picking her up. I start small, and very slowly increase the challenge as she builds confidence and trust. I make sessions short, fun, and very rewarding.

      As for the pooping, does she poop outside? Does she poop regularly outside and does her poop look normal? Some breeders may have already done some potty training with their pups.

    • Tegan says

      She poops outside regularly. When she wakes up in the morning I take her out and she does it then and a few times during the day. They aren’t really hard – usually formed well but not liquid. She still bites when she gets excited and wants to play because I think it’s just the way she played with her litter mates and hasn’t learned yet that humans don’t want to be bitten! I’ll try picking her up not just when I want to take her inside, and treat her for it so she doesn’t just think it’s when I want to take her away from sniffing the grass.

  4. Lexxi says

    I came across your post and was hoping you could give me some insight! My 10 week old Siberian has no energy and sleeps majority of the day. He never wants to play! We got him when he was 8 weeks and he’s been like this since the moment we got home! He’s been to the Vet and they say everything’s fine. Do you think this is just a phase he’s going through?

    • shibashake says

      How long is he awake for in a day? What does he do when he is awake? What is his body language like, does he seem stressed and fearful? Is he eating and drinking normally? Does his pee and poop look normal? When was he at the vet? Was it with a new vet or a vet that you have been to before and trust?

  5. Gillian says

    Thank you so much for writing about your new puppy experience! We got our little doberman pup at the weekend and I’ve had a hard week with her- so tiring and trying very hard to get her into a routine! Nighttime is worst as she is up every three hours like clockwork!

    • shibashake says

      Big hugs to your new pup!

      One thing that helps with my puppy is that I stop giving her water a couple of hours before bed. She still wakes up one or two times during the night, but it helps to cut down on the number of times that she has to go. If it is hot at night and my puppy needs some water, I give her some ice-cubes (one at a time). That helps to cool her down, but limits the amount that she drinks.
      More on potty training my puppy and setting up a schedule.

      It will get better. They grow-up quickly, and will have much better bladder control. πŸ˜€

  6. Anne says

    Thanks for this! I got my first dog–a two-month old Aussiedoodle–six months ago and I couldn’t believe how much time and attention he took. I kept thinking that I must’ve been doing something wrong. I realize now that the time I invested then has made training easier as he’s gotten older. Still waiting for his energy level to drop a bit, but that’s probably the Aussie in him.

    • shibashake says

      Haha, yeah puppies are a lot of work. As you say though, the early time put in pays back great dividends later on. My Sibes calmed down a bit at around 3 years old. They are also less energetic in the summer, when it is hot, so I get a mini-break. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to your pup! Aussiedoodle is an interesting mix. If you have pictures online, please post us a link. Would love to see him.

  7. Anonymous says

    I just got a 7 week old male golden retriever puppy home. It’s been about one week since we got him. He got his first immunization shot the days ago when we took him to the vet. He seems really moody and sad since then, mostly sleeps, doesn’t play much. His appetite is really poor for the last couple of days. The vet told me this would happen after his shot, but still was a bit worried. I would be really glad to hear your opinion! Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      How is he? Were the shots from a vet that you trust?

      My dogs are usually tired and a bit out of it on the day itself, but they are usually better by the next day. The loss of appetite is especially worrying. If my dog is showing such symptoms, I would take her to a vet that I really trust for another checkup, just to be sure.

  8. Anonymous says

    Hello ,

    I recently just adopted a lab mix from the humane society. I take her out often and she will not go outside once. The second she enters the house she will pee or poop. Not even in the first 5 minutes of being back inside. What can I do to get her to stop??

    • shibashake says

      What is her temperament like? How old is she? How long have you had her? Did they say she was already potty trained when you got her? Did she pee outside when you visited with her at the humane society? Do you have a backyard? What do you do when she makes a mistake inside?

      With my more submissive dog, I have noticed that she does not really feel comfortable peeing or pooing during walks, especially in the beginning. Now that she is more familiar with the neighborhood, she is more relaxed about peeing outside. However, she still prefers to do number 2 in our backyard, where she feels much safer and more relaxed. When a dog is doing her business, she is in a very vulnerable position, so I imagine it can be stressful for a dog to get into that position, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.

      When I first potty trained my dog, I did it in my backyard first, which is fully enclosed and where she feels more secure. I also have an enclosure with puppy pads inside the house. I supervise my dog very carefully during the potty training period, and I teach her to either go on the pads or in the backyard.
      More on how I potty trained my dog.

  9. Lawrence says

    Hi again, just home and found she peed in her enclosure area and not on the pad which makes me think she’s not concerned with peeing near where she sleeps.

    • shibashake says

      My Husky puppy did not like going on soiled pads. When the pads were soiled, she would go somewhere else in her enclosure, thereby creating a mess. Therefore, I always change the pads right after she goes.

      Of course this will be difficult to do if no one is home for 6 hours. Is there anyone who can visit with puppy and change pads etc, to break up this long stretch?

      As for the screaming, the first thing that I do with my dog is to identify the *reason* for her screaming. Dogs sometimes vocalize because of stress, fear, warning, etc. If I am sure that my dog is vocalizing only to get my attention, then of course I *do not* reward her for this behavior. However, I always try to read my dog and identify the cause of the behavior first.

  10. Lawrence says


    I just recently came across your site as I just got an 8 week old Shiba, this maybe a little off the topic of your article but I was just wondering, at what age did you start training sephy? Currently I wouldn’t say that my little Shibe “Chocolate” is all that interested in food so its hard to do reward training. Also she pees and poops all over the apartment. I would tell her No! every time I caught her and quickly carry her back to her little den like area where her toilet is also. Exactly like your 3rd image in this article. She has peed and pooped in her toilet before but she seems to do it elsewhere too. Sometimes I’ll let her out and she’ll go yet she wont go in her toilet before she comes out. She has also stepped in her own pee and nearly her poop. Shes had 6 accidents in the last 2 days.
    Also I would really like to ask. She will cry alot in her den area, Its not like she doesn’t like it, she just wants out a lot too, but she does play with her toys in there and I feed her in there too. When she cries I ignore her completely, sometimes it’ll last a while but when she stops i would wait maybe 20-30 seconds and go over to see her, should I be waiting longer? Also she cries to get out and these are the times shes just about to pee or poop but seems more interested in doing around the apartment.

    Any advice? thanks!

    • shibashake says

      I started training Sephy as soon as I got him, at 10 weeks old. I got my Husky puppies at around 8 weeks old and that was when I started training them.

      As for reward training, there are many things that can be used as a positive stimulus/reward. not just food. For example, my dog’s freedom is a reward, a toy is a reward, access to the backyard is a reward, affection is a reward, access to people is a reward, etc.
      More on how I trained my puppy.

      As for potty training, supervision and management are key. I do not let my puppy freely roam the house until he is fully potty trained.
      More on how I potty train my puppy.

      Also she cries to get out and these are the times shes just about to pee or poop but seems more interested in doing around the apartment.

      My Shiba is very picky about where he pees and poops and really does not like doing it close to where he sleeps. With my Shiba, I did not need to use an enclosure because when he needed to go, he would always go to the door, and I would take him outside to do his business. In this way, he sleeps in his crate and he does his potty far away outside.

      One possibility is to fully separate sleeping area and potty area. Another possibility is to have a larger enclosure so that they potty area is much farther away from the sleeping area. I also replace potty pads right away, after my puppy goes.

      Finally, dogs vocalize for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, a puppy vocalizes because he really needs to go and doesn’t want to do it close to where he sleeps. This is why many people use crates for potty management. However, this also means that I cannot just ignore my puppy’s cries, because he may be saying that he needs to go.

      When Sephy was a puppy, I put him in a crate at night in the bedroom with me. When he cries, I take him outside to do his business on-leash. We go to his potty spot, and I do not let him roam. If he does his business, then I reward him well by letting him explore and play for a while. If he does not do his business (after I wait a few minutes with absolutely no roaming), we come straight in and he goes back in his crate. In this way, he does not get rewarded for his whining, since we go right to his potty spot, there is no roaming, and we come right back in.

      However, if he does do his potty, then I reward him with exploration and play which he really enjoys.

      Also I would really like to ask. She will cry alot in her den area

      Where is her enclosure? Can she see you when she is in there? How long is she usually in there for? What is her daily schedule?

      When I get a new puppy, I set up a very fixed schedule. In this way, my puppy knows when it is nap time, play time, eating time, etc. This helps to create certainty and certainty helps to reduce stress and stress related vocalizations.
      More on my puppy’s schedule.

    • Lawrence says

      Thanks for the swift reply!
      I leave her in her enclosure overnight when sleeping and when I wake in the morning before work I would let her out for a bit and she wanders around the living room. I prepare her meal in the morning and put it in her enclosure and kinda lure her in there, but well she walks in there herself when she sees the food. I leave her in there after that and go to work of which she is left there for 6 hours on her own. When a family member comes home before I do. I’ll come home a couple hours after that, when I do come home shes sometimes napping and when she wakes up she’ll scream sometimes to be let out again. I let her out a good bit before her evening meal and then meal in enclosure and she’ll usually fall asleep again. So i just let her be then.

      I do concern that the possibility of the potty are being too close to where she sleeps since its beside. And once she eliminated right in the corner of the pads away from her usually sleep and play area. But then sometimes I feel its not the case as when she has her little accidents, she has stepped in her pee before and smells her own poop too. Giving me the feeling she doesn’t dislike it, also she has peeed on the pads a couple times before and also accidents on the area she usually slept on in the enclosure.

      I try not to indulge her when shes screaming for my attention, shes in the living room and can see me when she will scream.

