Features of Sesshu Hozanso's Mame-Shiba

Mameshiba Inu

Features of Sesshu Hozanso's Mame-Shiba

Even within the same breed, each breed is different and has its own "characteristics" depending on the breeder's preference.

Our dog is small, but well-boned and firm, with a round face and a slightly short, thick curly tail!

Many breeders in Japan are puppy mills.


The good thing about Hozanso is that they raise and give away well-trained puppies.

Japanese people are said to be serious, but when it comes to dogs, there are many third-rate breeders.

Preparation for Acceptance (Training)

Night Cry - The First Challenge to Come

First of all, I would like to talk about the very first and most important challenge that comes first.

After receiving a puppy, puppies are very anxious about the big change in their environment.

Until now, he had been sleeping with his siblings and others, but from that day on, he will sleep alone.

That is unsettling and unsettling.

I'm so anxious! Where did everyone go? he whines sadly.

They are anxious and lonely and whine.



But never respond to them.

They will repeatedly whine and bark, but absolutely ignore them.


Due to a major environmental change, nerves are more sensitive than usual.

Even the small sound is very unsettling due to the unfamiliarity of the sound.

Since he sleeps shallow, he soon wakes up and starts whining again, anxious again, hello, hello, anyone come here~!


If you make eye contact with him or move closer to his cage to check on him, he will say,

Oh! You care about me! Ah! You're here!"" and he will be happy.


And then again,

He will whine or bark to call you to come closer.

There it goes again, and this time it turns into demand barking.

They'll come when I call them.

Thus, they will learn the wrong things, and it will be difficult for them to stop whining and barking at night.

You may have a very hard time after that.

So, please absolutely ignore them completely.

Act as if there were no dogs in your life, even if they are barking.

It will stop in 2~3 days at most.

It usually stops after a night.

'Bark and they won't come = no use barking.'

You have to teach them.

Puppies quickly become accustomed to their environment, and the lonesome whining and barking will stop in time.


This is the first challenge for the puppy and the family.

They are a nuisance to the neighbors! Some puppies make so much noise on the first day that their owners think they are going to be neurotic.

But it really is a challenge.

Will you be able to pass this challenge well?

Do you respond to the selfishness of a puppy's loneliness? Or not?

If you let your puppy be selfish on the first day, it will affect his discipline later on.

So, if you firmly inform your neighbors in advance that you will be keeping a puppy and that the puppy may bark or cause trouble, you will be able to ignore it because you will have more peace of mind on the part of the owner.


But if you fail to inform your neighbors...

Don't bark any more!"", out of such feelings,

What can I do to keep them from barking?

Oh yeah, just be there for him!"" and you'll end up listening to your puppy's selfishness.

Then you will have to do the same thing for the next day and all the days thereafter.

The result is a life of having to sleep beside the puppy for the rest of his life.

Floor - Preparation before getting a puppy

The most important thing to watch out for with indoor dogs is a room with wooden flooring.

The Mame-Shiba has stronger legs than smaller indoor Western dogs.

This can cause feet to slip on the flooring, which can hurt the feet.

In recent years, we have received an increasing number of inquiries asking, "My puppy hurt his leg, what should I do?".

Please do not leave the flooring as is, but put a rug on it.

Joint mats, cork mats, and carpet tiles (30~60 cm square carpets) are increasingly being used because they can be partially replaced after a pee failure.

(Carpet-like fabrics are not suitable for puppies in potty training. They are similar to toilet seats in terms of texture, and are a source of failure.)


For families who insist on wooden flooring, there are non-slip floor waxes that can be applied to the rooms where dogs live.


Indoor ball playing and other heavy exercise can also stress joints and cause patellar luxation and other injuries.

It is too late to wait until after an injury has occurred.

Potty Training - Super important for the lives of both dogs and humans!

I believe that potty should be done at home.

There are many advantages to training your dog to potty at home.

What are the advantages?

・Dogs that are only taken for walks in the morning and evening will no longer have to hold their potty for 12 hours until they go out for their next walk.

・No need to walk the dog on rainy days.

・The dog can potty even when you come home late for an urgent business or other reasons.

・No need to force a dog who has difficulty walking when he is old to take him for a walk to go to potty.

・You will be relieved of the obligation to walk your dog to potty every morning and every night for 15 years, 365 days a year, until he is gone.

・There are many other advantages as well, such as not disturbing neighbors with pee.


For some reason, we Japanese tend to think that dogs defecate outside.

This is because most dogs were kept outside in the past.

No one would allow an outside dog to defecate in the house.

Most people want it done outside because it makes the house dirty.


Dogs that are kept outside defecate when they are walked in the morning and evening, but during the middle of the day they pee by their hutches.

So, the house owner would regularly replace the soil in the area where they peed.

Many people have forgotten that.


If you walk an indoor dog that can only defecate outside, and you only walk him twice a day, morning and evening, you create a situation where it has to endure about 12 hours before its next walk.

It means that morning and evening walks are for the convenience of the owner.

Because dogs defecate only twice a day, the number of dogs suffering from cystitis and stone disease has been increasing in recent years.

Relying on outside defecation often results in a dog that will not do it indoors.

They do so, and then gradually say, "My dog only defecates outside."

To put it frankly, isn't it abusive to let them defecate only by walking them in the morning and evening?

If they are to be potty trained outside, they should be taken out for a walk (defecation) every 2-3 hours.

Walks not accompanied by toileting do not have to be at a specific time.

You can go for a walk together when you can spare the time yourself.

Some dogs do not want to go for a walk in the rain.

It is a hard time for both dogs and humans.


In several European countries, defecation outside is basically prohibited.

