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I found your thread and posted there, but to be sure, surgery is the only real option. This article explains what needs to be done and why:
We have so many good basenji breeders in VA. Why get a dog from GA, if you don't mind me asking?
There are some really good breeders here. I would seek one of them for guidance. And please get your dog tested. Harmony Hills is supposed to be really sketch.
Show Off Your Dog
Ask the breeder how big the sire and dam are. That's a good idea. My first basenji, who was a champion, weighed nearly 26 pounds when she matured. My 2nd one would have been about that, but thanks to steroids, we did good to keep her at 30. My current rescue is a giant. We won't go there. I first dreamed of a SMALL dog, maybe 15 pounds tops after years of being a BIG DOG person (rottweilers and chows). I don't see that ever happening.
Basenji Health Issues & Questions
Is he still cleaning himself?
MIne stopped cleaning his groin and it looks like that unless I clean it with ear wax cleaner.
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
My first basenji was fine when left home alone but he was a shy flower anyway. My second basenji did $1000 damage to the previous owner's house but was okay in mine. A foster basenji had separation anxiety and did about $300 damage to my kitchen. My third basenji had the run of the house until she began to pee on my bed while i was gone. My current two basenjis were left home unpenned while I went to the store. I came back to one dripping blood from neck bites and stuff knocked around the house. So bottom line - don't just get one because s/he looks cute. Ask the breeder about the temperment and ask to watch the dog while s/he interacts with others. Personally I'd suggest getting a seasoned one that needs a new home. Once you become comfortable with their personality, then you can move to a puppy. Just my opinion.
We rescued our current B from Medfly - just north of LA. Karen at Medfly was wonderful to work with and we love our little girl!
@DebraDownSouth No use for further discussion, if everyone outside your sphere of reference is a quack, a nut job, a con artist. Different planets. Stay healthy!
Everyone outside of provable or at least probably science, especially when they peddle for money, does fit my definition of quack and cons.
But I slept with a bar of soap in desperation with restless leg syndrome. I have tried things that have almost as little scientific basis, but I do so armed with knowing that. My issue is people selling things as science/proven when they aren't. My issue is vulnerable, desperate or uneducated people getting taken in by hustlers.
Not a different planet, just the science based and honest part of the same one. Having seen too many people hurt, or their animals hurt, or children hurt, by false science/medicine/therapies... I am sorry that you think belief in scientific proof and honesty about what is or is not proven is wrong. If someone says to me, "I drink vinegar and it helps my arthritis, but there's no research proving it works"... good. I might even try it. But when some quack says "pay me $100 and I'll tell you why your dog bites or where your missing child is or if your husband is cheating on you or whatever"... they deserve to be horsewhipped.
I am sorry if I sounded dismissive to you personally. It wasn't my intent. It was reaction to what you wrote. In general, we're on common ground. We don't have to agree on things to stay on the same planet. :)
Chance had tummy issues for many years with long bouts of diarreah, and we have tried many foods, probiotics, home cooked meals etc..until we found Acana grasslands. He has been on it for a few years with good results. Occasionally he gets loose stools, but it's probably because he ate something on the street.
Lost and Found Dogs
MISSING SINCE APRIL 1 – Please repost to any folks or groups who might be able to spread the word about Sam. She was featured in this news story.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
I think the key to ending up with a well behaved dog is to not give a pup the opportunity to "practice" the bad things. Anything learned in puppyhood, good or bad, will likely persist as the pup grows older. Supervision is key. Taking on a pup is a big responsibility, and getting them off to a good start requires time and patience. Yes, crating can keep them out of trouble when you are unable to watch them, but IMO a pup or dog that is crated when you are out should not be when you are home. Too much crate time can lead to all sorts of difficulties, and besides, they aren't learning anything while they are in there. If you are too busy to keep an eye on your dog, then "wearing" the dog is a viable alternative. Tether your dog to you so he/she is not off getting into trouble. I used this tactic with great success when I was moving house. My dog was with me constantly, and I didn't have to worry about him disappearing out an opened door.
Consistency and boundaries are important. Your pup should be acquainted with the house " rules" and those rules should not change from day to day. Your training can certainly be "positive", and I agree that clicker training is very effective, but sometimes you just have to insist that some things are off limits and if necessary enforce it by physical means. I am not talking about being rough, but gently removing a pup or dog from an unwanted activity is, IMO, sometimes essential. Also, while employing positive methods, you need to wean the dog off the treats once the behaviour you desire is on cue. Intermittent rewards are actually more effective! Reasonable manners and obedience should be obtainable without reliance on a steady supply of treats.
Good luck with her. Sounds like you are working on things … hopefully she'll come around.
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