Shiba Inu Dog: Everything You Need to Know About the Breed


The Shiba Inu Dog is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved. It is a dog with a proud appearance and its own user manual

The Shiba Inu Dog is physically well put together and is a sporting dog who likes long walks. He will accompany you effortlessly on long (mountain) walks. If there is a little less movement given, they do not think this is a big problem.

The Shiba Inu Dog is not inherited, if he can leave the garden he will start to determine his own movement. You can then lose it regularly because he will not miss you soon. Since Shiba’s paint traffic rules are likely to be run over.

Shiba Inu Dog

Being at home alone
Unlike the independence outside, a Shiba Inu Dog can easily miss you if he is left alone at home. It is necessary to continue practicing at home alone and to slowly build up time. The time that he is alone at home must be compensated with activities that he undertakes together.

Shibas have a coat that is odorless and they also keep themselves almost feline. Twice a year, however, there is a huge molting period. During this period you should brush and comb regularly. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.With some Shibas the nails need to be cut with some regularity.

Stubborn, stubborn and independent, but also very smart! Also, take the dominance with you, and it is soon thought that the Shiba Inu Dog needs to be brought up with a hard hand. However, this is not the case. A spicy Shiba is not suitable for people who want to treat him as a child, but an upbringing with a hard hand is very unsuitable for this breed. The bond between man and dog will deteriorate, the dog is distrustful, and can even turn against you.

The education in which good behavior is rewarded works the best dog, and because of his intelligence, the Shiba will soon know what is required of him.
His intelligence also has a downside, which means that you have to be very consistent.
Once the Shiba Inu Dog has been given a privilege (jumping on the couch for example) this will never be forgotten again, and it will almost be impossible to unlearn it.

For explicit questions about the behavior of your Shiba, please contact the behavior expert who is affiliated with the NIPPON INU, Patricia van Ginneken
Shiba Inu Dog
Because the Shiba Inu Dog is originally a hunter, smaller animals such as rabbits, hamsters, birds, etc. are not always safe. If the Shiba grew up with small pets, he can learn not to hunt these animals at home. With the cats that live in the same house, a Shiba, if grown up with it, generally goes well.

With other dogs, the association can be difficult if it concerns sex. A Shiba usually wants to play with well-known peers, especially of the other sexes. The Shiba Inu Dog naturally has a dominant position due to the upright ears, raised tail and outstanding coat, and therefore does not immediately radiate accessibility. If an adult male is challenged, which can happen soon, it will not easily run over. However, they are not fighters who look for a herd themselves. When there is a dispute between bitches, it can escalate. The owner must intervene as soon as possible if there is a quarrel but preferably avoid a fight. Bitches that have had a big fight once cannot always go together.

Shiba Inu Dog
Dealing with children
Shibas can become good friends with children but want to be treated with great respect. They do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner. They also want to decide for themselves when they are playing or not, and do not always answer the question of a game.

It is very important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.With the right guidance, Shiba and child (ren) can become fine companions.

Run loose
Shibas certainly cannot always run free. If you click him loose he can take a lot of distance, more than that you may be nice …… Waiting for that little one to come back is nothing else that is happening at that moment. Usually, they do that too, they are not by definition runaways. There are exceptions, Shibas that their boss does not lose sight of. But there are also other exceptions, Shibas that stay away once for hours or do not want to be aligned anymore.

With the right training, the loosening – and the coming when you call! – usually can be learned (not always!), But only let your trained Shiba Inu Dog be released in safe areas such as forest and heath.

Shibas and dog sports.
These independent dogs do not always like to do exactly what their boss says. But if a training is fun and challenging, they can score well in obedience, agility, flyball or doggy dancing. In a training where rewarding work is done, they pick up everything at lightning speed.

Please bear in mind that if a Shiba Inu Dog has “no sense”, he can just go on strike. It is important to look at this with humor, not to get angry and not to put pressure on it. Because of their high intelligence, they pick up exercises quickly. The endless repetition of exercises that they already master, they find very annoying. Keeping variety in the training is, therefore, a must. Shibas generally like to do something with their boss and with a proper training you can have fun together!

Shiba Inu Dog

General view

Race characteristics

Asian-looking dog. Small dog, good proportions, with good bone structure and well-developed muscles. Strong constitution. The movement is swift, free and beautiful.


The Shiba is a vigilant, confident, intelligent dog, loyal to the boss, but with an independent and dominant nature. They are thoughtful, nothing escapes them, and the urge to hunt is often still strong. They are generally friendly to people but can be reserved.

Use / functions

Originally a hunting dog, now a companion dog.

Physical activity

The Shiba Inu Dog is a sporty dog who likes to take long walks. If a little less movement can be given once, they do not think this is a big problem.


Twice a year there is a huge molting period. Regular brushing and combing during this period. In this period you can wash the Shiba Inu Dog with a PH-neutral shampoo and/or with water, this will cause the hair to come loose. Outside the molting period, little maintenance is required.
With some Shiba Inu Dogs, the nails need to be cut with some regularity.

Dealing with children

Shibas want to be treated with great respect, and usually, do not like to be treated as “toys”. If their limit is reached they can get vicious out of the corner.

It is therefore important to explain to children what is and what is not possible.
With small children, an adult must always be present who will supervise the contact between Shiba Inu Dog and the child, especially in view of the dominant nature of the Shiba.


Traditionally, the Shiba Inu Dog is a native Japanese breed. This dog, which appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese Sea, was used as a hunting dog for hunting small animals and wild game.The Shiba was designated by the Japanese government in 1936 as the “indigenous animal of Japan” and “natural monument”.



The Shiba Inu Dog is slightly longer than high, with moderate angulations.


Red, black and tan, sesame, black sesame and red sesame


Male 40 cm, female 37 cm, with a tolerance of 1.5 cm up or down.


Relatively small, triangular and dark brown in color, the outer corner of the eyes rising.


The outer coat is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft
and dense; hair on the tail is a little long and is off.


Set high, thick, vigorously curled, or curved like a sickle, the tip almost reaches the hocks when it hangs down.

