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Subject: Any Shiba owners out there?
Date Posted: 12/1/2008 5:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
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We have a 11 month old shiba inu and wondering if there is any one else out there going through what we are!?!  I love him to death but I am thinking that is exactly what he is going to cause........my death!     ;0)

Becki

 

Date Posted: 12/4/2008 1:07 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2007
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NO...but I really, really wanted one but hubby was too kean on them.  We actually were going to adopt a pair.  I love them...but I hear they can be difficult to train being an 'original' breed dog and they can't be left off lead. 

Can I ask what kind of trouble you are having?  It might just be typically puppy difficulties...11 mo is is like a willful teen some times! (most of the time!)  My boxer didn't stop causing trouble until she grew up at the rip old age of 7!

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:56 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
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You heard right!  No off lead for this dog.  This has been something that has been hard to get use to where my last dog was hardly ever on lead.  It seems I am just having a hard time dealing with his "testing" me.  This breed is very smart and head strong.   We started him in classes at 8 weeks old.  All the other dogs were 4 months to 4 years old and Zen was the Star.  We thought we had it made with this dog!  He was rolling over, high fiving, waving, sitting, staying, you name it, at 9 weeks old.  BUT, he seems to forget ALL training every other month.  He will give me a week of pure hell, then turn back into the sweet little guy I love.  I was told this is what it would be like but had no idea it would be this hard!  It's a good thing he is so cute!!  LOL   I love this little guy so much that the days his "old genes" shine through, I just try to remind myself that it's a test and it will soon be over.  He is so sweet.  He loves all dogs and all people.  I can actually clip his nails without any shiba screams.  I have it pretty good compared to some horror stories from other shiba owners.  Right now our biggest problem is transition.  If someone comes to the house he gets so excited we can't get him to chill.  We have the people not pay him any attention and that seems to work best.  Once he is calm, they can look at him and pet him.  Going places is the biggest issue.  He gets so excited to go in stores and to homes that he barks and jumps and doesn't listen to us at all.  I'm sure this is our problem and not his.  We just haven't found the right training tip to get over this hump.  The other big problem is he steals things off tables when we are not looking.  He does this to get us to play with him (in his mind).  We are thinking, "Get back here!"   He knows leave it and drop it when we are playing or training but when he steals something that command is quickly forgotten.    That's my life with a shiba!