|Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 10:33pm PST |
|What you're describing is actually VERY Shiba Inu. They're not particularly "lovable" dogs at all. Very aloof, and affection is usually on their terms. It sounds a bit like you're "smothering" her, so to speak, with affection. That will only push her away, and may even cause her to bite you one day.
You have to stop and take a step back. Let her come to you when she feels comfortable enough. You'll find that she's much more laid back if you just leave her alone for a bit. When she does come to you, reward her with very relaxed body language and slow, calming pets along her back and chest, as well as a soft "Good girl"
Shibas are not very "trainable" dogs, so the fact that you've already trained those things are amazing, to be honest. Like Akitas, they also are not "fetchers" although some will happily fetch. Lobo is an Akita Inu mix, which is basically just a larger, more powerful, and in some cases more aggressive Shiba, and while he will fetch, if it's just me throwing, him getting and bringing it back, it gets very boring very fast. When you play with her, get ENGAGED with the game. LOVE the game. Run around. Make happy noises. Play tug-o-war with her. Growl. Crawl on the ground. Act like a complete idiot. Believe me, it works on dogs like these
Edited by author Sat Dec 10, '11 10:34pm PST
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