1 Shiba Inu Dog Race information

Shiba Inu Dog

Breeding club

Dutch Association for Akita Inu’s, founded on 1-1-1991. The association looks after the following breeds: Akita, Shiba Inu Dog, Hokkaido, Kai, Kishu, Shikoku and American Akita. Info via: Akita

Price of a puppy

Between 1000 and 1500 euros for a Shiba Inu Dog with pedigree.


The Shiba is a native Japanese breed that appeared in the mountainous regions near the Japanese sea. They were used as a hunting dog on feather game and small animals. The variety showed small differences per region. When the hunt in Japan became a sport around the turn of 1900, the local dogs were often crossed with import dogs from England in particular. So it was that pure Shiba Inu Dogs became increasingly rare. In 1928, the Society for the Protection of the Japanese Dog was established, and at the same time came to the conclusion that it was virtually impossible to find pure Japanese dogs. In 1932, the Nippo was established (similar to the Raad van Beheer) and 5 years later it was recognized by the Japanese government. They saw the importance of protecting Japanese heritage and breeding. The Nippo is of great importance for the Japanese varieties.


Hunting dog.

Current use

The Shiba Inu Dog is a hunting dog and companion dog.


The Shiba Inu Dog is independent and quirky. focused on their own family, watchful and intelligent. Affectionate to own people, but a little reserved to strangers. The females are generally significantly pannier than the males.


The Shiba Inu Dog needs a very good socialization to become good and social housemates. A clear and consistent upbringing is important, but a hard approach is counter-productive.


Compactly built dog, about as long as it is tall. The Shiba Inu Dog has a fox-like appearance and a typical oriental look.

Coat and maintenance

The coat of the Shiba Inu Dog is hard and straight, the undercoat is soft and dense. The hairs on the tail are slightly lower than those on the body. The coat of the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam needs hardly any maintenance outside the molting period.


Thick, worn in a curl or a sickle-shaped bow.


The colors of the Shiba are red, black with tan, sesame. Sesame is defined as an equal mix of white and black hair. All colors must be provided with Urajiro.

Height and weight

The Shiba Inu Dog male is 40 cm, the female 37 cm, a deviation of 1.5 cm upwards and downwards is allowed. The weight of the Shiba is 7-12 kg.


‘Urajiro’ is the white coat on the sides of the jaw, bottom of the jaw, bottom of the chest, bottom of the body, bottom of the tail and the inside of the legs.

2 Race-related diseases (hereditary and anatomical)

2.1 Hereditary diseases
2.2 Anatomically related diseases

2.1 Hereditary diseases

These diseases are more common than average in this breed and are proven hereditary or there is a strong suspicion that the disease is hereditary. Whether or not the disease occurs depends to a large extent on the inheritance of the parents’ genes. >> Read more about heredity and inheritance.


Important and relatively common disorders in this breed. These conditions can have serious health consequences and require medical and/or surgical intervention.

no documented disorders
Less common

Less common and/or less serious conditions in this breed.

no documented disorders
Sporadically occurring

These disorders only occur sporadically in this breed.

no documented disorders

2.2 Anatomically related disorders

These disorders are not inherited in themselves but are more common due to the anatomical construction of this breed. This anatomical construction is again hereditary and the characteristics even belong to the breed characteristics.

Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd Dog

The Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a dog that comes from the United States. The males grow to an average of 58 cm and the females 53 cm. The dogs are very sweet, also very loyal. The endurance is good and the dogs like to work hard for the boss. This breed is also recommended for children.

Australian shepherd Dog

Race characteristics

They are loyal dogs with a good stamina. The dogs have a pointed snout and a fairly short tail, up to 10 cm. The dogs are thicker hairs in the neck than on other parts of the body. Blue merle is the color most common in the Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd. They are very social dogs and they like to work hard for the boss.


The character of the Australian Shepherd or Australian shepherd is good they are sweet and eager to learn. The endurance of the dogs is good, they love it when they are allowed to work all day long.The dogs are happy to do everything together with the boss, traveling together is what they prefer to do. The dogs are also very sweet with children. They also like to play with other dogs.

Use / functions

The dogs are good drivers, they love to move and are also good house dogs.

Physical activity

Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a breed that needs a lot of exercises. Driving is really there and they have a good stamina. The dogs are also happy with the boss and are very eager to learn.


The coat is more present in some places than in other places, brushing is also recommended for this breed.

Dealing with children

The breed can handle children well, they are friendly and like to play together. Especially when they grow up together they have a real bond together.


The breed originally comes from the United States. They are real cattle drivers but also real companion dogs.



The dogs are well balanced, the ears are carried on the side like most shepherds they are a bit up, they pay attention and are also very good. They have a long snout and a shorter tail max. 10 cm.They have a lot of hair.


The color of the coat is blue merle, black or red merle. A combination is also possible.


The height of the Australian Shepherd or Australian shepherd male is about 58 cm and the females are up to 53 cm high.


The eyes of this breed are brown or blue, the eye is almond-shaped. The dogs really look at you.


The coat of the dogs is long-haired, brushing is certainly recommended in these dogs. The collar is certainly full of hair.


The tail of the dogs is straight and short by nature, it should not be longer than 10 cm.

Australian shepherd Others

The Australian shepherd or Australian shepherd is a breed that loves to move, they are sweet to children and can do well with other dogs. They really need the physical exercise so that they can lose their energy.

11 facts about the Australian Shepherd

See a particularly striking dog: bright blue eyes, unusual color patterns and a particularly smooth and enthusiastic walk. This is the Australian Shepherd, one of the most beautiful and elegant dog breeds in the world. The dog is extremely popular in Australia shepherd dog and the US and is also gaining popularity in Europe. Here you will find 11 nice facts about the Australian Shepherd who make clear why this is such a popular dog breed.

