Loyal, Brave and a Little Stubborn: The Shiba Inu Makes a Great Pet

Seeking a great watchdog that’s loyal to the core? Say hello to the Shiba Inu, a brave, dignified breed that is also good-natured and good-looking (if we say so). While the age and origin of this breed and its name keep researchers and scientists busy, Shiba Inus are busy protecting their families and taking the internet by storm.

Do Shiba Inu Bark a Lot?

The Shiba Inu, sometimes called Shiba, is typically a quiet dog. HOWEVER, they do bark, howl, and scream. We know what you’re thinking: “The dog can scream?”

Well, if you’ve never heard a Shibas scream, your first instinct may be to freak out. No need to be alarmed by the screech of the Shiba. These generally happy dogs just have a different way of expressing themselves.

Fast forward to 1:27 for the famous Shiba Inu scream.

While most dogs bark as their primary form of communication, Shiba Inu scream for various reasons like fear, anxiety, anger, or annoyance. Spending time with a Shiba can shed some light on this unique breed and its language. Shiba Inu doesn’t fancy excessive handling by humans, especially strangers. They are territorial and overly possessive of their food, toys, and space. For this reason, you may find your Shiba screaming at other dogs when protecting what’s his or hers. How do you control your Shiba’s screaming? Determine its cause.

breed_shiba-inu-in-two-color-waysHere are four tips to use when training a Shiba Inu

The Shiba Inu is a relatively small to midsize dog with a strong-willed personality and reacts best to a dominant subordinate hierarchy. Establishing this order requires you to follow these tips:

  • Be realistic: Shibas scream for a host of reasons, so you must focus on reducing the screeches rather than eliminating them.
  • Be consistent: Consistency in your commands and training is necessary. Change one word, and your dog could fail to comply. Consistency further means anyone in your house must follow the same training steps, or your efforts will prove futile.
  • Be patient: Although Shiba Inu are loyal and devoted to their humans, they also have a fiery personality that can challenge even the best trainers. Know you can’t fix the problem overnight.
  • Be safe: Shibas may scream out of pain or injury, so make sure your pet’s screaming isn’t health-related before you begin training.

How to train a Shiba Inu to stop excessive barking, howling, or screaming

breed_shiba-inu-in-the-snowThe most common triggers for a Shiba to vocalize are bathing, nail trimming sessions, and vet visits. These situations demonstrate the importance of early socialization. Experiencing new people, places, and other animals can make handling as an adult a nonissue. Redirecting your dog’s attention with treats can help get you through a grooming session or vet visit.

If your dog screams, howls or barks at the slightest movement or sound outside your home, you can mask the stimuli by closing windows, doors, curtains, or blinds. Note this is a quick fix to your problem. For a longer-term solution, you may want to apply a few best practices.

Shibas are a high-energy breed and require a good deal of daily exercise. Walk your dog a couple of times a day. Meeting your dog’s energy needs is especially important if your dog barks, howls, or screams when you leave him alone for any length of time. A tired dog is usually a good dog.

Avoid rewarding bad behavior. Any time you pay attention to your Shiba when he’s vocalizing will reinforce the behavior. As difficult as this may be, try to look away from your dog when he begins barking, howling, or screaming to get your attention. If you want to curb attention-seeking demand barks and screams, avoid petting or responding to these demands, at least until the dog stops.

Reward positive behaviors and avoid reinforcing negative behaviors.

Train, treat, repeat. When your Shiba Inu is vocalizing like a fool, use a dog training device to get your dog’s attention. We recommend an ultrasonic trainer because it’s inaudible to humans. Yet, its high-frequency sound gets your dog’s attention, so you can redirect him with a command followed by a treat when he quiets down.

breed_shiba-inu-on-a-boatFacts About Shiba Inu

Shiba Inu, a fox look-alike breed, is an ancient breed to Japan and is a national treasure in the Asian country. Originally bred as hunting dogs, today’s confident Shiba Inu continue to possess a high prey drive and will run after just about anything that moves. They tend to lick themselves so clean; people often compare their behavior to that of cats. With a combination of an intense personality, affection, loyalty, and alertness, this breed can make an excellent family pet and guard dog.

  • Size: Shiba Inu range from 13.5 to 16.5 inches in height and weighs between 17 and 23 pounds.
  • Life expectancy: Shiba Inu tend to live 13 to 16 years.
  • Coat: Shiba Inu has a thick double coat. The outer coat is straight and stiff, while the undercoat is dense and soft. Their colors are cream, tan, and black.
  • AKC group: Shiba Inu belongs to the AKC non-sporting group.

Are Shiba Inu Easy to Train?

Thanks to their intelligence, stubbornness, and independence, training a Shiba Inu can prove challenging; they often make the “most difficult dogs to train list.” You may find your pet not willing to go with the flow and follow your commands. This breed has no problem skipping meals, ignoring their humans’ attention, and more, all for the sake of saving his pride. Consistent rules and positive reinforcement training can help keep his dominance in check. Early socialization can help ensure your pet grows up to be a well-mannered and well-adjusted adult.

Do Shiba Inu Need Grooming?

Although considered seasonal shedders, you may find your Shiba pretty much sheds year-round. Brushing or combing your pet whenever he sheds can help reduce the amount of hair on your clothing and furniture; otherwise, infrequent brushing will suffice. Long-coated Shiba Inus require regular brushing to prevent tangles and mats. Shibas are known for their self-cleaning habits and don’t necessarily require frequent bathing. Using a dog-friendly vacuum can help remove loose hair, dirt, and dandruff and make it easy for a flea check. This breed doesn’t care for nail trims, so if your pet puts up a fuss, try using a dog nail grinder before you call in a professional.

What If My Breed Is a Shiba Inu Mix?

Aside from their tendency to bolt at any given moment, many cross-breeders find the Shiba Inu one of their growing favorites, thanks to the breed’s general overall good health and looks. Although there is no guarantee the offspring will possess these traits, researching both parent breeds will give you an idea of what you might expect.

Here are some popular Shiba Inu breed mixes:

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