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How do I close my account?

@nicelaos said in How do I close my account?:

I no longer have a Basenji either an would like to close my account too. Can't find a way to do it, thankfully I found these posts - thought I was going crazy! Can a moderator please let us all know how we can cancel our accounts?!

I hope an official answers.

I have looked, best I can figure out is you can't unless they remove you. However, you can click on your icon. and then click on edit, remove all your info changing it to silly stuff, made up email.

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Let's talk about Basenjis!
Which mixes of races is it ?

You have to change your settings. Or you can upload individual photos with the last icon, the arrow pointing up. Of course, doing a dna test is probably going to give you the most info.

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Post pictures and videos of your Basenji.
Chase game

My challenge is not to people who purchase a pup at 9 weeks. It is to breeders who need to prepare their puppies for life beyond the nest. I have written several articles on this subject which are still pertinent even if the website they are on needs drastic modernisation !
which, thanks to the on-line pedigree database, I never have time to accomplish -

I'd have even less time if everyone on these forums sent me details of their Basenji - NO show poses, please.

Many years ago, I read about a trainer who came to the conclusion that Basenjis could not be trained WITH other dogs, or AS other dogs. But that training sessions with all Basenjis could get through to them. This is because your average Basenji (ok, that is an impossibility for a start - NO Basenji is average) will follow the routine for a few weeks and then get bored. OK I did this last week, I need something NEW. And the only way to do it is to vary the routine, do things in different order , so the Basenji gets excited - what is coming next ?
I have two Basenjis trying to share my lap with the laptop at the moment - typing is difficult <sigh>

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Introduce yourself and your Basenjis.
Hi everyone, I’m Leia or as daddy likes to call me, pretty girl

He was a terror from day 1
We have an old Rescue dog if he would be on the couch Joey would walk up and just look at him until he would jump down it was hilarious.
Nothing was safe on the counter unless it was in the middle. He would swing his paw up and swipe stuff right off.
But he was a real affectionate boy as well
I sure miss him

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Ask about intestinal, hip dysplasia, and other troubles…
Puppy Dandruff

Seeka is bathed regularly due her swimming and rolling in sand at the park daily, besides she sleeps in the bed with us. We put 1 tsp of Optima 365 in her dry food daily. Vet recommended. Takes care of her dandruff.

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

Potty Training

My Dog used a Litter Box until 12 Weeks of Age. After that, I took her to the Horse Farm and let her 'Pack' with older well-trained Dogs. She mimicked their behaviors and she learned how to Sit, Stay, Come when called and lay down. The Dogs did a great job of training mine. I did not have very many problems. these dogs get a bad reputation for being hard to train but they really aren't. They are very stubborn and would rather die than negotiate. Therein lies the importance of understanding the Dog's body language, that tells you all you need to know. They are extremely intelligent and never forget a thing, including people and other animals. Good luck with it!

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Discuss the Basenji rescue in your area, resources, volunteer information, transport, rescue stories.
I’m not patient!

She put her search for a golden on hold and now has a beautiful basenji girl. I totally agree with you than not every person is a good fit for the dog and they need to think about the dogs needs first. I just have not had positive experiences with rescuses.

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Why do they do that?

Training is great, but it helps to recognize when your dog is "over threshold", as in this state they are not thinking, just reacting. You need to anticipate situations and be alert to the signs to work with your dog effectively. Training has to take place when he is receptive to it, not when he is frantic and tuning you out. Appropriate distance from whatever is triggering him is crucial for learning to take place.

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For general feeding and nutrition related messages and questions.
Raw vs Kibble vs Human Grade Food

@elbrant doodle BUG's diet looks good to me, I feed Zuzu the same foods. I go light with the brown rice and not every day. The only thing I add is 4 ounces of wild caught salmon 2 times a week and a few sardines a week for the omega. I also give her a hard-boiled egg a couple of times a week - she loves scrambled eggs too. It breaks up the monotony. Sometimes I boil her chicken, usually boneless thighs so I use that water as her stock. Bone broth is supposed to be excellent for humans and dogs, can get it salt-free and onion-free versions in cartons in most supermarkets. Other times I bake her chicken. She also gets pumpkin and loves butternut squash. She gets a tablespoon of plain yogurt a few times a week.

Pretty much the same for snacks too, peanut butter filled Kong and she loves "Get Naked No-Grain Chews" - they provide a little calcium too. She still gets a couple of broken up freeze-dried Primal Nuggets as a training reward. They contain real ground up bones - real bones were something her diet was lacking in. She gets one chewable multivitamin a day too, just to make sure I'm not missing anything - and a few times a week ground eggshell.

Sounds like so much work, but once I got it down to a science it's really quite easy. She pretty much eats what we eat so hers is cooked with ours. If I bake lasagna or something I always have a few big frozen chicken meatballs in the freezer for her. I add the veggies right into the ground chicken mix with an egg and bake them that way for her.

I'll never go back to kibble - and neither would she! Her coat is thick and shiny, eyes clear, and she smells so clean. She's doing great on it! No more checking for recalls, either

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

Post here tips on raising young Basenji.

New Puppy Advice

@Destiny-Galimore - Glad to hear that you will do the DNA test, sooner the better for your peace of mind. These two tests are 65.00 each, well worth the price. And you just order the test and since it is a cheek swab you do it yourself and then just send it back. On the OFA homepage ( there is a link "order OFA DNA tests". Then select Fanconi Syndrome and Basenji PRA. Good luck and I hope that your boy is at worst a Carrier. A Carrier will never get Fanconi or go blind from DNA.

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For discussion on breeding and breeders.
Find a Breeder

@cheryl-goodman - Have you talked to your girl's breeder? Have you completed all health testing and recorded it with as public record, especially DNA testing for Fanconi and PRA? Have you done any showing or performance events with your girl?

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For exchanging tips and general information on showing Basenjis in the conformation ring.
Disqualifying traits?

Some judges are might not be happy about it but missing a toenail is not at all something a dog should be not placed for. If it comes down to “I like both dogs and have to pick” it could be a deciding factor. No dog is perfect!

Like Pat said, the basenji standard has no DQs.

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Use this forum for upcoming Basenji meetups, events, bashes, day at the park.
North London, England

There is a group in Facebook called "London Basenjis" and has 27 members, hopefully you will find some Basenjis friends there. All the best.

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Share your memories of loved companions now gone.
Remembering Teka

@gwen I still choke up when I think about my Meg (American Bulldog, lost to cancer in 2013). Just try to shift to happy memories when she comes to your mind. I'm right there with you!

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Post Basenjis for sale or a want ad.
Free Shepherd/Basenji mix, 2 years old

Long overdue update: I decided to keep Athena. Now that she is older, she has calmed down considerably and she is a very good dog. She is my entire world. She loves her walks through the park, her rawhide bones with peanut butter, and the occasional steak or lamb bone. She was indeed a handful as a puppy, but she has grown into a curious and affection companion. I can't imagine life without her.

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

United Airlines...and pets...

After several incidents, UA has become my "don't even think about them" airline. All airlines have some issues occasionally... but putting a puppy in an overhead baggage lock? The "per 10,000" is a more accurate way to look at it as obviously they carry the most pets. One would think more experience would lead to more expertise... but no.

El Al managed to drop Cara's crate 2 times and Moose's once. We were beyond livid and distressed over it. However, no one else had issues so I chalk it down to bad luck. Still, If I fly a pet with them again, I'm going to raise heck up front about the last time and video them loading and unloading.

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