1. History

The history of the Australian Shepherd is nowhere really clear. In general, it is assumed that the dog comes from the Basque region of the Pyrenees, but that can not be said with certainty. The story goes that the shepherds from this region went to America and possibly even made a stopover in Australia. Whatever the case, the dogs of the Basque shepherds look little like the famous Australian Shepherds. The real origins of this breed will always remain shrouded in mysteries …

2. American Australians

australian shepherd

Although the Australian Shepherd is generally accepted as an Australian dog, the breed has been perfected in America. Hundreds of shepherds from different countries came together to build a new future, each taking their own dogs. This led to a great mix, where the dogs were bred on qualities such as alertness, intelligence, speed and adaptation to terrain types. Four dog breeds are seen as the basis of the Shepherd: the Scottish Collie, Border Collie, English Shepherd and the Australian Collie. Together they result in a great dog with a good character.

3. The rodeo dog

The Australian Shepherd is actually best known when the dog after the 1st World War also had other chores to do besides sheep herding. Especially the rodeos, where the beautiful dogs ran around to drive bulls or horses. In addition, the dogs became more and more familiar with different roles in films and series, such as Run, Appaloosa, Run!

4. Australian Shepherd are real eye-catchers

Australian shepherd

Especially the blue eyes of the Australian Shepherd are particularly striking. Even so striking, that the indigenous people see the dogs as sacred and they prefer to avoid them. The dogs can stare you with insistence and even win a match of a cat!

5. Uneven eyes

Australian shepherd

Many Australian Shepherds have eyes in different colors. Although many dogs of the breed have blue eyes, there are also between them with brown, gray or speckled eyes. A special fact: there are also Shepherds with two different eyes: a blue and a brown eye.

6. Color patterns

Australian shepherd

The Australian Shepherd is recognized by the color, although many different colors are accepted. The most characteristic color is ‘merle’, where the dog has a pattern of dark pigments and in the white areas between the light spots of gray or brown. From black and brown to brown merle and blue merle are accepted by the studbook, although you find more color variations.

7. Tailless

Australian shepherd

In the past, many shepherds removed the dogs’ long ears and tails, so that they did not suffer any injuries while shepherding the sheep. Because the tails were not necessary anyway, they were bred from the breed in the course of time. One in five Shepherds is now born with a short tail.

8. Working dogs

Australian shepherd


Although the Aussies used to be bred for sheep only, they are now used in many more areas because of their excellent qualities. They are used as guide dogs, assistance dogs and for therapy. In addition, they are deployed by rescue workers to find victims and help save them.

9. Instinct

The Australian Shepherd has a very strong instinct and a lot of energy. That is why it is necessary to constantly challenge the dog and keep it active. If you do not do that, the dog will start looking for chores. They can try to “shepherd” other animals but can also show annoying behavior if they get bored.

10. Popularity

This dog breed is still gaining in popularity. It is even the 18th most popular dog breed in America, which means that it even rises above the Chihuahua. Because the dogs are so striking in appearance and behavior, there are more and more people who also want an Australian Shepherd as a pet.

11. Frisbee dog

 In the 70s there was an athlete who became known because he practiced a sport together with his dog. He was frisbeër and played that together with his dog Hyper Hank. They even came so far that they could open the Super Bowl!

CBD Oil For Your Dogs

You and your dog may have more in common that you realize. Like you, your dog has an endocannabinoid system(ECS). Every mammal, in fact, has receptors in its body for cannabinoids —  chemical compounds that are found in hemp. When they interact with the ECS, these non-psychoactive compounds help govern the body’s  appetite, sleep, mood and memory. This is why dogs and CBD oil are a good match.

Holistic vets have been sending us some interesting reports about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs in their care.

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Considerably more the ECS and cannabinoids are associated with how we battle irritation, the guilty party in numerous illnesses. Cannabidiol (CBD) has additionally demonstrated hostile to disease properties that enhance survivability for canines, and also people. CBD likewise encourages two-path correspondence among the frameworks in your body. Before the revelation of the ECS in the 1990s, researchers didn’t trust that this sort of correspondence was even conceivable. Today they trust it might be the key that empowers the ECS to keep the body in an adjusted condition of homeostasis.

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CBD Is Not Psychoactive

CBD (cannabidiol) is a compound found in cannabis and hemp. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) can also be found in cannabis and it’s this compound that gives marijuana its psychoactive properties. Most CBD oils are just that … the beneficial CBD without the THC. And they typically come from hemp, not marijuana. In short, your dog won’t get “high” from CBD oil … he’ll get the relaxation without the intoxication.

Choosing A Good CBD Oil For Your Dog

Not all CBD oils are the same … you’ll want a high quality CBD oil that works, so here are a few things to look for:

  • Make sure the product is organic: If it isn’t organic, your CBD oil contains pesticides, fungicides or solvents.
  • Don’t cheap out: The higher the quality and purity, the higher the cost. Don’t price shop … make sure your CBD oil is free of additives and has a good amount of CBD.
  • Get the analysis: Ask for a lab analysis of the amount of CBD in the product. Many CBD oils contain only small amounts of CBD. The manufacturer should provide a certificate of analysis. You’ll also want to make sure there is little or no THC in the product.
  • Buy CBD as a tincture: You can buy CBD in treats but the best form is in a tincture. This way, you can adjust your dog’s dose drop by drop to make sure he gets the most benefit.

Start your dog off slowly but don’t let the naysayers tell you CBD isn’t a good option for your dog … the research is being done and the results are very promising.

Dog Ownership for Allergy Sufferers

Dog Ownership for Allergy Sufferers,If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, pet ownership is not necessarily out of the question. You may just need to do a little more work to firstly identify the source of the allergy, but also to investigate treatment options and low allergen pets.

Interestingly people are twice as likely to be allergic to cats compared to dogs, so dog ownership is possibly within grasp even if Colonel Meow makes you sneeze.

Many people with allergies aren’t necessarily allergic to dog hair. They can seem to be allergic to pets because dogs tend to carry pollen granules or allergens from the outside world in their coat. People tend to be allergic to the dander, saliva or urine that dogs carry on their coat. If you haven’t already been tested, perhaps consider doing so. The tests are not 100% accurate, but are a good starting point. Not only may you find out that you are actually allergic to dust mites rather than pets, but it may help you identify a breed that will be low allergen.

The most common dog allergy is to the dander shed from the skin, so this occurs even in so-called hypoallergenic breeds such as poodles. If the allergy is to saliva, having a pet that is itchy itself will make the situation worse. Theoretically a dog that sheds less, will probably be low allergen simply because there is less of that hair that is carrying saliva or pollen allergens all over the house.