      Should I not keep her in her enclosure? She isn’t really potty trained yet. Should I give her my attention? Won’t it give her the idea when she screams I will go to her? I have done it once at the very start, first day but all she did is run around when I let her out.

    • Anonymous says

      Oh sorry I forgot to mention that she also only screams when she knows we’re close by or sees us. For example she doesn’t scream when she wakes up first, she only screams when a family member walks out into the living room area and she sees them. She won’t scream when I leave the apartment and she doesn’t scream while no ones home. (Stayed by the door for a while as I left apartment)

  11. Andi says

    Hi! I’ve been reading your website for some time now– it’s really been helping me through the throes of having a puppy on my own. I grew up with an average of seven dogs cavorting in my grandpapa’s yard so I thought taking on a puppy would be easy… Little Tasha has proved to both my roommate and me that this would not be the case. πŸ˜›
    Tasha, my roommate’s puppy, is a husky mix, which is what made me first start reading your website. She had a pretty standard first week when we brought her home, minus the crying at night (she’s a brave one). Now that she’s about 4 months old, my roommate and I find ourselves with yet another puppy on our hands. Vic is mostly my dog, and he’s a 10 week old german shepherd/lab mix who is the friendliest little thing I’ve met. Here’s the problem– Tasha just loves him a little bit too much. She’ll follow him around, her butt wiggling like crazy, sniff him everywhere, lick his face, and start play biting him and jumping at him non-stop. Vic is more of a cuddler, so he freaks out and comes running to me to be lifted up. When Tasha is being too rough or too hyper (which is always) Vic even snaps or snarls at her. Tasha doesn’t really take him seriously, though, and just resumes trying to play with him.
    I’m great friends with my roommate, and we both want our puppies to grow close. But with Tasha constantly wanting to play and Vic being a little cowed by her, we’re worried that Vic might grow to fear all other dogs or even develop behavioral issues. For now we’ve let them sort it out by themselves, but should we intervene in the future? It’s been only a few days since Vic has been with us, so will he be less skittish and more willing to play with Tasha once he settles in?
    Thank you so much! Your dogs are all so beautiful. :)

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppies! πŸ˜€

      With my dogs, I set up a fixed schedule and clear dog-to-dog interaction rules. I supervise play-sessions very closely, especially in the beginning, to teach everyone the rules and make sure that everyone follows them. As soon as I notice any anti-social behavior, I redirect my dogs so that things do not escalate. I make sure that nobody gets overwhelmed. If a dog has had enough, I make sure he can go rest without being bothered.

      A fixed schedule and consistent rules help my dogs understand exactly what they can expect from each other, what they can expect from me, and what I expect from them in return. This creates certainty, and certainty helps to reduce stress and conflicts.

      In general, I want to minimize negative interactions and maximize positive events. In this way, my dogs learn positive social behaviors and learn to associate other dogs with fun and rewards. I set my dogs up for success by managing their environment, and I do not expose them to situations that they are not ready for.
      More on how I help my dogs get along.

      ASPCA article on puppy socialization-

  12. Laura says

    Hello! Just wanted to thank you for your website. I am pretty sure I have read the whole thing. lol I am a planner so it is super important for me to feel like I have as much knowledge as possible.

    We are getting a Shiba puppy from a great breeder on May 8. He will be 11 weeks old. I’ve got his crate all set up in a room next to mine but, after reading your site, I am considering moving it into my room. I am confused on this point as I am usually of the mind to let him cry it out and not give in to whining as it will make the whole transition faster. I don’t want to reward whining and I feel like if he is in the room and can see me and my husband he is less likely to calm down and sleep. Perhaps I am wrong though. I’m open to suggestions. It might be useful to note that the pups are already weened and are not sleeping with their mother at night (the breeder has just recently separated them from her for bedtime). So hopefully that will help with the transition.

    I have teenage boys who will be helping with his training and we also have him scheduled for puppy classes and his first vet checkup right away.

    Here’s hoping that all my plans work flawlessly and Kaito (that’s his name) sticks with the program. lol (I’m being sarcastic as I know I am in for a real shock when he comes!) lol

    • shibashake says

      My Shiba really likes sleeping in the bedroom with us, and still does today. :) My Huskies prefer to sleep downstairs where it is cooler and they have greater freedom.

      I always have a new puppy sleep with me, at least initially, because he is in a totally new environment, with totally new people, and has just been separated from his mother and siblings. After my puppy gets used to his new surroundings and people, I let him decide which he prefers. Sephy slept in a crate in our bedroom in the beginning, but now he gets to roam about the room freely, because he has learned to behave well.

      It is true that we do not want to reward nuisance whining behavior, but dogs vocalize for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, my puppy vocalizes because he needs to go pee or poop. Other times, whining is due to fear or anxiety, in which case we *do* want to help address/alleviate the source of the anxiety. Dog behavior is complex so when trying to change behavior for my dog, I first try to identify the source of the behavior.

      For me, I think that a young puppy is going to be fairly anxious, especially in the beginning, so I want to make things as safe and relaxing for him as possible. I also slowly crate train my puppy so that he learns to see his crate as a positive space. Finally, my puppy usually needs to go do potty once or twice during the night, and I can be sure that I will wake up if he is in the room with me.

      As I said though, dog behavior is complex and each dog is different. Therefore, I always adjust things to suit my situation and my dog. The worst mistake I made with Sephy in the beginning, was in being too rigid in terms of following advice from others. Now, I always listen to my dog first, try to understand where his behavior is coming from, and try to see things from his point of view. :)

      Congratulations on your upcoming Shiba puppy! It will be a lot of work, but it will also be a great experience. Enjoy and take lots of pictures. Also, the “puppy smell” is the best thing ever! Big hugs to Kaito! πŸ˜€

  13. Josh Brocco says

    I just came across your blog while doing some research on how to get my puppy to sleep through the night in the crate. My mom, sister and I just adopted a 12 week old male cockapoo 3 weeks ago. We had the same situation happen that happened to you. We thought he was potty trained in the first few days! We were so happy, turns out he was about 80 percent trained because he started peeing on the carpet to get our attention. I think he’s spike peeing because he seems to do it when he’s not getting our undivided attention. He is extremely attached to my mom and it was cute for a little while but now it’s getting annoying. Anytime she leaves the room he screams for her, he likes me and my sister but not as much as my mom. Could he have seperation anxiety this fast? Also, when we leave him in the crate to go out he screams so loud you would think he was being stabbed. Again, is this normal? I haven’t trained a puppy in 15 years and forget what it’s like. The other big thing is his sleeping patterns. He sleeping in a crate next to my moms bed and every morning around 5 am he is barking to go out. So my mom takes him, he pees and poops then when it’s comes time to go back in the crate he barks until we have to yell at him. I’ll go to my moms room to calm him down but he seems to already think 5 am is his wake up time. Is this just a puppy thing?? I know my other dogs would sleep all the way through the night until at least 10 am or whenever we got up for school/work. Will he sleep through the night as he gets older? He has to poop at least twice a night and we cut his food off at 6. I know I’m throwing a lot at you but when I saw your blog I knew you could help us! The other problem is the biting. He bites everything! I know he’s playing and that’s all he knows but it needs to stop because i don’t want it to become a habit. Any tips? If you prefer to email me I left my email in the slot above. I have a lot more questions but want to give you a chance to answer a few before I go into anymore. Thank you so much!

  14. Maddy says

    How old was your puppy when you got her? Do you think this is a pretty general timeline for most new pups at that age? Thanks!

    • shibashake says

      My puppy was around 8 weeks old.

      I think each puppy will be different depending on age, breed, temperament, environment, past experiences, and more. For example, with my Shiba Inu, I didn’t have to potty train him at all. He is a very clean dog, and after the first day, he knew to go to the front door and let us know when he needed to go.

      However, this does not mean that all Shiba Inu puppies are easy to potty train. Pet store puppies, for example, may be more difficult to potty train because they may be caged for long periods of time, and become used to doing their business inside their cage.

      I do use similar potty training techniques and puppy training techniques, but I also adapt them to suit each puppy/dog. I think that in general, puppies require quite a lot of supervision, attention, and training, therefore I make sure to prepare for that. However, the timeline will be different for each dog.

  15. Kelly says

    ShibaShake – Thank you so much for this article and your comments! I was at a loss about crate training my rescue 9wk puppy (border collie mix). I didn’t want him on the bed, but he would cry when I wasn’t next to him. I’ll definitely be sleeping on the floor near him now until he’s comfortable. Again, thank you thank you thank you!

    • shibashake says

      Four paws up for rescuing a puppy in need. Happy New Year and big hugs to your new furry family member. πŸ˜€

  16. Heather says

    My female siberian husky puppy is coming home on Dec. 23, 2014. I have 2 loving, kind cats who are sisters at 3 years old. I always leave cat’s food out along with bowl of water. How do I prevent husky from eating cat’s food?

    • shibashake says

      My Huskies love food and will eat whatever they can get to. If I don’t want them to eat something, I put it out of their reach.

      I don’t have any cats, so this is not something that I have had to deal with. However, cats can climb and are smaller, so some people put the cat’s food up in a place where the dog can’t reach, or use baby gates. There are also products that only allow cats access, e.g. Meowspace. I don’t know how well those work since I have never had to use one.

      Another possibility is to not free feed, and to supervise during feeding time.

      Congrats on your upcoming Husky puppy!

  17. The Ricker says

    Just rescued 2 male 9 week old pups from a rescue shelter and I’m in hell. If they aren’t peeing all over the place they are crying. Won’t go in their crate and are caged but came from a very open and unsupervised environment with no feeding schedule or rules. It’s the most difficult thing I.ve done in my life. I work at home and have clients on speakerphone. It’s difficult.

