Another option to crate training is room confinement with a tall gate. I did crate Piper for the first year. She complied and was quiet, but everyday she would drag her crate pad out of the crate and would happily take naps on it. I decided to give her the laundry room as her "crate" by installing a tall gate. (The room does have a door but I was afraid she would scratch it and it also makes her feel more confined if door closed) She has been happier. But I also have a bed for her in the living room so she can be with us when we are home and awake. She is on it at this moment at my feet chewing her yak cheese. I will say that we have not made her joining us on the couch off limits. I love it when she snuggles in after dinner. I have purchased blankets that match our sofa so I can pull them off and wash them regularly. She loves to be up high, And often perches on the back of the couch as well. I choose my battles, she does not eat my furniture, so we share it.
Rickie cannot have, as most B's...corn, wheat,soy,dairy and gluten. He was miserable, so now I bake chicken breast or turkey breast ( clean with nothing on them) except water. & use a complete grain free dry. He only gets the same with treats. Also, he gets eye goobers and ear infections during the allergy seasons...WOW...poor guy. But thank gosh for my vet that has me give him Hydroxyzine HCL 25 mg each morning.
Rickie understands how this helps and really does walk into the kitchen when I shake the bottle . He is so much happier now. So, keep a look out at your B's tummy...if it's hot and pink he/she may have allergies too..:)
Rickie cannot have, as most B's...corn, wheat,soy,dairy and gluten. ...
So, keep a look out at your B's tummy...if it's hot and pink he/she may have allergies too..:)<<<
Glad you found what works for your dog. Generally, a hot pink stomach is nothing more than being hot or having a temp. Next most common is contact allergy. But some, as you know, it appears with food allergies.
Neither of my two dogs with severe allergies had pink hot stomachs. They also had mostly protein allergies...no issue at all with wheat, soy or oats, which are common.. I feed grain-free anyway. Sad part is one of them whose fave treat was peanuts...highly reactive to them.
dogs and people share the same food allergens: beef, dairy, wheat, lamb, egg, chicken, soy, oats, and pork<<
I am not aware that most basenjis have food allergies. None of mine have any...just my chows and Rottweilers. And gluten is extremely rare.
Gluten allergies seem to be extremely rare in pets, having been clearly documented only in Irish Setter dogs, possibly in Border Terrier dogs, and never in cats.<<
Did you do blood tests to determine allergies? I used them to help while doing an elimination diet. For the Rottweiler, adding in peanut treats indeed had her ears flowing black tarry stuff. The blood work said allergic to pork. Nope, no issues and it became one of her 2 protein rotation options.
This is a really great article on allergies. I was really surprised to find out a main allergy for cats is fish...though it makes sense as they are fed it so often.
@branch BUG seems to handle small amounts of lactose (a bit of milk, cottage cheese) well, but I took her off corn (i.e.; from mixed veggies) because it was obvious that she wasn't "digesting" it properly. Lots of other veggies out there - she doesn't need to fill up her belly with something she can't process properly. (I appologize for being so graphic.) I avoid soy (since I have no asian ancestry). And, so far... no indication that gluten or wheat is an issue - although I will keep an eye out for possible signs (just in case). Thanks for the heads up!
@elbrant Lots of veggies and fruits will come out pretty much how they go in. So in home prepared, if you grind them up, they are able to process them better. It has to do with breaking the something walls so the food is available for them. I had an article from one of the raw food writers but since it's been 20 years, no idea if still valid info. I do know when I ground the veggies, the poop didn't have chunks of the stuff in it. Feed whole.. yep, there's corn, there's even carrot chunks.
@debradownsouth @lizann @roffutt1 @ChrisF Thanks for all the advice and encouragement! So glad to hear those stories about your pups. We are trying to find a crate, but as you can imagine, Burkina Faso doesn't have much in terms of pet supplies... most dogs in the city are strays and having a pet isn't quite the same in this culture. Nonetheless, we heard that we can order a dog crate through AirFrance that can double as the travel crate when we leave in 2 years... it's $250 or so (wild!).
She's a mix, but maybe just slightly so. Her ears don't stand up and she's a bit taller than other pure Basenji's I've seen in the States. In West Africa, though, she looks like all the other dogs! Sometimes I do a double take with the strays when I'm driving home from work!
We've decided to let her on the couch, but no chairs nor the bed. After ignoring her for a few days, she no longer digs or chews (!!) the door at 2:30 am. Now we are training her to not jump on the bed (which she loves to do in the middle of the night).
My husband and I are doing steady training sessions with her, and now I've started doing walk/jogs in the mornings. Slowly but surely, she's trusting us! And then she comes out of left field with some crazy stuff... like she somehow pulled my wedding ring off the chest of drawers and chewed it up! All is well but... omg!