First Time Basenji Owner! Hello from Connecticut!

@slents said in First Time Basenji Owner! Hello from Connecticut!:

he knows to sit by the sliding door

I have heard of people teaching their pup to ring a bell by the sliders/door as a way of asking to be let out. I'm sure this would be great if someone were home. I'm not sure if the pup would be confused if it were ringing the bell and no one was there to open the door. (?) Probably a non-issue with these brilliant little ones. 🙂

@elbrant
In fact there is a 53 second YOUTUBE video of “Lucy the Basenji” who has been trained to ring a wind chime by the slider to go out to potty.

@slents said in First Time Basenji Owner! Hello from Connecticut!:

We have really bonded. He was 12 weeks when we got him and I have had a change to teach him to sit, stay, come and do a great deal of leash training....Mine is very quiet and he knows to sit by the sliding door when he needs to go...

@slents - hello there!

I joined this forum to learn more about B’s and the variety of their personalities. I’ve read many of the links in this and other sites and frankly the description of their behavior freaks me out. But my husband really likes the idea of one so I’m trying to educate myself.

It’s really encouraging to read that your pup is so responsive to you and well trained! Where did you get him?

Thanks!

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@annapolitan - Go to a responsible breeder... this is the key.... ask others about the breeder(s) you have talked to... find others that have pups from that breeder... They all have different dispositions... and the key to a good breeder is they understand and ASK what it is about a Basenji that you are interest in.... have you met them, spent time with them? How are they raised?... if you go the www.basenji.org you can find a link on how to interview a breeder... and you should.... you can also find that link on my website, link below. Know that most responsible breeders will tell the the negatives about the breed first... if you are still interested then the good.... for me... the first thing I tell people is you MUST have a sense of humor... you can go to www.basenji.org and search for breeders by state.... and this is no different then looking for a new car (with the exception that this is a living/breathing animal)... you need to do your research. Basenjis are NOT hyperallergic they do shed and do have dander. Basenjis are a hound, they hunt by sight and by scent... you need to understand this is inbred to them... and it is NOT something that you can "train" out of them. By the way, Todd got his pup from Klassic Basenjis.. By the way Todd, please let me know the sire/dam's registered name and the litter number for your pup... so that Sally can add to the Basenji Pedigree site... thanks...

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Hi Todd! Welcome to the group! My little black and white Binti is no relation to your new pup but we want to say hi anyway! You are going to have SO much fun with your new little senji!!!!!!0_1585332410376_14563400_1244121988965952_1329599910172019782_n.jpg

@nancyss
Binti is beautiful! What a sweetheart!❤

@annapolitan Yes do your research for sure! I started my search and my research for a Basenji over a year and a half ago. I was on a waiting list for another breeder for 10 months and one of their dogs, unfortunately, didn't conceive. So there wasn't enough pups to go around, luckily Klassic Basenji's had a pup available and they've been so great and responsive to all my questions! I can't wait to take home my little guy!

@elbrant This is a great idea, he is so quiet that I sometimes step on his little feet as he serpentines around me at the sink. Thanks.

@tanza - thanks for your input. Yes, I’ve been in the dog world for many years (and I’m a cynical New Yorker) so I think I can sniff out a reputable breeder (preservation breeder I think is the new term?) From the ones that just “breed” By now. But I will check out your site to learn anything I can that is More Basenji specific.

Good point about a conscientious breeder pointing out the negatives first. And yes, I think our last Aussie forced me to relax and learn to laugh at myself and him a bit more... LOL. Excellent reco to ask others about any breeders I speak to. Most of my guys were rescues from rescue orgs, only 1 (Aussie 2.0) was from a breeder who was referred to me by someone who knew us both. I’ll have to step that up.

I’m allergic to dogs, technically, but am not looking for a hypo allergenic dog. I’ve had a Golden and Aussies, I think my husband thinks a Basenji’s shedding will be a great improvement! The hound thing will be new to us. I’m flexible across AKC groups, I just want a dog that will suit our lifestyle.

I’ve reached out to Sue Kite at Klassic (thanks) As well as a few breeders closer to where we are in Annapolis MD.

I’m just glad I found this forum so I know that not all B’s have crazy separation anxiety and can be engaged enough with their owners to work with us on some obedience training 😆. THANK YOU!

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@kembe thank you. She is a sweetheart and the light of our lives!

@tjoseph91 She is th smartest little thing and we think she is precious, too. Thank you for your comment on our girl!

Here’s a picture of my my 9 week old Basenji Bentley ☺☺️!0_1586261868043_BDBDF0F6-0403-4574-92FF-6B6BDCF2A716.jpeg

@tjoseph91
WOW!!! Bentley is Super duper cute! Remember that innocent face when he gets into mischief! Congratulations!🐾🐕❤

Thank you for going to a responsible breeder and I believe that your pup is related to my Basenjis. Have you registered the pup yet? and if not or so, remember to sent the registration number and sire / dam to Zande...and AKC registration name
for her pedigree site...http://www.pedigrees.zandebasenjis.com/

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