Life of a Shiba Inu (柴犬), One Day at a Time.
hello!We recently acquired a shiba inu pup and coincidentally named him Hiro also!Being a a second time dog owner, but not in 25 years, i'm not quite sure how to train him to stop eating mulch. We had to take him to the vet yesterday because he wasn't eating and was very lethargic. The only reason we could think of that could have possibly made him sick was that he loves eating mulch. Can you give me any tips on training him to stop this behavior? Any help would be greatly appreciated!-Nate
How old is your pup? Have you taught him the "drop" it command? Whenever my hiro picks up something he's not suppose to, I either say "leave it" if he's sniffing it or "drop it!" if he's picked it up with his mouth. He's usually pretty good at listening. If that doesn't work, get used to opening up his mouth and taking it out. You have to get him used to putting your fingers in his mouth. Have you taken him to puppy training class? If not, I highly recommend it.
Thanks for the quick response! Little Hiro is about 15 weeks old. He doesn't understand many commands, but he's almost house-broken, even though he still has accidents in the house. We take him outside frequently and always have him on a leash but he still manages to get stuff in his mouth, at which time I try to tell him to drop it, but he usually doesn't listen. I have forcibly taken mulch, dirt, and grass out of his mouth on numerous occasions.I will look into puppy training classes. He seems to be a quick learner, but at times is very belligerent, or it could be playfulness. I just figured it was because he was so young.Anyways, thanks again for the advice. I'll check back frequently!-Nate
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