How To Train Your Shiba Inu
Here are some steps that can help you learn how to train your Shiba Inu not to bite. The answer is as simple as it sounds and the steps are easy to follow.
Before you start, a good idea to think about is whether your Shiba is a puppy or a kitten. The older he is the more he will develop biting behavior. Kittens tend to be stubborn and chewing is one of their most common and important behaviors.
- Step one – Start by restricting his access to soft foods. Kittens do not eat as much as they should, so they eat all the time which makes them prone to food-related problems. A change in diet can help to stop him from chewing excessively.
- Step two – If you can’t give your Shiba soft food, try to encourage him to eat by giving him praise and treats. A dog that bites when it is hungry is more likely to bite when given food. A ship’s attention span is very short and it needs lots of stimulation in order to learn new things.
- Step three – Go for a walk with your Shiba once a day. This helps to maintain his body temperature, strengthens your bond, and eliminates bad habits. It also teaches him to respect you and stay away from other dogs. Once a day should be enough for your Shiba.
- Step four – Exercise every day with your Shiba. If you cannot walk him, get him used to running or jumping up and down on a short leash. The harder you push him, the faster he will learn to use running to avoid boredom. He will have less opportunity to chew.
- Step five – Use positive reinforcement to teach your Shiba not to bite. This is sometimes difficult to do, especially if you already have a negative relationship with your Shiba. An unpleasant experience can make it more difficult to remove the bad behavior. However, a positive relationship will make it easier to use the right methods to train your Shiba not to bite.
- Step six – Have patience and let your dog’s response and behavior do the talking. Your Shiba may seem obstinate and put off by the changes in your relationship. In time, your Shiba will see that it is necessary to change his ways. His natural, programmed behavior is to seek out comfort and enjoyment.
- Step seven – Reinforce that this training is only done to teach your Shiba not to bite. Dogs will respond to the reward technique better than punishment. Never threaten, scream, or bite your Shiba in an attempt to control his biting behavior.
- Step eight – Work slowly to establish the new behavior. A Shiba will often develop a habit before it has any idea what is appropriate to do. Always remember that behavior modification is about getting your Shiba to understand the consequences of a new habit.
While it may take a little longer than other types of behavior training, successful training takes some time. Be patient and be consistent. Your Shiba will adjust to you and the methods in no time.