Comments for Shiba Shake Dog Tips, Care & Training Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:39:44 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Puppy Obedience Training – How to Care for a Puppy by Rick Sander Fri, 16 Jul 2021 09:39:44 +0000 How to take care of a puppy at night?

Comment on The Shiba Inu Breed by David Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:52:29 +0000 Great post to know more about Shiba Inu Breed. Keep it up. Thanks

Comment on How to Stop Your Dog from Pulling by Avneet Fri, 25 Jun 2021 15:18:14 +0000 Hi Lori,
I had the same problem with my 3 month old husky puppy. I switched from harness to prong collar. I’ve been giving my puppy obedience training too. She’s very good with sit command. When I made her walk with prong collar, every time she pulled, I stopped and the prong collar tightened. and she would sit. Time to move again and she pulled, same repetition of behavior from my end. She learned it quickly that if she pulls, she’s not getting her walk and her collar tightens. The reward is a good walk at my pace with free collar and no stops. My canine trainer said, don’t use harness especially if your dog pulls.
Give this a try and I hope it works out for you too.

Good luck!

Comment on The Dominant Dog – Dealing with Dominance in Dogs by FT Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:07:20 +0000 Hello: In reading your column, I find it practical and no-nonsense. Most other columns are preachy but unhelpful. Thank you for that.
To my issue, then. I have a 3 yr old Alaskan Husky which I raised from a puppy.. He has been off leash since 4 months and is reasonably obedient when called to heel. Also he has been socialized since 3 months.
He is sweet and very affectionate with people, even children. He has become more sedate and relaxed in the last 8 months in terms of his behaviour around people and the cat.
He is excellently behaved when in the house and well behaved in the yard.

However, he used to be very playful with other dogs, yet recently he has become more aggressive and hostile towards any dog he does not already know.
There are some issues with this:
1- Some instances are clearly dominance behaviour and there is little concern, except that many dog owners are clueless regarding dog behaviour. Also many of them do not understand the concept of off-leash park. But that is a people issue, as you say.
2- Some instances are more clearly aggression and gets rough with dogs of any size. This
This happens on leash or off leash. He does stop and wait for me when he sees another dog before going forward, which often gives me time to assess the situation and decide whether a leash is the appropriate action, such as the other dog being significantly smaller or a puppy.
He is not neutered, but I am not sure that has much to do with it, as some of his friends are not neutered or spayed.
This has led me to rearrange the times at which I go to the leash-free park, which may be counterproductive as he will socialize less.

Any suggestions?

Comment on Pet Loss – Dealing with the Death of My Two Dogs by shibashake Sat, 29 May 2021 22:38:01 +0000 Thank you Joan. Writing this article has been helpful in my recovery process.

Comment on 3 Dog Training Techniques by Ricci Harvey Wed, 26 May 2021 05:15:27 +0000 How did you teach him to come when called snd walk off leash? I’ve never in my life had a dog that does not want to come to me, so I never figured out how to get my dog to come. If she doesn’t want to in the first place how do I reward her for it? However, my dog is wonderful and sweet, not aggressive, and calm. Our only struggle is her bolting out the door and then we can’t get her back unless she decides to come.

Comment on Nothing in Life Is Free (NILIF) Dog Training by Kchan Wed, 26 May 2021 03:27:22 +0000 Hi, I am so glad to have found your blog as I just recently became a Shiba owner. Though I had dogs before but Shiba is very different. She is currently 8 weeks old and only home 3 days, but us barely eating or not very interested in food, which makes it really difficult for me to train her with incentive. I am also concerned she’s not eating enough and have tried canned tuna and sardines but mildly interested only. Hope to get some advise from you. Thanks!

Comment on Pet Loss – Dealing with the Death of My Two Dogs by Joan Tue, 25 May 2021 00:34:13 +0000 I am so sorry for your loss, and I think it is very kind of you to share this part of your journey with others.

Comment on Just Like a Mama Dog Biting on Her Puppy's Neck by andy Mon, 24 May 2021 22:36:25 +0000 Prong collars are potentially dangerous – most of the collars I’ve seen include choking features and the prongs cover the trachea. I’m sure there are trainers who start with these as devices, and I cannot countenance this. I had been vocally against all forms of negative training. And then I got an education I didn’t expect. We adopted two rescued dogs and discovered they have extraordinary prey drive. Without elaboration, they are a demonstrated risk to small dogs and other mammals but not humans. They are 50 and 70 lbs. We have taken them to a behaviorist (her recommendation was to kill them), but we also took them to a last-chance trainer who uses prong-collars that are both non-choke and which do not include prongs around the trachea. We collectively went for 2 weeks of training and the results were jaw-dropping. Our dogs can, with due care and diligence, be brought out in public and we have the tools to get them away from a situation we didn’t anticipate. (We do not do stupid things with these dogs like turn them loose in public or take them to a dog park. We are stewards of these animals and it’s our job to keep them away from provocative situations, first and foremost.) The no-choke, non-tracheal prong collar, used correctly, is not about punishing the dog, it is about competing with “red alert” signals in the dog’s brain that previously had made these dogs unmanageable (imagine a 70-lb dog struggling, pulling, snapping, and doing somersaults in midair trying to get off a regular leash / collar to get at a small dog in the vet’s parking lot). It’s not appropriate for most dogs, and it wouldn’t be where I would start, but we hear misguided calls to ban prong collars, and without exaggeration, that would be a death sentence for these two dogs. I love these dogs unbearably (and for all the concern about how much the dogs will hate prong collars or users of prong collars, not only do they seem to love us just fine…. the dancing they do when the prong collars come out (because we’re going on an off-property adventure!) is very telling). I would argue that you’re not wrong in many instances, but you’re also not 100% correct. A tempered and less absolute conversation should be had about these tools – who uses them, what kinds of collars, on which dogs, under what circumstances, and for what purposes…

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