Loving Your Shiba Inu

The Ten Commandments For a Responsible Pet Owner

  • My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.
  • Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  • Place your trust in me, it is crucial for my well-being.
  • Don't be angry with me for too long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only YOU.
  • Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your voice when it's speaking to me.
  • Be aware that however you treat me, I'll never forget it.
  • Before you hit me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, but I choose not to.
  • Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I've been out in the sun too long, and my heart may be getting old and weak.
  • Take care of me when I get old. You, too, will grow old.
  • Go with me on difficult journeys. Never say, "I can't bear to watch it", or, "Let it happen in my absence." Everything is easier for me if you are there. Remember, I Love You!

Pet's Bill of Rights

  • We have the right to be full members of your family. We thrive on social interaction, praise, and love.
  • We have the right to stimulation. We need new games, new toys, new experiences, and new smells to be happy.
  • We have the right to regular exercise. Without it, we could become hyper, sluggish...or fat.
  • We have the right to have fun. We enjoy acting like clowns now and then; don't expect us to be predictable all the time.
  • We have the right to quality health care. Please stay good friends with our vet.
  • We have the right to a good diet. Like some people, we don't know what's best for us. We depend on you.
  • We have the right not to be rejected because of your expectations that we be great show dogs or show cats, watchdogs, hunters, or baby-sitters.
  • We have the right to receive proper training. Otherwise, our good relationship could be marred by confusion and strife - and we could become dangerous to ourselves and others.
  • We have the right to guidance and correction based on understanding and compassion, rather than abuse.
  • We have the right to live with dignity...and to die with dignity when the time comes.