How to Train a Shiba Inu to Not Bite

Hard
2-8 Weeks
Behavior

Introduction

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.

Defining Tasks

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.

Getting Started

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!

The Prevention Method

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‘NO’
As soon as you catch the dog biting, go over and give a firm ‘NO’. While you don’t want to scare them, which could lead to aggression, make sure the dog understands you are not pleased. This should get them associating biting with negative consequences.
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Water spray bottle
The next step to take is a quick spray of water near their face whenever they bite. This short, sharp shock will make them think twice before biting next time.
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Deterrence collar
You can pick up these intelligent collars from a range of online and local stores. Simply hit a button whenever the dog bites and an unpleasant spray of citronella will be emitted.
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Leash
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 pet approaches that you’re worried your Shiba Inu may try and bite.
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A muzzle
Until your Shiba Inu’s biting is under control, you may want to fit them in a muzzle. This will prevent any injury being caused to anyone. This is a particularly useful step to take when you are out in public.
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The Redirection Method

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Exercise
Shiba Inus need plenty of exercise. Their biting may be because they are full of energy. So take them for a decent walk each day. You can also try throwing a ball or stick as you go. They won’t bite anyone if they are worn out and asleep all evening.
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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.
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Toy replacement
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.
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Attention
Their biting may also be attention seeking behavior. So 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.
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Meet their needs
Make sure they get enough food at the same times each day. Also make sure they have a topped up water bowl and regular toilet visits. This will all help limit frustration and could help prevent biting.
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The Full Package Method

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House meeting
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. So make sure you all react in the same calm, stern manner.
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Food puzzles
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 because they are teething. So having something to chew in the day may relieve some of that pain.
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Obedience classes
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.
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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.
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Gentle play
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.
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