If the allergy is fairly mild, try the following things to reduce exposure:

  • Careful bathing of the pet in a gentle pet shampoo every week.
  • Daily brushing (by the non-allergic member of the household).
  • Weekly washing of pet bedding on a hot cycle (over 60°C) .
  • Good ventilation –exhaust fans and lots of open windows.
  • Frequent vacuuming (HEPA filters also trap allergens).
  • Hand washing after patting the dog.
  • Keeping the dog off the bed and couch.
  • Keep the dog mainly outside or in non-carpeted areas of the home.
  • Minimise rugs and heavy curtains.
  • If the allergy is worse during pollen season, consider wiping the dog down after walks to get rid of pollen granules trapped in hair.


A dog with a single coat is much better than a dog that sheds and has a thick undercoat. Not only will less hair get all over the house (which may be the source of the allergy), but also there will be less dander. Unfortunately there is no true hypoallergenic breed, but those that don’t shed and have hair rather than fur are considered less likely to trigger allergies. Consider the following breeds:

  • Airedale
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Curly Coated Retriever
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Maltese
  • Poodle
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzers
  • Shih Tzu
  • Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Wire-Haired Fox Terrier
  • Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)
  • Yorkshire Terrier


Dogs that have been crossed with poodles, such as Cavoodles, Goldendoodles, Labradoodles and all the other ‘oodles’ have tried to capitalise on the hypoallergenic status of the poodle. There is really no guarantee with these dogs that they will be hypoallergenic, as with any other breed. They just shed less, so there is theoretically less hair (covered in saliva, dander and other outdoor allergens) all over the house.


Before you buy a dog, first consider getting the allergy sufferer to spend some time with the dog you are thinking of adopting. Some allergies are delayed and cumulative, so may not be immediately apparent. For example a person may have an immediate runny nose and itchy eyes or rash, or may just have worsening of chronic asthma symptoms. Sometimes the reaction occurs initially, but could take up to 4 hours to occur. People with a permanent cold can actually be allergic to something in their environment, so sometimes the signs are fairly mild. It is estimated that 14% of dogs are relinquished to shelters due to allergies, so make sure your new dog doesn’t end up part of that statistic by carefully checking first before you invest. Allergy sufferers who visit an immunologist can also often undertake therapy to desensitisethem to the source of their allergy.

Whatever you choose, bear in mind that even if you have allergies, it is not necessarily the case that your children will develop allergies. There is some evidence to suggest that pet ownership actually has a protective effect against the development of allergies in children. The above breeds are certainly less likely to cause allergies in sufferers, but each individual is different, so make sure you have had sufficient time with the pet in question before you adopt.

Training your puppy to stay off the furniture

How to Train a Dog to Stay Off the Couch, Most people who own canines as partners treat them just like other members of their families. Although the dog is well taken care of and treated like gold, many people just don’t want their pets on the furniture. The main culprits? Having to clean up pet hair on the couch or being embarrassed when company comes and the doggy won’t get up so your guests can take a seat. Some owners simply believe that pets belong on the floor and not napping on the couch.

Some puppy owners encourage their puppy to sit beside them on the couch, while others find this behavior unacceptable. If you choose not to let your puppy on the couch or other furniture, it’s best to train him to stay off the furniture while he is still a puppy, before he gets too used to getting comfortable on the couch. The following article will provide you with tips on training your puppy so he understands the “off” command.

Training your puppy to stay off the furniture

Training your puppy whatever your reasoning is for keeping your puppy off the furniture, you will be able to do so if you are patient and consistent. Follow these ways to train your pet to stay off your comfy sofa.

Start From the Beginning

The best way to train your dog to stay off of the couch is to never allow him up on it in the first place. Canines are creatures of habit. If you ever give your four-legged friend a license to lounge, he will automatically believe that a sofa is an acceptable place for him to take his afternoon nap. Being consistent from the beginning by never allowing your pup on the furniture is the best way to ensure that he will understand that the couch is for humans and not for him. (Poor fella!)

Why does he want to sit on the furniture anyway?

Your puppy may not be misbehaving when he jumps up on the couch; he may not know that you don’t want him on the furniture. It’s natural that a puppy who doesn’t know the rules will make up his own. If you’ve invited him to snuggle up on the couch with you even once, then he may take that to mean he’s welcome on the furniture all the time. Let your puppy know what is allowed, in a clear and gentle manner.

Your puppy may like to be on the furniture for many reasons. First, he may want to be as close to you as possible. And if you’re sitting on the couch, then the closest spot is up there beside you. If you’re not on the couch he may want to be there anyway, because he’s lonely and the couch smells like you. It may also give him a view of the room that he doesn’t get from the floor. If the couch is located near a window it may be even more appealing, as it may give your puppy a look outside.

Narrow Down the Suspects

There are many households that have more than one canine living in the home. Heck, I’ve got eight Newfoundlands in my home. Most multiple-pet owners immediately think that the youngest or newest addition to the family is undoubtedly the one that decided to relax on the couch. When you have several doggies, you cannot afford to jump to conclusions. However, if you have only one pet, you already know exactly who is getting hair all over the sofa.

To find out which pup is the couch snoozer, create all but one of the dogs when you are not there to watch them. Leave a different dog out each day and check the furniture for evidence when you return. You should soon learn which of your canine companions are taking over your living room furniture.


First, decide right from the beginning if you will allow your puppy to sit on the furniture. And stick to your decision at all times. Consistency is key. Everyone in the family needs to know the rules and help your puppy to remember them. If you allow your puppy to cuddle up beside you on the couch at some times, and not others, he won’t be clear about what the rules are.

Remember, too, that puppies grow. If you decide as he gets bigger that you don’t want him on the furniture anymore it may be a hard habit to break. You should also take into consideration that he will lie on the furniture when he’s dirty if you let him lie there when he’s clean. Also, some puppies become more aggressive when they are allowed on the furniture—they may confuse their role in the dog hierarchy because they are on the same level as you, the pack leader.

