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Shiba Inus were originally bred for hunting. So, you would expect to see some hunting characteristics in their personality. Do you have a Shiba Inu that has been barking and chasing critters? This is an innate trait. Does your dog seem to be getting into a habit of biting when you’re playing? Do they get worked up when they are hungry and frustrated? Although these actions may have been amusing to begin with, it can become a consistent behavior you will worry about.
Training your Shiba Inu to not bite, therefore, is essential. Not only will it mean you and your family members are at less risk of painful biting, but it also means the dog won’t get into trouble out of the house. If they bite another, larger dog, they may end up in serious pain, while you’re landed with a substantial vet bill. This type of training will also increase your control in other areas of their life as well.
Training your Shiba Inu to stop biting may not be easy, but it can be done. The first thing you’ll need to do is deter them from biting in the first place. You can then focus on obedience training and asserting your position as pack leader. You can also look at other more productive avenues to channel their energy into.
If your dog is just a puppy, they should be fairly receptive and the habit somewhat new. This means you could see results in just a week or two. But if your Shiba Inu has many years of biting under their collar, then the habit will be harder to break. It could be a couple of months before they stop biting completely. Get training right now and you will be able to relax when you play around with your pooch in the future.
Before you start daily training sessions, you will need to gather a few items. A short, training leash will be required so that you can handle your Shiba Inu with control. To help your busy canine focus, plenty of irresistible treats or small pieces will be needed. A spray bottle full of water will also be used for one of the methods below.
Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes or so each day for training. If your pooch is having fun, keep the training going a bit longer. The more often you train, the sooner you will see results. The important thing is to end every session on a positive note. Don't keep your dog working if they are showing signs of fatigue and boredom. Stop when they are still having fun and move onto a game as a reward after the training.
Apart from that, you just need enthusiasm and patience. Then the work can begin!
The Redirection Method
Shiba Inus need plenty of exercise. Their biting may be because they are full of energy. Take them for a long walk every day. You can also try throwing a ball or stick as you go. Your pup won’t bite anyone if they are busy with a job to do.
Tug of war
Spend a few minutes each day playing tug of war. This is a great way to channel your dog's aggression into a safe outlet. It will also help show them what is and isn’t acceptable to bite.
When the dog does bite, give them the toy you use when you play tug of war. This will further reinforce what and when they can bite. Just try and remain calm when they bite. Giving a reaction may only make the problem worse.
Their biting may also be attention-seeking behavior. Spend a few minutes each day just lying around playing with your Shiba Inu. Stroking them gently and spending some quality time together may discourage them from biting for your attention.
Meet their needs
Make sure your Shiba Inu gets enough food, and at the same time each day. A schedule is a good training tool. Also, make sure they have a topped up water bowl and regular bathroom breaks. This will limit frustration and could help prevent biting.
The Prevention Method
As soon as you catch your Shibu Inu biting, go over and give a firm ‘NO’. While you don’t want to scare them, which could lead to aggression, make sure your dog understands you are not pleased. This should get them associating biting with negative consequences.
Water spray bottle
The next step to take is a quick spray of water near their face whenever they bite. This short surprise will make them think twice before biting next time.
Have a pocket full of treats that you can use as a distraction. When you see that your pup is losing focus and looking to have an altercation, give them the opportunity to refocus with a yummy treat.
Keep the dog on a short leash when you are out in public. This will increase your control and allow you to pull them back if a dog approaches that you’re worried your Shiba Inu may try and bite.
State your purpose
If you don't feel comfortable in a situation because you feel your Shiba Inu needs more training, feel free to state to others who approach, "my dog is in training," to explain why you'll be moving along.
The Full Package Method
Call a household meeting and sit everyone down. You need to make sure you all react in the same way. If anyone giggles or laughs when your Shiba Inu bites, then the dog will be confused and won’t stop biting. Make sure you all react in the same calm, firm manner.
Leave your dog food puzzles to get through during the day. This can be particularly effective if your Shiba Inu is a puppy. This is because their biting may be partially due to teething. Having something to chew during the day may relieve some of that pain.
Take your pup to obedience classes. This will show them the types of behavior that are and are not acceptable. Dogs often learn best by watching and following others. It will also teach them useful obedience commands that will increase your control. The socialization is essential, too.
Don’t use punishment
It is important you do not punish your Shiba Inu when they bite. This may only make them more aggressive and worsen the problem. Instead, remain calm and remove them from the area.
Spend several a minutes a day playing gently with your Shiba Inu. Hand over treats whenever they play calmly. It is important they learn to associate being calm with tasty rewards.
By James Barra
Published: 04/11/2018, edited: 01/08/2021