Comments for Shiba Shake Dog Tips, Care & Training Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:58:47 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Dog Aggression – What Does it Mean? by Michael Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:58:47 +0000 We recently adopted a 18 month old pit bull from paws. I gave him a bath yesterday and he did ok. He wasn’t happy about it but let me give him one. Today when I got home from work I noticed that he was having an allergic reaction to fleas. We went and bought some things to get rid of the fleas and gave him Benadryl. I decided to give him another bath with the oatmeal and aloe shampoo to try and relieve some of his pain. When I got him in the bathroom and turned the water on he tried to attack me. He hasn’t shown any signs of aggression since we got him. Any guesses on why he tried to attack me?

Comment on Dog to Dog Aggression – Why and How to Stop It by Sampath Parthasarathy Thu, 16 Jan 2020 16:11:26 +0000 Thanks-very helpful. I have two miniature Schnauzers, Nina(7 year old) and Jasmine(5year old) Both were from a big exclusive miniature schnauzer breeder. Walking them most often is a pleasure but when they see another dog coming (even half a mile away), they freeze and take an aggressive crouching position. Tense, they won’t even obey any other command-sit, look etc. In the narrow walkway, there is very little room to move away. I am not nervous as I am quite comfortable with any size dog. However, taking them out and seeing another dog ahead makes me concerned. I don’t know what to do! All they do when they are near other dogs is play!

Comment on Dog to Dog Aggression – Why and How to Stop It by Jo Wed, 15 Jan 2020 22:23:12 +0000 I enjoyed reading your site. I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier who is has been very well socialised. She attends obedience classes and she is also shown in dog shows so she is fine around other dogs. If we are out walking on lead she will ignore and will not react if they bark. However she has recently started snapping at unfamiliar dogs if she meets them nose to nose when people want to let their dogs greet her. I never let her off lead around other dogs as I am aware Staffies can be excitable and do not get a good press and I don’t want her attacked. Can you advise?

Comment on 3 Dog Training Techniques by Stephanie Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:01:51 +0000 Hi Liza
I am far from being an expert an get my 1st dog (and shiba in Sept 19).
I really love this blog as it shows some owners have pretty hard time and things are often as described in books. Shibasake shows there’s always a way, and you will find a solution! I will just share what has worked for me and Kawaii. Sorry if it is too long!

For the potty issue, maybe you can try to have Xander in a play pen as soon as you cannot have your eyes on him. He will probably respect his ”home” and won’t pee inside. Try to have him potty break often before you find out at which frequency he needs to go. If he’s outside the play pen, try to keep your eyes on him every time. If you catch him starting squatting, clap in your hands to surprise him and make him stop and pick him in your arms (on his back – he won’t pee on himself) and reach the ”potty spot in your garden and praise him.
If you go to the garden for his potty break and he doesn’t do anything; just say nothing and let him in the play pen. Try 30 min later.
Hope it will work for you!!

For the rocks, I stopped worrying about it and only remove stuff from my dog’s mouth when it is metallic or glass. When picking the object I trade it against a treat. I also practice drop it exercise with plenty treats when playing.

For refusing to walk: try to call him once give him the 1,2 3 seconds to come. If he doesn’t continue what you wanted to do and try again when you have the time. You can put him in the play pen in the meantime. Staying calm is the most difficult thing right?! Mine play at catch me if you can… I remove the toys and ignore me… and try again later. But you are the one in charge, and you will decide when to go out.

For the biting: If it is against your furniture, I redirect my dog saying ”nah” and offer him a Kong or a wood stick in order for him to chew. I let them always around for him to pick them when he needs.
If he bites you; 2 options the soft one fake a cry sound and turn your back on him and ignore him for 30s – really count 30 slowly, he has to feel the loneliness.
If it is not working keep his head into your hand and look at him with severe look and without a word for 30 real secondes, then go away… and come back to play later. (Do not use that too often, other he may think your a psycho or loose the power of it).
Also try when you pet him in your arm, to touch his jaws, praise… touch his tooth and praise…etc slowly but surely… everyday till improvement… then several times per week.

You may also to hand feed him several weeks to make him understand you control the food; having him sit and look into your eyes before feeding him…

Good luck with your little monster, try to stay calm… and patience will work and transform him into a nice pup.

… You may also try obedience class for puppies! It may help

Comment on 3 Dog Training Techniques by Liza Wed, 01 Jan 2020 21:05:24 +0000 Hello there, happy new year!

I’m hoping for some serious feedback cause the last
two days have been terrible. I’ll admit – I did not research or know anything about a Shiba Inu prior to owning one. My fault – absolutely. However, me having a puppy was very last minute (long story) My pup, Xander, is just shy of 3 months & I got him about 3 weeks ago. Since then I have done a lottt of reading & research because I want to do the best I can. I’m still learning but will gladly take any help I can get.

