|Barked: Sun Mar 10, '13 4:15pm PST |
|I realize this thread has been dead for some time, but I just needed to comment.
My three yr old Black and Tan shiba, Yuki, has been my hearing dog for two years now. She started her training at the age of six weeks, which is when I got her. She accompanies me everywhere. In fact, I am attending a residency in Sarasota, Florida for my masters program in counseling this weekend and of course she is attending with me. We are inseparable. Yes, Shibas are harder to train. This just means that they require more time and attention in their training. They are a stubborn breed. I fortunately have the time to dedicate my time to her. But if it were not or her I would rarely leave my house. Shibas are kind of like cats in the respect that they bond strongly to one person. This makes it difficult for them to accept others petting and cuddling them for long periods of time whom they are not familiar with. So as therapy dogs, they only perform moderately well.
So they do exist; just not often. My Yuki is a testament to that. If you happen to see a Black and Tan Shiba in an orange hearing dog vest in Florida, we might be that very team.
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