Shiba Inu Training

Shiba Inu Training For A Happy Obedient Pet

Shiba Inu PuppyShiba Inu puppies are beautiful Spitz dogs that look a lot like a fox. People who fall in love with Shiba Inus because of their Spitz looks are warned to prepare themselves to deal with their larger than life personalities. Most people are ill equipped to handle the good, along with the bad traits and should make plans for Shiba Inu training as soon as possible.

A Shiba Inu is more like a cat in the sense that they are very clean and independent, spending a fair amount of time grooming themselves as well as other dogs that may be in the vicinity. This inborn cleanliness generally makes it easier to house train them as they naturally dislike soiling their living space.


The following techniques have been tested and thoroughly researched which guarantees a well-trained, loving and obedient Shiba Inu.

1. Housebreaking

A Shiba Inu is a creature of habit which will make it that much easier to housebreak them. It does not have to be a major hassle if you do it correctly. If you teach them when and where to eliminate, which you can control by regulating their water and food intake, you will have a happy puppy that will quickly be accident free.

The biggest mistake Shiba Inu owners can make is to be inconsistent. It is important to choose the housebreaking method that is appropriate for your household and your Shiba and remain steadfast. If you are inconsistent or impatient while housebreaking your Shiba Inu, it will never be truly housebroken. Remember to be persistent, show lots of patience and praise often for guaranteed success.

Below are two Shiba Inu Training methods that you can use to housebreak your puppy:

The Paper Method

Housebreaking Puppy PadsThe first thing to do is to choose the location where you would like the puppy to remain until it has been housebroken which should be puppy proof with a floor that will not be damaged by the puppy’s elimination. Cover the floor with newspaper or a puppy pad and replace it often, as soon as the puppy has eliminated. This method helps the puppy to establish an area as its own and give you an idea of where it prefers to eliminate. Once the preferred area has been established, remove the newspaper or puppy pads from the rest of the floor, covering only the space where elimination takes place.

Praise the puppy when it uses the papered area to enable it to associate its positive behavior with reward.
As soon as the puppy has become established in using the papered area, start moving the paper a little at a time to the area you would like it to use after training. Once the puppy understands that it is only to eliminate on the paper, you will be able to move the paper and the puppy will comply, eventually going outside. Once the paper has been removed completely from the room, the puppy will sniff around in that area, letting you know that it is time for elimination and that it needs to go outside. Some Shiba owners are against using this method because they never want the animal to feel like it’s okay to do their business inside the house.

Crate Training

Housebreaking: The Crate MethodShiba Inu’s dislike soiling their own area and will not eliminate in the crate unless they are left for too long. Once every hour you should put a leash on the puppy and walk it for five minutes around the area where you would like it to eliminate. If the puppy does not eliminate, return it to its crate for an hour and repeat the process. If it does go, praise it profusely as the excitement in your voice will help the puppy understand exactly where you want him to go when he needs to do his business.



Shiba Inu Puppy vs. BulldogPets cannot communicate verbally and may recognize the sound of a word like “out”, which they will associate with going out, but only because it is a consistent action that follows the command. If the word is change the puppy will not understand and it is therefore important to choose a word and stick with it.

Establish early on in the training who the master is and who the follower, as Shiba Inu’s are inherently social animals who respond to dominance in a subordination hierarchy. Once you have firmly established this social reinforcement you will be successful in training the puppy in any way you desire.

Do not compromise when training your Shiba Inu to do something. Use some type of reinforcement item such as a treat as a reward and withhold it for disobedience. Interaction with your Shiba Inu should always be initiated by you and not the other way around. Avoid tending to its every desire and give rewards only for desired behavior. While training, talk, pet and touch the puppy often as this will help establish the trust that is needed to show the puppy who is the leader.

Training Styles

Establish a training style that is suitable to your personality and that of the puppy and stick with it. Consistency is the key to successful obedience training. The most popular methods are collar and leash training, and reward training. A leash is used in the initial stages as a tool to teach correct behavior and later used only to correct undesired behavior.

Make liberal use of commands during leash training and praise the puppy when it has done well. Body language is something that is frequently overlooked by novice trainers. Once you know your Shiba better, you will easily be able to read the meanings behind its specific body motions and even the slightest head movement will alert you to give a command before an undesired action can take place.


The following basic commands should be given with the right tone of voice to be more effective. For example, “no” will be more forceful than “heel” or “sit”.


This is one of the most important commands your pet will ever learn. Always use your pet’s name first before you command “come” as it will get the pet’s attention. Praise the puppy when it gets to you and repeat the exercise often, until it associates the word with the action. Use a friendly tone, not a firm command, to prevent the puppy from associating a good thing with fear which will cause it to turn away from you instead of approaching. Never chase after the pet after giving the command to “come” as it will be associated with a bad thing.


This command should be used firmly when you do not want your Shiba to touch something with its mouth or paws. Use praise when it obeys. This command can be extended to items in the home or used when the puppy is about to touch something that could be harmful to it or when it gets into a dangerous situation.

After these two commands have been mastered, other commands such as HEEL, DROP, DOWN, STAY, SIT, TAKE, and FETCH can be introduced.

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1 Comment

  1. Buttercup Biscotti

    Just mailing this advice to myself in the event I get a Shiba.



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