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[please comment] To-do list for new Shiba owners
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576
    Looking back, I thought a to-do list like this would help some new Shiba owners (either new puppy or adopting a rescue) to be better prepared for adding a new family member into their life. Please review and comment. I want to compile what people suggest and make it into one document that is easy to read and follow.

    I wrote this up based on my personal experiences. Links to products/books are added for easy references only. I try to list must-have items and keep this list relatively short.

    >>>>>>>Here is goes>>>>>>

    Congratulations on getting a Shiba Inu! While waiting for your Shiba’s arrival, there are a few things you can do before he or she comes to you.

    Things You Will Need Before Your Dog’s Arrival

    Martingale: A properly-fitted martingale collar can be a great tool to prevent your Shiba from slipping out of its collar on a walk. You can get a martingale collar from many places, but Pam at Bark and Giggle Boutique, makes great collars that will fit your Shiba perfectly. Meausure your Shiba’ neck for the perfect fit, but for reference, adult Shiba collar length is usually between 13-16 inches.
    Flat/Buckle: This is the regular collar you can find everywhere. It is perfect for every day wear.

    Name Tag: In addition to microchipping your dog, it is highly recommended to have a name tag on your dog with your contact information to increase the chance of getting him or her back should your dog ever gets lost. I highly recommend the Boomerang Collar Tag,

    Leash: You need at least a 6 foot long leash for day to day walk. You may also consider getting a shorter leash for better control in an urban area or a longer leash for training purpose.

    Harness or Head Collar: You may consider a front-attach harness, such as the Wonder Walker Body Halter, or a head collar, such as the Gentle Leader, to manage walking your dog on a loose leash. There are many products out there. Do your research and read peer reviews before you make a decision.

    Cage or Crate: A cage or a crate is a great tool to manage your dog when you can not supervise him until he is trainer. I use a Small Guardian Gear Soft-Sided Collapsible Dog Crate, for my adult Shiba as it is lightweight, easy to set up and I can take it with me when I travel, but this will not be a good choice if your dog chews its crate. You will also need an appropriate-sized crate or cage mat too. I also have a Petmate Vari Kennel Ultra Fashion, Intermediate, for air travel or even road trip.

    Pet Gate, Exercise Pen (optional, depend on your needs)

    Grooming Tools: Wahl Slicker Brush Large, , FURminator, , Kong Zoom Groom Brush, , Master Grooming Tools Pet Nail Grinder Kit, , Oatmeal Shampoo, Nature's Miracle Advanced Stain & Odor Remover,

    Toys: Kong Rubber Toy, , Food Dispensing Toy (such as Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy,, Omega Paw Tricky Treat Ball,, Premier Twist and Treat Dog Toy, or Kong Wobbler, Chew Toys, Chew Hooves or Bully Sticks

    Food/Water Dish: ProSelect Dura-Weight Stainless Steel Bowls (1 Quart),

    Flea/Tick Control/Hearworm Prevention

    Food: Check out Dog Food Analysis, and Dog Food Advisor, for reviews and general information.


    Things You Should Do Before Your Dog Comes To You

    Find a Vet (Checkup, Microchip)

    Find a Positive-Reinforcement Based Trainer

    Books To Read

    Before You Get Your Puppy (Free eBook),
    How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves : Sophia Yin,
    Perfect Puppy in 7 Days (eBook): Sophia Yin,
    On Talking Terms with Dogs: Turid Rugaas,
    The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs: Patricia McConnell,
    The Power of Positive Training: Pat Miller,

    Want to connect with other Shiba owners?

    Shiba Inu Forum,
    Find local Shiba Inu Meet Ups
    Post edited by ljowen123 at 2011-09-21 13:52:49
  • lindsaytlindsayt
    Posts: 4786
    Thanks for posting this Sandra.
    "Common sense isn't so common"
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  • Koni B.Koni B.
    Posts: 172
    I would separate your list into top priority, before your puppy arrives:
    crate (would not buy a fabric crate for a new puppy because you don't know if he will be a chewer)
    collar, lead & tags (collar you may want to get on the day you get the pup, for selecting the correct size)
    vet & flea/tick/heartworm control
    positive-reinforcement trainer
    food & kong (consult breeder for the current food. If you want to transition to another one, you still need to obtain some of the current food and make a gradual switch over ~2 weeks)

    And items you might not need to buy:
    water bowl (you need a bowl for water but you don't need to purchase a "dog water bowl"
    treats (you need them but you can buy them or make your own - they should be pea sized for training, particularly for a puppy because you will be giving out a LOT of treats. Nature's balance food rolls, cut into pea sized pieces are an excellent choice for high value treats (will need these for training outside, around other puppies, etc - for lower value treats buy "training treats" or make your own - cutting or breaking up larger store-bought treats is just as hard as cooking them the proper size from scratch.)
    Grooming tools (you definitely don't need 6 kinds of brush, dremel is best for nails vs. clippers and the regular construction kind if fine if you already have it, you should find out if your dog has any skin problems before you buy shampoo)

    I think it's better to arrange the list by priority, not as "shopping list" and then "tasks" because there seems to be a perception out there that getting ready for a puppy is just going to the store and that is SO not the case.
  • sunyatasunyata
    Posts: 8588
    Good idea, guys.

