Shiba Inus are a charming dog breed that’s fast becoming a household pet in recent years, and due to their unique fox-like appearance, they get a lot of attention from both people and other dogs around.
Sadly, the beautiful appearance does not apply to their attitude, which resembles that of a cat. It means if you are getting a Shiba Inu puppy, you have your job cut out to make sure the puppy is trained and socialized from an early stage so that they can calm down. And that begs to wonder, at what age do Shiba Inu calm down?
From a tender age ( 1-5 years old), Shiba Inus tend to be so hyper, overly alert, and aggressively protective of their territory. And that should be expected from Shiba Inu pups, especially when they are puppies up until when they are five years old. The good news is from five years(5-15-year-old), and beyond, Shiba Inus that have been socialized and trained do calm down and respond well to instructions.
Pretty much like most dog breeds prone to separation anxiety and restlessness, your Shiba Inu puppies are at their most vulnerable when they are going through the growth spat from 4-60 months. Naturally, Shiba Inus are needy and likely act up if they do not get the attention they crave in abundance.
So, it’s easy to wonder whether your Shiba Inu is going to calm down and become more docile than their trademark hyperactive traits. Shiba Inu’s are hyper-alert and very sensitive to their environments.
If you notice that their anxiety levels are consistently being triggered, it’s time to introduce training they need to calm down before they turn destructive within the home.
These dogs can be very difficult during their first months but the good thing is they do calm down once they reach their adolescence age, that is when you can expect them to kind of mature up a bit. Of course, this is only after they have received some proper socialization as well as training.
As a Shiba Inus owner, you should know that Shiba Inus needs to be exposed to humans and other animals during the first 7 weeks or 14 weeks of their lives. This is the essential period in their social as well as mental development however, if you do miss this window of opportunity, you may find it very difficult to change the attitude of your Shiba Inus.
What To Expect From A Shiba Inu Puppy
Shiba inus are small dogs in size, in terms of height, the male Shiba inu can stand at 14.5 to 16.5 inches while a female Shiba Inus can stand at 13.5 inches or at 15.5 if it is a really big one.
These dogs weigh about 17 pounds if they are really taken good care of and fed well. However, as tiny as they are they can be very rude if they are not well trained.
These dogs do not share very well; they tend to be on guard, which makes them very aggressive at times, especially when looking out for their toys or food or even their home.
They are very territorial. I remember back when i was in high school, a new family moved into the neighborhood and they owned a beautiful Shiba Inu, my mother, and i went there to welcome them as our new neighbors, soon as we walked through the door, their Shiba barked at us for almost 5 minutes, I guess this was a way for him to let us know who was the boss in the family.
They also lose interest very quickly because just after barking at us soon he was quiet playing and chewing on his toys as if we were no longer in the house.
Our neighborhood was full of dogs and whenever some dog owners passed with their dogs in front of that particular home of the Shiba inus there would be a lot of barking if that shiba was sitting outside and that is when i learned Shiba Inus do not get along with other dogs.
Because they were bred to hunt and flush small game, Shiba inus also like to chase small animals such as cats, birds and rabbits.
These dogs are also very smart but training them is certainly not like training a golden retriever.
When you call a golden retriever, it will be so delighted to come over but when you call the Shiba Inus, it will only come when he feels like it or not come at all; many owners have described these dogs as stubborn as well as free-thinking.
While most dogs like to cuddle and follow their owners around you will find that Shiba are more independent, anyone who wants a dog for the reasons that involve cuddling on rainy seasons, well the Shiba is not the dog for you.These dogs will be there but at a distance, they are very unique compared to other dogs.
While most dogs will follow you while you go around the Shiba will follow you but at a slight distance, they are not needy or clingy, of course they may surprise you once in a while and cuddle with you but this will be short lived as they will get bored and move on to something else.
Things That Can Change The Shiba Attitude
Socialization is very important when it comes to this dog breed. What i noticed from our neighbors Shiba inus is that once they started letting in some neighborhoods kids to come and play with their kids the dog was getting more friendlier and started barking a little less.
At this point i guess the Shiba was starting to realize that these people are from around and let his guard down, he was getting more relaxed around people that at some point we even started playing with him not often but he was getting to know people.
It is very important to take your shiba to the park, there they get to meet people and get used to their presence, and they can also get used to being around other dogs as well as other pets.
Training is a must for every dog breed in order for it to be obedient and have some good manners but these dogs require a special kind of training because as intelligent as they are some experts who specialize in training some really hard to train breeds have been amazed at how difficult a Shiba inu is to train.
These dogs can be very misunderstood, which is why most of them end up in shelters so it is very important to understand them when you are training them. Shiba Inus possess extraordinary intelligence as well as high training potential however they can be very quick to spot some moments of weakness in you and therefore test your patience to the limit.
The earlier you start training them the better, it will be very easy for you to assert your status as the alpha of his pack. While you are training them you must be consistent, and you also have to nip their behavior in the bud before your Shiba Inu think they can do what they want and get away with anything.
As part of understanding your Shiba during training, you should take the fact that these dogs never give up and never surrender and use that as an advantage, these dogs never back down on a challenge so you have to give them challenges that are advantageous to their attitude. These dogs require a lot of understanding, a lot of patience and time; otherwise, they end up making really good loving pets that are protective of their owners as well as friendly to kids.
Activities, a Shiba Inu that is not taken for a walk or given some activities to keep it busy is known to be much more aggressive that is why it is very important to schedule daily walks and activities in order for your Shiba Inu to release some energy.
Because they are so intelligent, they also require plenty of mental stimulation as well as enrichment. Keep in mind that an adult Shiba Inu and a puppy Shiba cannot have the same exercise or activity requirements.
The wrong quantity and type of exercise can cause injury to a puppy and cause depression and aggression to the adult one. As a dog gets older they become less active and have lower energy levels that is why you have to consider the age of your shiba before you pick an exercise or activity for them.
Communication. As a shiba inu owner im you have found yourself more than once trying to decipher what your shiba is trying to tell you or trying to figure out what’s going on in their head.
Unlike human beings, dogs cannot verbalize their thoughts and feelings so most of their communication is done through nonverbal movements and face and body expressions.
As a Shiba owner, you should pick up on certain habits such as invitations to play by bowling or ears pinned back in fear or aggression. To truly get to the bottom of what your shiba inu is trying to say means knowing more than overtly readable clues.
The six basic Shiba Inu moods or communication signals are as follows:
- Anxious or upset
Every owner of this breed wants to keep their Shiba Inu in a more relaxed state, for this to happen, you have to learn to read their body language to understand when they are afraid, anxious or in an aggressive mood.
Once you understand what makes your shiba aggressive you can find a way to avoid it.This is the best communication you can have with your Shiba Inu when you figure this out you will find that your dog has a much better attitude, you will notice they are happier, more friendly as well as relaxed.A lot of people give up on these dogs quickly because of misunderstanding and lack of communication.
If you are considering getting a shiba as pet at first you will find that they are very difficult and you might even hear things like it’s a cat in a dogs body but just remember some patience, love, training and socialization will result in a beautiful, loving Shiba.