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.
We want to share our passion for the Shiba Inu breed and provide practical education on their care while promoting responsible adoption and purchasing practices.
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’re especially focused on proper nutrition and how to feed and “please” your Shiba as best as possible.
We're committed to responsible pet ownership - in fact it’s our passion. We encourage adopting from shelters and rescue organizations as the first choice.
If you're considering buying from a breeder, we’ll do our best to guide you in the direction of finding a breeder that prioritizes the well-being of Shibas above all else.
Because gaining the love and respect of a Shiba is something…. Well it’s something only Shiba Inu owners will understand.
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.
WE LOVE SCIENCE!!
In an ever-evolving environment of information overload full of half-truths and even potentially dangerous advice.
We strive for better.
All the information we provide is backed up by clinical studies as well as experts in the topic field.
We know that knowledge can yield a lot of power … both positively and negatively.
We want to provide you with the knowledge that will positively enrich the lives of your Shiba and your humans.
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.
Expert Contributor - Carla Germano, DVM
Dr. Germano grew up in New Jersey and has a degree in Business from Villanova University and in Biology from Rutgers University.
She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and has been practicing both small animal and exotic animal medicine ever since.
Her other interests include dentistry and soft tissue surgery.
Expert Contributor - 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.
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