Another clip of Loki playing with the family chihuahua and further proof that he CAN play well with other dogs. It just helps if they’re more tolerant of his puppy playfulness. I now wish I had kept recording a little longer. He was doing a lot more “boxing” later on, though you can see a nice left hook right at the end.
When we first got Loki he was very calm and almost withdrawn at times, but in the past month he’s become increasingly rambunctious. More playful, more affectionate, but also more TROUBLE. While he’s a pretty cool dude in most respects, these are the few main areas we’ve been having trouble in.
1. PEEING. This is the main one that concerns me. When we first got him he seemed to be nearly housebroken – a few accidents here and there but he quickly started whining at the door and running around crazily when he had to go. Lately, he’s been having more accidents, and he barely makes a peep beforehand. He’s a smart guy and he learns FAST, so I almost wonder if he’s just trying to get our attention. Anyway, it’s back to crate/pen training for him. This morning we had to leave him in his pen for hours while we periodically took him out. After a while he started complaining, attacking his crate and eventually climbing up on top if it. It’s looking like we might need a taller pen for him, but at this point we may just leave his crate out, or put him inside it.
2. Biting/nipping people – I’ve noticed that as he becomes more playful, he’s also become more “nippy”. While these little puppy play bites aren’t at all painful, I wouldn’t want them to turn into adult play bites or worse. For a while he would stop when I made a loud yelp, but that’s starting to seem less effective, almost like he sees it as part of the game. What may be necessary is to put him down and ignore him once he starts getting bitey – as one of Shiba’s most valued resources is known to be attention.
3. Dog aggression – This is a bit debatable, but often when Loki meets a more “friendly” dog who’s a little more in his face, he will bark or nip at them. I’m not entirely sure if this is part of his puppy rambunctiousness, or signs of what could be dog aggression later on. We’re going to have to take him to some socialization classes soon and keep exposing him to friendly dogs, while rewarding him when he’s good.
Most of the time Loki is a good dog — friendly, affectionate, smart — but I know with the right training he can be a GREAT dog.
Took this while stuck in traffic (the car wasn’t moving, I swear). I had thought “red” was an odd name for the color of Loki’s coat, but the sun’s lighting revealed his true colors.
Loki got to meet my mom’s Chihuahua billy over Thanksgiving, and during that time made up a game for them to play together. Well, it was mostly Loki playing and Billy trying not to get too irritated with the puppy-ness of it all. Anyway, you can see for yourself, it’s some kind of peek-a-boo, jump out and surprise the other dog ordeal. He was very excited to have a friend to play with — and he played relatively nicely this time, aside from still being a bit rough. (By the way, no idea what that white floating stuff in the video is – not my house!)
Yesterday Loki got to go on a trip to the Berkeley Marina/Cesar Chavez park and met tons of doggy friends. If you haven’t been, Cesar Chavez park is this big strip of grassy land jutting out into the ocean with lots of paths and tons of people with their dogs. It’s kind of like an island doggy paradise — complete with little chipmunks everywhere for dogs to try to chase! I would definitely check it out if you’re in the area.
After walking around in the grassy area for a while, I wanted to take Loki down to the water to give him his first glimpse of the ocean, while also honing his mountaineering skills. He seemed to be so fascinated by it all that he forgot for a while about his need to eat every object imaginable within his reach — or maybe the sea sludge on the rocks was too gross even for him.
The whole time we were exploring Loki’s new oceanic frontier, we didn’t know, until turning around, we were getting the “stare of disapproval.”
Coincidentally, this is the same look I get when I haven’t made a new blog post in a while. 🙂
Happy Thanksgiving! We both went back home for Thanksgiving and took the opportunity to socialize Loki as much as possible with our families. He has been great around people, but not so great around other dogs. Loki is roughly 3.5 months old and needs to learn how to play nicely with other dogs.
I have mentioned this in earlier posts, but my sister’s dog Mochi is not a fan of Loki. Loki likes to play/provoke Mochi until he reaches his breaking point and snaps back. This behavior is not uncommon for puppies with no sense of boundary, and the only way a puppy learns is through trial and error. Apparently shibas are prone to nipping behaviors during play, but a lot of dogs do not tolerate this type of ‘rough play’ behavior. We tried introducing Loki to Andrew’s family dog Billy, but the same scenario happened =( . We are planning to take Loki to the SPCA puppy socialization class this Saturday. Hopefully he will learn how to get along and play nicely!
Mochi: “Leave me alone already”
On an unrelated note, I think Loki vomited two nights ago. He vomited again last night, and early again this morning. I noticed that he chewed on grass during our walks outside, which is an indication of an upset stomach and the need to self-induce vomiting. Reflecting back on what we fed him the past few days, his vomiting actually makes a lot of sense.
We went on a mini shopping spree at Pet Food Express and bought him all sorts of treats – a pig ear, some chew treats for his teeth, liver-flavored crackers, and a bully stick similar to his cow hoof. My mistake was giving him too many treats in a short period of time. His stomach did not appreciate the massive amount of protein. We fasted him for half a day, and then reintroduced him slowly back to his regular diet. I will be closely monitoring the treats that we give him from now on. If he had any traces of blood in his vomit, I would have taken him to the vet immediately. Luckily, he has been responding well and we avoided another costly trip to the vet.
No fun adventures for Loki today. We did buy a new baby crate to keep him out of my design room, or what he thinks is his pee room. We also bought a new kong for him to slow down his eating. Will review those in a couple days!