Hi my name is Taz. I am a 1 1/2 yr old Basenji/terrier mix. I was just adopted by my mommy 3 weeks ago. the problem is I am a terror and my mommy needs help with me so I am writing to you to get her some help because I love her! hahahahaha
Hi, I am Terri. I am his mommy and he really isn't a terror, just a bit tazmanian devilish is all, hence the name "Taz". So, here is the thing, I am not a push over by any means, I am the dominant one here in my house. I am currently using a water bottle to curb most of the issues with him and it seems to work. He doesn't like the water.. Yea! I have also started his obedience training and though it is slow it is going. I know, patience is the key. I am learning patience with him more than I ever had to learn with my golden retriever. I knew he was going to be a challange when I decided to adopt him, but I knew I was up for the challange. He tries every day to push his boundries and I reinforce those boundries every day. I would love some training tips for basic obedience for training a basenji and how to get him to quit standing up on his hind legs to get what is on the counters so he can get something and how to stop his chewing on everything except the toys I bought him to chew on and he has plenty of those. I have to put everything I own that he could chew on and damage away from the edges or up higher than he can stand. It wouldn't surprise me to see him start climbing things to get what he wants. I have to keep my bedroom closed off as well as my upstairs bathroom. I don't allow him to sleep with me, and I don't allow him to walk through doors or eat before I do. Those things I already know. I guess I am hoping there are some tricks or tips that might make my training a little bit easier with those issues I discussed earlier as well as some pulling issues I am having because of his constant urge to smell where he is going. Basically I would love to have some insight into and helpfull training tips that are hopefully basenji/stubborn specific.
Oh btw I said I knew what I was getting into when I got him but that isn't exactly true. I guess I knew he was going to be a little more difficult to train than most of the dogs I have worked with because of his personality but I never bargined for this. You see when I first adopted him I didn't know he was a basenji, heck, I didn't even know what a basenji was until about 2 or 3 days after I took him home. When I adopted him I was just under the assumption he was hound/terrier mix, not realizing the hound they were talking about was the "Basenji Hound". I refuse to give up on this absolutely beautiful creature with the funny bark and quirky growl, not to meantion his furrowed brows that wrinkle as if concerned about everything, and his loving nature and need to touch or be touched. I am truely in love with this dog. He is Basenji all over except for his shedding problem, his tipped ears and his size. He even has the cat like tendencies, like rubbing up against my legs or his love of being caressed, to his obsessive grooming. I love him. PERIOD! I am, however, going to need y'alls help with this.