Shiba Inus are some of the most popular breeds of this century. They are mostly known for their cat-like personality. Although they are loving towards their owners, they don’t always like to cuddle.
They’re loyal to their families and can grow very fond of children if they have been socialized correctly. Although their average weight is only 20 pounds, the Shiba still needs a lot of space to play and does best with a fenced yard.
But since they are very active, there’s a good reason to worry about when they will ever calm down. In this post, we will be answering this question, and talking more about the characteristics of the breed through its puppyhood to its adulthood.
At What Age Do Shiba Inus Calm Down?
5-6 months from when they are puppies is when hyperactive Shiba Inus often calm down. Typically, this is when Shiba Inus reach adolescence age. Give or take, you should notice your hyperactive Shiba calm down as long as they have received proper socialization training in their early days.
Shiba Inu puppies reach their adolescence age when they are at least 5-6 months. Ideally, you should watch out for their hyperactive traits to be triggered as they reach their sexual maturity at 8-9 months when their testosterone is at their highest levels until they are fully mentally matured when they are about 16 months old.
Shiba Inus must be socialized to humans and other animals during the first 7 to 14 weeks of their lives. However, it’s easier said than done. It can be very challenging to properly socialize a Shiba Inu because they tend to be stubborn.
The Shiba Inu as a Puppy
Owning a Shiba Inu puppy is very different from that of any other Japanese best family dog breed. For a start, Shiba Inus are not cuddly puppies like Japanese Spitz. These pups are uniquely energetic, hyperactive, and stubbornly hard to train despite having a small body. They are quick to adapt, disruptively selfish, and very much independent dog breed who enjoy being alone as much as a company when they choose to. The Shiba Inu puppies are impeccably healthy dogs and often full of energy.
In a Shiba Inu puppy, you should expect the following behaviors:
- So much Energy
- Very Stubborn
- Extreme hunting instincts (high prey drive)
Do Shiba inus cause a lot of trouble?
The younger Shiba Inus tend to be very loud. Sometimes, they may even get destructive. They have larger than life personalities, particularly when they are still untrained.
Where does this destructive behavior come from?
This can be traced back to the first Shiba Inus. These breeds were raised to be hunting dogs, so you can’t expect them to be as tame ad other breeds, such as spaniels or bulldogs.
So, do Shiba Inus Calm Down?
As we said earlier, Shiba Inus calm down when they reach their adolescence, but this is only possible if they have been socialized early.
During their socialization training, you should expose them to as many things as possible. This may include all kinds of pets, people and sounds like cars, blenders, etc. This period is essential in their social and mental development.
This opportunity should never be missed, because if you do, you may find it hard to change the attitude of your Shiba Inu.
What Can You Do? (Helping your Shiba Inu calm down)
Shiba Inus can be very difficult to control, especially during the first few months of their lives, but this doesn’t make them bad dogs. Shibas are so loyal and intelligent pets once you spend time training them. In due course, they can be the best versions of themselves.
1) Train your Shiba Inu while it is still a puppy
When it comes to Shiba Inus, there is one rule of thumb that you should know. It states that: the younger the dog is, the more flexible its attitude will be. If your dog has a very flexible attitude, it will be easier to train. With that said, make sure that you start training them as soon as possible.
2) Keep your mood in check
Dogs, especially the Shiba inus, can sense their owner’s mood. So when you are training your dog, you need to be in the right mood.
Once the dog senses that you are aggressive to them they can also mirror the same demeanor to you, which can make him/her even tougher to handle. This is not suitable for your relationship with each other.
As such, you always have to be patient with them at all times. If you aren’t in the right mood yourself, then it’s simply not the right time to train your dog.
3) Teach your Shiba Simple Commands
Always start with simple commands such as “sit” and “no” when you are training your Shibas. These are very smart dogs, so it won’t be long for them to pick up and realize what you want them to do.
4) Proofing your Shiba Inu
Proofing here simply refers to training your dogs to follow commands, irrespective of the situation or location that they are in.
