Comments for Shiba Shake https://shibashake.com/dog Dog Tips, Care & Training Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:07:20 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Comment on The Dominant Dog – Dealing with Dominance in Dogs by FT https://shibashake.com/dog/the-dominant-dog-dealing-with-dominance-in-dogs/comment-page-3#comment-926881 Mon, 07 Jun 2021 13:07:20 +0000 http://www.shibashake.com/dog/the-dominant-dog-dealing-with-dominance-in-dogs#comment-926881 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?

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Comment on Pet Loss – Dealing with the Death of My Two Dogs by shibashake https://shibashake.com/dog/pet-loss-dealing-with-the-death-of-my-two-dogs#comment-926751 Sat, 29 May 2021 22:38:01 +0000 https://shibashake.com/dog/?p=13196#comment-926751 Thank you Joan. Writing this article has been helpful in my recovery process.

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Comment on 3 Dog Training Techniques by Ricci Harvey https://shibashake.com/dog/3-dog-training-techniques#comment-926582 Wed, 26 May 2021 05:15:27 +0000 http://shibashake.com/dog/?p=12304#comment-926582 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.

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Comment on Nothing in Life Is Free (NILIF) Dog Training by Kchan https://shibashake.com/dog/nothing-in-life-is-free-dog-training#comment-926572 Wed, 26 May 2021 03:27:22 +0000 http://shibashake.com/dog/?p=8822#comment-926572 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!

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Comment on Pet Loss – Dealing with the Death of My Two Dogs by Joan https://shibashake.com/dog/pet-loss-dealing-with-the-death-of-my-two-dogs#comment-926499 Tue, 25 May 2021 00:34:13 +0000 https://shibashake.com/dog/?p=13196#comment-926499 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.

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Comment on Just Like a Mama Dog Biting on Her Puppy's Neck by andy https://shibashake.com/dog/just-like-a-mama-dog-biting-on-her-puppys-neck#comment-926490 Mon, 24 May 2021 22:36:25 +0000 http://shibashake.com/dog/?p=5367#comment-926490 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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Comment on Most Difficult Dog Breed by priscilla hernadz https://shibashake.com/dog/most-difficult-dog-breed#comment-926270 Thu, 13 May 2021 16:03:09 +0000 http://shibashake.com/shibainublog/?p=181#comment-926270 i have 2 pitbull dogs they are girls they f a lot

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Comment on How to Stop Your Dog from Pulling by Lori https://shibashake.com/dog/stop-dog-pulling#comment-926232 Tue, 11 May 2021 16:39:52 +0000 http://thedoginc.com/dog-pulling-stop-your-dog-from-pulling#comment-926232 I have a ten month golden lab. I have been practising stopping every time he pulls…I changed from collar to harness…when he does walk nicely beside me even for a few strides I quickly reward with a treat and say good dog….
I have been doing this for two and a half months …he doesn’t get it…he knows when he’s good and walks beside me nice,y but 95 percent of the time he pulls..I am exhausted walking him…what am I doing wrong ?. He’s just not getting it…

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Comment on Dog Aggression – What Does it Mean? by Dona Clemons https://shibashake.com/dog/dog-aggression-what-does-it-mean/comment-page-2#comment-925938 Sat, 24 Apr 2021 00:53:01 +0000 http://www.shibashake.com/dog/?p=3645#comment-925938 My 2 yr old Pit Bull/ Dashound mix barks at doorbell. I pick him up so he can smell the new person coming into his home. But some people, just one so far, he did not like for some reason. He nipped at his shirt. He’s NEVER done that before. He’ll smell them and I put him down and he walks away or watches repair man or whatever this person is here for. And as far as settling down by one yr old.. Um, NO!! He is so, so active. He plays with our 8mth old Siberian Husky. We have 2 cats, all I need to say is ” Leave it” and he will walk away. Or I make this sound with clenched teeth it sorta sounds like chu chu chu. As soon as he hears that he stops. I am disabled and he is a registered emotional support dog. But I can’t get out and walk him or socialize him. When I did he has an extreme amount of energy he’d just tackle or roll or jump right over other dogs. He is neutered. He does burrow under covers. He never makes a mess in house when left alone 4 hours. He is not bone dominant, has no toys due to him being an aggressive chewer. I don’t know why he did that to that repair man. Never ever before. He loves to lick everyone. Give kisses. So I’m dumbfounded. He listens to commands. Well trained. Except for the socialization part. I’m on a fixed income and trainers I definitely can’t afford. Help!!!

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Comment on Do Our Dogs Love Us Unconditionally? by When Is The Right Time To Get A Pet? | Maryland Pets https://shibashake.com/dog/do-our-dogs-love-us-unconditionally#comment-925924 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 15:49:27 +0000 http://shibashake.com/dog/?p=12465#comment-925924 […] and has no more room for anyone or anything else right now, don’t get a pet. Your pet deserves to be loved unconditionally in the same way that you would love a family member, and if you aren’t capable of giving that, […]

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