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Stop giving food if basenji seem like he is getting used to crate?

You can also FREEZE the kong. Makes it last much longer.

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Agility training

@donc said in Agility training:

Dogs also have different inclinations.

That is probably going in my top ten of understatements for 2018.

I had a Rottweiler from a long line of herding titles, all the siblings. His only goat at sheep herding was to mark my leg. Even handler friends tried... nope. Wasn't wasting his energy on stupid sheep.

Dining room tables are their natural habitat!

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Meet Jax

We need updated pictures!

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Lets try this again.. Finley! Our adopted Basenji mix. :]

@donc if this animal is connected to any African dogs of recent import. esp from Benin ( a former Portuguese colony that is possible OR while the numbers registered in the US is small....hunter dogs and packs have been in the US since the late 1800s. typically found in New England with pockets in fl, ca, and Georgia.

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…

@tanza -- I know. They also don't typically have one in June, which is why I was asking about whether she had whelped last cycle. I don't think we have a lot to go on. Not being critical, but "my dog seems to be in heat for over a month" doesn't provide a lot of information and could mean a lot of different things.

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Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).


Thank you for all the good wishes ! Some local hospitals get you out the same day but they may have to control my rat poison intake (blood thinner - Warfarin (Coumadin ?)) Anyway I am hoping to be home after two nights maximum.

@donc said in Walking:

Note that the replacement part weighs more than the original, so don't fret if you gain a couple of pounds!

Bless you for giving me an excuse !

@abbyh said in Walking:

He still sniffs around (but from what I've read from the comments, it must be pretty common).

Absolutely, completely normal for dogs to sniff the ground, each other and their owner's breath - Just checking !

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
KIKI needs a home ASAP

Kiki is a 10 year old, 30 pound Basenji mix who will be losing the only home she has ever known on June 22. She is spayed, healthy and up to date with vaccinations. There is a picture and more information, as well as a contact email on BRAT's Basenji mix adoption site: She is in Los Angeles, CA, and needs a home to go to.

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Why do they do that?
Sisterly “love”

@joan-duszka said in Sisterly “love”:

Sometime it makes sense, wolves dont allow any one but alpha female to breed, and if someone disobeys the rules she will pay mightily for it. Wild dogs also. Perhaps spaying might help and it sure would not hurt. Good,luck to you..always be vigilent.<<

Long dispelled observation, only fit confined packs.

Nor am I glib on spay/neuter. Will it help? Probably not. But go inti it eyes open:

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Picky Basenji

Zande’s recommendation is spot on for a healthy dog who is simply picky. I cried myself to sleep many times over one of my dogs. I was convinced he was going to die! He’d like a food a few days and then stop. I mixed everything into it, tried raw (he hates it), tried every protein, every type of food, etc etc. Same results!!

The only thing that worked was finding a food he liked and I felt comfortable feeding and stuck with it. Yes he’d skip some meals but at 5 years old he now eats his food with very little issue. You REALLY have to practice tough love and sick to it. If your dog is healthy it WILL work!

For the record, I feed Fromm and rotate flavors. He does not do grain free as the good carbs help keep weight on him.

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.

Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

New Puppy Advice

@Destiny-Galimore - Glad to hear that you will do the DNA test, sooner the better for your peace of mind. These two tests are 65.00 each, well worth the price. And you just order the test and since it is a cheek swab you do it yourself and then just send it back. On the OFA homepage ( there is a link "order OFA DNA tests". Then select Fanconi Syndrome and Basenji PRA. Good luck and I hope that your boy is at worst a Carrier. A Carrier will never get Fanconi or go blind from DNA.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Local Basenji Breeder

Check the Basenji Club of Canada's breeder's directory:

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
Disqualifying traits?

Some judges are might not be happy about it but missing a toenail is not at all something a dog should be not placed for. If it comes down to “I like both dogs and have to pick” it could be a deciding factor. No dog is perfect!

Like Pat said, the basenji standard has no DQs.

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Are there any Lehigh Valley, PA area Basenji owners who would like to have a playdate

Hi Tasia. I see that it has been a couple of years since you posted but we are in the Lehigh Valley and have a Basenji mix who would love a play date. He is only 3 years old though, so you know.

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Remembering Teka

@gwen I still choke up when I think about my Meg (American Bulldog, lost to cancer in 2013). Just try to shift to happy memories when she comes to your mind. I'm right there with you!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Help with Escaping Basenji

@kai said in Help with Escaping Basenji:

He’s been staying inside while we are gone

Frankly, I have NEVER left any of mine outside while I am away - they have loads of bedding which they move around the kitchen floor to suit themselves and they sleep quite happily. We have a saloon type half-door/gate set close to the floor which keeps them from roaming through the house and the kitchen is a large room, even for the 8 Basenjis we had at one time before natural wastage reduced the pack.

In any case we have never left them more than 4 hours in day time.

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Talk about other pets you may have or want and questions about them


Just so you know, this forum is also on facebook. Good luck with your group.

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