Comments for Shiba Shake Dog Tips, Care & Training Wed, 24 Jun 2020 02:50:19 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Puppy Obedience Training – How to Care for a Puppy by Afton Jackson Wed, 24 Jun 2020 02:50:19 +0000 My wife recently thought of getting a new pet dog to give our kids some company and to help teach them some care lessons along the way and I want to know what are the best start care tips for a puppy. I loved your explanation of obedience training and how it can help the puppy develop proper house behaviors in the long run because my kids are young and so if they develop a good bond with a dog as the dog grows up along with them, they can learn the real value of responsible dog ownership while being safe from aggressive dog tendencies. I’ll be sure to show my family this article before we look for any puppy breeders. Thank you!

Comment on Common Reasons for Dog Itchy Skin and Dog Scratching by Serios Tue, 23 Jun 2020 21:42:57 +0000 Hello,
I have a shiba and also has an itchy skin. He is biting his front legs constantly and scratching his face. He is scared outside when the weather is too humid. I changed his food because vet said Apollo had allergies to chicken.
I am offering only food made of fish but lately he is not eating. He wants to eat but plays with the kibble and avoids eating. Could be that he is bored with the same food?
My concern is his itching.Apollo is one year old, I do not want give him asteroids. Last summer I gave 2 times a dip with lime sulfur and he improved. Do you think he has mites?

Comment on The Dominant Dog – Dealing with Dominance in Dogs by Leonardo Thunders Fri, 19 Jun 2020 17:32:53 +0000 Hey! My name is Leonardo, but you can just call me Leo. I have a Gerberian Shepsky, at home who is around 8 months now. Her name is Cinno (pronounced as “Cheeno”) and i’m having a few issues with her. Although she is extremely friendly and playful and quite smart she is very disobedient. she will run out of our estate when she gets the chance to.

She become very aggressive and bite, hide and run from you when you try and take something from her that could even potentially hurt her. she bites when she plays with you and although it wasn’t a big deal when she was smaller and younger it is now, that she’s growing. she stopped biting the furniture but unfortunately after she destroyed it.

She only obeys commands when she sees you have food in your mouth. Right now, i’m working on getting her to return back to me after running away. If she learns that, it’ll be a big help.

Could you advice me on anything else i could do to help train my dog? I know she’s a puppy right now and i want to get going with these techniques as soon as possible so when she grows up it’ll be easier for me and most importantly, her. Thank you so much in advance!

Comment on Are You Afraid of Your Dog? by Angela Tue, 16 Jun 2020 02:59:14 +0000 Thank you for this post. I realize it’s 10+ yers old, but it was the perfect article for me. I’m afraid of my dog after he bit me, and am not sure how to get over my fear of him.
How were you able to trust your dog again? I guess that’s my biggest question.
I adopted Jam, a 13-year old Lhasa Apso whose bite history was concealed from me. (I learned of it when I called his former vet for some info).
Jam first snapped and growled when I picked him up one day. I later learned that he had pain in his lower back, so I never picked him up again.
Two weeks ago Jam pooped in the house (which he started doing about a month after I brought him home). I clapped my hands, said “No!” Loudly, and went to get his leash to toilet him. He went to his bed, so I walked over with the leash. (Note: He loves going outside, but I didn’t recognize his lack of interest as being an indicator of anything.
I squatted down to put his leash on, and reach for his collar. He was looking at me the entire time, then bite me, drawing blood on both sides of my right thumb. I was stunned. I’d never been bitten by a dog before, and was really freaked out I cleaned the wound, but it became infected. I took antibiotics and got a tetanus shot.
I don’t trust hum know, and the lack of trust (for me) is the biggest issue. He’s been with his coparent for the last week. Since the bite we’ve learned about his back pain, and also got some dental work for him. We’re treating the pain with CBDD because he refuses to take pills, even in pill pockets. I. know that dogs can bite when they‘re in pain, but I wasn’t even touching him when he bit me, so that can’t be the reason. I did consider canine dementia as a possible cause,.
I don’t want to be around him because I don’t know if he will bite me again, and I don’t want to be afraid in my home, as I now am.
I would love to be willing to try, but (if I’m honest), I don’t know if I can ever trust him. His previous vet (who told me about the bite history) recommended putting him down, but we (me and the coparent) wanted to take care of Jam’s pain issues before making a decision like that.
As well, the co-parent and I are on opposite sides of the euthanasia question. When we started on this path she said she’d support me if that was the path I chose 9after we got the health pieces taken care of), but now has ruled euthanasia out, and admitted she didn’t tell me that he’d bitten her and another person last week.
this is a challenging situation. Thanks for writing on the topic

Comment on Shiba Inu Personality –Good, Bad, & Quirky by Suzy Forwood Sat, 13 Jun 2020 21:27:33 +0000 I have a ShibaChi, adopted at ~age 3. We’d had her for about a year… hubby’s pumping gas, Brandy’s IN MY LAP, passenger window is down. She leaps out of the Tundra’s window and lands, like a cat, on all fours! A guy leaving the gas station stopped and said, “She saw something she wanted….”
Mine loves the snow and hates the water! She’ll run along the shore as I float on the river…..

