Now you know Shiba Inus were originally bred for hunting. So you expected to see some hunting characteristics. So yes, there has been barking and chasing. However, what you didn’t anticipate was the biting. Your dog seems to be getting into a habit of biting when you’re playing and they get worked up or when they are hungry and frustrated. Now, this may have been amusing to begin with. But now it is becoming a consistent behavior you are beginning to worry about.
Training your Shiba Inu to not bite, therefore, is essential. Not only does 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, then 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.
Training your Shiba Inu to stop biting may not be easy, but it is definitely manageable. 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 then 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 and you will be able to relax when you play around with your pooch in future.
Before you start work, you will need to gather a few items. A short, training leash will be required. You may also want to invest in a muzzle. Plenty of treats or small pieces of food will be needed. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will also be used for one of the methods below.
Set aside 15 minutes or so each day for training. The more often you train, the sooner you will see results.
Apart from that, you just need enthusiasm and patience, then work can begin!