  18. Nimira says

    Hi Shibashake,
    Am just amazed at how you have managed to handle and training your pups without being a professional. I just bought 18weeks old cross pomeranian and skye terrier. We’ve named him Skye with and “E” :)

    Of all his litter mates his the most shy and timid. His scared of being touched, we have to corner him to touch or carry him. His been soiling all over the place. Last night we put him a collar, he dint fuss about it when we put it, then i put him on a leash to try and walk him in the house first before i could take him out. He went cccccraaazy crying and barking and making all sorts of noises. We removed the leash and comforted him and his is already a scared one and this scared him more.

    The first day we brought him home, he was too quiet, atleast now i guess his warming up to us and tries walking around the house even when we are home and tries to sniff at out feet but the slightest movement startles him.

    His breeder left their food at their disposal all day, i have done the same. I know its wrong and i need to schedule it. My concern is, even if i schedule his meals, i will need to schedule his walk for potty time as well. But since he doesn’t take on the leash i don’t know how to do that.

    I am a first time pet owner. Good news so far is from the day we brought him home, to date. His sleeps well through out the night with no fuss.

    How can you help?


    • shibashake says

      I usually let my puppy get used to a leash by putting on a very light leash and letting her drag it around. I use a harness or regular flat collar, *not* a training collar.

      When your dog isn’t in her crate or safe room, it’s a good idea to attach a lightweight leash to her harness and let her drag it around the house. If necessary, you can use the leash to get her out from under furniture if she hides. Letting your dog drag a leash will also help her get used to how the leash feels when it’s attached to her harness, which may make on-leash walks easier.

      The ASPCA article above has more on how to care for a shy new dog. With a shy dog, I find that it is much better to motivate my dog come to me, of his own choosing. In general, I do not corner a shy dog, because that will only make him get more fearful. In addition, a fearful dog that feels cornered may use aggression as a last resort to protect himself. For this same reason, I also try *not* to grab or forcibly restrain a shy dog.

      A shy dog will usually run away when he is afraid. Cornering him or forcibly restraining him takes away his ability to flee, which may increase stress and fear.

      How I train my puppy to walk on a leash.
      How I trained my puppy.
      More on how I desensitize my dog to people.

      Young puppies are more susceptible to infection, so I wait until my puppy is fully vaccinated before walking him in areas where there may be pee or poop from unknown dogs or animals.

      Here is an article from the ASPCA on how to help dogs who fear people-

  19. doggy dog world says

    Hey I have a 12 week old shiba and a 9 week old husky. they play fight forever and im worried that this will continue thru adulthood. is this normal? should i intervene?

    • shibashake says

      With my dogs, I set up clear dog-to-dog interaction rules and I also throw in many play-breaks so that I can properly manage their level of excitement. Sometimes when they get over-excited, play becomes over-intense and out-of-control. Play breaks help to keep things in-control, teaches them good social manners, and prevents any dog from getting overwhelmed.

  20. says

    I just brought home a 14 week shiba inu and we are on night 2. She is eating and drinking but refuses top play inside or take treats. Whenever I take her outside she becomes a completely different dog. She becomes crazy playful and full of energy. How can I get her to be comfortable inside the house?

    • shibashake says

      Hmmm, does she act the same way in other inside locations? How did she act when you picked her up from the breeder’s home? Do you know what type of training the breeder used? Have there been any dogs that stayed in your house in the recent past?

      If there are other dog/cat smells in the house, that could make a puppy a bit uncertain. Another thing that comes to mind is that if she has had negative experiences “inside” in the past and only good experiences “outside”, then she may naturally be more relaxed outside. However, since it has only been a couple of days, she may just need more time to get comfortable.

      Dog behavior is very context dependent, so it is difficult to say without knowing more of the surrounding context.

      Congratulations on your new Shiba puppy and big hugs to her!

  21. Pazong Yang says

    Hi my name is Pazong,
    I have a 7 week old siberian husky and she has been crying every single night and I couldn’t get to sleep at all. And she has been breathing heavyly when she is about to go to sleep also. She would howl and cry all night. I was wondering how long does this crying and making noise end does it go for like a week or two weeks?

    • shibashake says

      Has she been to the vet for an initial examination? When I get a new puppy, I always take her to the vet for an initial check-up, to make sure that she is healthy, and that everything is ok.

      Where does your puppy sleep? Is she alone? What is your puppy’s routine like?

  22. stacy says

    Hello. I just introduced a new puppy to my adult dog. She tolerates her. Today after i left (im the one my dog listens to) she started running at her full force. My roommate seperated them. When i came home i noticee mybadult dog was staring at her too ling and it was difficult to read her intention. It kind of looks like she wants to play with her.. Isteppe in and seperatee them. Any advice? Adult dog is about 5 puppy is 2 months old

    • shibashake says

      What helps with my dogs is to set up clear dog-to-dog interaction rules. In this way, I can slowly teach my puppy what are acceptable ways of interaction with my resident dogs, and my other dogs also know what behaviors are acceptable and what behaviors are not.

      During the initial training period, I make sure to always supervise my puppy when she interacts with my other dogs. This allows me to teach her play rules, manage her excitement level, and stop her from disturbing my other dogs when they have had enough and just want to rest. If I cannot supervise, I put puppy in her play pen.

      I also try to create as many positive experiences as I can between my new puppy and my other dogs.

      Here is more on what I do to introduce a new puppy.

  23. Jason says

    Hi there, I have an 18 month old Husky & have just got a 7 week old Husky puppy. They both play very rough, but the 18 month is obviously a lot bigger & therefore much rougher. Any advise.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Jason,

      Congratulations on your new Husky puppy! πŸ˜€

      In terms of play, what helped with my dogs is to set up clear play rules and supervise closely. I also have my Husky puppy on-leash so that she can’t run-off and start a game of chase. That was when she got hurt because one of my adult dogs collided with her. In this way, I can be right there to slow things down and manage their excitement level.

      More on what I do during play.

      Big hugs to both your Huskies and Happy Holidays! πŸ˜€

  24. Ashley says

    What do you do with your puppy before he is crate trained at night? We just got an 8 week old pup and introduced him to the crate fine. I slowly closed the door and waited for him to notice. I waited for him to stop whining and let him out. We let him sleep with us the first night and everything went great. The next night we put him in the crate and he has cried every night since. It lasts pretty much all night. We don’t know what we are supposed to do? We take him out to potty every 3-4 hours. He isn’t hungry or thirsty. He just wants to be close to us. We are scared an accident may happen in our bed and we know he isn’t supposed to be sleeping with us anyway. What did we do wrong? Should we just give him more time? He has been doing this for two nights now. It sounds awful and we get barely any sleep.

    • shibashake says

      I sleep with my puppy the first few nights – on the floor, in a sleeping bag. I do not want her on the bed because she can hurt herself if she falls down or wants to jump down from the bed. I tethered her to me (on the floor), so that when she needs to go, she would wake me up.

      After a few days, we had progressed more in crate training, so I tethered her to her crate, which is in my bedroom and close to the bed. She can see us and smell us from her sleeping area, so that helps her feel more safe and secure. I like having my dogs sleep in the bedroom with me, and it also helps with bonding.


    • saba says

      i had this issue with my 10 week old puppy. she could not stand to be away and had become accustomed to being with me on my bed.
      i had to tire him out completely with very long play hours until he was virtually falling asleep and then try keeping puppy in the crate but beside your bed. if that doesn’t work try putting puppy’s mattress and bedding down beside your own bed. my puppy kept jumping up onto my own bed so i put him in a harness with a long leash tied to the bed leg. DO NOT tie the leash to the collar. harness only. and never leave puppy alone tied up or they may strangle themselves by getting tangled up.my puppy spent the first, second and part of third night resisting and trying to jump onto the bed and crying to be let on only to realise it was futile but was comforted by the fact that he was still with me and not all alone. then after a few weeks of that i crated him outside my room and slept there for a few nights beside his crate eventually leaving once he had fallen asleep to my own room. eventually they stop minding

  25. Samira says

    Hi there :)

    I love your website and can’t stop reading all your helpful and interesting articles.

    Me and my partner are getting a shiba puppy next year from a great breeder and I have a few questions now which I think are best answered by experts :)

    We will get the puppy when it is aged about 9 weeks. I wonder how long we should wait until we start to:

    (1) train it not to bite;
    (2) get it used to be on its own (for short periods of time); and
    (3) itroduce it to new things like roads, new humans, public transport, etc.?

    Also, do you think it is okay for a grown-up shiba to be on its own for a period of 3 hours in the morning (09:30 to 12:30) and 1.5 hours in the afternoon (13:15 to 14:45) if we exercise and play with it intensly while we are at home?

    Many thanks for your help already and eep up the great work with your website :)


    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your upcoming Shiba puppy!

      1. Puppy biting
      I start bite training with my puppies pretty much as soon as I get them. I also do bite inhibition training with all of my dogs. This teaches them to control the force of their bites, especially when interacting with people. It was very useful with my Shiba puppy.

      More on how I train my dog not to bite on me and others-

      2. Alone time
      I also do crate training and alone time training as soon as possible. I make sure to start small, go slowly (at a pace that Puppy is comfortable with), keep sessions short, and keep things positive. The key thing while training my puppy is to help build his confidence, and to help him associate his crate and alone time with calm and positive experiences.

      More on how I desensitized my puppy to his crate and to being alone.

      My Shiba, Sephy, got a bit anxious of being alone when he was young. However, after some desensitization work and careful management, he learned to be a lot more calm when by himself. We have left him alone for 4-5 hours before and he has been copacetic with it.

      3. Socialization and outside walks
      For outside walks, I waited until my Shiba was fully vaccinated. Puppies still have developing immune systems, so they are very susceptible to infection if they come in contact with a sick dog, or with contaminated poop, water, etc.