The “off” command

The “off” command tells your puppy that you want his paws on the floor, not on the furniture. Some people use the command “down” for this, while others differentiate between the commands “down” and “off”, using “off” for when their puppy jumps up on furniture, or people, and “down” for when they want their puppy to lie down on the floor. Whichever you choose, be consistent.

Learn to Love Laundry

Nobody likes laundry, but your trusty laundry baskets can be helpful in training your pooch to stay off the couch. Simply place the baskets on top of the cushions. This will help to block the pet’s access to the furniture.

Sometimes an owner will arrive home only to find the baskets on the floor and pet hair on the couch. This is an easy fix. Get some empty plastic water bottles or cardboard boxes and fill them with small stones. Load the baskets with the bottles and boxes and place them on the couch. When your dog tries to get up onto the furniture again, the baskets will fall and the sound of the rocks banging together will send him running away from the furniture. It’s decidedly low-tech, but this trick works.

Positive Training

Perhaps shaking cans or stern commands aren’t your cup of tea. You may be interested in positive training techniques using a clicker and treats. In the video below, Pam’s Dog Academy demonstrates how this might be accomplished in your home:

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To get your puppy off a piece of furniture take him gently but firmly by his collar and say “off” while helping him down from the furniture. Release your puppy’s collar once he is on the floor and give him praise and a treat. Do this consistently to encourage the behavior you want, and eventually, you will not have to physically lead your puppy down from the furniture—giving the command in a firm voice will be enough. You may want to provide your puppy with his own bed so he can get comfortable on the floor and will be less likely to climb up on the furniture. The bed should be kept in a central area of the house, where your puppy is not lonely and can interact with the family.

Should dogs be allowed to sleep on the couch?

The first thing to say is that you shouldn’t feel that you are being mean or unkind if you don’t want your dog to sleep on your chairs or sofa.

While your dog is certainly a member of the family, Labs have a fondness for getting muddy and a tendency to leave a nice nest of hair wherever they sleep.

It isn’t mean to you to want to be able to sit on your own couch without you or your visitors getting covered in hair

And your dog won’t suffer if you make sure he has a nice cozy bed of his own to lie in.

On the other hand, if you don’t care about a bit of dust or a few hairs, that’s fine too.

Provided that your dog is not a resource guarder.

Dogs that won’t share, or that growl if anyone tries to sit on the couch with them, should never be allowed to sleep there.

Other than that, it’s a personal choice and there are no rights and wrongs here.

Why do dogs like to climb on the furniture?

Dogs do the things they do because they find them rewarding.

We hardly ever reward our dogs for lying on the floor so why would they want to do that?

On the other hand, the sofa or couch is all squishy and comfortable. It’s an easy choice for the dog.

Start as you mean to go on with a ‘no dogs on the furniture’ rule

We’ll look for a moment at how to stop your dog getting on the furniture.

But if your dog is still a puppy, one of the best ways to avoid the problem arising is simply never to let it get started.

If all family members avoid bringing the puppy onto furniture even when small, he may never ever make an attempt to climb up there when he is bigger.

Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Paws Healthy

Dog paws are as vulnerable as human feet, and like ours, they need to be taken care of and pampered. An owner wouldn’t walk across a hot parking lot or a snow related field without the proper security on their feet. A paw pad needs to be terminated for a myriad of issues that should be addressed, including nail length, cracked pads and different objects wedged in between paw pads.

Must-Know Tips for Taking Care of Your Dog’s Paws

Dogs use their paws constantly throughout the day. Because of this, your dog’s paws must be considered for to keep up with how active your animal might be. The paw pads are soft and help protect bones and joints from shock while they move.

When my Australian Shepherd, Sisko, tore two toenails on a camping trip this season I got a quick refresher course on how the buildings of the law work together and how serious a dog’s toenails are. Sisko tore out (from the nail bed) the two middle toenails on his right rear paw. I carry a well-stocked first aid kit and after I cleaned his paw, I liberally used a pain relieving, antibiotic ointment and created a padded bandage for the paw.

He had surgery the next day. His paw was painful for a couple of weeks but as time went by and he was able to use that back paw again even though the nails were still growing out, I saw that the toenails protect the pads. Sisko ended up slightly burning the two pads of the toes without nails. Plus, once he was running again, I watched that paw slip and slide; the nails normally grip and dig in, giving the dog stability, and without those nails, Sisko wasn’t as stable as he normally is.

Dog Paws

Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Paws Healthy

Sisko’s accident was truly an adventure; I saw it happen. He pivoted while running hard and those two nails got caught and tore out because he was moving so fast. However, even though accidents do happen, it’s necessary to maintain paw health as much as feasible and regular care can help with that.


If a dog’s nails are a click, click, clicking when she walks or get snagged easily, then she is in need of having them clipped. The nails should barely skim the area. Most vets offer this assistance if the owner is too anxious to do it themselves or the dog is unwilling to have it done. The hair in between the pads does cause painful matting if not trimmed regularly. Comb hair out and trim so they’re even with the pads. Check for pebbles or other debris while trimming.

Cracked Pads

Pads do crack and bleed if they get too dry. Don’t use human lotion on the dogs’ pads, it may soften pads too much and lead to more issues. Instead look into pad moisturizers specifically designed for a dog’s dried out paws. While massaging in the lotion give the dog a paw massage by rubbing between the pads and up in between each toe.

Summertime Care

Dogs’ paws feel the heat as much as humans’ do on the bottom of their feet. Keep this in mind while out walking during the heat of the summer. To avoid blistering and burning, avoid walking on hot surfaces (such as parking lots or sand). If blistering or burning occurs, wash with an antibacterial soap and loosely wrap with gauze.

Wintertime Care

Extreme exposure to cold weather could cause paw pads to dry out. This will lead to pads becoming chapped and cracking. Another thing to keep in mind during the long, cold winter months is that lots of people use salt, de-icers and other items to melt ice off of sidewalks. This could be toxic to dogs who like to lick their paws or could even cause burns on their feet. When coming home from a daily walk, either wipe down or rinse the paws with warm water to wash away any chemicals they may have picked up. Another option is to slather the dog’s paws with Vaseline before a walk, which will keep salt from getting on the pads, or get canine snow boots for your pup.

