Biking is great exercise and a handy way of meeting a Basenji's needs when time is in short supply. I have done it with several of mine. They learn quickly the difference between "heel" and "bike side", as I always want my dog on the side away from traffic. Getting past distractions was easy if I just sped up and engaged the "let's run fast" sighthound impulse.
@debradownsouth Actually planning on teaching 'BUG' to run alongside the bike as a way to help satisfy her exercise needs. That said, I am going to order a "K9 Sport Sack" for her so that she isn't running on dangerous roads - and also so she has a place to go if she gets tired...
I found that when I have little time, I let our two sisters sniff around all they like. It engages their whole being, including their easily overexcited B-brains. When I thake them back in after half an hour they will sleep all day. Running is fine, but it does nothing for their brain or their instinctive need to explore their surroundings. If pressed for time, I would choose sniffing over jogging or biking any time.
@kjdonkers Sniffing isn't being neglected. I don't force Bug to walk in a "Heel" position unless we are passing others (dogs or people) on the trail. I take her on three types of walks.
"Hurry Up!" meaning find a spot to do whatever you need to do so we can go back inside,
"Umwelt" (oom velt) which is German and (loosly translated) means: to explore/percieve your environment, and
"Fun!" which is the only way to describe her when I take her out on the local trails.
Spoiled little girl.
@debradownsouth as a born Israeli, I protest and don’t agree to this conclusive definition. At least you are far away from your very brilliant, smart, educated so-called president. Don’t fly to any Arab country. You may be forced to stay outside of USA. What you know? You may need to live beside those parks.
You can protest all you want...I've never seen filthier streets. The massive cat feces from the unbelievable amount of feral cats, the dog owners who don't pick up their dog's waste. One of the main killers of dogs in Israel is parkworm. Allowing your dog to sniff around put it at risk of eating grass, dead animals, feces etc of infected animals.
The disease is spread via infected dung beetles. The dogs eat the infected dung beetles in the feces or leftover food in which the beetle lives. Such organic materials are found throughout the country, generally in grassy areas such as parks and public gardens. Dogs can also be infected if they eat an animal that has eaten an infected dung beetle, for example: bird, mouse, lizard, and so on.
Progression of the disease
Spirocerca lupi larvae live in the body of infected dung beetles. As a dog ingests the infected dung beetle (or a mouse or bird who has eaten a dung beetle), the larvae are released in the dog’s stomach. From there, larvae travel through the stomach lining and the aorta to the esophagus, where they mature and lay eggs. The eggs are then secreted in the dog's feces and eaten by the dung beetle. Thus the infectious circle is spread. A mature worm can penetrate the trachea, lungs, stomach, kidneys, muscle sheath, and under the skin.
Damage and symptoms of the disease
Larvae damage: In their travels, larvae can damage blood vessels and tissue, which often results in internal bleeding.
Worm damage: The worms can cause aorta and spinal column injury. Once encysted, the worm can cause various forms of tumors.
Symptoms of the disease can vary, if there are symptoms at all. Signs can include cough, difficulty breathing, salivation, difficulty swallowing, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, or even sudden death resulting from massive internal bleeding.
Treatment by injection with Ivomec or Dormectin is given after diagnosis of infection to destroy the larvae or mature worms in the body of the dog. However, diagnosis is usually made too late, during a postmortem examination.
Dogs are exposed to Spirocerca lupi infection daily, while walking in parks, public gardens, grassy areas, open fields and even private gardens. Because of the great danger of infection and the fast spread of the worm throughout the country, it is important to take preventive action. In order to reduce the spread of the disease, you should:
Have your dogs vaccinated by your veterinarian every 3 months with Ivomec or Dormectin to kill any parasites that might be in the system before they can cause damage.
Walk your dogs with a muzzle (especially in park areas), if they tend to eat everything.
Don’t allow your dogs to wander freely without a leash.
Prevent your dogs from eating stool or grass (where the dung beetles may be present).
Collect your dogs' stool in public areas and throw it into garbage cans, thus helping to reduce the number of infected animals.<<
@debradownsouth as a born Israeli, I protest and don’t agree to this conclusive definition. At least you are far away from your very brilliant, smart, educated so-called president. Don’t fly to any Arab country. You may be forced to stay outside of USA. What you know? You may need to live beside those parks.<<
Btw, I am officially Israeli. This isn't a political board; not sure why you went on about things but I'll stick with the dog topic. The streets are filthy.