Videos of clever Shiba Inu talking are all over the internet. Shiba Inu are vocal by nature and will yodel, howl, yip, groan, and more to show their excitement, boredom, or displeasure. Many Shiba owners have harnessed the Shiba's natural howling and barking behaviors by teaching them how to mimic words. Stories often recount the time someone's Shiba Inu approached them and mimicked a word they had heard regularly, such as 'walk,' without any training to do so. One of the benefits of teaching a dog to speak—or talk, in this case—is that it may lessen the undesirable barking or howling that happens without the command. Though, with a breed that loves their own voice as much as a Shiba, there's never a guarantee.
One of the most talked about Shiba Inu vocalizations is the 'Shiba scream,' a surprising shriek in response to something undesirable—nail trimming, a trip to the veterinarian, or other anxiety. Shiba Inu aren't fond of handling, especially by strangers. Minimizing anxiety, desensitizing Shiba to handling for nail trimming and grooming, and providing early socialization may help reduce the stress-induced behavior.