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Basenji Health Issues & Questions
Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
Training "Stay" should not be a big deal though you'll need to constantly reinforce it. Doing it 15 times won't work, and doing it 50 times until the command works and then forgetting about it won't work either.
No need for a lead. And it will likely work better with a clicker. Nothing magical about a clicker but you can more quickly and precisely reinforce the behavior, which gets more important as you move further away. Spend a day associating the click with the treat. This is pretty simple. Then have him sit and give the stay command. Move a bit away. Doesn't have to be far. Even a lean will work. When the stay is there click and then move back to give the treat. Best to keep focus, so if the look is away wait for it to come back.
Gradually move further and further away. At some point you may be 15-20 feet away when you click and then go back and give the treat. This is usually not a tough sell because, from a Basenji perspective, nothing beats getting treats for just sitting there. Should be a fairly quick train. It's one of the easier ones to teach.
Moving a Basenji to a trail is problematic. Their DNA says independent hunter. Huge difference with commands in an enclosed space and when they see a rabbit in an open area. Once they start after prey they lose their hearing. LOL
I have read a few posts of people having issues with their B's being picky about how where and when their pup's poop. But Leeloo (who's 5 months old now) tends to get scared at her poop and it becomes a massive issue because she will whip around and spin and then sometimes even end up rolling around in it. Which means many baths after walks. Today for example she finally decided to poop after 20 minutes of walking and as she started a bird flew by and chirped so she got distracted but freaked out partially at the bird and then partially at her butt, then sprinted to a whole new patch of grass but tried running onto the road. When I didn't let her, she sprinted back and forth until FINALLY started pooping again, freaked out at that poop, and so on... this was about a 10-minute ordeal. So usually, when she poops, I have to immediately grab onto her harness so she doesn't freak out and step or roll in her poop, while she tries to bite her butt. I thought it might be pain but her poops are really healthy, so she's not constipated at all. She has a pretty healthy pooping schedule, twice a day.
Does anyone else have this issue, and maybe have some advice? Please tell me she will grow out of this
I had a somewhat similar experience. Joey had a seizure which I correlate to taking Simparica. He looked terrible so took him to the vet when the first seizure happened and he was late Stage 2. Put him on Royal Canin kidney kibble and Hills kidney wet food and 4 years later he has only had 1 more seizure and his kidney values have remained constant. I will believe your homemade version is most likely better if you have the correct proportions. All the best to your Bs! Joey will be 15 in November.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
New Basenji owner here from Melbourne, Australia.
I know this topic is a couple of months old but I thought I'd just add my experience for anyone else needing help with puppy biting.
My wife and I had been having mouthing/biting trouble with our (now) 12-week old pup for the last week.
The behavior has improved almost instantly by following the advice in this video.
She's still pretty mouthy but it doesn't escalate the way it did before when we'd try and stop her from doing it/yelping/saying '"NO". I think everything we were doing was just turning it into the funnest game ever for her!
@tanza No, he is on page 12 - the red/white in the group of the heads of 4 colours. But thanks for the link. Saves me looking for my hard copy !
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
I very much doubt that you will find a Basenji in the UK this coming winter. Covid seems to have convinced so many people they can now have a dog - and they light upon Basenjis for a number of reasons, often without going thoroughly into the challenges of ownership of one of these challenging little animals !
All the breeders I know have full waiting lists even after filtering out all but the most promising future owners. I haven't bred for over 10 years but enquiries for puppies still come in, several a week - two just this morning.
We just have to hope that irresponsible people won't mate un-health-tested dogs, just to cash in on demand.
It all depends on the allergy - whether a Basenji will or won't affect your wife. They shed, often pretty constantly throughout the year instead of one big winter-coat moult although some lines do have that.