I am Kiko, a female, red, spayed purebred Shiba Inu. I'm 6 years old and weigh about 19 lbs. I'm a beautiful Shiba girl - a very typical Shiba, and would do best in a home without other dogs and without young children. While I've lived with other dogs, I get bossy when it comes to food or treats. I get upset and excited around cats and squirrels and become vocal. I like to bark, pull on my leash and just go crazy when I see them. I'm easily excited when this happens and I get grumpy when people tell me not to get excited. Because of this reactivity, they say I need a very experienced home to sometimes manage my outbursts. The rescue has been working with me for reactivity and has recently started me on a new medication to mellow me out. They also have been working with a behavior modification trainer for tips on how to manage me. (For more info on reactive dogs, check this link - http://blog.smartanimaltraining.com/2014/04/15/reactivity-and-aggression-in-dogs-managing-and-treating/
I also suffer from seasonal allergies and eat a no grain, no poultry diet. I'm currently eating Evangers White Fish and Venison, but have also eaten Canidae Pure Ocean and Orijen regional red with no issues. From time to time, I might need medications to keep my skin condition controlled. I was rehomed mainly due to the allergies, but also because I have bitten my owners when they try to handle me when I'm very excited. My foster homes have used muzzles on me but no longer need to for daily interactions. When I visit the groomers and vet's offices, I am muzzled for everyone else's safety. They have been correcting me when I snap due to excitement, and working on me so that I'm not so easily excited, but please know that I've been this way for all 6 years of my life, so it's going to be awhile before I don't care about squirrels and cats! We hope that with the new medications, I will be easier to manage and that with behavior modification training, I'll be a brand new dog.
When I'm not excited about squirrels, cats, and birds, I enjoy being pet by my family and being nearby and given a lot of attention. What Shiba isn't a Diva?! I'm not very good about being handled by strangers, not very good around other dogs and can be terrible at groomers and vet offices.Applicants should have some familiarity with this breed and be committed to working with her by doing some obedience and behavior modification training. (Adopters will be requested to continue dog training with Crossroads Pet in Stanton, CA - the training has already been prepaid but adopter will be required to continue working with me. They will also be required to continue utilizing the medications if they are helping me be calmer and better behaved.)
The rescue will require that I remain on a special diet and request applicants to adhere to that requirement so that I can remain healthy and happy. (Besides, the food tastes pretty good and I love it!) I may also require medications when my allergies flare-up, but currently I haven't been on medications for over four months now.
Applicants should have a fenced in yard and walk me daily (I love walks!), or walk me 3-4 times in an apartment. I'm an active gal who loves runs and hikes too!
The Shiba-Inu is a primitive breed, and a living national monument in their native Japan. They are not very affectionate dogs, but are extremely loyal to their family/owner. Similar to the Japanese Akita because of their appearance and fierce loyalty, Shiba-Inus are a great breed to adopt because they are small-sized dogs that are smart and loyal. They are also known to be escape artists and door-bolters. Adopters who have previously owned or are accustomed to this breed will be considered.
If interested in adopting and committed to working on some of Kiko's bad habits, please complete an application. Behavior modification training in Stanton, CA is required. Medications for allergies as well as her behavior modification will also be required. Applications: http://www.savingshibasinc.org/adopt
Adoption Fee $250.00
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