So, a few of the things I get are just normal puppy issues but I feel that anything I’ve done hasn’t even helped in the slightest. He pees all the time in the house, even right after I’ve taken him out. Side note – my carpet is green unfortunately so I’m not sure if he mistakes it for grass? I’ve recently noticed him trying to dig into the carpet so that’s why I’m not sure. He chews everything – even rocks. He’s so quick sometimes he’ll swallow it before I’m able to get it out of his mouth. He refuses to walk. Sometimes when we go out he’ll just sit down & wont even budge. I have a big yard so we walk around the house sometimes so that’s good. And now, as of the past two days which has made me want to cry – he’s started to really bite. Like angry bite. Every time he bites or chews I’ll do my best to distract him with his own chew toys, etc. but it hasn’t helped. He gets a lottt of attention & we play with him as often as possible. I’m not sure if he’s just mad that I keep taking stuff away but the angry biting is what has me the most concerned. I’m almost in tears & at a loss. I do know the one thing I didn’t do so well on so far is punishment. I was putting him in his crate for timeouts and just started using the bathroom but he doesn’t seem to have much a problem with the crate. He will cry for maybe 10ish minutes and then he will lay down. So, if there is anything I missed – any advice, I’ll take it all.

Comment on Dog to Dog Aggression – Why and How to Stop It by Beth Mon, 30 Dec 2019 21:26:49 +0000 Hi, we’ve had our dog since she was a puppy, she’s 5 now and she’s always been really friendly towards other dogs (always rolling onto her back when she met them) but in the last week she’s started attacking only schnauzers, yesterday she actually chased one which had passed her and was about 100m away and started biting it. Is there anything we can do to stop her? I’m not really sure what’s causing it.

Comment on Pack Leader to a Shiba Inu by Arielle Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:25:10 +0000 Hi,
My shiba puppy (13 weeks) keeps waking up at 2am by barking and whining very loudly for too long. He then gets very playful and aggressive if we try to put him back in his playpen. He won’t stop biting and scratching us when we do, and barking nonstop if he’s locked up.
Help please… he has only been home a week and has an incredible amount of energy despite hours of playtime.

Comment on My Dog Was Bitten by a Rattlesnake! by Cristina Fri, 13 Dec 2019 23:14:10 +0000 Our Vizsla did not have any side effects from the antivenin but we were told that anaphylactic shock was a possibility. I hope your dog gets better… sorry to hear about your experience

Comment on My Dog Was Bitten by a Rattlesnake! by Cristina Fri, 13 Dec 2019 23:09:38 +0000 Our dog, a Vizsla (Pointer) was bitten by an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake on Nov 12/19 in Central Florida. We immediately drove 45 minutes to a Tampa Emergency vet where he received painkillers through IV, fluids through IV and 6 vials of antivenin. It took 6 vials to get his blood coagulating properly. They kept him in the hospital 24 hrs and we took him home to Ft Lauderdale afterwards. We took him to local vet every two days to check his blood. First 5 days were rough… swelling started coming down but he was lethargic, not eating much, vomiting, unable to hold his urine and then not being able to urinate. He got antibiotics for a urinary infection and started feeling better after 5 days. Every day his strength came back, his appetite was excellent and no vomiting. He did have some inflammation on the pancreas and liver from the venom and maybe the antivenin in his body. Blood work wasn’t terrible but not ok until 4 weeks later when everything went back to normal. At first vets thought he was bitten on the face (muzzle) because he had a cut there but when swelling came down from his neck the bites were clearly visible there. We got very lucky…. he’s a young dog (not quite 2 yrs old), was very healthy prior to the bite, larger size (70 lbs) and most importantly we got him to a clinic with antivenin quickly and he received aggressive treatment. Hang in there… it will take some time but you have to be optimistic! You can check out his story, progress and photos at

Comment on Siberian Husky Puppy Pictures – First 3 Months by Gretchen Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:59:22 +0000 Hello fellow husky owners, I would just like to say that I am almost 70 and I have a beautiful crazy little husky girl who will be one year old this month, Sierra Rose. [I bought her from a sled dog breeder, which is not entirely recommended. I have had eight huskies and one litter of AKC huskies that I raised and sold. They are the most brilliant, smart & beautiful breed of dog. They do take a ton of patience! This one has almost done me in [I got her at 7 weeks last Feb] however, I am totally in LOVE with her. She is loyal to me as I have never known, and just adoring and precious. You have to keep your patience and give them a personal space to grow up in. I live in Montana. I have had custom kennels built where they have total shade, straw to curl up in or romp in, dog houses and in the summer a little pool. That SAVES the digging in your yard. Sierra loves to chew wood which has been problem but I bought a little dog fence with a gate and installed it in the house so she has her own room to play in and sleeps in her large crate in. Crate training is essential! Huskies like to have a routine with you. Potty training does take a huge attention [by you!] effort and Siberians do take an extra lot of time on that. then! one day they are potty trained [may take 6 months] … Puppies have a weak bladder for many months. Do NOT get mad at these husky babies and be sure and give them LOTS of love, play time with you and supervision so they don’t get hurt. Do not get them if you can’t do all of this. THEY ARE EXCEPTIONAL PETS and deserve all you can do for them!