The great adventure of Amazing Gracie as told by Gracie


  • Thank you so much eeeefarm for all the positive encouragement. Gracie is a beautiful, sweet girl, just so scared. She has definitely gotten calmer in the past week and only hope we are on the right track in socializing her. This was almost love at first sight for us. Are there Basenjis who never want to leave? Ours are always looking for an advenure.


  • Basenjis can be such wiley little creatures. I hope Gracie's wandering days are OVER!
    I'm glad you got her back and hopefully she'll realize she's got a good thing going.


  • Thank you agilebasenji, I hope you are right. We do have our work cut out for us. Oh my, I wonder, what were we thinking. lol


  • @Candy:

    Are there Basenjis who never want to leave? Ours are always looking for an advenure.

    I would say most Basenjis will want to look for "adventure" and will take any opportunity to do so, which is why we need to protect them from the dangers they can get into. However, it has been my experience with several "off leash" Basenjis I have had that although they love to run and are not eager to come when called, they don't like to get too far away from you if they are "bonded" to you. If I take advantage of my guy's temporary distraction…....sniffing or whatever.......and disappear on him (hide in bushes or behind a tree), once he notices my absence he puts a lot of energy into looking for me until I am found. He gets almost panicky if he can't locate me. My previous off leash girls were like this too. Unfortunately, unless you have access to a "safe" area, it isn't a good idea to trust a Basenji off leash. Too many hazards. I'm lucky, as I live in the country......


  • @Candy:

    She has definitely gotten calmer in the past week and only hope we are on the right track in socializing her. This was almost love at first sight for us. Are there Basenjis who never want to leave? Ours are always looking for an advenure.

    I hope she settles down more and more once she feels more comfortable and knows that this is her 'home'. Sounds like she is a scared and confused little girl and likes her crate and smaller spaces where she can feel safe (den).

    As for basenjis that never want to leave…..my female never wanted to leave our side when we got her. In the dog park we would go for a walk around the perimeter and she would play with the other dogs, until she couldn't see us anymore. Then she would start looking frantically for us and come flat out once she saw us. We took her down to remote creek for a hike and let her off leash and she always had her eyes on us. But my boy......he is another story. If he could get out of the yard he would be on a Basenji adventure. Once, hubby left the gate open off the deck after I have knee surgery and the two B's were gone. Lucky we had our Toller and when I let him out they came back to investigate what was happening with him. (Tollers....not just good for getting ducks to come to shore...) I got them back into the yard that way. Moral of the story......they are not off-leash dogs.


  • Thank you Krunzer. Great story and you are right they are not off leash dogs. We have a fenced yard and will be testing Gracie to see if she is a climber or jumper. She is now on her leash even when we take her into the yard as she would not willingly come back to us when we call her. I know she needs more exercise, I have lost 4 pounds in the past 10 days walking her, which is good but she needs more than I can give. What a challenge this is.


  • @Candy:

    She is now on her leash even when we take her into the yard as she would not willingly come back to us when we call her.

    I adopted my currant boy from his breeder at 3 years old. I swear it was a good year before he really accepted that he was staying, and that his "mom" wasn't coming back for him. He had been socialized and had had a couple of hours free in her house daily, so not quite the same thing as your situation. But he was used to having lots of other dogs for company, even when crated, and being an only dog took some time to sort out. In your case, you have another dog for her to be with, but that can work against you as well as for you, since she isn't as reliant on you for company.

    Perhaps do some work with her alone, if you aren't already, so she has to rely on you more. I would spend some time, perhaps with a clicker, and address the problem of her coming when called. Until you get that down, any unintentional release is going to be more problematic than usual with a Basenji!


  • eeeefarm,
    Thank you for letting me know it can be done, she has come a long way already. Our 15 year old dog is not a lot of company for her, he has his own schedule which involves a lot of napping. Think I will try that clicker, never used one before, probably don't know what I have been missing. I do know that when I release her it will be intentional and within our 4 foot chain link fenced area. Just hope she can't jump or climb fast.


  • @Candy:

    Think I will try that clicker, never used one before, probably don't know what I have been missing. I do know that when I release her it will be intentional and within our 4 foot chain link fenced area. Just hope she can't jump or climb fast.

    My current boy thinks chain link is just a ladder! None of my previous Basenjis were climbers, but he is. One trick if you find she climbs is to hang PVC pipe on the inside of the fence near the top. This works with my guy…...he isn't sure how to get over it. Another thought is that a fenced yard is the perfect place for "invisible" fence. Properly positioned, It keeps them away from the physical fence.

    Clicker training will be fun for you and her. Lots of info on line about how to do it, but I wrote a little something, mostly for amusement, that will give you some idea of how to start, if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You might enjoy reading it. Although I embellished somewhat to create a humourous article, the actual training part is pretty much how my first attempt with Perry went....

    http://www.basenjiforums.com/showthread.php?12547-For-your-amusement&highlight=


  • I know an owner who has both a physical fence and an invisible fence. She had climbers so this was double protection. My guys are too lazy to climb the fence even when they are chasing an animal in the yard and it goes over the fence. Either they are lazy or they know by the time they climb the fence the animal is long gone! None of mine climbed even when my foster Harper climbed over the fence. They made a lot of noise like whining and crying and would run back and forth at the fence whenever she was climbing over the fence. Luckily I was always able to get her!

    Jennifer


  • Thank you eeeefarm and Jennifer for your suggestions. We are not ready yet for the test, still keeping her on the leash at all times.


  • eeeefarm,
    Enjoyed your story, sounds like it worked. Are you still clicking?


  • @Candy:

    eeeefarm,
    Enjoyed your story, sounds like it worked. Are you still clicking?

    I get out the clicker when I want to teach a new behaviour…...the latest one was "waving" at me. I don't train on any schedule, as he knows everything I require of him on a daily basis, but once in awhile it is fun to grab the clicker and some treats and see what we can learn today. He starts offering behaviours as soon as he sees the clicker come out. "What do you want me to do, Mom?" 🙂

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