Shiba Inu is truly a remarkable breed, but as with all things precious, it requires a lot of care and attention if you want it to flourish. They make great pets, but in order to get as much love and loyalty from them as you can, you need to start making that bond while they are still very young. If you take good care of your Shiba Inu puppy, your efforts and commitment will be greatly rewarded.
First of all it is very important to keep the puppies warm, even though this breed is not overly sensitive to cold, while they are young, puppies are not as resilient to it as adult dogs, and you need to take care to keep the room temperature high enough for them to be comfortable. When the puppy is old enough you need to call the vet and have him or her administer the vaccination, at least parvo, distemper and rabies vaccination. In some cases, veterinarians might also vaccinate the puppy for Lyme disease, Corona virus and Bordatella. Some of these vaccinations should be administered when the puppy is six weeks old, and most of the general shots should be already acquired before it reaches sixteen weeks of age.
You should be careful about what you feed your puppy with, look for top quality dog foods that contain approximately 30% protein and 15% to 18% fat. At first, you should give him three meals a day, or if you notice that it isn’t overeating you can just leave enough dry kibble to last him through the day. If you are administering the dosages, gradually increase the quantity as the puppy grows. If you notice that it has lost appetite you can cut back to two meals a day. You should monitor his weight and take care that he doesn’t get too fat or too thin.You should make sure to crate train your puppy, as it will help you to housebreak it. It will also give you a peace of mind when you’re not around, although for longer containment you should probably consider a larger exercise pen. You can purchase either at a pet store for an insignificant amount of money, and they will make your and your puppy’s life much easier.
Until your puppy is vaccinated and able to go outside you should help him to get to know the world by surrounding it with friendly people who will interact with it and help it accept strangers. This is a critical period in its development and it is vital that it gets positive reinforcement in this stage and that it learns to accept its surroundings in a healthy manner.
You should start training your puppy while it is still young and acceptive. Keep training sessions short, but repeat them often. Naturally, start with more simple commands, and as the puppy learns to obey them move on to the more complicated and demanding instructions. And lastly, remember that positive reinforcement is always more powerful and lasting than punishment, reward your puppy whenever it deserves it and you will have a healthy, obedient and a happy pet.