      We did early socialization in the house, in supervised puppy classes where they checked all puppies for vaccination records, and in supervised puppy play sessions at a good local daycare (where they also checked all puppies for vaccination records).

      Hope this helps. Post us some pictures of your puppy when you get him/her! πŸ˜€

  26. tushar sharma says

    I have one Rottweiler puppy 31 days purchased my puppy back leg is propperly not working he is sleeped is hearth legs not gud postion I think he is peralised so plz give me a good solutions treatment ..after my puppy back leg is working tell me

  27. cheyanne says

    I recently adopted a rescue puppy. He is a german rottweiler/french mastiff and great dane mix puppy. I think he is small for what he is mixed with 7 weeks and maybe 6.5 pounds. He is very smarty learned sit in 4 days:-) He started out with a healthey appetiate now it seems to be slacking,his poop isn’t solid nor is it completly runny. He has been playful and active but seemed a lil more sleepy today. My husband says he is fine and I’m just fretting. Am I just worring over nothing?

    • shibashake says

      I am the worrier type too. I still worry about my dogs whenever I notice any changes. My partner is less of a worrier type, so we balance each other out.

      In terms of poop, my dogs often had soft poop (not runny) in the beginning. I think a big part of it had to do with changing food and possibly also the environment. Over-feeding can also cause some digestive distress and soft poop. I always give my vet a call whenever I am concerned. They are good about telling me what to look out for, and they have the health history of my puppy, so they know what seems abnormal.

      How long have you had him? What is he currently eating? Is it very different from what he was eating at the rescue? Is the amount he is eating also very different?

      In general, I think being vigilant is a good thing because I always catch things early. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to your puppy! I am glad that he has found such a good forever home.

  28. Debbie says

    We have got a 3 month old malamute husky cross he is fab at everything from potty training to not bitin our only problem is he still won’t sleep through the nite with out gettin up 2 or 3 times howlin and crying! We have tried everything we can think of and now were out of ideas…….!!

    • shibashake says

      How long have you had him? Does he sleep with you or by himself? What was his previous situation like? Was he with his siblings and mother? What things have you tried?

      When I get a new puppy, I usually sleep with her at night, especially in the first few days. A new puppy has just been separated from her mother and litter-mates, so she will be anxious and lonely in the beginning. In addition, her entire environment has just changed, so everything is new and a bit scary.

      With both my Sibe puppies, their breeder gave me blankets that smell like their littermates, and that helped with the transition. Sleeping with me also helped. After a bit, I slowly trained my puppy to be comfortable in her crate. Then, I let her sleep in her crate, in the bedroom with me, close to the bed. What works well with my puppy is to always start small, and then slowly build up the challenge. In this way, she gains confidence, builds trust with me, and becomes less anxious.

      Now that both my Huskies are older, they prefer to sleep downstairs where they have more freedom. My Shiba still likes sleeping with us in the bedroom.

      Here is a bit more on dog anxiety.

  29. Heather says

    Hi there! A friend of mine recommended this method to help keep puppies calm during their first couple of nights: Get an item that smells like you or their litter such as a blanket and then they have now come out with a blanket with a heartbeat. The heartbeat is comforting because it makes them feel like they aren’t alone. I’m not sure what it is called, but my friend swears by this method. Then as the puppy gets used to sleeping by herself, you can turn the heart beat off to wean them into really sleeping alone.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I got a blanket that smells like the litter, as well as a favorite (but safe) toy from the breeder of both my Huskies. I think it helps with the transition.

      Heartbeat pillows can help as well because it produces a calm and repetitive sound. Some people play calm music, or make a recording of a calm heartbeat sound, and play that close-by. This may be a safer alternative because heartbeat pillows contain batteries and mechanical parts that a puppy can get to through chewing.

      I always supervise to make sure that the items are very safe for my puppy, and he does not chew on them. Some puppies may chew and tear off pieces of material, which can subsequently become a choking hazard. Supervision is always key with puppies.

      First few nights, I usually sleep with my puppy. I don’t get much sleep, but cuddling with a puppy is really the best. πŸ˜€

  30. Alice says

    hi i just got a new yorkie puppy ( non teacup ) he is a 5 month old male . At the store he was shy and when we got home he was still shy we took for a walk but we wouldnt walk he eats and drinks fine but why is he not walking or running or playing ?

    • shibashake says

      A new puppy or dog will be somewhat stressed and anxious in the beginning because everything has just changed – his environment, all the people around him, his routine, and everything else. I would be very anxious too. πŸ˜€

      What helps with my dog is to create as much certainty as possible.
      1. I give him quiet time and space so that he can relax and adjust whenever he needs it.

      2. I do trust building exercises and I always try to stay very calm around him. This article from the aspca has good information on how to help a new shy dog.

      3. I set up a fixed routine and a consistent set of rules. This creates certainty, which helps to reduce stress.

      4. I start small, and go in very small steps so that he learns to enjoy activities with me. For example, with walking, I start with collar and leash desensitization exercises (if needed). Then I first start walking with him inside the house where it is more quiet and safe. Once he enjoys doing this, we move to the backyard, then onto the front lawn, quiet parts o the neighborhood, and so on. I start small, manage his environment, and go at a pace that my dog is comfortable with. In this way, I maximize success, which helps him to build confidence and helps to build trust.

      5. I observe my dog closely and try to understand what scares him most, what his needs are, and what motivates him most. I can then do desensitization exercises to help him better cope with his anxiety, properly socialize him to new things, and protect him from situations that I know he is currently unable to handle.

      Pet store puppies may not be well socialized, because many of them come from puppy mills. As a result, they may be more fearful and shy, which will require more patience, training, and time from us.

      I also take all my new dogs to the vet for a checkup as soon as possible. In this way, I can catch physical issues early on, and also set up a vaccination schedule, if necessary.

  31. Melissa says

    Just got a new Siberian Husky puppy about 2 weeks ago and we are FINALLY seeing some progress on the potty training and some of the new puppy hell :) Thanks for your articles!

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new puppy!

      Yeah, once Lara was potty trained, things got a lot better. Big hugs to puppy. Husky puppies are just too adorable. πŸ˜€

  32. Cindy says

    I got my first puppy on the 2nd of may and its a girl we named her Maya and today she is rough to me but calm to my dad and brother?
    Do u think u know why?

    • shibashake says

      Congratulations on your new Husky puppy.

      With my Husky puppy, two things matter most in terms of her behavior towards me-
      1. My own energy
      If I am angry, frustrated, fearful, excited, or otherwise not-calm, my puppy will pick up on my energy and get more crazy herself. To help my puppy stay calm, I needed to stay calm myself and control my own inner energy.

      2. My response
      When a puppy jumps or play-bites with us, our instinct is to shout at her, move away, or push her away with our arms and legs. This creates a lot of noise and motion, which usually gets my puppy even more excited, and she will jump and bite even more. From her point of view –

      Jumping + biting = Get a lot of attention and get to play a fun wrestling game.

      What helped me with my Husky puppy is to-
      a) Learn all that I can about dog behavior and dog training,
      b) Observe my puppy closely to see what motivates her and learn to properly communicate with her,
      c) Come up with a plan to redirect or retrain undesirable behaviors. At the same time I make sure to encourage good behaviors.

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppy. In the beginning, my puppy did not know that people have soft skins and that she needs to control the force of her bites, and be less rough with people. I had to teach her what my people-rules are, and motivate her to follow those rules. Get your dad or mom’s help on this, and make sure that training is both fun and safe.

      Big hugs to Maya!

  33. Maria says

    Hi, my name’s Maria and I just bought a female husky like a month ago and everything is good except for the biting part :-) I think she knows I’m her alpha but she still bites me a lot. When she looks at me she puts her head down even if shes not on her kennel. We’ve had our starring contest and I win but when I pet her all she does is biting play. Sheknows my two youngest boys are a little scared of her. And she bites harder on them. I have been trying to search for answers or comments I’ve tried a few but it’s not really working. What should I do with her. :-) I’m not giving up on her just want to know from someone experienced. Thanks

    • Sharon says

      All puppies bite when the play. They will grow out of it eventually but untill then I just just firmly tell her no then stop playing for a little while. As she gets older I will actually put my hand over her mouth and tell her no. Not around her mouth, just over her muzzle so she can get away but she knows I am talking about her biting. I praise her when she stops biting. Another aproach is to not play with her where she can get at your hands. always have a toy that is an acceptable bite toy. Of course accidents happen and you can gently reprimand her, stop playing for a little then go right back to playing. It will take a while, their little baby brains will learn through repitition. I like to compare them to human babies, I don’t expect them to learn certain things till they reach a certain age, same with puppies.

      Get her a tuggy rope so the kids can play tug with her while you supervise. Good luck and grats on the new puppy.

