The Shiba Inu is a small, agile, intelligent hunting dog, originating in Japan. They have a reputation for being stubborn to train. While it is true that they can be of an independent nature, making them appear stubborn, this natural independence coincides with natural fastidiousness that often accompanies hunting breeds. Tapping into this natural instinct while potty training your Shiba Inu may make potty training your dog more successful and less stressful.
Consistency and a positive approach are key to training a Shiba Inu to do anything--including go potty! The trick will be getting your Shiba Inu to understand what bathroom habits you want him to pick up and to understand where you want him to relieve himself, and to reinforce desirable behaviors and location.
Shiba Inu puppies can begin house training or potty training as soon as possible, as early as 7 weeks of age, when they beginning to get control of their bladder. Shiba Inus can take up to 5 months of age to have full control of their bladder and other body functions, so be patient and do not expect more than your dog can deliver during potty training. Make sure to make bathroom opportunities frequent. Remember, Shiba Inus are small dogs that have correspondingly small bladders--be realistic about how often your dog will need the opportunity to relieve himself during training. Provide your dog ample opportunity to go potty in the correct area, avoid accidents with vigilance. Punishment for mistakes in potty behavior is generally not effective. Using positive reinforcement to put going potty on command, or associating going potty with a particular location like outside or in a designated corner of your yard, is the most effective way to train a Shiba Inu puppy or older dog to go potty.
Potty training your Shiba Inu means positive reinforcement, lots of treats, and lots of praise. Avoid negative reinforcement or punishment for potty training as it is usually counterproductive and confusing for a Shiba Inu. Shiba Inus are sensitive dogs and punishment is ineffective, often resulting in what appears to be stubborn behavior. Make sure you have a clearly established potty area and are consistent with your Shiba Inu. Establish a clear potty area, either outside or with an indoor litter box or puppy pads. Be prepared to supervise your dog and watch for signs that he needs to have a potty break, such as sniffing around. Schedule meals for your dog so you can predict when he will need to eliminate. Have a deodorizer available so that when accidents happen you can counteract odors and prevent future occurrences of soiling the same area.
Simba eats his poops anytime he pooped in the house but he did not eat those if he went to the backyard.
I feed him all goof food , I made for him. I feed him minerals supplement once a day like a week alreay but he still eats his poop. Could you please help. Thanks!
Hello Vivian, Poop eating can unfortunately be a strong habit. Since he is not eating it while outside, then I suggest improving his potty training routine, until he is consistently no longer pooping inside. When you take him to go potty outside, clean up his poop right away to prevent him from learning to eat those too. When he is inside attach him to himself with a leash so that he cannot sneak away to poop out of your sight. If you can supervise him 100% without attaching him to yourself, then you can simply supervise him, but if he is still sneaking away, then he needs to be attached to you while free. When you cannot watch him, then place him into a crate that is large enough for him to stand up, turn around, and lay down, but not large enough for him to poop in one end and stand in the other end away from it. Too large of a crate might make the problem worse. If you already have a larger crate, then you can use a divider to block off part of the back of the crate to make it smaller, rather than buying a new crate. Work on his "Leave It" command, so that you can tell him to "Leave It" if he does have an accident and is getting ready to eat it. To teach "Leave It" check out this Wag! article bellow: https://wagwalking.com/training/leave-it I am not sure if the supplements that you are giving him are things like "Deter", "Forbid", or "Potty Mouth", but if you are not already trying those, you can add something to his food to make his poop taste bad, such as "Deter" or "Forbid". You can also try adding a few table spoons of pumpkin to his dog food, to make his poop taste bad. I would also recommend getting him checked out by your vet for parasites and worms. Eating poop is sometimes a sign of parasites. It can also be a sign of nutritional deficiencies, but if you are already sure that he is not lacking in a particular nutrient, you are making the poop taste bad by adding pumpkin or something similar, and he is parasite free, then you will simply need to attach him to you when he is free and crate him when you cannot watch him. If there is not an underlying health reason, you can break the habit, and you can help him to form other good habits, like chewing his own chew toys, then he will likely grow out of the habit when he can no longer practice it. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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