New Basenji owner in Oregon!

Just remember that the first 2-4 weeks are usually a sort of "honeymoon" period when you bring an adult dog into a new home. They are often on their best behavior as the settle into their new home. Alot of people are then caught off gaurd when their "angel" starts to do all these naughty things as they start to feel comfortable enough to test boundaries.

I can vouch for that since my little ones horns did not appear right away but the best advise I can give you is start any and all training right away and give your B boundaries. It's hard since you want to give them love love and more love at first but I do believe tough love is important when establishing your relationship with your new B. Now I don't mean hitting or yelling but being firm and letting them know you are the alpha dog. Of course the "special needs" does make it a little more challenging and you might need that extra help from a trainer or behavior specialist. Now I'm not one of these owners from the forum that has experience training their B..my B completly walked over us the first month and we allowed it so now I think we have made things harder on us to get our family on the right track. So take it from me and do it on an everyday basis. Good luck with your new baby and welcome to this very helpful, interesting and fun forum.

Saying a dog has special needs is very broad. What are his reactions?? Give us some examples, please and thank you. Basenji's are notorious for figuring things out-he may be using what people think are special needs to get out of certain situations. Is he food aggressive? Is he a chewer? Is he nervous? Is he anxious? Or is he destructive? Let us know a little more. Thanks,

Arlene

I have two cats, last year I had two Basenjis, one Schnauzer, and four cats, all in the house. We put up baby gates, and the cats stayed upstairs, the dogs were only allowed downstairs. They have a healthy respect for the cats. In November/December, my Basenji- Girl died, and my youngest cat also passed. My daughter moved and took her cat. So, now we have one Basenji, one Schnauzer and two cats. We still have all the baby gates up and everything is fine. We rescued all of our Basenjis and they had their issues. If you have love and patience you will have a very loving companion in a Basenji. They can be skittisch, hard headed and at times difficult. But they are also smart, beautiful, loving and totally charming…

thank you everyone for the advice, it will definitely be taken.

nomrbddgs - i have no idea what his previous owner was talking about when she said he has "special needs", he is great! he's got a healthy, happy personality! i'd say so far his only "issue" is that he's afraid of the cats, but that's normal. he's slowly but surely getting used to them, as are they.

She didn't say what his special needs were?? That sounds kind of weird!

I am glad to hear Raleigh is settling in at his new home. My basenji is a mix too, supposedly with Whippet! I HAVE to get better pics to post of you can see her better. She does have LONG legs and a deep chest like a whippet. One thing's for sure, she definately has Basenji in her, no doubt!!

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@nomrbddgs:

She didn't say what his special needs were?? That sounds kind of weird!

LOL!! He's a Basenji! His only special need must be that new owner understands his breed. πŸ˜ƒ

I'm glad to hear Raleigh's transition is progressing. I would be scared moving into a stranger's home. :o After a week or two, the strangers disappear. πŸ™‚

@Duke:

LOL!! He's a Basenji! His only special need must be that new owner understands his breed. πŸ˜ƒ

I'm glad to hear Raleigh's transition is progressing. I would be scared moving into a stranger's home. :o After a week or two, the strangers disappear. πŸ™‚

I would think we as owners were special needs _HAHAHAHAAHA

I, too am glad Raleigh is progressing well. Good luck-and tell us how the honeymoon period progresses.

his "special needs" were that he was extremely hyper in the house with 3 dogs, and wouldnt walk on a leash well – because the last owner walked all 4 dogs at the same time! he just needed to get out of that crazy enviornment, i think.. and it's doing him very good. and yes, raleigh's got the deep chest & long legs like a whippet, and the slender snout. still a cutie pie, though.

I didn't know much about B's when I met Champ but to say that what characteristics B's share is "special needs" is plain idiotic. I consider it a blessing to have familiarized (and still learing) with this wonderful breed. It has made me realize that all dogs are not the same and it's important to learn as much about what makes them individuals as possible. I'm glad Raleigh found you and is now able to express himself freely without being labeled "special needs."

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