The Shiba Inu is a trickster, clown, charmer, and one of a kind. We describe the very special Shiba Inu breed, including Mame Shibas and Jomon Shibas.
The Shiba Inu is a striking dog that looks a lot like a fox. However, the Shiba Inu has a quirky personality that may be challenging to dog owners. We present the good, bad, and quirky aspects of the Shiba Inu personality.
Shiba Inus can be difficult to train because they are frequently stubborn, mouthy, aloof, and dominant. Even experienced dog owners have difficulty training a Shiba, which is why this breed is not for the faint-hearted, and is not recommended for first-time dog owners. Here are some of the Shiba Inu training secrets that helped me turn my devil dog into a model citizen.
The Dogs 101 episode on the Shiba Inu breed characterized them as one of the most difficult breeds to train. Are Shiba Inus truly difficult to train? We consider some of the key reasons why Shibas are a challenge to train and a challenge to live with.
Puppy obedience training can be a challenge because puppies have a lot of energy and very short attention spans. While training a puppy, it is important to set up rules and routine, use positive reinforcement, and be very patient. Here are 7 puppy obedience training tips that helped me most while dealing with my little terrors on four paws.
Shiba Inus are known for having food aggression and resource guarding issues. In fact, all dogs can get protective over their food and resources if we inadvertently teach them the wrong lessons. We consider why dogs become aggressive over resources and how we can prevent resource guarding.
Dog play will help keep a dog busy, and channel his energy into fun and constructive activities. Playing with your dog will also help with obedience training, enhance your dog relationship, and establish you as the pack leader. Here are some games my dogs like to play.
One of the best ways to keep a dog engaged and out of mischief is by investing in some interactive dog toys. However, expensive toys do not necessarily mean safe, good, or fun. Here are some of the toys that work best at keeping my dogs happy and positively engaged.
What to feed a dog? There are four dog feeding strategies - kibble, wet dog food, homemade dog food, and raw diet (BARF). There is no definitive answer as to which method is best. We summarize each class of dog food, and present their pros and cons.
It is especially difficult to become pack leader to an aggressive dog because we will naturally fear our dog’s aggression. Here are some techniques that helped me conquer my fear and become pack leader to my aggressive dog.
Shiba Inus are a primitive breed. They tend to be stubborn, dominant, independent, and possess a strong instinct to guard. As a result, it can be a challenge to socialize a Shiba Inu to other dogs. Here we consider some of the dog-to-dog socialization challenges of a Shiba Inu as well as how to help our Shiba become more comfortable and tolerant of other dogs.
What is the dominant dog? Some people attribute all bad dog behaviors to dominance, while others do not want to use the dominant dog label at all. We examine dominance in dogs and present techniques for handling this issue.
Shiba Inus are commonly described as independent dogs. My Shiba Inu is very independent when it comes to independent thought and action. However, he is also very dependent on his people, more so than many other dog breeds. A Shiba Inu needs a lot of people time to keep him well occupied, both mentally and physically.
Healthy dog treats are hard to find. Commercial dog treats may contain ingredients that are difficult for dogs to digest, and may sometimes contain contaminants that are harmful to our dogs. After some early mistakes, I learned that expensive dog treats do not necessarily mean safe or healthy, and what is good for us humans, does not necessarily mean that it would also be good for our dogs.
I had a rough start with my Shiba Inu, Sephy. Shiba Inus can be a challenge to care for, especially as a first dog. I wanted to do my very best for my Shiba Inu puppy but I still made many mistakes. This is our story.
My dogs online resume. If you have any appropriate job openings, feel free to contact us.
A special poem dedicated to my special boy, Shiba Inu Sephy. He is aloof, stubborn, sly, and brimming with mischief. When I first got Sephy, he was a terror that flaps in the night. Nowadays, he is a fun but somewhat roguish scamp. Hope you enjoy this Shiba Inu poem!
Useful Shiba Inu links.