Above all, I am the most thrilled about the fact that Jujube is completely not aggressive. I absolutely love that about her. It's such a refreshing contrast to Loki. Maybe I should give up on puppies in the future and just get young adults that have already been properly socialized and trained by a good breeder.
I don't think that Shibas are good for first time dog owners, like we were. Of course, I learned a lot from Loki. I've gained tremendous confidence in dealing with difficult dogs. And I've been fairly successful in implementing positive reinforcement methods to deal with his aggression -- something that I'm proud of. I'm very grateful for all of those experiences.
But at the end of the day, we still made mistakes along the way, and by now I've given up hope that Loki will ever be 100% non-aggressive. In contrast, I feel like with Jujube, she truly is non-aggressive. And I love that. Obviously, the breeder knows what she's doing.
When I took Jujube to the vet for the first time here, the vet was so impressed with her. Jujube was completely calm and fine the entire time -- perfectly fine through all the poking, proding, needles, shots, bright lights, teeth checking, ear checking, and eye checking. It was amazing. Not a whine. Not a peep. Not a snarl. Nothing!