I've hunted deer with my basenji in emergency situations during archery season. She has helped me find several wounded deer in the woods after dark. Basenjis are easily distracted by other trails and other deer scents so you need to make them associate the smell of deer blood with getting a raw venison treat. My basenji found a deer for me the first time I tried it with her. Most dogs need extensive training for this but she picked it up in 10 minutes. She has helped me a great deal. If there is no blood on the ground however it'd be tough depending on the wind direction, and they usually get distracted by diverging deer trails if there is no blood to follow.
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I have always been a fan of the Basenji, though I have never owned one (I realized that my life and dog training/rearing experience were no match for a Basenji, which wouldn't be fair to the dog). My current dog may* be a Basenji mix, but who really knows! Either way, I am happy to be here, and hope to learn more about the Basenji.
- More on that in a different post