  34. nlj65 says

    Your puppy and doggies are adorable! I just got a 12-week old Bichon Frise puppy. Her name is Sassy. Thank goodness, she’s already crate broken… The challenge is getting her house broken. I just got her two days ago. I’ve taken her out several times in the mornings when she wakes up and about a half hour after she eats… Though, she’s been successful a couple of times outside, she has made some boobies inside… I’ve got puppy pads near her crate … but, she always skip them and use the carpet… Not sure when she’ll get it… I’m not too confident that I’m training her correctly…

    • jordan says

      You shouldnt have the pads near the crate as the dog naturally doesn’t want to soil near the sleeping area. That’s probably why it skips the pads

  35. Anya says

    I need advice! I have a boxer mix and a lab mix, both 4 years old. They get along great together. On Friday my husband and I got a puppy and they have been so mean towards her. My boxer mix who usually loves to play with every dog at the dog park is acting extremely scared of her and is growling. Same for my lab mix. I have had other dogs over at our house And theyve never acted that way. I’ve tried having them sniff the puppy while she’s on her back and they’re not interested. The puppy wants to play but they growl at her. I’m afraid they’re gonna bite her,and not accept her. I really thought my boxer mix would love her and play with her.we have been giving the other dogs more attention and have been trying to praise them when they are waging their tail and petting them together with the puppy. What can I do? Help please, I’m desperate! Thank you

    • shibashake says

      Here are some things that I do with my dogs to help them get along –

      Some things that helped when I introduced puppy Lara to my other two dogs-
      1. I ensure that all interactions are positive or at worst neutral.
      2. I don’t force my existing dogs to interact with or be in the same area as my new puppy. I let them decide on their own when they want to approach and when not. I keep puppy Lara away from my other dogs and do not let her disturb them – until they are relaxed and ready.
      3. I make it *very very rewarding* for my dogs when they come near the new puppy on their own, are calm and relaxed.
      4. I go group obedience training and create other positive supervised activities. This helps my dogs to view the new puppy as a positive addition into their lifestyle.
      5. I supervise puppy Lara very closely. When I cannot supervise, I put her briefly in her puppy enclosure.

      Husky Shania accepted Lara right away, but I think it took about 5-7 days before Sephy was really relaxed around her.

    • Sharon says

      It’s normal for the older dogs to not want anything to do with the new puppy. She’s not part of their pack…. yet. As shibashake says, don’t try to force the interaction, they will slowly adjust to the puppy and things will get better. My two older dogs wanted nothing to do with poor Luna either for the first 2 weeks. We just let them do as they pleased as long as they didn’t get so aggressive with her as to hurt her. She would run over to play with them and both would skitter away as if a bear had jumped out at them. It’s actually funny to watch two grown dogs running from a puppy. I kept the puppies food away from the adults food. This did double duty of my being able to keep the older dogs out of it and keep an eye on how much Luna ate every day. I free feed so Luna had access to the older dogs dish once she found out where it was. My dogs are not food aggressive so fights at the dish were not a problem.

      Like you, I thought my border collie cross would love the puppy and take her under her care but she was the one who skittered fastest. The chihuahua would stay up out of reach on the couch and growl at her if she got too close to her but now they all play together and I have no worries about them being mean to her.

      I expect the normal discipline from the older dogs. They are helping her to learn pack manners like not walking all over us, clawing at us or nipping us. The chi sounds like she’s ripping her throat out but it’s just the way she plays. Have patience, things will work out if you let it go at it’s own pace.

      Grats on the puppy btw.

  36. Sharon says

    Wow.. thank you for all the insight. We got a 6 week old husky/aussie a few weeks ago and love her to death. She is now playing vigorously with our other two dogs, border collie cross and chihuahua. She has yet to learn their boundries though, she lunges up at them when they are sleeping on the couch and scares them awake. It’s funny but one day they are going to say “enough of this nonsense” and nail her good instead of snarling and snapping at the air in front of her nose. BcX is 2 and chi is 1 so they are not too old for fun with puppy. Outside it’s a free for all of fun with Luna (puppy) in the middle. Inside Luna is great but for the whining. I have never had such a vocal dog. She walks around most of the time whining and when we get down to play with her, she wanders off and leaves you just sitting there with the toys around you. Hubby says she’s telling us stories. lol

    She has very few accidents in the house, my son and I keep a close eye on her. After she has woke up, finished eating or playing we take her outside for potty then she gets to play for a while with her older doggy family. We can stay out for hours with her running around with them and she still whines when it’s time to come in. lol We stay out as long as it takes for her to go and praise her vocally for the good job she has done. She just looks at us like we are nuts for praising what she has to do anyway. :)

    As with all our dogs we call them to us and fuss over them then let them go so they don’t associate coming to us as time to go inside. We find it’s much easier to get them to come if we have some dried liver treats to reward them with at the start then work it up to just praise and release. She really hates coming inside so this really works well for her. Sometimes though she turns and looks at us like she’s saying “Are you nuts? Not time to go in yet!”

    She really hates it when she can’t see us. She can climb the stairs to the second floor but won’t go all the way up yet and the bathroom is up there soooo when we come downstairs again it’s like we have been gone for hours instead of a few minutes. If she is sleeping and wakes up to one of us gone, she will trot around the house whining till she finds that person then climbs all over them with joy.

    This is my first husky of any kind. Only ever knew one person with one and that was over 30 yrs ago and I remember him telling me that Sarge was smart but he was a handful even as an adult. I don’t understand the constant whining, vet says everything is good. I am thinking this could just be a husky thing and she will outgrow the need to tell stories all the time.

    OMG she’s whining again!! lol

  37. Kae says

    I had a puppy – that I brought home 2 weeks ago. I’ve had similar feelings and I’m dead tired. Fortunately, he started sleeping through the night the first night and loves his crate – falling asleep right away. I do have some puppy blues and wonder if I’m cut out for motherhood! I’m like when will this end, haha. People keep telling me he’s amazing and does so much for his age, but when you’re the one dealing with the day to day it can seem like it will never end. I did a ton of research and what not beforehand – oh well!

    • shibashake says

      Fortunately, he started sleeping through the night the first night and loves his crate – falling asleep right away.

      Hahaha, that is great and also very adorable.

      I did a ton of research and what not beforehand

      That sounds like a great mom to me.

      I think the first few weeks were the most difficult with Lara, because of the potty training, and also making sure she got along with Shiba Sephy. After Lara was potty trained, she needed less supervision, and things got a lot more fun and less stressful. πŸ˜€

      Big hugs to your puppy!

  38. Jennifer says

    Hello! We just got a Shiba inu puppy 2 days ago. He is about 9 weeks old but I’m a lil worried because I think he is not eating or drinking a lot. We are trying to potty train him so we just feed him 2 times a day but leave his water in his crate. The thing is that he doesn’t seem very hungry and he never finishs his food he eats and I guess when he is full he stops. Today he drank water just once and went to pee only once. Still he hasn’t had any accidents in the house. My husband took him out last night before bed time and again around five because he started crying but he did potty when out. I took him out this morning and he did pee. Again we took him out at lunch time but he didn’t pee this time. Should I be worried? Is that normal for a dog his age? He doesn’t seem to be in any kind of pain when trying to pee but I find it strange that he doesn’t pee that much. Thank you :)

    • shibashake says

      What food is he currently eating? Unlike my Huskies, Shiba Sephy is pretty picky about his food. He is also allergic to wheat, so we go grain-free with all of our dogs. If Sephy is not really hungry, he won’t eat lower priority food such as kibble. Sometimes, he will also hold-out, in the hope that he will get something better. πŸ˜€ Sephy does not drink as much, or pee as often as my Huskies.

      Has puppy gone for his initial vet checkup? How is his energy level? Does his stool and urine look normal? Is there anything else that seems unusual?

      When in doubt, I usually give my vet office a call and talk with the vet tech. They can be very helpful.

    • Jennifer says

      Thank you so much for your response!! :)

      I got some of the dry food he was eating from the breeder, (I think it was Solid Gold) but he didn’t seem very interested so I checked here for some advice and saw about the allergies so I got him Blue Wilderness (dry food-no grain) for puppies, now I’m starting to mix it so he doesn’t get an upset stomach from the change. He is eating a liltle more now. He eats in the morning and around 6 again. His stool and pee seem normal. The only thing I noticed is that is he scrathing a lot, like he is itchy. I checked his skin and he has some white flakes :( . I was researching and found that it could be the heat in my apartment.

      He got his first shots from the breeder and I’m planning on taking him to the vet next week for his checkup.

    • shibashake says

      My dogs have some white flakes too, from time to time. It is little bits of dry skin that come off from scratching and playing. I think some white flakes is pretty normal.

      In terms of scratching, there could be many reasons for it. Is he scratching at only particular areas or all over? Is it all through the day or only at particular times of the day? Is there any hair loss?

      Sephy itched a lot when he was young because of a food allergy. He would pretty much itch all over. Shania had itching and slight hair-loss when she was young due to skin parasites. The itching in this case was only around her face and feet, where she first got the parasites. Here is a bit more on dog itching and scratching.

      Big hugs to puppy! Let us know how things go with his vet checkup. He is a lucky Shiba to have found such a good mom. πŸ˜€

    • Jennifer says

      Hi Shibashake! Thank you for taking the time to reply :)
      He usually itches in his back at the base of his tail (that’s where is saw the white flakes), on the top part of his paws and on his sides. ( I guess that’s pretty much all over lol) Yesterday I saw him scrathing his face with the carpet.
      I’ll let you know what the vet said. Thank you for thinking of me as a good mom <3 trying to be the best for my boy hehehe :p

  39. Jena says

    I just got a 7week old BEAUTIFUL siberian husky puppy sunday. I am having a few problems that i need help with. Hes great about using the bathroom outside but when i get off work everday hes pooed EVERYWHERE! Im worried him being alone all day is going to force us to have to get rid of him. I want what is in his best interest but ive been told huskys are fine being in a kennel for the day. I just moved to a rural new area 2 months ago and have noone to take him out during the day. I also work an hour away. He also whines allllllllll night..literally, he does not sleep and whines so much that he lost his voice for an entire day. Im absolutly in love with this puppy but i really need some advice on what to do. For anyone who has answers i would appreciate it so very much. Thank you!!!

    • shibashake says

      when i get off work everday hes pooed EVERYWHERE!

      Where is the puppy during work hours? Puppies do not know where to do their business initially, so some potty training will be necessary. Potty training will require a fair amount of time and supervision.

