What makes them stare?
The answer to this question is simple. They are probably thinking, “Mmm, tasty human who’s dressed like a tomato. I could eat you right up!”
In all seriousness, Shiba Inus are descended from wolves that observed humans for millennia and they therefore have an affinity for us. That said, Shiba Inus – especially puppies – enjoy just about anything that either moves or makes noise so they will stare at whatever captures their attention at the moment.
Does Staring Back Cause Any Problems?
As long as you don’t try to give them a cookie (and please don’t) then it will cause no harm. Your Shiba Inu will be brilliant, no matter what you do and even though they stare at you they think you’re awesome. They value your presence and if you were to leave them, for whatever reason, then they would be devastated. I know this from experience because my Shiba Inu stared at me for months and I was so terrified of what he would do that I had to be reintroduced to him over the phone.
What Can I Do If My Shiba Inu Stares At Me Too Much?
There’s nothing you can do. It might bother you, but as long as they aren’t acting fearfully or aggressively toward you then there’s no cause for complaint. Their staring at you is a sign of affection and they love you dearly.
Can Staring Be Taught?
It’s not unusual for Shiba Inus to learn tricks from their owners. The most common trick performed by Shiba Inus is where they lie on their back and present a paw in order to be rewarded with a treat. If you want your Shiba Inu to learn a new trick then I suggest training them from an early age because their attention span diminishes as they get older and therefore it will be much harder work for them to learn as they grow older.
I’m a Little Concerned About The Staring. What Should I Do?
Ignore it! They’re just looking at you because they think you’re awesome. When in doubt, stare back. If they think you’re awesome then you’re definitely awesome and I know because it’s scientifically proven.
Eye Contact Is a Good Thing
Feeling the urge to stare back? Look into your dog’s eyes!
In addition to a good petting, some dogs like to engage in a staring contest with their owners. The owner stares into the dog’s eyes and waits for the dog to look away first. It’s fun and therapeutic for both of you. I call it “eye contact.” The Japanese refer to it as nikitsuke, which literally means, “to look in someone’s eyes. ”
Dog trainers refer to it as “calming signals,” where one dog tries to soothe the other by staring at him. We humans also do this, especially when we’re trying to be polite and not be impolite by staring at someone!
A lot of people say they feel uncomfortable with eye contact, so they’re reluctant to do it with their dog. Some even fear that it will upset the dog. For a long time, I believed that making direct eye contact with another species was rude and should be avoided.
It’s true that some dogs don’t like to look at people. They will avert their eyes and become upset when they know they have been stared at. That’s why it’s important to train your dog not to be afraid of eye contact with strangers. It will be hard at first, but you can make it fun by using a set-up where your dog knows he gets treats for looking at people. The opposite is also true. By avoiding eye contact with your dog, he will come to view it as a signal of impending doom. For example, the sight of the vet walking into the room causes most dogs to avert their eyes.
What about a dog who is afraid? Dogs who are scared will try anything to avert your gaze—a hard stare or an averted one, which some owners misinterpret as “lethargy.” The problem is that dogs’ eyes become dilated when they’re aroused. It’s a physiological response to excitement or fear. You don’t always have to stare at your dog! It’s fine to look away and redirect your gaze. “A dog should be able to look you in the eye,” says positive reinforcement trainers.
What many people don’t realize is that dogs actually enjoy eye contact. It lets them know that they are safe and loved. They can see into your soul, and it’s a positive way for you to read their minds. Petting a dog is the same. It’s not what you do, but what your dog does for you that matters.
How To Train Eye Contact
You can practice eye contact with your dog in a variety of ways. It’s best to use treats with the first few times. Start by sitting in an armchair or on the floor with your dog. If she lies down, that’s great! If not, keep her attention by saying her name or enticing her to sit. Once she does, give a treat and praise her verbally.
Next, do the same again but hold eye contact for 10 seconds. Give the treat and praise again. Hold it for 10 more seconds. Repetition is important.
It’s not necessary to always look directly into your dog’s eyes. It’s enough to be in eye contact with her, whatever her distance or angle may be. When you want to end the session, say “goodbye” or “thanks”.
Eye contact is a good way to get your dog’s attention when you went its focus. Like most training tools, it’s best to use it in conjunction with other methods.