For instance, your dog must always follow your order even though you are, let’s say a heavily crowded area.
Calming Down Adult Shiba Inus
While calming a Shiba may be challenging, it is not impossible. All that matters is that you should be very patient and consistent during the whole process.
Here are some tips on how you can calm your Shiba inu down:
1) Provide a Relaxing Atmosphere for your dog
As much as pet owners desire peaceful and calm pets at home, very little is done to encourage such an environment.No wonder most Shiba Inus do not calm down even when they are already adults. Take for example pet owners who live in an apartment and have busy working lifestyles.
If they have a full-grown Shiba Inu with undesirable behavior, lack of exercise to burn the bags of energy these dogs have often lead to stress and anxiety.
If your Shiba Inu is chewing furniture and shoes while you are away at work, it’s because of the atmosphere you have created around them. With simple tweaks to your lifestyle and atmosphere, your dog should calm down.
Though Shiba Inus are predisposed to be stubborn, they are trainable even if they are from a local kennel impound for abandoned adult Shiba Inus, so try your best to make your home as welcoming and positive for them when you decide to adopt.
2) Consider Behavioral Training
For a breed such as the Shiba Inu, behavior training is very crucial, especially when the dog is still in its puppy stage.
According to most Shiba Inu owners, undertaking behavioral training can be difficult on an adult Shiba. Still, there are plenty of resources and techniques that you can practice and use on your dog. Many of these resources can be very helpful.
But if those don’t work, you will always have professional trainers that you can turn to for help. These specialists will know exactly what to do in order to keep your dog’s behaviors under control.
3) Be Consistent with your training
Once you start training your dog, make sure to be consistent. This is actually how a particular behavior will be integrated into them. In time, they will learn to behave better based on the behavior that was addressed.
Other Characteristics of the Shiba Inu that you should know
Here’s a look at some of the characteristics of the Shiba Inu breed.
1) High prey drive
Just like the ancient Shiba Inus, the survival instincts of untamed dogs are still very much rooted in the Shiba Inu temperament today.
Because they have such quick reflexes, they must always be kept on a leash. For the most part, their intense prey drive pushes them to run after anything that catches their eye. Actually, the Shiba Inu breed is known for being good at escaping compounds.
2) An Independent Spirit
The Shiba Inu has a very strong personality. You must always show your dog that you are dominant in the house otherwise he might control you.
Once you have made the decision to get a Shiba Inu, you have to be committed to providing your pet with the intensive training and regular exercise that he/she desires.
Another factor that is very important is early socialization. This is because you will raise a Shiba that has a good behavior.
3) Cat-like personality
Shiba Inus like to groom themselves, just like cats do. In fact, your dog is likely to spend a considerable portion of the day grooming himself. If there are other dogs around the house, you may also find your Shiba grooming them.
4) They can be destructive if they are bored
As we mentioned before, Shiba inus were originally bred to be used as hunting dogs. The end result was a Shiba Inu that is fueled by a never-ending supply of pent-up energy.
Because they are so energetic, they need to be exercised a lot. You need to keep this energy under control by giving your pet lots of activities that will stimulate him.
If you don’t exercise them, the Shiba inus can become very restless, which can very easily pave the way for the development of negative behavior, such as digging holes, ripping sofas and chewing your shoes.
Consider taking them out for a walk or a run. Thankfully, the Shiba has an all-weather coat. This means you can take him for a run or a walk in the middle of winter or even on a rainy day.
In conclusion, you should expect your Shiba Inu to calm down when it reaches its adolescence stage. This may take anywhere from 14 weeks up to a couple of months.
Owning a Shiba Inu is not easy. I mean, yes they are cute and cuddly, but they have a big personality that you have to deal with once you own one, so you always have to be prepared for this before you buy one.
If you are planning on getting a Shiba Inu, make sure you have an unlimited supply of patience because these dogs will really test every bit of you. But, once you put in the right effort to socialize your dog while training it consistently, your efforts will truly pay off.