    We are going to come up with an FAQ section to help new members with some frequently asked question.

    Separating things into before and after would be a good idea. :)
    Also a must have list and a 'want' list would be good as well.
    Bella 2Mountains 2Nola 2
    Casey, with Bella and Nola, hanging out in the mountains of Virginia.
    I Wander, I Ride
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576
    @Koni B

    Thanks for the suggestions. As you can probably tell, I do not have much experience dealing with a puppy's arrival as both of my Shibas came to me at 4 years old and 9 months old respectively. I know you don't need 6 different grooming tools, but was just listing out whatever that came to mind at the time of writing. :)

    Do you have suggestions on the crate and width of a collar that will fit a Shiba puppy? Not have to be exact, but just provide a pointer, so a new owner will know what to look for.

    Good point on the food and transition to the new food and shampoo.

    Any suggestions on a good website to search for positive reinforcement-based trainer?
  • AsterixAsterix
    Posts: 90
    This is great! I've picked most of this up from various sources, but the size information for a collar and crate especially are quite appreciated.
  • FoxyloverFoxylover
    Posts: 971
    I would add that having Pet Insurance even before your puppy arrives with Wellness coverage helps. You get over the waiting period with the first round of shots if it's a puppy as it usually goes into effect 15 days after you purchase the policy depending on who you choose to get your insurance with. I went with Pets Best and it's paid off.
  • eldredlmeldredlm
    Posts: 75
    Great list, I might add bitter apple spray (they may need to try a couple types as mine actually liked the first brand I got, I had to get real bitter apple).
    Lupine collars/harness as they get be bought at your local Care-a-lot pets who will honor lupine's lifetime replacement. For any reason (like a puppy chewing it) it gets damaged just bring it in and you can exchange it no questions asked right there in Care-a-lot or by shipping it back to the company yourself if you didn't get it through Care-a-lot. This was pretty important for us, we spend a ton on harnesses and collars through puppy teething and discovering that Tidus only likes harnesses and Shadow only likes collars (martingale only of course).
    Also some suggestions for teething items would be helpful.
    Finally perhaps a couple more online resources and Shiba community links such as Dogster, I am Shiba, Misanthropic Shiba, Shiba Shake, Inu Baka....
  • LuckeeSevenLuckeeSeven
    Posts: 166
    I wish I would have done that Foxy, it would have been good for someone to tell me that before I got the pup-pup :)
    As for crates we got the Midwest 36" with divider because I would rather have too much room then to have to buy another

    Also for the collar we got a "Small" Kong adjustable collar until he finishes growing adjustable&origkw=kong+adjustable&sr=1
    Megan and Justin with Renji & Roxy
  • Koni B.Koni B.
    Posts: 172
    I remembered another list from a while back and found a second one while I was looking for it. Take a look for things missing from your list:
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576
    Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. Here is the updated version.

    I am pretty happy with the current version. Let me know if you would like to add anything else.

  • sunyatasunyata
    Posts: 8588
    Looks great, Sandra! Thanks for doing that.

    Once I get the stuff squared away for the FAQ list, I will have to steal that from you. :)
    Bella 2Mountains 2Nola 2
    Casey, with Bella and Nola, hanging out in the mountains of Virginia.
    I Wander, I Ride
  • brscrnsbrscrns
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    I didn't notice any Nature's Miracle or poo bags which would be very necessary.
  • AnnaAnna
    Posts: 621
    I had a quick question about the food/water dishes.

    Are there any preferences (personal or professional/medical) about the material? Like ceramic vs plastic vs metal? I only ask because I have to use ceramic for my cat. I originally had plastic food and water dishes, but sh had a nasty reaction to them (allergies, I guess, which manifested as rampant cat-acne that caused her to lose all the fur on her chin - it was pretty disgusting). Once I switched her to ceramic, the acne cleared up within a week (and the fur all grew back, thankfully). Has anyone experienced anything like this with their Shiba? Or other dogs? Or even their cats?
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576
    @brscrns Nature's Miracle is mentioned in the "Cleaning" section as a must-have and poop bag is in the "things you may need" section.

    Let me know if there is anything else you think is needed, but missing. I intentionally move the find a vet, trainer and reading list up, so people see those first, rather than just a list of things to buy. :)
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576

    I chose a stainless one as it is durable, safe, sanitary and easy to clean. Stainless bowl has a non-porous construction. Plastic bowls have pores where bacteria, which may be harmful to your dog, can grow. Ceramic bowls may crack or chip which can also result in bacteria build up. In addition, stainless does not absorb odors and does not stain like plastic. However, you can not put a stainless bowl in the microwave. I use a separate container to warm up the dog's food sometime and serve in the stainless bowl.
  • sandrat888sandrat888
    Posts: 576
    @Koni B

    Thanks for the links. I added many of the things mentioned in the old threads and re-arranged the list as you suggested - priority (must-haves) and nice-to-have or maybe category. I move the find a vet, find a trainer and read up on dogs up front and push the shopping list down.

    I also added in dimensions of crates wherever possible. Added a pet supplies shopping sites section and added a "after you get your dog" part to reinforce the importance of finding a vet for checkup, enroll in class and socialization.

    Let me know if you see anything missing and thank you so much for providing feedback!

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