Shiba Swap — A Decentralized Ecosystem
Did you know that some dog breeds are genetically predisposed to certain behavioral traits? Shibas, for example, have a natural tendency towards aggression and dominance. This is why they require strong handlers who can keep them in check. It’s also why these dogs are rarely trusted with other animals or small children. However, there’s a way to help your Shiba stay on the friendlier side of his nature by bringing another Shiba into your home! A Shibaswap is exactly what it sounds like — two people trading their Shiba dogs to live with someone else for some time. Taking care of someone else’s dog allows you to see how your pet reacts in different circumstances and helps you become more aware of its needs as well as its limitations. Not only that but having someone else take care of your dog allows you to do the same for them!
What is a ShibaSwap?
A Shibaswap is when two Shibas (or people who own Shibas) swap houses and dogs for a short period of time. Usually, one person is seeking to go on vacation and wants their dog cared for, and another person is looking for a dog to temporarily live in their home. It is also sometimes done with people who are moving and need a place for their dog to stay in the meantime. Shibas are a very distinct breed with a unique energy and social needs that are very different from other dogs. For this reason, a Shibaswap is a great way to meet other Shiba people and their dogs while also getting to experience the needs of a Shiba in a different living environment.
How can a Shibaswap benefit you and your dog?
If you're looking to get out of your comfort zone and meet people who love Shibas as much as you do, a Shibaswap Exchange is a great opportunity to do that! Your Shiba is also likely to benefit from being in a new environment and meeting new people, even for a short period of time. The change of scenery will engage your Shiba's brain and enrich his life as well as give him new experiences to learn from. It can also be a great way to see how your Shiba interacts with other dogs and to get feedback from their owners. This can help you become more aware of your Shiba's limitations and help you become a better dog owner. Shibaswaps are also a great opportunity to meet other Shiba owners and their dogs. This can help you expand your social network and make new friends who understand the challenges of Shiba ownership. You can also learn from other people's experiences with Shibas, both positive and negative. You might share tips on training, health issues, and other Shiba-related topics.
Who can you swap with Shiba Swap?
The best place to start when looking for a Shibaswap is to put out a call on your local Shiba group's Facebook page. You can also use a site like iOffer or Craigslist to find a swap in your area. You should also consider reaching out to other Shiba owners that you know in real life. You want to find someone who is reliable and who has a Shiba that is a good fit for your dog. When contacting people, explain that you are looking for a swap partner and ask them about their dog's likes and dislikes, etc.
Who should NOT do a Shiba swap?
If your Shiba is aggressive towards other dogs and/or people, you should not do a Shibaswap. You also shouldn’t do a swap if you don’t have the time to care for or pay attention to someone else’s dog. You’re only doing a swap to help your dog be around another dog while you’re away so he can get used to other dogs, not to cause trouble! If you have a very friendly Shiba and want to help a Shiba that is afraid of other dogs, a swap may be a great option for you. However, you should make sure that you carefully choose the Shiba that you swap with.
How to find the right match?
When you find a person who might be a good swap partner for your Shiba, don’t just meet up with them and drop off your dog. Instead, make plans to meet in person before you drop off your dog. This allows you to get a better sense of the person and their Shiba. Ideally, you should make plans to meet in a public place so you can both feel safe. You want to make sure that your swap partner is trustworthy and responsible enough to properly care for your dog while you’re away. When you meet up, ask a lot of questions. How long have they owned their Shiba? How do they handle training? What are their expectations for your dog while he stays with them? What will you do if there’s a disagreement regarding your dog while he’s staying with them? After meeting, you should feel comfortable dropping off your dog and leaving them in the care of your swap partner.
Is a ShoShi Exchange the same thing as a Shibaswap Exchange?
No. A Shibaswap is when two Shiba owners meet up, trade dogs, and then take care of each other’s dogs for a short period of time. A Shibaswap Exchange is when Shiba owners get together for a day of park visiting, food, and socializing. It is not meant to be used as a way to help dogs get used to each other.
Can’t find anyone to swap with? Don’t give up!
If you’ve tried to do a Shibaswap and haven’t found any takers, and you don’t want to do an exchange, you can still find a way to get your dog out and about! If you have a friendly Shiba that isn’t aggressive towards other dogs and you can find a dog park in your area, you can bring your dog to the park while you’re away. You can also ask your neighbors if they’d be willing to let your dog come over and play with their dog while you’re away. You can also look into a doggy daycare option in your area if you have time to drop off your dog in the morning and pick him up at night. You can also ask friends and family if they’re willing to watch your dog for you while you’re away.