Last night our friends dropped off their Shiba Inu that we have agreed to watch while they vaca in another part of the country.  We knew their girl got along with our boys through a few meet and sniff sessions we had arranged over the past few weeks prior but now that her owners are gone I'm starting to lose my mind.  In the past 12 hours she's already managed to pee on all of the carpets, the kitchen floor twice and our bed... TWICE. It's not like the proper precautions weren't taken either - she's doing this all in front of either me or my boyfriend and within a half hour of going outside.  ;;sigh;; 

 

To make matters worse she's taken to bullying Murphy, (IE he's laying in his bed completely out of the way and she marches over and kicks him out, tosses the bed around for a minute and then goes away.  Rinse. Wash. Repeat.) In addition to all of this lovely behavior, she can jump all of the gates we have and she doesn't listen to women so she's been ignoring any commands I've given her while listening astutely to my boyfriend. And while I thought the shiba was a relatively quiet breed, she's been barking pretty much non-stop. It's a total nightmare.

 

When she isn't peeing or being utterly defiant she's running around like a lunatic and stirring both Killian and Murphy into a frenzy - eventually the boys have a enough of it and lay down but she jumps them to start playing.  Let me tell you how fun that was at 2AM. 

 

Hopefully this behavior runs its course and things return to some normalcy soon.  I'm tired and sick of grabbing new rolls of paper towels from the basement but I don't know what else to do! 

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Comment by Jessica on February 17, 2011 at 8:23pm

Day Three Update:  Things have gotten more managable around here.  For two days I walked around with her tied to me for just about 8 hours a day.  The whining lessened and today I was able to let her roam about the living room with my two gentlement and all seemed pretty much ok.  Marking is WAY down - only had one accident this morning, but that's better then 3-5 puddles!   And her and the Viceroy have been peacefully napping next to each other.

 

Granted - the play-fighting is at an all time high around here. But at least it's playful and not malicious.  Fingers crossed that it only gets better from here to Tuesday!

Comment by Bev Levy on February 15, 2011 at 2:42pm
She is probably very stressed from being away from her familiar surroundings and it is not uncommon to mark a new territory. I would keep the "leashed to me " time going and try to reward with a treat or petting when ever she settles down. It can be very difficult for some dogs to be away from home. Also, if she is an only dog she is used to everything being hers so sees no problem with bossing the others around. Good luck, it is not easy to care for some one else s dog!
Comment by Jessica on February 15, 2011 at 12:09pm

Hehe - would have met in a neutral location but she's been in our house before with no pee issue what-so-ever and she's hung out with the dogs before with none of the issues...  that said, this is the first time she's marked here and her owners were present when she started!!  For what it's worth, we've been scrubbing the carpet as the accidents happen but as others suggest have been keeping her mainly on solid surfaces.  :)

 

In other news:  I have a whiny, struggling shiba leashed to me while I type this out.  If/when we see another problem into the apartment she goes (sorry my Murphy...  but it's the only way!!) 

Comment by Kari & Quin on February 15, 2011 at 11:58am
My sister has a shiba and she has trouble with her peeing in the house also:(  I just think they are a very mark happy breed.  And she is very bossie with my Quin also niping at her for no reason.  but she does settle down after awhile but remember your friends just dropped her off with you she maybe having some abandonment issues also :(  That said she needs to know your boundaries,   I would crate her also maybe it will help her feel more secure if she is use to a crate, if not..... I feel for you.
Comment by Sam Tsang on February 15, 2011 at 11:56am

Hi Jessica,

 

Meeting in a neutral place and everything was fine DOES NOT equal to the same at home. Whenever I have fosters / vistors, we meet at a neutral place 1 mile away from home. When the dogs arrive, make sure there's no sniff or greet, start walking side by side as a pack. When you arrive home, take the pack on leash around the house and let them do their business. After you enter your home, leash the visitor and introduce your home room by room, let the visitor sniff, correct as soon as they lift their legs. Once the house tour is over, continue to tether the visitor, DO NOT let him / her out of your sight. Trust needs to be earned. Whenever you cannot supervise, put the visitor inside the crate. Make sure you get 80-90 minutes on leash walk outside everyday, tired dogs are well behave dogs. In the mean time, invest in 6 bottles of hydrogen peroxide and clean the heck off your carpet. Remember the dog is missing their owner and it is not a smooth transition when he / she have not spent time inside your home before. He / she is confuse and needs to know the house rule and you / your family need to be on the same page with rules and reinforce them firmly. Good luck!

Comment by Jessica on February 15, 2011 at 11:50am

I had the same idea with the create but the only one I have we nickname "Murphy's apartment."  The door is always open but it's HIS den...  I'd feel bad using it for the girl dog that keeps knocking him around - but do you think he would care?

 

We've been keeping doors shut and her in the same room but I'll definitely give the leashing to me thing a try.  This should be interesting.. I'll keep you posted.  :-D

Comment by Priscilla, CARLY, and Frankie on February 15, 2011 at 11:49am

i have to put Carly on a leash when shes misbvehaving to establish my leaderships , she has a tendency to want to tell me what to do..,   and it works!

that is good advice...

 

Comment by Rachael & Waffle on February 15, 2011 at 11:42am
Get a crate, or leash her to you so she knows that you're no pushover!  I don't know how long she's going to be with you, but if it's for over a week, the leash thing will definitely help establish some respect for you and learn to listen to you.  Every time she pounces on your dogs or kicks them out of the bed, remove her from the room and keep her close.  When she pees inside, spray her with water or shake a can of coins.  When she's good, treat her like a puppy. Praise her and give her treats!  Shiba Inu are really loyal dogs, and she's probably very upset that her parents left her.  They're very stubborn, to boot, so you have your hands fulls.  Best of luck!
Comment by Priscilla, CARLY, and Frankie on February 15, 2011 at 11:32am
CRATE ..girl has to get some manners!!

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