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Hiking Pack Models

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Finding an Basenji Owner

Thank you for thinking of the puppy's needs.

Please, contact the breeder first if you signed a contract. Responsible breeders have contracts, nearly all requiring you contact them if things don't work out. They may have other homes waiting already. If the breeder sold you the puppy without a contract, then there are a few here looking for a puppy that might be interested. Make sure you get references and vet references so that your puppy goes to a home, not someone wanting to use him for breeding in some puppymill.

If you can't find a good home and you are willing to place without being paid, BRAT can be helpful in screening and getting into a good home in most cases.

California has a separate basenji rescue also... ... however, I have no idea if they do fanconi testing.

If your pup does not have clear parents, or at least one clear, please get him tested before you place him. A home getting a dog with a genetic disorder is more likely to abandon it if they don't know upfront what they are getting. If you have the parents' registration numbers or names, it is easy to verify if they were tested.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Is my dog a Basenji mix?

Very cute, but I don't see Basenji..... but could be very hard to tell sometimes with a mix

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Introducing Mrs. Walters!

@betsy - I am familiar with the breeders, but none of mine are related. Have a great time with your pup

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Anyone know this breeder… in NY?

Thanks, know the kennel name, just forgot her name....

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

Do you have walking on leash tips?

I have worked with feral dogs in rescue who had never been on a leash, adults. Teaching loose leash walking isn't hard, but you need to back it with the "leave it" command. Mary's site is so simply it will make you feel faint. And it works. No pop and jerk, just good positive training. The lessons are on the left, other issues on the right.

I certainly would go through most the training, then get into an obedience class, but make sure by positive trainers .. go watch a couple of sessions first.

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Need help with our basenji mix!!

Some things cannot be fixed. I urge you to get a qualified behaviorist (veterinary) to evaluate him. If he is truly unstable, rehoming him is not fair to him or the new home.

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Why do they do that?
Couple of "Issues" with my Basenji

@jrgoody - It was clarified that the pup is not in the crate for 8 hrs straight

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
New Basenji

Blue buffalo makes a dry chicken and rice dog food.

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

Sooooo glad you got the pup back

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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

Raising a basenji with a full time job...

All excellent advice, not much I can add. I have a 9 week old Samoyed here and I'm pretty much kangaroo momming him. Right now he's even sleeping with me. Fortunately I have my daughter and her father helping out so I get some breaks, and my daughter does most of it when she's home 2 days a week. Samoyed are extremely people needy, but honestly I am the one who can't bear him being on his own too much this early. Even with doctor appointments, he has a crate in the living room so Larry can take him out to play/potty and snuggle (since I'm usually gone 5 to 6 hrs some days).

Easy adjustment.. put in crate, happy voice "i'll be back" and leave. Go out the door and leave alone at least 15 mins. Keep extending it over several days until you are up to a couple of hours. By that point, they do get you will come back. Just no drama, no soothing poor baby stuff... nonchalant. Happy leaving, happy return. Make sure safe toys, chews in crate.

If you can arrange it so her work and your's don't quite overlap so he's no alone more than 4 hrs, that would be idea. If not... swap out coming home for lunch break?

Good luck.. and please post pictures :) Also, where did you get him? A lot of the basenjis here are related. (My basenji now is a rescue so not related.) It's nice to see the connections though!

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Basenji fur and shedding

Where can I get this rubber curry brush ?? I have a red one just like it but would like another one ! It's perfect for my smooth coat Chi . Any one know where I can still find this ?

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
Need ideas to help young dog stand still on table for judge

Good luck with her. Sounds like you are working on things … hopefully she'll come around.

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
fly high my sweet boy

@crystalncody I'm so Sorry for all your many loss's. At least Bucky is there now. & he's helping you in the same way that you're helping him. Life is full of so many twists & turns. I'm just glad you all are together!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Seeking a Basenji pup in the Bay Area.

Well, knowing the akc registration number would help. We can look up the breeder that way.

However, good breeders are expensive because they do it right. You get a puppy that has generations of HEALTH CLEARANCES, including eyes, fanconi, heart, etc. The extra you pay upfront is more than worth getting a better chance at a healthy companion. It also is worth it to NOT pay money into the hands of a backyard breeder/puppymill and then support them breeding dogs that may have terrible genetic and health issues.

If money is your primary issue, consider 2 other options... rescue "


Or contacting breeders for young adults that may need homes for various reasons.

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

FDA alerts consumers, vets to watch dogs for hyperthyroidism


Thanks, I'll look for it. My basenji died from kidney disease, but she was never on more than 27 percent protein, had serious autoimmune issues, and steroids from the time she was 4. :(

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