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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:

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Poll: Where Does You Basenji Sleep?

Cosette would love to sleep in the bed, but we don't allow it. She's usually on the floor near the bed instead. She's currently being dogsat by my wife's mom, though, and she lets the dog in the bed. Funny thing is, when my wife and I stay at my mother-in-law's, Cosette sleeps in our room on the floor, even though she has the option to sleep with Grandma in the bed! We hope to crate to train her in the next few weeks for when we're both at work, but we don't expect her to sleep in the crate.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Cosette Bámidélé

Wow what an adventure back! Look forward to more stories and pictures!

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Basenji Aggression

Yes to the suggestions to get her checked and also spay her.
Aggression may not necessarily be vicious but rather reaction to the scary situation she encountered. It can be dealt with through consistent and regular training (with treats to start) - you might try the Fenzi Dog Academy online classes (they have a great class for retraining reactive dogs). But regardless you need to be more aware of her surroundings and not put her in a situation that may be scary to her or at least get her attention back on you (treats) when you can't avoid the situation.

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Third eye lid

Thank you for your help. I took her to the vet. They prescribed eye drops to see if it would help. They stained her eye. No scatches. They eye is slightly recessed. I will try the massage as you suggest. I really don't want her to have surgery. But I don't want her to be in pain either. Hoping the massage helps. Thank you.

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

What is YOUR Basenji like?

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.

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
Looking to adopt a Basenji/Basenji mix in Los Angeles, CA

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!

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Why do they do that?
Growling Alpha issues...

Unless there is true fighting leave them alone. They will work things out - the resource guarding may be behind it - but one simply doesn't want the other to be so close or whatever.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
To Switch or Not to Switch? Digestive issues.

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.

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Post details of lost and found dogs. Please remember to update when dogs are found.
"Sam" – B/W Female Missing in Vancouver BC

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.

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Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

tips for new basenji puppy owners

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.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
What Shampoo?

I use Espree Silky Show shampoo and conditioner on my girls. I have also used Crown Royale shampoo on them. Both leave their coats silly and smooth. The Espree really helps to detangle one of my girls tails. It can get knotty and dry.

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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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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
Are there any Lehigh Valley, PA area Basenji owners who would like to have a playdate

I live in the Lehigh Valley area in Pennsylvania, and I have an 8 yr old female basenji who loves to play & has never met another basenji. She gets along with all dogs, but I think she'd really enjoy meeting a kindred spirit. We also have an 8 yr old English Shepherd (think Lassie), and she spends hours grooming him, but he never returns the favor! They play non-stop & Foxy has yet to meet a dog (or any animal) that she doesn't like. Are there any other Basenji owners in my area that would like to get the dogs together for a play date?

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Perry 2003 - 2016

Wow. Our babies look like they are related. Sorry for your loss. My girl is 12 and starting to show her age with arthritis. I dread the day when she will be taking a long nap. She is my best companion.

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Possible backyard breeder/puppy milll

@Buddys-Pal Keep in mind that there was no Fanconi test in '05. The linkage test came out in '07....

HOWEVER, there is no reason to ever again produce Fanconi in Basenjis... There is a direct DNA test and as Buddys-Pal pointed out, look for the test results yourself, they are public at

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

Happy Winter Solstice!

You'll do fine and so will he. Toys and special attention when you are home. ((hugs)) It's never too late to make career choices. MANY people in their 30s, 40s and even 60s are in college now :)

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