A Shiba Pin is not a very common dog, as it’s a hybrid breed of a Shiba Inu and a Miniature Pinscher. You wouldn’t see both parent breeds very often either, so it’s clear to see that when you adopt a Shiba Pin, you will get all heads turning. After all, unusual breeds always do. While they may be unique in their looks, their temperament is similar to that of their parents. They are small, mighty, and require at least an hour of physical and mental stimulation every day. They can also be quite snappy and need a firm hand and plenty of training. Don’t waste any more time and begin treating your Shiba Pin to these activities. The more fun you can give them, the happier they’ll be!
Shiba Pins can be little stress balls at times, not taking everything in their stride as other breeds do. If you want to invite some calm into their demeanor, then consider introducing dog massage into their routine. This free, rainy-day activity is one with an average difficulty level. You only need to use your hands, and the 20 minutes you do it can be all it takes to turn your Shiba Pin from a ball of stress into a relaxed and calm dog. Dog massage dates back to ancient times, with it becoming more popular in the 1970s. There has been a resurgence in recent years too, as more people see the unique benefits for their furry friends.
Because Shiba Pins can be quite snappy, selfish, and aloof, it’s essential to begin the socialization process early on. You not only want them to be friendly and satisfied with your family but with other people and dogs as well. That’s why a dog park is such a vital activity to carry out on a regular basis. You only need a leash, waste bag, and a toy, but it’s a valuable social tool that’s free, easy, and only takes an hour. It’s also something fun to do with your Shiba Pin on a warm summer’s day. Clip on their leash and walk them to the park for an hour of fun with other dogs and people.
Even though your Shiba Pin is small, and more “handbag” in stature than other larger dogs, that doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy outings. They are small like a lapdog but have a large personality you need to let shine through. A beach trip can help. On a hot summer’s day when you have an hour up your sleeve, pack a leash, towel, toy, and waste bag, and take your Shiba Pin for a trip to the beach. Here, they can sniff around, paddle in the water, play with their toy, and enjoy their surroundings. This simple and free activity is also one that will appeal to dog owners too. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a trip to the beach when the sun’s beating down?
A Shiba Pin requires between 45 minutes and an hour of physical and mental stimulation every day. If your creative juices aren’t flowing and you can’t come up with anything overly exciting, then you can’t go wrong with a walk. It doesn’t matter where you go; your Shiba Pin will enjoy going for a walk with you by their side. What’s more, it’s free, easy, and gives you an excuse to pound the pavement as well.
One of the most convenient things about owning a Shiba Pin is their size. They are not hard to bring anywhere with you and won’t take up a lot of space in a vehicle. As a result, a car ride is often an excellent activity option for a dog who loves to go with you everywhere. You can put a harness on them with a seatbelt attachment, and take them on an adventure in the car. Most Shiba Pins will jump at the chance to watch all the traffic whizzing by from a vehicle rather than your home’s front window.
Shiba Pins can be similar to a grumpy old man. They can be aloof, a little snappy, and not very social when they aren’t feeling up to it. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lot of love to give, or don't want it in return. If you want your Shiba Pin to feel pawsitive about you and be in a good mood, then treat them to fun and exciting activities. They don’t ask for a lot, but they will be happy with any of these options above.