While Shiba Inu training may be challenging, remember that this beautiful breed is thought to have been in existence for over two thousand years.
Extremely independent and intelligent, these dogs need to be socialized at an early age in order to make training easier. Being independent, the dog should also be kept on a lead or in a fenced area of the yard, as they are likely to wander off in search of prey.
Shiba Inu will make a good and clean addition to the family. They groom frequently not unlike cats, making them a clean addition to the house that doesn’t need bathing frequently. They can be standoffish but will be loyal companions to those owners who earn their respect through early socialization and positive reinforcement.
As mentioned earlier, this breed is very independent and a firm hand is needed for training. This firm hand must never strike the dog however as negative enforcement actions will not likely work. Positive reinforcement in the form of praise and treats will work far faster and better than negative reinforcement.
Shiba Inu Training Basics
Remove distractions from training area and show your dog that you have a treat. Say and repeat the command in a clear and concise voice and show your dog when possible how to complete the action. When your Shiba Inu is able to complete the task successfully, surrender the treat and give praise. To avoid confusion, train on only one command at a time.
When it comes to potty training, Shiba Inu training may be easier than other dogs. They are extremely clean dogs so many owners have found that by just placing them outside or in a specified elimination area of the home after meals that the dogs learn very quickly.
The Shiba Inu is known for it’s cleanliness and will be loath to soil its bedding. However, accidents will happen and when they do, refrain from scolding and quickly clean out the crate. Take the dog out in the yard to eliminate regularly and your Shiba Inu will quickly learn request to be let out to use the potty.
Other than their intelligence and fastidious grooming, the Shiba Inu is also known for its vocalization. When they are excited by either positive or negative circumstances, they will “scream” a very loud, high-pitched noise. This can happen if they are upset by your training methods or if they are just excited that you’ve come home after a long day of work. Be prepared and recognize the Shiba scream as part of this breed’s uniqueness. You can discourage the scream by trying to avoid startling or exciting your pooch too much.
Because the Shiba Inu bond closely with their owners, they may experience some separation anxiety while you are away from home. They may exhibit behaviors such as excessive barking, digging, or the destruction of your home and property. Don’t worry! Separation anxiety is avoidable with proper training and you can even help reduce how often your Shiba Inu “screams” by training them properly.
It takes a strong hand, but successful Shiba Inu training is entirely possible.
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