      I want what is in his best interest but ive been told huskys are fine being in a kennel for the day.

      Dogs are pack animals and need/want to be with their family. This is especially true for a younger dog, and even more true of a Siberian Husky. Sibes are an affectionate breed and like interacting with people. Both my Sibes are happiest when they get to enjoy the company of people, preferably together with exploring the great outdoors, combined with special stops for hunting and digging.

      A puppy needs to be potty trained, obedience trained, and needs structured positive activities with human supervision. The Siberian Husky is a very high energy, independent breed and will need more structured exercise, more training, and more supervision than most other breeds. A Husky puppy needs supervised time to get used to his new environment, to learn house rules, and bond with his new family.

      He also whines allllllllll night..literally, he does not sleep and whines so much that he lost his voice for an entire day.

      How much exercise does he get daily? Where does he spend the night – inside or outside? Near to his people or by himself? The continuous whining and pooping everywhere could also be signs of separation anxiety. Dogs may also get stressed from uncertainty and large changes in their environment.

      My Huskies needed a fair amount of supervision and training when they were young. Now that they are older, and know house rules, they require less management. However, I make sure to walk them for about 1.5 hours every day, we continue to do obedience training, we play in the backyard, and they also have vigorous wrestling sessions (supervised) with each other in the mornings and evenings.

      A Siberian Husky requires more people time because of their high energy and their people loving nature.

  40. Samantha Martin says

    Hi I have a 14 week old female husky mya she is brilliant I also have a 2 yr old husky. .. ive noticed that when the pup aits she doesn’t fully straighten he front right paw and bends it slightly she isnta limping and walks/ runs fine with no limping at all and she hasnt hurt it either just wondering what this could be it doesn’t bother but its worrying me and my partner has any one gor any ideas? ? Thanks

    • shibashake says

      It is probably best to have a vet look at it. I wouldn’t take any chances with leg joints and movement.

  41. Camille says

    I just found a 6 to 7 week old puppy and I have a 8 month old corgi mix how can I get my older dog to start warming up to him and playing with him or even being around him without trying to bite him and they both are boys and this is new to me my first dog was a girl he (the corgi)liked her soon as the meet but we shower them both love I just don’t know what to do

    • shibashake says

      Here are some things that helped when introducing my new Sibe puppy, Lara, to my other two dogs-
      1. I established clear dog-to-dog interaction rules. Then I slowly teach those rules to Lara. In this way, she knows what to expect from my other dogs and vice versa.
      2. I establish a fixed routine and consistent house rules. In this way, Lara knows when play time is and more importantly, when it is time to rest.
      3. I make sure that Lara does not disturb my other dogs when they want to rest. A puppy is usually very energetic and will want to play all of the time. This is not the case with my older dogs.
      4. I make sure to create positive experiences between Lara and my other dogs. In this way, they will see her as an enhancement to their lifestyle. Similarly, I supervise and carefully manage them so there are no negative experiences.
      5. I supervise play sessions and throw in many breaks. This allows me to manage their excitement level, so that “play” doesn’t become too intense and turn into something else.

      Here is more on what I did while introducing a new puppy to my existing dogs.

    • Anonymous says

      Thank you they have warmed up to each other more everyday so as of the 21 this will be day five and of us having him and Riley (my corgie) act like that’s his son sometimes he is still a little uneasy on the new puppy being on the bed with him because that’s where he sleep but its getting better everyday less fights and more playing so thanks a lot

    • shibashake says

      Riley (my corgie) act like that’s his son sometimes

      That is great to hear! I am so glad that the two dogs are getting along so well.

      Big hugs to your furry gang and lots of Kudos to you for turning things around so quickly. Lucky dogs!

  42. says

    TIRED! I’m too old to be a 10 week old Aussie mom. What am I doing? Lost my Britt, 6 on Nov. 23…so it was now or never since I have a 9 yr. old Brittany and 2 yr old Siamese. We are all acclimated…sleep through the night (together) but puppy keeps me alert! So sleepy. Me. He is asleep right now. There is a dog God. Spent the afternoon building a fortress(es) around a room so he doesn’t shred anymore cords. He has a dozen of toys other puppies would love but he’s a bundle of energy! — Tired and Infatuated

    • shibashake says

      Yeah the first couple of weeks are the worst. Still, puppy cuddles are very awesome. πŸ˜€

      How is the little-one doing? Have you chosen a name?

      Hope you have managed to catch up on some Zzzz’s and big hugs to the little one!

  43. shvana6 says

    I got a puppy today, and i’m so exited! Hazel has had a couple accidents. She hates walking to the backyard! She’s a german shepard/lab mix, and very laid back, though it might just be because shes tired. Hazel is currently conked out on the rug – it was a long day for her, as nothing came with her, and we spent nearly an hour and a half in petsmart.

  44. stephanie says

    I have a puppy I had her for about a week now she 8 weeks old, she loves me and my boyfriend but the landlord wont let us keep her anymore, not because she loud and barks or is staining the rugs, we actually have no clue why, but I need advice she is gunna have to stay at my parents house for now until we find a new place will she love us the same since she wont be sleeping with us yet another person for months? I mean we will have her all day when we arent working just at night we wont have her at night anymore breaks my heart but it will hurt more if she dont love us the same way. Im so worried.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Stephanie,

      Sorry to hear about the landlord’s decision. I think dogs bond with all the people who spend time positively interacting with them.

      It sounds like you will still get to spend a lot of time with puppy, and it is great that the puppy gets to spend time with your parents as well. This just means there are more people for puppy to play with, more people for puppy to love, and more fun things for puppy to do.

      This is a bit more on what I learned from my dogs about bonding.

      Big hugs to puppy!

    • stephanie says

      Thank you so much for that article made me feel so good, cause I already do half of it! :)
      makes me feel like im a good pet owner, and my puppy gets to see her mom and dad almost every week and they play, The only thing that worries me is if she wont obey me. cause she don’t see me as the pack leader.

    • shibashake says

      I am glad you enjoyed the article. πŸ˜€

      In terms of pack leadership, what works well with my dogs is resource management training. Essentially, I teach them that the best way to get what they want, is to do something simple for me first. This is also known as Nothing in Life is Free or NILIF.

    • Anonymous says

      Thank you so much :) help me alot she doing very well, with listen to me and my boyfriend and we took her for her first walk at the doggy park she did awesome :) thank you.

  45. nick says

    So I just got a siberian husky pup who’s ten weeks, because my girlfriend’s mother used to breed them. So I have been trying to do as much research as I could on the breed because I have never owned one. After having my pup for the last week I thought he was extremely stubborn, but after reading the other comments below I realize that he is actually a very good puppy. the only problems I have noticed is that he has a slight problem paying attention to his name, he is stubborn at times, pulls on his leash, but does good when I do a fast paced walk, but the biggest is that he has many accidents in the house. I take him out many times after he eats, plays, or wakes up, but he seems to wait until he comes back inside before he goes which is anoying. Still compared to all the other stories I have read he is very good and learning very well.

    • Anonymous says

      my lab pit mix does the same thing however i have found that if you get a little piece of poo and leave it in the area where you want him to go this will help. I take my puppy out about every 1.5 to 2 hours whether she is awake, asleep, eating, whatever. I make sure and take her out once before bed for about 20-30 minutes just to make sure. you can always out wait your puppy because their bladders are small and they lack the ability to hold it for very long.

  46. Mohamed Eldin says

    Hi Shibashake,

    I just wanted to thank you for all the articles you’ve written thus far, you’ve helped me a lot in avoiding the myths my friends tried to teach me, such as taking dog and shove his nose in his poop, etc…

    What I wanted to ask was, I went with your advice on the schedule, and everything worked out brilliantly yesterday. The fact that Enzo is a Shiba Inu helps a lot, as he doesn’t like to poop or pee where he sleeps or plays.

    Today things are good so far, but I did the silly mistake of walking up in a bit of a panic, and took him to pee straight away, forgot to give him his breakfast, now he took it AFTER coming back home.

    He doesn’t seem to be in the need to poop, so I’ll wait 2 or 3 hours before taking him outside again, but if I do this mistake again, would it be costly? Or should I always feed him before taking him outside? How quickly to puppies and dogs digest anyways?

    Thanks for your time Shibashake! Will be waiting for more articles like these.


    • shibashake says

      I usually feed Sephy before taking him out in the mornings.

      but if I do this mistake again, would it be costly?

      I don’t think missing now and then should be a problem. Occasional small and slight changes to his routine, does not really bother Sephy.

      How quickly to puppies and dogs digest anyways?

      What I have read is that it can take up to 24 hours or more to go through the entire digestive system. There will be variability depending on type of food, intestinal pH, etc. According to Wikipedia, food stays about 4-6 hours in the dog’s stomach.

  47. MamaWolf says

    Shiba Shake! I’m getting desperate. We just got a new Siberian Husky puppy who is 10 weeks old. It happened quickly (for me, my husband had been thinking about it) and I continually question the wisdom of such a move (although he seems firm on it being a good idea.) For a short while, maybe about a day or so, I found the Dog Whisperer and thought all my problems would be answered and I could have… well, maybe not a perfect dog, but a dog who would hopefully not chew on the stuff she wasn’t supposed to chew and not dig where she wasn’t supposed to dig. I’m still reconciling myself to the shedding and the pulling and the rest of it. And that’s when she finally grows up.

    And then I discovered that Cesar’s training might not be right for my puppy (in just the two days, I think I’ve discovered that the discipline bit made her more likely to bite and the simple redirect… while she wasn’t fooled… seems to send a better message to her) and that his training way is supposed to be done by professionals and isn’t always advisable… leaving me at my wit’s end again.