Comment on Dog to Dog Aggression – Why and How to Stop It by Louise Sat, 13 Jun 2020 20:52:53 +0000 I have two 8month old rescued strays both desert mix, one has taken well to toilet training and leash training and behaves well on walks and with house guests. The other will not use puppy pads, he will go on his walks but he also goes constantly in the house even after his walk. He is a very nervy boy and even the sight of a dog in the distance sends him in to over drive, he lunges, jumps, barks, growls with his heckles on end and becomes completely unresponsive to me. If we have a guest in the house he reacts in this same way and does not settle until thr guest have left. Do you hsve any advice?

Comment on Exercise Your Shiba Inu by timo Wed, 10 Jun 2020 23:09:54 +0000 any tips to exercising shiba puppy?
mine hasnt used to be alone when he’s in his crate.. after waking up he will throws his tantrum.. 🙁

Comment on How to Stop Your Dog from Pulling by Carol Wed, 03 Jun 2020 14:23:22 +0000 Thank you for this article. My 16 month old lab went into a burst of energy outside and literally knocked me down and broke my ankle. I wish I had read this sooner!

Comment on How Dogs Learn, How Dogs Think by Anonymous Sun, 31 May 2020 13:43:36 +0000 Get her spayed

Comment on Dog to Dog Aggression – Why and How to Stop It by Penny Cooke Thu, 21 May 2020 14:54:45 +0000 I loved this article, which I came across while searching for answers/help in stopping my 2yo rescued Lurcher (probably deerhound, greyhound, border collie cross) reacting to one particular breed of dog – Jack Russells, when they’re off-lead. Bella was picked up as a stray last September, in Ireland – and so we can safely assume that she was a “working girl” there, probably for hare coursing etc.

Her recall was very bad at first, but is now getting very much better – I’d say we’re at 100%, unless she sees a cat, squirrel, deer etc – and off-lead Jack Russells.

A few months ago, I was out walking in the fields with her and my dogwalker friend, and her two charges, Golden Retrievers. Bella and they adore each other. I call them her pack.

We were on the return part of our walk, and up ahead I spotted a young man with two JRs. One was on-lead, the other off. At this point, I must say that I’d never observed her antipathy towards JRs. She adopted her wolf-mode, crouching lower and lower as she approached (and she’s done this with nearly all dogs, with no ill effects) and finally she laid down, ears up, laser focus. And then the two GRs run bouncing by her to go say hello. Bella runs too, and the off-lead dog comes towards her shouting in her face. Bella backs off into the field, JR comes shouting again. Bella backs off, JR comes shouting again. On the fourth time, she’s decided she’s had enough, shoulder-bumps the JR, puts her mouth – not biting – on its back to keep him still and quiet. Normally, one would expect a much smaller dog (B is nearly 24” at the shoulder) to lay quiet and submissive. Not this one – he squirms violently, and so tears his skin, and has to go to the vet. The young man’s mother is very gracious, said she’d seen Bella out and about, had worked at a local rescue centre and knew lurchers to be the gentlest of dogs. The JR, by the way, was always kept on-lead, and I have no idea why, on this day, the young man chose to keep him off the lead.

From that moment, though, I became hyper-vigilant, especially with small dogs. Most of them – even if they mob her, and are off-lead and noisy – she is absolutely fine with. But I still put her immediately on the lead if I see a small dog approach, even if they are on the lead, no matter how far away if they’re heading towards us.

Yesterday, I set out for our morning walk at 9am. Once we reached the fields, I saw the owner of those golden retrievers coming towards me, and we started chatting. At this point, we’re the only people in the field. Bella was off-lead, and playing with the GRs. I had my back to Bella. Too late, my friend drew my attention to Bella – from out of nowhere, but in the same direction my friend had been walking – there’s a woman with an off-lead JR.

At the moment I turned, before I could call her name, Bella was off. The woman immediately picked her dog up, presenting Bella – who five minutes earlier had been pouncing on a clump of grass where she’d obviously spotted a vole or field mouse but didn’t catch it – with a target. (I believe that the lucky vole kicked her prey instinct up a notch.) She reached up, grabbed the dog by the leg, pulled him down and started shaking him. I’m running, the woman is screaming – understandably so – and eventually get the dog from Bella, and the woman picks it up. Bella, meanwhile, isn’t letting me get anywhere near her and, when I do put a hand on her collar, backs out of it. And then pulls the dog down again, drags it away, and starts shaking it. Half a minute later, the dog’s in his owner’s arms, I’ve got mine on collar and lead. The woman says “there’s blood coming from every orifice” – actually, I could see hardly any blood on him, but Bella had a torn ear as I discovered later, and cuts on her face.

My dog-walking friend has said previously – because of the first incident with a JR – that she believes Bella may have been used as a bait dog in Ireland because of her fear aggression to that particular breed of dog.

Today, out walking – later than usual, and I saw only one dog in the distance for the whole two hours – I received a phone call from the police. Because the woman claims she was injured – sprained ankle (she wasn’t limping as she walked away) and cuts & bruises – this is being treated as a dog “dangerously out of control” and I will be visiting the police station tomorrow to talk about this, the circumstances, but it’s not under caution and I’m not under arrest. The cuts and bruises she sustained were, I believe, inflicted by her own dog and not mine. Bella wasn’t interested in the woman.

I’d be very interested in what you might say about this situation, and how I can help Bella – other than muzzling her.