The idea is to let dogs defecate indoors (in the yard) and walk outside.

I think the idea is that roads are public places and should not be allowed to defecate.


I agree with this.

If you defecate at home, you won't have the problem of leaving poop behind.

If they can defecate at home, fewer children will develop cystitis, stone disease, etc.


Neighbors with utility poles in front of their houses are having a hard time with dog pee.

Recently, people have been carrying plastic bottles and pouring water on it when they pee, but according to the house owner, the smell does not go away even if you pour water on them.


Conversely, it is annoying because it increases the cleaning area.


I don't let my dogs smell telegraph poles.

If the dog defecates outside to begin with, it is a failure.


If you don't let your dog smell the telegraph pole from the beginning, he will not get into the habit of trying to pee there.

Also, various dogs pee on telegraph poles, so I wonder why you let your dog near such a dangerous place?


In the past, there were many stray dogs, and stray dogs needed to mark their territory (hunting ground).

However, a domesticated dog has no territory outside.

The need for marking is diminishing.

Therefore, if you keep them away from telegraph poles from the beginning of your walk, they will stop peeing on them whenever they come across them.


Once the dog is able to poop and pee in the house, it will no longer bother the neighbors, and both the owner and the dog will have a sense of going outside for a walk.


Since we live in a world of hard times, we also need to try to keep our animals as free of trouble as possible from other people, and we must think about this.


I have a dog who has experienced being angry with his owner for failing to pee inside the house.

When they are taken for a walk, the owner is not angry when they pee outside, but when they pee at home, the owner is angry.

As they gain such experience, they will naturally be led to pee outside.



Discipline in Europe, an advanced pet country, is the opposite of that in Japan.

The dog will be able to defecate indoors because if you do it outside, the owner will be angry with you and if you do it at home, the owner will praise you.


So dogs are allowed, even on buses.

Although Japan is said to be a clean country with not a single piece of garbage on the ground, people still take it for granted that dogs defecate in public places.

I always think it is contradictory.

If all Japanese were allowed to defecate in their homes, dogs would be able to ride on trains, but there are many challenges.


As I mentioned earlier, if they start taking walks and are not offended when they defecate outside, they will gradually start doing it outside.

No matter how old your dog is, praise him firmly when he defecates at home, take him for a walk only after he has finished defecating at home, and try not to let him smell the treasure trove of smells such as telegraph poles, etc.

Be careful with food - Mame-Shiba easily allergic to food.

Shiba and Mame-Shiba are considered to have a high propensity for allergic reactions.

It is said that their ancestors lived on scraps of human food when they were stray dogs, which made them more prone to allergies.

As hunting dogs, Shiba Inus basically lived on chicken meat, so if your Shiba Inu is raised outside of Japan, please choose a chicken-based dog food.

Do not feed whatever human flavored food, treats such as those made from chickens that have been given high doses of growth hormones, etc.

Be careful about the food you give them.


Plastic bottle-mounted waterer

Why not a dish?

Puppies can drink from a dish, too.

But puppies will use whatever is in their cage as a toy.

If you put water in a dish first thing in the morning and as soon as you go out, your puppy tips the dish over, you will be without water until you come home.

With the water nozzle, water is always available.

However, you should also provide a dish for him in his adult life, as he may become frustrated with only a little water.


Japanese dogs have two shedding seasons per year.

It depends on the individual, but roughly speaking it is spring and fall.

If you suddenly brush your pet because it is in molt season, it will not like it if it is not brushed on a regular basis.

If you suddenly brush your dog because it is in molt season, he will not like it if he is not brushed on a regular basis.

Please brush them when you come back from a walk to remove dirt.


Summe-Cool Carpet

In the recent heat wave, even humans have died indoors.

Dogs wear fur.

The average body temperature is about 38 degrees Celsius, 2 degrees higher than that of humans.

When the room temperature exceeds 27 degrees Celsius, an air conditioner is needed even if no one is at home.

When the temperature is lower than that, you can open windows that are safe for security purposes, turn on the exhaust fan or fan to circulate the air, and go out with plenty of water in bottles.


In recent years, there seem to be aluminum and marble paving plates.

If the room temperature is above 27-8 degrees Celsius, an air conditioner is essential, but it is more important to keep the humidity down well than to reduce the room temperature to an extreme level.

Dogs "huff and puff" and stick out their tongues, vaporizing the moisture on their tongues for heat exchange.

When humidity is high, it is difficult to vaporize and cannot lower body temperature.

Low humidity means that it is easier to lower the body temperature even when hot.

Winter-Hot Carpet

Adult dogs basically do not need heating just for the dog.

Only when you are away and the room gets very cold or when you go to bed (at night) and it gets cold, turn on the heater, a warmer carpet, or a hot water bottle.

Dogs get cold from the back, so it is better to cover them with blankets or let them stay at a covered cage.

*If there are people in the house (when the air conditioning/heating is on), carpets and hot water bottles do not need to be put in.



However, puppies are not good at regulating their body temperature and must be raised with care and without overprotection, but adult dogs have strong bodies that can grow without heating.

Never overprotect them, please^^

Shampoo (Wash on the day of take over or the day before)

Japanese dogs use sebum to repel bacteria and protect their skin from allergies.

Therefore, daily care should include brushing with a slicker brush and using a steamed towel to remove dirt and odor from the body.

Shampooing is not frequent; once a month is sufficient.

Brush the dog in preparation for shampooing to remove any hair or hairballs that should fall out.

Shampoo and rinse thoroughly with shampoo for double coats and short hair.

Towel-drying thoroughly will reduce the drying time with a hair dryer.