    And it’s not that she’s bad. We’re still in the first 10 days of hell and this is my first dog and my first puppy and my first husky (I know I know, bad idea). Her name is Luna, like I said 10 weeks, I believe she’s medium level energy, and she’s 18 pounds.

    So now that I’ve totally confused myself on how to train a dog because there are so many conflicting resources, I really want to know, what should I do?

    On walks, she pulls forward or pulls back. We currently have a harness that we leave on her during the day and the leash attaches at the back. I knew she was going to be active and wanted to run with her eventually, so I thought that would be a good position for running. Bad idea? I noticed you said you take the harness off when at home and use a collar. We are obviously still trying to house train her, so would the harness only be used for walks? I’ll need something easy to access to take her out to the backyard as it is currently not completely fenced in. The harness is also a little big for her. She can slip out if we pull the wrong way and she can get to it to chew on it… we were hoping she’d grow in pretty fast as she was already so big at 10 weeks.

    Also, she has her “demon dog” phases. After a nap or even after a walk, she’ll sometimes have so much energy that in taking her back from her potty break, she’ll be jumping and grabbing the leash and nipping my clothes and sometimes growling. When I get her back inside, she’ll tear through the house, chewing on the carpet, her harness, my clothes, my hand, whatever is the closest. I keep trying to redirect her to one of her chew toys, but that never lasts for long and I mostly end up freaking out about this terror puppy until she finally calms down and sleeps. What the heck do I do? I don’t really like the uncontrollable energy as it often seems to lead to inappropriate behavior (chewing on the wrong things, nipping) and I really really don’t like the nipping. I want her to grow up to be a very well behaved dog that won’t bite anyone. Scolding makes her want to bite back more. People say the energy bursts is a puppy thing, and I’ll deal with it then, but I want to be able to eliminate the more destructive and dangerous aspects. Also, what really works for this? I’ve heard to ignore them when they’re jumping and nipping, but that only focuses on the behavior directed toward me… and doesn’t always save my clothes. I tried to redirect just now back to a chew toy and she just came out of nowhere (after I had turned away) and bit my hand. Call for attention? What should I do? I really don’t like getting bitten and really want to discourage it.

    We have a crate which will be plenty big enough for her as an adult (I’m afraid it’s actually too big) and no dividers, although she’s had only one accident (and that was kind of our fault, we had to leave for a period longer than she probably could take too soon after we got her). She’s actually doing decent with it. We still have to use treats to get her to walk in on her own and she’ll whine for a short bit, and we still try to wake up and take her out when we hear her up at night… just cause everything says to take puppies out when they wake up. Then we’ll bring her back in and put her back into the crate. We can sleep decently like this.

    As far as house training, she keeps having accidents. Some I think are excited ones because we’ll have just recently taken her out and she’ll be hyper hyper and then squatting before we even see it. I thought it was “after” play I was supposed to take her out, but this happens in the middle. She only pees on the carpet, usually the one in the study. She actually just pooped in front of the back door which I find really weird and annoying. She hasn’t pooped all day even though I keep taking her out and I just took her out about fifteen minutes ago and now she decides to poop.

    As far as play time… how do I play with her? It’s winter and the back yard isn’t fenced. She has no interest in fetching the ball we throw and I’m not sure if she is actually enjoying tug-of-war and seems to move from that to nipping pretty easy. Am I allowed to let her win it? Hide the treats in the toy thing? If we aren’t walking outside, she seems perfectly content to sit down and chew on whatever she’s found, but I don’t think that’s really playing. I don’t like playing with her at home because she’s usually only interested when she’s hyper and moves to biting. It seems obvious she doesn’t respect me at all, and pays better attention to my husband without biting him as much.

    You say to sometimes reward with toys and discipline by taking them away… but a certain amount of toys always needs to be out, right? Like a chew toy to redirect her toward?

    And one question I keep asking… this method sounds like a lot of work… and having a puppy is already a lot of work… will I ever be able to do anything else with my life? Or am I stuck puppysitting until I’m stuck dogsitting until whatever her lifespan is? Can they finally be taught not to chew on stuff they aren’t supposed to chew on if unsupervised? I’m not expecting it in the early months or until at least after teething, and I’d probably still use the kennel if I left, but at this point I’d just like to be able to turn my back or use my computer for a little bit without having to worry.

    I don’t think I’m prepared for all this, but I already have the puppy, so I need to get prepared.

    I currently suck at the calm-assertive thing. I just get so frustrated.

    • shibashake says

      Yeah, I also had a difficult time with Sephy in the beginning. It was the worst in the beginning, because I didn’t really know what was the best way to respond to Sephy when he started acting crazy – which seemed like almost all of the time. I didn’t have time to eat, didn’t sleep well, and was under a lot of stress. My neighbors, people at the vet, vet techs, Sephy’s breeder, and various friends gave me all kinds of conflicting advice. It was not good.

      Several things helped –
      1. I started doing a lot of reading on dog behavior and dog training.

      Most dog training and behavior modification techniques are based on conditioning. There is classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Here is my understanding of how dogs learn. Here is a brief description of operant conditioning.

      Within operant conditioning, there are reward based techniques and aversive based techniques (this is where most disagreements arise). In addition, timing, energy, execution, and surrounding context are also very important in dog training. These things can be difficult to get exactly right without someone to show us in real-time.

      Where I got my information-
      a) I read books by behavioral psychologists, especially studies related to dog and animal behavior.
      b) There is also useful information on the various SPCA and Humane Society sites.
      c) I got a lot of useful information from other Shiba Inu owners who have faced similar issues with their dogs.

      Here is a bit more on how I trained my Husky puppies.

      2. Start with small steps.

      If I considered everything at once, it was easy to get overwhelmed. Therefore, I just focused on two or three of the most important issues. I researched all of them, and came up with a detailed plan on how to respond to each.

      If Sephy does A, I would do A1; if Sephy then responds with B, I would do B1, etc.

      Once I had a good multi-step plan, I was able to focus on it when Sephy starts with his craziness. This helps to keep me more calm and more in control.

      3. I set up a fixed schedule and followed the NILIF program.

      NILIF stands for Nothing in Life is Free. Is is a nice framework for motivating my dogs to follow house rules and to teach them that they get what they want most, by doing work for me. Here is more on how I practice NILIF with my dogs.

      Re Walking & pulling –

      Re Biting –

      You say to sometimes reward with toys and discipline by taking them away… but a certain amount of toys always needs to be out, right? Like a chew toy to redirect her toward?

      I have a bunch of lower priority toys out that my dogs play with whenever they want. However, I have rules about toy play, and one of them is that they don’t steal from each other. I only leave them very safe chew toys. Soft toys I only use under supervision.

      Also, when I give or reward my dog with food or a toy, it is his to do with as he chooses, for as long as he wants. It general, it is not a good idea to take food or items that are given as rewards back – especially by force. This will teach our dogs to protect his stuff because when we come near, we may take it away. This leads to food and resource aggression.

      When my dog misbehaves, I may take away a privilege that he enjoys, e.g. affection from people, access to the backyard. I may also withhold rewards that he has failed to earn. When he is done playing with a toy, I may store it away. However, I do not take back previously given items by force.

      this method sounds like a lot of work… and having a puppy is already a lot of work… will I ever be able to do anything else with my life?

      Heh, yeah, it kindda felt like that with Sephy in the beginning, but it got better. I started learning a lot more about dog behavior and dog body language, I started to see where Sephy was coming from, and I began to understand why he does what he does.

      Having a plan helped me stay calm, and being calm helped Sephy to calm down as well.

      Small steps – learn a bit more every day – come up with new plans as necessary – stay calm – and it got better for the both of us.

  48. shvana6 says

    Hey, I really want a dog, and I KNOW my mom isn’t kidding when she says how much work they are. I even offered to pay for the dog, but not the supplies! The frustrating thing is that she wants a dog, and our conditions at the moment are JUST RIGHT for a new puppy.
    (sorry for the rant)

    • Morijun says

      @shvana6: Your mom is a hundred percent, absolutely right! A puppy is a lot of work. Never mind the cost of the puppy, think about the expenses you’ll incur for the vet (at least a 100 bucks per visit, and you’ll have to visit MANY MANY times), the licensing, spaying/neutering the puppy, puppy food (which is a lot more expensive than adult food), insurance fees, toys, treats, and obedience classes. Not to mention the time and sleep you will have to give up in order to care for your puppy. I am a new owner of a 4 month old puppy and now that I think about it, owning a puppy is like having a baby, except a baby doesn’t bite. I got my puppy at 9 weeks old and now, after more than a month of sleepless nights, I am now only reconciling the fact that I am 3 grand poorer since my puppy came. I need to walk my puppy at least two times a day (an hour each), even if it’s negative degrees outside. I also wake up at 12am and then 4am just to take it to go potty. Mind you, I’m not regretting anything and I’m not discouraging you from getting a puppy either, but don’t think owning a puppy stops at just the cost of buying one. If you really must get a puppy, the only advice I can give is to consider buying one in the spring or the summer when it’s not too cold to walk it and potty train it.

  49. Anonymous says

    Our Shiba girl will be 15 years old on April 8th. She is everything ever written about the breed and then some. She continues to entertain us with her never ending drama/comedy act. She has been very healthy and although her hearing is going (I think)she still has her puppy moments where she thumps up the stairs as if she is a mastiff.

    • shibashake says

      Many early Happy Birthday wishes to your Shiba girl! She sounds wonderful.

      She continues to entertain us with her never ending drama/comedy act.

      LOL! I love that. Sephy is also a fun and very unique dog. He always does things that I would not expect, and that my other dogs would never do. Shibas really are such “characters”!

