Shiba Inus are high-energy dogs, which makes them perfect companions if you live an active lifestyle. And, even if you don’t, they are still excellent buddies to take in as they are adaptive breeds.
However, exercise is still highly recommended, especially since Shiba Inus are naturally working dogs. They are also highly intelligent which makes them a breed that’s quickly bored. And when your Shina Inu gets bored or is not getting enough physical and mental stimulation, a.k.a pent-up energy, he tends to do things you might not like or develop destructive behavior.
Keep them busy, and tire them out, so they are happy, satisfied, and healthy at the end of the day.
Here are effective ways and activities you can do to handle your high-energy dog better.
Make meal times challenging
Make him work for his meal! But not in a mean way. There are a lot of ways to keep your dog occupied as they eat their food. By doing this, you are keeping them mentally stimulated.
Here are some ways to do this.
- Instead of a bowl, put his meal in a treat bag and spend 15 minutes having him do commands and tricks. You can take this as bonding with your dog and additional training time for the day. Start with commands he is already familiar with and slowly work to new tricks.
- If you don’t have the time for the first one, there are a lot of feeders that are designed to make your dog work for their meals. It keeps them busy, mentally and physically, but they also find these devices fun and tricky.
Physical exercises are important for your dog’s health. Not only does this keep them active and busy, but it also helps with their weight maintenance.
One of the best ways to tire your active Shiba Inu is to through physical exercises. This includes walking, running, swimming, and games like fetch and tug of war.
Most pet owners strategically schedule extensive exercises before they leave their house for work or a night out. This is to make sure that their Shiba is too tired and already satisfied with the day’s activities to cause havoc around the home.
Aside from these basic exercises, introducing your dog to a new sport is also an amazing way for him to release his energy.
There are different exciting activities that you can do, depending on your dog’s breed, that can satisfy their physical needs. This does not necessarily mean competing, but simply, introducing your Shiba to something new.
- Dock-diving: An activity that can boost your Shiba’s confidence with water. Dock-diving is your dog leaping into a regulation pool to see how far it can jump.
- Agility: Agility sports is an extensive physical exercise where you train your dog to overcome obstacle courses made up of jumps, tunnels, weave poles, and more.
Socialization is a vital aspect your dog should be introduced to. It does not only mean making friends with other doggos, but it teaches him how to get through life without fear and aggression.
Aside from that, it’s a great way to burn off energy. Here are a few examples you can try.
- Dog Daycare: Taking your dog to daycare while you are away, or even once a week, is a good way to socialize him and get him to burn off excess energy. In daycares, there is plenty of playtime with other pooches that can help release all the bottled-up energy when they are left at home.
- Play Dates: Similar to daycares, play dates are also a perfect way to socialize your dog and exercise. Take them to the park where they can run, play fetch, and tug of war with other dogs or maybe his neighborhood pooch friend.