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Shiba Inu- Car Travelling & Transport Tips

Published on 20 December 2021 at 12:39

How To Transport A Shiba Inu in The Car?

Travelling with your dog breed Shiba Inu needs preparation when you want to have a succesful trip on the road. This blog will give you information about the Shiba Inu dog breed and information about how to transport them. 


When you are planning to go on a road trip with a Shiba Inu, you need to be good prepared with this breed. Whether you're going on a visit to the vet, vacation or a walk in the woods, your Shiba Inu will be transported by carTaking your Shiba Inu on the trip is of course an obvious choice for many owners – the whole family should be with them when it comes to holidays! A journey often involves many, long transport hours, so to make it as easy as possible for you, we have gathered our best tips for you!


Information About The Dog Breed - Shiba Inu

A Shiba Inu has a will of its own: the independent dog does not want to submit. In addition, the dog exhibits strong territorial behavior. It is a passionate hunter who fundamentally distrusts strangers - both human and animal. A Shiba Inu is a good watchdog, but does not tend to bark unnecessarily. If properly socialized from an early age, it can also integrate well into a group later on.

Assuming early imprinting, the Shiba Inu gets along well with other pets. Whoever has earned the friendship of a Shiba Inu has a loyal four-legged friend at his side, who stands out because of his vigilance and friendly nature. A balanced Shiba Inu is calm and attentive.


Typical Shiba Inu Things You Need To Know

  • Food: As with any other dog, Shiba Inu's teeth and digestive tract clearly indicate that he is a carnivore. Whether you choose wet or dry food, make sure that meat is at the top of the list of ingredients and that the food contains as little grain as possible;
  • Care: The fluffy coat of the Shiba Inu consists of topcoat and a very fine undercoat. Occasionally brushing the coat is sufficient as the short coat of this breed does not tangle easily. During the semi-annual moult, however, the coat must be brushed thoroughly more often: the four-legged friends will shed heavily for two to four weeks. Fortunately, the dog hairs come off easily and do not stick to your furniture and clothes. An advantage for dog lovers with sensitive noses: even when wet, the Shiba Inu hardly gives off a typical dog odor. A tip for healthy teeth: in addition to giving dry chew products, you can contribute to a better oral hygiene of your four-legged friend by brushing his teeth regularly. Get your dog used to brushing with a toothbrush and dog toothpaste from puppyhood;
  • Parenting: Every dog needs to be socialized in his youth and especially with a breed like the Shiba, which can be quite reserved in adulthood, this socialization should be taken seriously. This can prevent a lot of problems later in life. Take the young Shiba to a good puppy course, preferably somewhere where they are well acquainted with the breed and where they do not expect the same from him as from a shepherd or a retriever. Be clear with setting the rules. The Shiba is intelligent and if he is allowed on the couch one day because he happens to be a little sick or pathetic, you won't get him off the next day. Consistency is the magic word, yes is yes and no stays no. Harsh treatment of a Shiba is unnecessary and undesirable, but give him the clarity he needs;
  • Exercise: The Shiba may not be that big but he does love a brisk walk. Again, it is best to keep it varied. Do not walk the same lap in the same park because he will quickly get bored. Take the car and look for new places with different, interesting smells. The Shiba does not generally follow the boss around like a little dog, he can wander off quite far when he goes exploring during a walk. He also has a very well developed hunting instinct. So be careful where you let a Shiba run loose, the environment must be really safe;
  • Puppy training: classes are highly recommended as well and allow the owner to learn how to curb any undesirable behaviors.