Cuts and scrapes.

Hardly dogs will cut the pad of their paw and require some first aid. Clean the cut out with an antibacterial wash, put some antibacterial cream on the cut, and wrap the paw. Of course, that is easier said than done. If the dog is unwilling to have their paw tended to, the owner should do the best they can under the circumstances. As always, seek veterinary care for any symptoms or injuries that concern you or grow worse.

Check Them Often

Create a system so you check your dog’s paws often. You can do so every evening when you groom your dog (as I do with all three of my dogs) or after dinner when you both relax in the maintenance room. When isn’t as important as the schedule is; check your dog’s paws often. Check each paw gently but firmly; many dogs have ticklish paws and a light touch is too much like tickling. Feel between each pad and check for thorns, burrs, foxtails, clumps of dirt or dried mud, pebbles, sand or other debris. Remove anything that shouldn’t be there.

Pay attention to your dog’s reactions as you handle his paws. A wine might signal a bruise, cut, scratch or another injury that needs care. Plus, as you handle your dog’s paws, day after day, you’ll learn what’s normal and when there is a problem; you’ll feel it right away.

Trim the Hair

Dogs with evidence to long coat on their body often also have more hair on their paws than do short haired dogs. Unfortunately, this extra hair can catch burrs, foxtails, mud and other debris and create problems. Hair that bunches between the pads is uncomfortable and hair that folds under the pads can cause the dog to slip and slide.

If your dog has hair that grows among his pads, trim it when it gets long and folds under his pads or when it bunches up between his toes. You can do this by gently combing the hair between the pads so it’s not folded over or packed in between the pads. Then keeping the scissors so they are flat against the pads (and not poking in towards the foot) trim the hair so it’s level with the pads. Comb the hair out a second time and trim anything that was missed the first time.

On the top of your dog’s paw, do the same thing. Comb out the hair between the toes from the top and with the scissors flat against the paw, trim that long, excess hair.

Cut the Nails Often

When your dog is standing on a flat surface, such as the floor, his toenails should not touch the floor. Ideally, they are slightly above the floor; how much depends on the size of your dog, the shape of his feet, and the angle of his toenails. If his toenails hit the floor when he’s standing still, they will be uncomfortable and even painful when he’s walking or running. Nails that are too long for a long time can even deform the paw or curve around and grow into the paw.

Trimming the nails once per week can help keep them at a good length as well as make sure your dog is comfortable with the process. If you don’t know how to trim your dog’s toenails, ask your veterinarian, one of her veterinary technicians, or a dog groomer to show you how.

The Pads Protect the Feet

The pads of your dog’s paws are designed to protect the bones of his paws. The pads are tough, cushioned, and can take a lot of punishment. That doesn’t mean they can’t be hurt, though, and if they are hurt, sometimes healing is slow. When you check the pads, look for punctures or cuts from thorns or sharp objects. One of the most common injuries, however, is when a layer or two of the pad is peeled away when the dog runs and slides, or slips, on a rough surface.

If you find an injury, clean it, use an antibiotic ointment on it, and then bandage the paw to keep it clean until you can get your dog to the veterinarian.

Check the Pavement

The sun heats everything it shines on, but in the summer it can be especially deadly. Asphalt, concrete, sand, gravel, rock, and even some dirt can heat up rapidly and to temperatures that will burn your dog’s paws. Some dogs are so willing to do what we ask they will continue with us even as their paws become terribly burned.

I have a small pocket-sized digital thermostat that will tell me the temperature of a surface and I carry that with me. (These can often be bought at your local reptile supply store.) Otherwise, place the back of your hand where you would ask your dog to walk. Don’t use the palm of your hand as you have some thicker skin and calluses. If you can comfortably keep your hand on the road or sidewalk, then it’s probably fine. If you have to pull your hand away, don’t ask your dog to walk there.

Boots Protect the Paws

My dogs don’t wear dog shoes often, but I teach my dogs to wear the boots and have them available should they be needed. I’ve had my dogs wear them when asphalt is very hot and might burn their pads, and on a camping trip where we needed to walk on a path with rough sand and crushed rock that would have torn up their pads.

There are many different types of dog boots available and I’ve tried a few. Ruffwear’s single grip Trex boots fit all three of my dogs well and are easy to put on. In addition and perhaps most importantly, my dogs accept these boots and they seem to be comfortable for the dogs to wear.

If you’d like to include your dog to boots, call the customer service number for the company and find out how to measure your dog’s paws. While you’re at it, measure all four paws as some dogs have paws that are larger or smaller than others. My oldest dog, Bashir, wears two sized boots as his front paws are a size larger than his back paws. The boots must fit correctly and be comfortable; otherwise, they could rub sores on your dog’s paws and your dog will fight wearing them.

How to Take Care of a Dog’s Paws Video

How to Take Care of a Dog’s Paws. Part of the series: Dog Health Answers. A dog’s paws can require a bit of extra care, such as keeping the toenails cut short, making sure the paws dry out after getting wet, checking in between each digit and trimming the excessive hair between the toes. Make sure a dog’s feet are not susceptible to infection with helpful information from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on dog health.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

digitigrade (pronounced), is an animal that stands or walks on its digits, or toes. Digitigrades include walking birds (what many assume to be bird knees are actually ankles), cats, dogs, and many other mammals, but not plantigrades or unguligrade. Digitigrades generally move more quickly and quietly than other animals.

There are anatomical differences between the limbs of plantigrades, like humans, and both unguligrade and digitigrade limbs. Digitigrade and unguligrade animals have relatively long carpals and tarsals, and the bones which would correspond to the human ankle are thus set much higher in the limb than in a human. In a digitigrade animal, this effectively lengthens the foot, so much so that what is often thought of as a digitigrade animal’s “hands” and “feet” correspond only to what would be the bones of the human finger or toe.

Humans usually walk with the soles of their feet on the ground, in plantigrade locomotion. In contrast, digitigrade animals walk on their distal and intermediate phalanges. Digitigrade locomotion is responsible for the distinctive hooked shape of dog legs.

