How to Train a Shiba Inu to Not Run Away

Hard
3-6 Months
Behavior

Introduction

With stubborn breeds, there’s always an uncertainty whether or not they’ll latch onto certain types of training. A larger breed may struggle with being too rough during play while a smaller dog might not enjoy meeting new people or going to new places. As an owner, there are certain responsibilities to keep in mind when it comes to training for the benefit of your dog’s safety. This especially includes things like keeping him from running away.

One of the notoriously stubborn breeds is the Shiba Inu. These dogs have gone viral in the last few years, popularized by internet videos and pictures and prompting plenty of people to try to bring one home for themselves. However, the Shiba Inu is hard headed and has the reputation of a rebel. This can become dangerous when you’re struggling to keep your headstrong Shiba from bolting out the door and into the street at every opportunity. In order to keep your dog safe, it’s important to establish boundaries early on.

Defining Tasks

Shiba Inus have a tendency to be motivated by only the things that interest them, which can make training with the wrong motivators a nightmare. If your Shiba doesn’t like what you have to say or what you have to offer him, he will likely turn and find something else to do, but the benefit is, you can easily tell when he is interested in something. The trick is just to find exactly what motivates your dog.

Training a Shiba to stay put when the door is open or on the off chance he escapes is important for a number of safety reasons. It can prevent him from getting hurt by another person or animal and it can keep him away from the dangers of traffic. Every dog should begin this training as early as possible and you should be prepared to dedicate anywhere between three to six months to repetition and training.

Getting Started

The most important thing you’ll need when it comes to training your Shiba is an appropriate motivator. Some dogs may be motivated by food while others will be motivated by toys. This can also be another object that your dog may enjoy such as a favorite pillow or piece of clothing. Find out what your dog obsesses over and focus on using this as a reward.

Other objects that may come in handy are indoor gates, secure outdoor fencing, a crate, and a leash. Depending on what works best for your situation, consider trying out a mixture of items for added security.

The Supervision Method

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Watch your dog when outdoors
A great number of dogs run away simply because they are not being watched during outdoor time. Go outside with your Shiba to ensure that he is behaving and not making active efforts to escape. Bring him inside if you notice him trying to get away.
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Provide ample activity
Set out some toys or games during your outside time to keep the yard interesting. If he is invested in these items, your Shiba will be much less likely to run off.
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Offer opportunities for exploration
Take your dog out on walks often so he has a chance to explore the area that he wants to get to. If he sees daily excursions out into the neighborhood as an activity to share with you, he may not need to escape to see it by himself.
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Avoid opening the door with your dog close by
Check for your Shiba near your feet if you go to answer the front door. It’s easy to not notice when your dog is hovering around just waiting for an opportunity.
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Socialize often
Offer your dog plenty of opportunities to interact with other dogs or new people. More socialization can make strangers or other dogs walking by your home seem less of a ‘big deal’.
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The Restriction Method

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Secure your yard
Use high fencing and concrete blocks to discourage jumping or digging out in the yard. Make sure your gates are closed and there aren’t any holes for easy escapes.
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Place gates to block off entryways
Use baby gates indoors to prevent access to the front or back doors. Consider whether or not your dog is capable of leaping over them to decide if this is a good approach.
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Install a front fence
On the chance that your pup likes to bolt out the front door, it may be worth the investment of installing a front fence as an added security measure.
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Use a crate when necessary
If you have to be in and out of the home, try getting your Shiba adjusted to a crate to relax in while the chance of escape is high. This can provide a safe space for him to wait until the house is secure again.
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Designate a separate room
Place your dog into a room with a closed door for short amounts of time when necessary. Provide him some entertainment to avoid restlessness and let him out when the area is safe to do so.
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The Recall Method

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Use a reward as a lure
Use your Shiba’s best motivator to entice him to come towards you. This is usually a treat or a toy.
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Use your dog’s name once
Don’t overuse her name as you try to get her to come to you. This will generally just lead to her ignoring you. Say it once and once only. If she does not come, end the exercise and try again later with a different motivator.
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Encourage a return
Pat your legs and use a higher pitched voice to give off an inviting presence. Your dog will be more likely to come to you if you’re being friendly.
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Make recall fun
If necessary, turn recall into a game by waving around the treat or toy and running in the opposite direction. Your dog may be more likely to go to you if she thinks you’re playing a game of chase.
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Reward and practice
When she comes to you, immediately reward your Shiba with plenty of treats or her favorite toy and plenty of verbal praise and affection. Making the event seem exciting will encourage your pup to love coming to you when called. Practice with varying levels of distraction over time to prepare for any situation.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Bella
Shiba Inu
2 Months
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Bella
Shiba Inu
2 Months

How to we train her to sit ,stand ,not to get out

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainier
53 Dog owners recommended

Hello Nour, To teach Bella to Sit follow one of the methods from the article that I have linked right below. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-sit To teach Bella how to Stand follow one of the methods from this article below. https://wagwalking.com/training/stand-1 To teach Bella not to run out the door use the "Better Inside" method or the "Stay Inside" method". You can also combine those two methods if the door that you are practicing at does not lead into a fence. The long leash attached to your dog will ensure that she cannot slip past you by accident. Pay careful attention to her. Do not let her get past you even if there is a fence. Act like you are a soccer goalie and she is the ball and the doorway is the net. Don't let the ball get through the net. Use your body to block her and walk toward her until she backs away from the door when you get to the point where you can practice this with the door wide open. When you do want her to go outside, always tell her "Okay", "Free", "Let's Go" or some other command that you choose, that means you can pass through the door. Be consistent and never let her through the door to go outside without telling her it is alright first. Otherwise she will not respect that boundary because your rule is inconsistent. Below is the article for teaching her to stay inside. https://wagwalking.com/training/stay-inside-1 Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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