Best Tips - Travelling With A Shiba Inu in The Car

Besides nice walks you can also take him along in the car. Most of the Shiba's hate car rides, and they would try to climb up into the front and up onto the dash (to be first and presumably try to escape out of the largest window). Therefore it is very important to be well-prepared and to invest in a good dog car seatHere's what we suggest when traveling with Whippets in the car:

  • Picking the right bed for your Shiba friend is vital when travelling in the car. Providing your dog with a supportive car bed will help them get a better sleep when travelling;
  • Provide plenty of water to your pet before, during, and after the the road trip;

  • Get your Shiba used to getting into your car regularly from a young age: To make sure he doesn't get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so he associates transportation with positive things;
  • Never leave your Shiba alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries ...)
  • Above all, make an appointment with your vet before you make any solid travel plans in order to discuss your pet's health and any questions you have about travel safety.

  • Give your Shiba a familiar toy or small thin blanket; A toy with a scent from home will be comforting;
  • Motion car sickness by dogs; If you dog gets motion sickness, plan a couple extra rest stops, keep the air conditioner on cool or roll down the window a few inches every once in a while to keep the air fresh. If at all possible, keep your dog forward facing with the dog car seat. Talk to your veterinarian about motion sickness medication you can give before the car ride if this is a serious concern for you;
  • A bitch that runs must be transported separately from male dogs.


Travelling By Car - Safety

Just one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your Shiba free in the car. Indeed, he may be injured, fall or receive a shock when braking hard. Taking the dog by car is convenient, then you can decide for yourself when you want to stop for a break and rest. Keeping the dog loose in the car is illegal in many countrys, just like humans, the dog must be secured when braking – either in a dog seat or with a car harness. 


Travelling By Car - Driver Safety

It is logical to say that the driver should not be distracted, harassed, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the Highway Code specifies that the driver must be in full control of his vehicle, that his "range of movement and field of vision must not be restricted by the number or position of passengers, by objects ..." It is therefore important to ensure that your Shiba does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have several solutions: put it in a travel bed , tie it to the front, put it in the back, put it in the trunk, with a net or a partition grid. 



When using a car seat for your Shiba problems such as anxiety, car sickness and stress will be eliminated. The travel bed will keep your dog close to you and that will keep him calm so that he can sleep in the car. This car seat comes with two safety leashes to keep your dog and the bed in place. The car seat is multifunctional by simply unzipping the front to create a lounger bed for at home. In that way you can easily bring the comforts of home into the car! 


Prepping for smooth and safe travels may take some work, but you will thank yourself on the bit travel day. Remember our travel tips –  a long walk, a fun new toy, crate train if necessary, and take plenty of breaks.

You’ll be to your destination in no time with out a hitch. Happy trails to you and these Shiba travel tips will get you there with out a hitch. 




Thanks for reading and if you have any more tips feel free to let us know and we will add the tips. Below some tips from Shiba Inu dog owners;

  • I noticed very quickly that Soia did not like the car. Patience with this breed is really key! Don't expect them to go along with you straight away. Take small steps and be happy with all the progress made! Work mainly with positivity and rewarding. Soia can also not stay calm when he feels restless or stressed and because of his stubborn character he will want to move. character, he will want to move. I always use the leash that comes with it so he can't really get out of bed. but if I had to mention one tip it would be - patience - they need to build up trust with their owner but this also applies to situations. Thanks for the tip; @soia.inu
  • My best tip is for all double coated breeds. They get hot easily. We need to make sure that they are able to get releaf from the heat. Being to hot makes Kasai uncomfortable. Exchanging the pillow in his travel bed to a thin foam mattress and turning it over to the side without the fur makes him a lot more comfortable when we are driving. Thanks for the tip @heskijumpingshiba
  • Not all shibas crawl on everything or hate car rides. Kenji likes it because he knows we are going to a nice place. When we picked him up from the breeder, we had to drive for 2.5 hours. He has known it since he was a little boy.
    We also go on road trips and to forests and beaches at the weekends. At least twice a week. There are people who only walk their dogs in the neighbourhood. So maybe it's a good idea to take the car out more often. Getting them used to it and socialising them continues throughout their lives. Thanks for the tip! @shibabooboo


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10 months ago

Nice tips love it. Great info
Tricia Of Dakine Shiba Inus Oregon and CA