Unguligrade animals, such as horses and cattle, walk only on the distal-most tips of their digits, while in digitigrade animals, more than one segment of the digit makes contact with the ground, either directly (as in birds) or via paw-pads (as in dogs).

Introduce your dog to the boots at home, asking him to wear them a few minutes at a time at home, long before he needs to wear them on a walk, hike, or camping trip. Use lots of praise and some good treats to help him accept the boots.

Your dog’s paws are amazing and most of the time your dog won’t have any issues at all. Just get into the habit of checking his paws often, keeping the nails trimmed and the feet healthy, and he’ll be able to accompany you on lots of walks and adventures.

It’s always smart to use precautionary measures to avoid damages to the paw. Also, make sure to clean up any debris at home or in the yard. Try and keep this tip in mind, if you wouldn’t want to walk around barefoot, your dog wouldn’t both! Get a quick quote today, and learn more about coverage for your dog.

Best Dog Training Tips

Very Useful best Dog Training Tips Ok, he’s finally home.

Training needs to begin immediately, regarding the new pattern on the rug, not to discuss the dog’s breakfast he’s made of your new Manolo Blahnik strappy sandals. But where should you start?

Whether you train your new puppy or dog yourself, take courses, or hire a private trainer, some basic training tips should be taken right out of the gate. These top 10 tips from trained dog trainers at the top of their game will help get you going.

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Aside: When your puppy is old enough, think about getting him or her neutered or spayed, likewise if you adopt a dog. A neutered or spayed dog is more docile, less aggressive, and may be more open to successful training.

Top Tips from the Pros

I tell my clients that the best time to train is when their dog is about to hit the “puppy spaz” hour—that time of day when he races around the house or yard for no apparent reason. I find that it is usually around the same time every day. This is the perfect time to do some training.
-Melanie Walker, Surprise, AZ

Keep a few clickers and treat bowls scattered around the house to make everyday training easier. Dry treats and a clicker can easily be hidden in a covered dish or in a desk drawer (just be sure that the treats are in a place not readily accessible to your dog) to make training easier.
-Dawn Antoniak -Mitchell, Esq. CPDT-KA, BonaFide Dog Academy LLC, Omaha, NE

Once a new behavior has been learned, incorporate it into your daily routine.
-Jamie Da Mato, CPDT-KA, Animalsense Canine Training and Behavior, Inc., Chicago, IL

Keep your training sessions short and fun! Have three or four training sessions each day, and keep them short—less than 15 minutes each session. If you find yourself getting frustrated, stop. Training should be fun for you and your dog.
-Jacquelyn England, A Dog’s Life, Sunnyvale, CA

A few short training repetitions can easily be snuck in before meals, at potty breaks, and other times throughout the day. It is easier for busy people to find a few minutes throughout the day to intentionally train than to find a big block of time daily.
-Dawn Antoniak-Mitchell, Esq. CPDT-KA, BonaFide Dog Academy LLC, Omaha, NE

I encourage people to work with their dogs outside of post offices and in front of storefronts. This helps with a dog’s socialization skills, as well as attention. Dogs can practice the sit for introductions, then leave it, and watch me commands, and stay and heel exercises.
-Marian Pott, Miramar Dog Training, Obedience, Herding, Behavior, Half Moon Bay, CA

Be unpredictable! Dogs are pretty good at figuring out when you have treats and when you don’t. To be unpredictable, have treats when you don’t look like you do. Don’t always use a bait bag and/or use things like sealed jars of baby food hidden in your pocket.
-Jacquelyn England, A Dog’s Life, Sunnyville, CA

Use training treats strategically. For behavior that your dog already knows (e.g., sit), use lower-value treats, like pieces of his kibble. When you want to encourage him to learn a new behavior, use higher-value treats. The reward should be commensurate with the difficulty of the task.
-Patricia Bentz, CPDT-KA, CDBC, K-9 Training & Behavioral Therapy, Philadelphia, PA

Be sure to reward your dog during periods when he is quiet and not performing any unacceptable behaviors. For example, if he is sitting quietly and not barking, this is a perfect opportunity to reward him with his favorite treat or a belly rub.
-Dawn Nargi-Ferren, CPDT-KA, Metropolitan Pets, New York City, NY

When choosing treats for training, keep in mind that they count as part of your dog’s diet—they add calories, and if your dog has dietary restrictions due to allergies or health issues, the treats shouldn’t violate those restrictions. Whatever you use, keep the pieces very small. The point is not to feed your dog but to reward him. Treats should be soft and easy to chew so that he doesn’t have to stop training to chew.

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Learn to listen to your dog. If your dog appears to be uncomfortable meeting another dog, animal or person, don’t insist that he say hello. He’s telling you that he isn’t comfortable for a reason, and you should respect that. Forcing the issue can often result in bigger problems down the line.


Most people don’t have a problem being very clear about when they are unhappy with their dogs, but, they often ignore the good stuff. Big mistake! Make sure you give your dog lots of attention when he’s doing the right thing. Let him know when he’s been a good boy. That’s the time to be extra generous with your attention and praise. It’s even okay to be a little over the top.


Just because the bag says “a treat all dogs love” doesn’t mean your dog will automatically love it. Some dogs are very selective about what they like to eat. Soft and chewy treats are usually more exciting for your dog than hard and crunchy treats. Keep your eyes open for what he enjoys.


There is nothing inherently wrong with telling your dog “no,” except that it doesn’t give him enough information. Instead of telling your dog “no,” tell him what you want him to do. Dogs don’t generalize well, so if your dog jumps up on someone to say hello and you say no, he may jump higher or he may jump to the left side instead of the right. A better alternative would be to ask him to “sit.” Tell him what you want him to do in order to avoid confusion.


Whenever you’re training your dog, it’s important to get as many family members involved as possible so everyone’s on the same page. If you are telling your dog “off” when he jumps on the couch and someone else is saying “down,” while someone else is letting him hang out up there, how on earth is he ever going to learn what you want? Consistency will be the key to your success.


