Here is the place to discuss training your Basenji (housebreaking, lure coursing, agility…).
Len has the right of it to some extent but you need to find some kind of group where the trainer has experience of Basenjis. Remember, they are not as other dogs in the way they react to training. General socialising is probably better than formal teaching in a group, although this is a good idea too, so long as the trainer knows and understands Basenjis.
It occurs to me that in the cases of nipping, biting and even leaving marks, the Basenji has been allowed to become the Alpha - to get the upper hand. This is never a good idea !
It could be they just don't like the person they are biting or it could be attention seeking.
Somehow you have to get through to them that this is not acceptable behaviour. A sharp, and immediate, tap on the muzzle with a firm 'NO !' Use voice to express your displeasure (just as you do to praise them when they are good). And having told them 'NO' - that is it - end of game, end of attention. You turn away from them and let them learn that this sort of behaviour turns you right off them. In the end, they will learn. Withdrawal of your attention following each biting episode and a a vocal admonishment should finally get through to them that you will not tolerate it.
Aggression towards other dogs can be 'time of year' - again, you need a trainer who knows Basenjis.
I have never experienced any form of biting in my pack. But then, with a pack it is more than ever important to establish ME as the Alpha. However, you should try to gain that status !
Good luck !
Do basenji bitches that cycle twice tend to do at set time?
More or less, yes. I have found that bitches born in the summer have a summer season - or a Spring one. But they also have a 'token dribble' when the rest of the pack comes in in Autumn (Fall !). We tried several times to get one lady in whelp in Autumn but the Spring season succeeded and she whelped two summer litters.
She obviously only had a sympathy season with the rest of them (we had five nubile bitches for a while - along with three entire males) as did the other three or four girls in Spring. They came in season, sort of, in sympathy with her !
So over the years I have concluded that bitches probably only ovulate once but if encouraged by other canines having a proper season, they will evince the outward signs.
Having said that, Basenji bitches are so clean. . . I have never advocated spaying them unless / until it would improve quality of life in old age. Or, as in the case of Hoover, because one member of the family was in hospital and I couldn't cope.
As with people, brown rice is better for you.... that said, brown rice is harder to digest so if feeding rice for tummy upsets, I use white rice. But I do not feed it daily (brown or white
Same with my pack. White rice only if to get them over some tummy upset - boiled and then softened with the water fish or chicken have been lightly boiled in. Basenjis can easily digest that while they recover and you gradually increase the percentage of their normal diet. Also, I only start them on rice after 24 - 36 hours starvation.
Natural yoghurt added helps replace the flor in the stomach which can be depleted if the Basenji has been suffering diarrhea or vomiting.
However, as a general rule - I wouldn't serve them rice, white or the more-difficult-to-digest brown.
Basenji Puppy Pen
Post here tips on raising young Basenji.
Crate for sleeping at night should always be in the bedroom with their people. Should be close to the bed. I use wire crates and typically have more than one Basenji so the crates are all next to each other, but still in the room we sleep in. If an only Basenji should be next to your bed that that your pup knows where you are and you can dangle your fingers in the crate to assure them you are there. And cover the crate to make it more den like. Agree with a "crate buddy" stuffed big toy... and this crate buddy should only be used in the crate at night. I have never had any of my Basenjis sleep in any other room other then the one I sleep in. I also agree that in a car any dog should be confined in a crate, period.
Basenjis For Sale or Wanted
For the past 2 months i've been trying to find a breeder so we could buy a puppy or reserve one but got no results.
Do you know any reputable breeders in Japan? If not, I did find some information stating that a dog imported to Japan from Australia, New Zealand, Guam or Hawaii have it easier.
I would really appreciate some feedback about any reputable breeders in JP, and if not even if it would be the last thing i would want to do, find a breeder that is experienced in shipping puppies.
Thanks in advance!
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@glenn-jalivay2 - Many use kibble and raw, usually what they do (myself included) is one meal would be kibble and one meal raw.... I agree with Redial about the age and taking a 6wk pup. In the US is is not legal in most all states to place pups less than 8wks. Basenjis in particular do much better at 10wks at least. They learn important lessons from littermates and other adults in the home from 6wks to 10wks. And I as a breeder do not feel they are mature enough to leave their littermates at 8wks. Always exceptions and that would be to an experienced Basenji home with an adult dog... as the adult will teach the pup way more that humans ever can.