      Big hugs and tummy rubs to your Shiba girl. My Sibes also send their best wishes and lots of licks. Shiba Sephy says “do I get a share of the birthday cake?”. πŸ˜€

  50. BruceB says

    Copper and Sebastian arrived here this week, and I have immediately bonded with them and discovered all their “Shiba” quirks…They are so different than my Siberians, I made a really nice kennel for them, and they seem to be adjusting well.

    I spend lots of time with them getting them used to being here, and letting them know I care about them, they have not been the trouble I figured they would be, and to be honest, so far , have been a joy to have.

    Maybe 6 months from now, I will post a different song!

    Thanks for all the good info on Shibas!

    • shibashake says

      Hi Bruce,
      Glad to hear that Copper and Sebastian and adjusting so well to their new home.

      I would love to hear more about how you think your Shibas are different from your Sibes. When I was looking for my first Sibe, it seemed that the general description for both breeds were pretty similar – independent, strong-willed, not to be left off-leash, etc. However, as you say, once you actually experience both breeds, they are quite different!

      Also point us to some pictures. Would love to see your whole pack!

  51. Andrea says

    How much of that is Sephy and how much of that is Shiba do you think?

    I keep thinking Kiba is super atypical. He’s a lot like my toddler – strong willed, but works within his boundaries mostly. πŸ˜€

    • shibashake says

      How much of that is Sephy and how much of that is Shiba do you think?

      Very good question! I think a big part of it was probably me, since I didn’t know how to respond properly to a Shiba. However, I think the breed played a big part as well.

      In the beginning, I really thought that Sephy’s temperament was a result of not the most careful breeding. Indeed several trainers told me that Sephy is on the super-Shiba scale. However, the Shiba breeders I have visited told me that he is a typical Shiba. I think the Shiba breeders probably have more experience on this matter. :)

      Comparing my Shiba and Siberians even now, Sephy is a lot more stubborn, less trusting, less food focused, challenges me more, and is frequently testing his boundaries.

      He is not necessarily a lot of work, because he has a lot less energy and does not need as much exercise; but he does come up with many original Shiba moves to test us. πŸ˜€

    • shibashake says

      Is she harder work than Sephy was?

      Heh, even though a puppy is a lot of work, Lara is much easier than Sephy. I have to put in a lot more work in terms of potty training, but Lara is –
      1. A lot less stubborn.
      2. She is very food focused which simplifies training. Shibas are less food focused.
      3. She is a lot more trusting, a lot easier to groom, and also handle at the vet. It takes a lot more to gain a Shiba’s trust.
      4. She is very affectionate, and follows us around everywhere.

      You may enjoy this article where I compare Sephy and Shania –

  52. Brett B says

    Ziva, as of Easter Sunday, is still shedding up a storm. It’s actually sped up somewhat, so I’m hoping she’ll go ahead and blow it here pretty soon. We bathe, we brush, we furminate….and still…

    With Ziva, undercoat is a renewable resource. :-)

    • shibashake says

      “With Ziva, undercoat is a renewable resource.”

      LOL! You should convert the fur into yarn and sell special Shiba sweaters online. πŸ˜‰

  53. BruceB says

    What a combination,Siberians and Shibas…..

    First time posting.

    Appreciate all the great information provided here, I have learned so much….that said, I have 8 Siberians, and soon to have 2 Shibas…which is why I am writing…

    To make the story short, a local animal welfare person contacted me about a couple wanting to find a home for two male Shibas…they didnt have time for them, all the standard excuses. I decided to take a look at them and they are two males about 5 yrs and 6 yrs, father and son…the father is not neutered, the son is.

    I have always wanted a Shiba, just wish it had been just one, but decided to take in both of them. The couple agreed to some concessions, having the father neutered, donating the kennel they are in , and wanting to take them back if they dont work out with me.

    My visit with the 2 Shibas, immediately taught me they are not like my Siberians, and they cannot be treated the same. All of my Siberians are older dogs, no puppies, and are kenneled and walked every day.

    Any advice on introducing the 2 Shibas to my gang?

    I realize I am going to have to drastically have a different mindset around the Shibas….

    And last, just a great website..and thanks for your work.

    • shibashake says

      Hello Bruce,

      A big kudos to you for helping Shibas in need. πŸ˜€

      Any advice on introducing the 2 Shibas to my gang?

      As you have noticed, Shibas tend to be a bit more particular about most things compared to Siberians. When I brought the puppy home, Siberian Shania took to the puppy right away. Shiba Sephy however, took much longer to accept her into his friends and family list.

      Unlike Sibes, Shibas have a much stronger protection drive, and as a result, they do not trust as easily.

      You probably already know all this, but here are some of the things I did when introducing puppy –
      1. Only introduce them one on one.
      2. I started with Shania because she is a very submissive dog.
      3. Shibas can get protective over toys, food, and food toys. So I made sure there were no toys or food about.
      4. I had both Shiba Sephy and puppy on leash just in case. Some Shibas are leash aggressive, so ask the prior owners about this. Even now, Shiba Sephy is on a drag lead.
      5. My Shiba is very sensitive about new dogs sniffing his butt. Once he trusts a dog, he is ok with it, but he does not allow new dogs near his sensitive areas. So in the beginning I kept puppy away from his sensitive zones.

      I went very slowly and made their time together very positive. I usually get the dogs to do obedience exercises together so that I can reward them when they are together, and get them to work together.

      Even with this, it took Shiba Sephy about 1 week before he started to accept new dog into his trust circle. I was a bit worried the first few days, so I am really glad it was just a time issue.

    • shibashake says

      Thanks Brett! Yeah, Shania took to her right away. Sephy was a bit more hard to get, but Lara has charmed her way into his circle of trust. πŸ˜€

      Hugs to Ziva. How is her shedding?

  54. AntlerAdam says

    He’s hasn’t looked back! Thank goodness.

    Somehow, we got the most stubborn puppy in a head strong bread. He hates walking on his leash. I hope that it’s only because he’s 12 weeks old (as of tomorrow). Clicker training and hand targeting only get us so far. He only wants to walk on his terms and I’m going to be the last person to give in. So essentially our walks turn into stands.

    Any thoughts? Is he too young to really be interested in walks? I really want to drain his energy…

    • shibashake says

      The 180 turn around actually works quite well with Sephy. If he starts to pull I turn around and move in the opposite direction. When he was young and pulled over his given quota, I would just walk on home and try again later. Since he really liked being outside, ending the walk was a big downer for him. He was willing to control his pulling to prolong his outside experience.

      In terms of making outside walking more fun I would play the Find-It game with him. I show him I have some chicken and throw it a very short distance away from him and say “Find-It!”. He liked playing this game especially when he was a puppy. When he found it, I would make a big deal of it and reward him. Then I repeat. Once he knows the game, I throw the pieces farther away or close to bushes so it becomes more challenging.

      When Sephy was young and not used to the leash I would sometimes let him walk around with it in the house. I only did this under supervision to make sure that the lead did not catch on anything. This gets him used to the leash -weight, smell, etc. With my current puppy I am starting by walking her in the backyard first. Once she gets all her shots I plan to first do short walks with turn-arounds which seems to work well on independent breeds.

      Here is an article on my leash training experiences with Sephy –

  55. AntlerAdam says

    Sounds way more intense than our first couple weeks with our new shiba, Raiden. He slept through the night on night one at 8 weeks and only a couple accidents (he’ll be 11 weeks tomorrow).

    We’re having a hell of a time on the leash though. He is super stubborn…

    Unfortunately, a neighbor gave her dog too much slack last night and he bit Raiden in the leg, leaving him with a small puncture wound. He favored it all night but this morning it was like nothing happened. A quick trip to the vet to get it cleaned up and he’s rockin’ n’ rollin’ again!

    • shibashake says

      Sounds way more intense than our first couple weeks with our new shiba, Raiden.

      Yeah, it is mainly the potty training that requires constant supervision. Now that we are getting some sunshine, it is a bit easier because she can be in the backyard by herself for short periods of time. Other than that, frozen Kongs are the BEST thing for puppies. They keep her occupied for long periods of time doing something that she loves – eating! πŸ˜€

      Unfortunately, a neighbor gave her dog too much slack last night and he bit Raiden in the leg

      Wow – it is pretty unusual for an adult dog to cause puncture wounds on a puppy. Usually, adult dogs give puppies a lot of leeway and only correct them vocally or by rolling them onto the ground.

      Glad to hear that Raiden recovered so quickly! Ah, the resilience of youth.

  56. Andrea says

    Sounds like a rough few days! Thankfully, we’re one whole month in so Kiba is no longer crying at night (though heaven help you if you’re late letting him out in the morning!)

    Also, only the one dog, so no puppy/adult dog supervision. We are having a few challenges with my toddler revving puppy up so he can’t help himself but nip – we’re punishing the toddler who DOES understand he’s not supposed to run around screaming, not the puppy who can’t understand hyper energy isn’t what he should do, lol. Time outs work for all little ones.

    Potty training a Shiba is easier than a Sibe it sounds like. :-) Though, Kiba HATES the rain – if he knows it’s raining, he won’t go outside, he’ll wait till he’s in, then go in the corner and tell us about it! (Doubtlessly so we’ll clean it up and his house will be pristine again).

    Good luck! Sounds like your little one is a handful!

    • shibashake says

      Potty training a Shiba is easier than a Sibe it sounds like.

      Yeah, that is definitely the case. Shibas, I think, are pretty obsessive about cleanliness. Sibes on the other hand are pretty copasetic about everything, including pooping and peeing. πŸ˜€

      Sounds like your little one is a handful!

      Haha, yeah she is small but fierce! She is also a lot more bold and stubborn compared to Shania. Should be an interesting journey.

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