Welcome to My First Shiba Inu! At My First Shiba, our mission is simple. We're here to provide you with the absolute best information about the Shiba Inu dog breed. Period.
Our aim is to make life with your Shiba Inu happier, healthier, and as joyous as possible. We focus on providing scientifically-backed articles that bring value to our readers - not just fluffy copy.
We don't claim to be Shiba Inu experts (though we like to think we are.) But we're definitely not just "Internet Opinions".
Rather we are die-hard, studied and loyal Shiba Inu owners who will go great lengths to connect you with experts throughout the vast Shiba Inu network of fanciers, breeders, trainers, and health professionals.
Heard of a woman named Oprah before? Her success wasn't due to being an expert in any particular field. Rather it was her way (and her personality) of bringing together the right sources and experts together.
So that's kind of like us. Shiba - Oprahs.
Jennifer Tsukamoto (Founder of My First Shiba / Kawaii Shiba Co.)
"Jenny" has been a Shiba Inu owner, advocate and enthusiast for almost 20 years. She has extensive knowledge of the Shiba Inu dog breed from the many years of caring for her own pack of Shibas that included rescues, champion show dogs, and everything in between.
Jennifer is not "yet" herself a breeder but has formed many relationships with top breeders who share her beliefs about responsible and ethical breeding that betters the breed that she so dearly loves.
She's currently in the process of learning canine biology and canine genetics with the hopes of soon starting a small preservation breeding program in Hawaii.
Jennifer's main passion and purpose of this site is to spread breed awareness as well as to raise awareness of puppy mill cruelty.
Jennifer also handles topics on Shiba Inu nutrition, training, and health / lifestyle. She particularly enjoys learning and collaborating with topic experts in various fields related to the health and happiness of Shiba Inus.
She's an advocate for fresh feeding, non-aversive training, and comprehensive breed education.
Christiane Yazot (Manager of Operations, Chief Shiba Spoiler)
Christiane's love for Shiba Inus is as deep as the deep blue ocean of the French Polynesian waters where she hails from.
She manages all the "boring" day to day operations of the website / social media as well as handling media and outreach campaigns.
The rest of her time is spent mostly being bossed around by her Shiba, Kitsune.
Rain Jordan (CBCC-KA), (CPDT-KA), (CCPDT), (KPA CTP), (CFDP I /C)
Rain Jordan is a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), Certified Fearful Dog Professional Instructor/Coach (CFDP I/C), and the creator of The Fearful Dog Project's Fear Abatement Mastery program.
Ms. Jordan wrote the first ever essay on learned helplessness in racing industry greyhounds; this seminal work eventually appeared in a 3 part series in The Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds magazine. In addition to the private training and behavior work her business Expert Canine provides, Jordan also writes a monthly canine behavior & training column for an Oregon newspaper, and develops public awareness and humane education programs for the 501c3 companion animal welfare charity, Protect Them All.
She is the author of four books, most recently including Such Small Hands: An Anti-Aversives Primer and The Dog Who Couldn't Be Petted.