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!
She bites a lot always our ankles and legs even when we are trying to play she bites our arms badly
Hello Elizabeth, The biting is very common at this age. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Leave It" method. Once Cleo has been taught "Leave It", then tell her to leave it when she bites and follow the method's instructions. If she obeys or does not bite to begin with when you know she is tempted to, then reward her with one of her own toys or a treat. If she disobeys your leave it command (once you have taught her the command well), then use the "Pressure" method also found in that article to gently discipline her for the biting. Doing the leave it method, then the pressure method in that order is important. She needs to understand what she is supposed to be doing (not biting - leaving it) for her to be able to learn how to calm back down. Using the pressure method alone before teaching leave it can sometimes get a dog more exciting if they don't understand what you want them to do first. Doing regular obedience training can also help her learn general self-control more. Here is the biting article: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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