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San Francisco bay basenji owners

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  • RE: Reusable diapers for puppy in heat?

    I would agree with others though if you have only her. Probably not necessary. How's it going?

    posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions
  • RE: Reusable diapers for puppy in heat?

    @italeigha We chose the mediums, but the smalls might work for a young doggy. She left them alone pretty well. Never really messed with them herself. We also have an intact male and breeding them wasn’t part of the plan, so they served as a last final line of defense, a chastity belt if you will in the oft chance of an unplanned close encounter. It really didn’t seem like a month though. Seemed more like an eternity. Two intact dogs during heat isn’t for the inattentive. I was so glad when that adventure was over.

    posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions
  • RE: Reusable diapers for puppy in heat?

    Yup. Been there in May. You’re gonna have so much fun. We used these diapers from Amazon. We washed them several times and they seemed to hold up pretty well. We still have them and will use them again, hopefully soon. Also, they were far less expensive than the brand I first obtained from my neighborhood pet supply store. We also bought panty liners, cut them in half, and applied them to the inside of the diaper. We changed the liner fairly often as we let her outside for a potty breaks.

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    posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions
  • RE: Logan Has a Trainee...

    Logan and I had our second handling class last night. As much as I enjoyed the first one, the second one was more productive, yet wouldn't have been without the first if you know what I mean.

    I attempted to put everything together that I'd learned last week along with some of the feedback I learned here. One thing I noticed about myself is that I was trying to stack him way too fast. I have to take a breath and slow down. The trainer pointed out to me that if I move too fast I risk startling the dog and that's distracting to the judge. Of course it is. Common sense when you say it. A bit tougher in practice. I thought about that on the way home. It finally dawned on me that one aspect of handling is facilitating a relationship, albeit short, between the dog and the judge. I have to get better at staying out of the way, and it seems there are so many opportunities to do just the opposite.

    Things like holding the lead too taught while moving within the ring, leaving too much lead hanging, forgetting to hang the lead around my neck when stacking, setting the dog too close to me on the table such that he leans against me, not placing him close enough to the front edge of the table so that he nowhere to go when I go to adjust his rear legs, reaching low for his wrists rather than high at the elbow while stacking, etc. Also learned that I'm tall enough that I don't have to jog or run to get him to gate. I just need to take long strides.

    EDIT: Another skill that takes some practice... at least for me is holding the choke chain and jaw with one hand while adjusting the front foot position with the opposite hand (remember to adjust at the elbow and not the wrist!), then switching hands and doing the same with the other foot. Seems easy until you feel all the eyes on you while at the table and the dog isn't quite cooperating as well as you'd like because you set him too close to you and too far away from the front edge. Aaaaah!

    We need to work on his attention when we've had our table and movement turn and are back in line. He tends to want to wander around and not stay pointed forward. @tanza I remembered watching Jeff and Joy at the last show. Jeff would kneel beside her. I tried doing that and we were a bit more successful. And @Zande, you're correct. It helps to keep on eye on where the judge is so I can be ready and have him paying attention and stacked again when the judge approaches us in line.

    The kennel club people were really great last night as well. They were very welcoming and helpful. Logan and I have entered our first show. Well see if I can put it all together and stay out of the way.

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    posted in Basenji Showing
  • RE: Basenji Workout

    I love finding little things like this that a dog loves to do with a human. Very satisfying. 😁

    posted in Show Off Your Dog
  • RE: Logan Has a Trainee...

    Ah @zande, Thank you so much for taking the time to observe and share your insights. That was thoughtful. I think I've got the "keep the lead and the dog to your left" concept down. I've also been told not to cross the excess lead from my left to my right hand either. Been told it's a rookie red flag. Hold the entire lead in the left hand, period. It was funny... when in Santa Barbara I saw how high up on the neck handlers were keeping the choke chain and I immediately thought of you and many of the leash discussions we've had. Get control of the head. It was amazing how much more control I had doing that. In fact I picked up a couple 1 1/2" (3.8cm) wide martingale collars and have been using them for walks instead of the harnesses for most walks since getting back. If they get rowdy during a walk I slide it higher and they begin to behave. As far a paying attention... I get that. It's easy to get distracted. I have noticed that some handlers are super serious while others are rather casual. I hope to find a good balance. Again, great insights! 🙏

    And @tanza, I couldn't agree more. Logan and I will do this as long as it's fun. If it's not... we'll move on and find another activity. I love your philosophy and subscribe to it. First and foremost I love my Basenjis and for that matter... all Basenjis, even if they're a competitor. I love seeing them. All the different colors, coat patterns, ears, tails, vocalizations. I loved seeing them ALL and hearing their owners stories about their personalities, quirks, etc. For example, I thought that Princes Sparkle was a special kind of bitch. I learned and observed, No! No she isn't. In fact she's not a snowflake at all. She's just about exactly the same kind of bitch as all the others. 😂 But, I do get that shows are "Game Day", that even casual people get much more serious as show time approaches, and rightfully so. There definitely is a certain etiquette/respect in and out of the ring that's required even of novices. Still, I think it can be made to be fun with some thought. I also subscribe to the notion... participate by helping to create a world you want to live in. I love your thoughts. 👊 😁 👍

    posted in Basenji Showing
  • RE: Logan Has a Trainee...

    @zande I REALLY appreciate your last post. You've given me more things to think about. Watching definitely helps. Little things experienced handlers do are so easy to miss. I don't know how good I'll ever get at doing everything correctly, but I certainly want to understand what's happening and what I'm seeing.

    @tanza There was one JR in our class with a beautiful little Pug. She was FAR more skilled than I, LOL, but I don't really want anyone else to handle Logan. I want to use the activity as a way for he and I to bond even more. To develop even more trust for one another. Well see how it goes. If the activity ceases to be fun for either one of us... we'll find something else to do. Life is short. 👍

    posted in Basenji Showing
  • RE: Logan Has a Trainee...

    @Zande Ring Craft. Not a term I've heard before, but it make sense. Thanks for that. Any pointers or advice you might have would be most appreciated. 😉

    posted in Basenji Showing
  • RE: Logan Has a Trainee...

    Stella was telling me that many times people will send Juniors in with Champions to make it easier on them. I’m in a similar boat and admit that I like having the life preserver. One thing that’s clear… keeping the choke chain up high to the head certainly puts my dogs into working mode. They walk much more nicely and stay focused longer. No more sled dog. Nothing I taught them. That’s all Stella.

    posted in Basenji Showing
  • Logan Has a Trainee...

    Seems there's a Kennel Club near my town that I didn't previously know about until recently. I learned that they have Conformation Handling and Obedience classes. Logan and I participated in the Handling class yesterday evening. We had a great trainer, who's an experienced handler, was very patient with me, and was a terrific coach.

    I'm also glad Logan still seems to remember what to do. I'm very certain that I looked more than awkward trying to stack him on the table. Seems so simple when watching an experienced handler do it. A bit more complicated in practice.

    We also practiced patterns... triangle, circle, diagonal up and back. Still trying to figure all that out. I still need much more practice. Kinda fun though. We'll be back next Tuesday and see if we've improved together.

    posted in Basenji Showing