We wanted to share this video of Teddybear at 'work' making short work of removing a sock.
Dedicated little creature......devious, too. Do not be fooled by the cuteness of this breed. They come from a history of hunting bore and other large game and they are extremely independent.
They cannot be intimidated into doing a person's bidding and they know what 'just and reasonable' requests are. Using their prey drive and love of food is the best way to train a shiba inu, if that is, indeed, what you call it. I prefer to call it the fine art of negotiation. Done properly it produces a willing worker. Anything less and the end product falls far short of obedient.
These dogs can switch thoughts and direction at the speed of light and they are not a good choice for the first time dog owner as they are a small dog with a huge attitude. Obedience instruction is a must for any shiba inu. Love alone isnt' going to do it.
They can provide endless hours of entertainment and are amazing candidates for fast-paced canine sports like agility. They can be taught to be team players, but ongoing socialization is recommended for all shibas. "If a shiba inu didn't like another dog ten years ago, it won't like it now."
They are like a smaller version of the Karelian Beardog, another wonderful big-game hunting dog with a bigger attitude than most people ever contend with in a dog.
I attribute my success in training the shibas to my experience with the training of the Karelian Beardogs and their handlers in the Alberta Wildlife Management Program for grizzly bears. I have to say that it was a bit of culture shock for someone used to working with the ultimate 'pleaser' dogs, German shepherds. But thirteen years after the initial program of training, I smile to think that once again, I am employed to train a smaller but just as mighty canine in the form of a shiba inu.
Strong-willed, independent thinkers, with raw instinct....... bottle that and you have quite a dog.
"You talking to me????????"