Changing behavior takes time. You need to have realistic expectations about changing your dog’s behavior as well as how long it will take to change behaviors that you don’t like. Often behaviors which are “normal” doggie behaviors will take the most time such as barking, digging and jumping. You also need to consider how long your dog has rehearsed the behavior. For example, if you didn’t mind that your dog jumped up on people to say hi for the last seven years and now you decide that you don’t want him to do that anymore, that behavior will take a much longer time to undo than if you had addressed it when he was a pup. Remember it’s never too late to change the behavior some will just take longer than others.


Feed your dog a high-quality diet with appropriate amounts of protein. If your dog spends most of his days lounging in your condo, don’t feed him food with a protein level that is ideal for dogs who herd sheep all day. The money that you will spend on feeding an appropriate quality food will often be money that you save in vet bills later on. I recommend you always check with your veterinarian for the right diet for your dog.


If your dog exhibits a behavior you don’t like, there is a strong likelihood that it’s something that has been reinforced before. A great example is when your dog brings you a toy and barks to entice you to throw it. You throw the toy. Your dog has just learned that barking gets you to do what he wants. You say “no,” and he barks even more. Heaven forbid you to give in and throw the toy now! Why? Because you will have taught him persistence pays off. Before you know it you’ll have a dog that barks and barks every time he wants something. The solution? Ignore his barking or ask him to do something for you (like “sit”) before you throw his toy.


The idea of using treats to train is often equated with bribery. Truthfully, dogs do what works. If using treats gets them to do what you want, then why not? You can also use the world around you as a reinforcement. Every interaction you have with your dog is a learning opportunity, so when you think about it, you probably don’t use food very often except during active training sessions. So why does your dog continue to hang out? Because you reinforce him with praise, touch, games, and walks. Just remember, the behavior should produce the treat; the treatment should not produce the behavior.


Let your new dog gradually earn freedom throughout your home. A common error that many pet parents make is giving their new dog too much freedom too soon. This can easily lead to accidents relating to house training and destructive chewing. So, close off doors to unoccupied rooms and use baby gates to section off parts of the house, if necessary. One of the best ways to minimize incidents is to keep your dog tethered to you in the house and by using a crate or doggie safe area when you can’t actively supervise him.

By Juliana Weiss-Roessler

Having a trained dog isn’t the same as having a balanced dog, but if your dog knows a few basic commands, it can be helpful when tackling problem behaviors — existing ones or those that may develop in the future.

So where do you start with dog obedience training? You could take a class, but it’s not necessary; you can do it yourself. In fact, with the right attitude, it can be fun for both you and your dog!

This is one of the easiest dog obedience commands to teach, so it’s a good one to start with.

  • Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose.
  • Move your hand up, allowing his head to follow the treat and causing his bottom to lower.
  • Once he’s in sitting position, say “Sit,” give him the treat, and share affection.

Repeat this sequence a few times every day until your dog has it mastered. Then ask your dog to sit before mealtime, when leaving for walks, and during other situations where you’d like him calm and seated.

This command can help keep a dog out of trouble, bringing him back to you if you lose grip on the leash or accidentally leave the front door open.

  • Put a leash and collar on your dog.
  • Go down to his level and say, “Come,” while gently pulling on the leash.
  • When he gets to you, reward him with affection and a treat.

Once he’s mastered it with the leash, remove it — and practice the command in a safe, enclosed area.

This can be one of the more difficult commands in dog obedience training. Why? Because the position is a submissive posture. You can help by keeping training positive and relaxed, particularly with fearful or anxious dogs.

  • Find a particularly good smelling treat, and hold it in your closed fist.
  • Hold your hand up to your dog’s snout. When he sniffs it, move your hand to the floor, so he follows.
  • Then slide your hand along the ground in front of him to encourage his body to follow his head.
  • Once he’s in the down position, say “Down,” give him the treat, and share affection.

Repeat it every day. If your dog tries to sit up or lunges toward your hand, say “No” and take your hand away. Don’t push him into a down position, and encourage every step your dog takes the right position. After all, he’s working hard to figure it out!

Before attempting this one, make sure your dog is an expert at the “Sit” command.

  • First, ask your dog to “Sit.”
  • Then open the palm of your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  • Take a few steps back. Reward him with a treat and affection if he stays.
  • Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.
  • Always reward your pup for staying put — even if it’s just for a few seconds.

This is an exercise in self-control for your dog, so don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to master, particularly for puppies and high-energy dogs. After all, they want to be on the move and not just sitting there waiting.

Leave it
This can help keep your dog safe when his curiosity gets the better of him, like if he smells something intriguing but possibly dangerous on the ground! The goal is to teach your pup that he gets something even better for ignoring the other item.

  • Place a treat in both hands.
  • Show him one enclosed fist with the treat inside, and say, “Leave it.”
  • Let him lick, sniff, mouth, paw, and bark to try to get it — and ignore the behaviors.
  • Once he stops trying, give him the treat from the other hand.
  • Repeat until your dog moves away from that first fist when you say, “Leave it.”
  • Next, only give your dog the treat when he moves away from that first fist and also looks up at you.

Once your dog consistently moves away from the first treatment and gives you eye contact when you say the command, you’re ready to take it up a notch. For this, use two different treats — one that’s just all right and one that’s a particularly good smelling and tasty favorite for your pup.

  • Say “Leave it,” place the less attractive treat on the floor, and cover it with your hand.
  • Wait until your dog ignores that treat and looks at you. Then remove that treat from the floor, give him the better treatment and share affection immediately.
  • Once he’s got it, place the less tasty treat on the floor… but don’t completely cover it with your hand. Instead, hold it a little bit above the treat. Over time, gradually move your hand farther and farther away until your hand is about 6 inches above.
  • Now he’s ready to practice with you standing up! Follow the same steps, but if he tries to snatch the less tasty treat, cover it with your foot.

Don’t rush the process. Remember, you’re asking a lot of your dog. If you take it up a notch and he’s really struggling, go back to the previous stage.

Just these five simple commands can help keep your dog safer and improve your communication with him. It’s well worth the investment of your time and effort. Remember, the process takes time, so only start a dog obedience training session if you’re in the right mindset to practice calm-assertive energy and patience.