We also have a 5 month old. She goes bonkers around the same time every night for about an hour. We call it the Basenji 500 and The Witching Hour. I recall our previous basenji doing the same thing her entire life. Of course, it slowed with age and later became more of a dance than the crazy antics of a puppy.
The crazy "Taz" behavior seems pretty normal. The good (or bad) thing is that he'll slow down as he gets older. As Tanza mentioned this is usually called "The Basenji 500".
The biting is also pretty normal. When they get going they are not what we would say is "situationally aware". LOL Usually it's just a quick bite of a pillow before hauling a$$ to some other destination. If you think this is a problem try something like a Lotus ball. It would be great to have him bring it back to you but that might be difficult.
I like to take them to dog parks when they're younger. Lets them do the Basenji 500 and they get to meet a lot of dogs. You just have to be careful in both picking the park and knowing when not to go and/or when to leave. FWIW I've never had a dog hurt at a dog park but there have been a couple of instances where things were definitely not pleasant. Just remember that food and dog parks don't mix.
Since you have room you can use a tease pole and lure to get them chasing. That's good on a couple of fronts.
The sleeping isn't normal but it's not abnormal. Some love to sleep in. Some love to get up early. And some are in between. Sort of like people! LOL
I have no helpful advice, but oh, young basenjis! We had two sofas across from each other, and they would run from one to the other. They'd make the turn practically on the top edge of each sofa. Of course only in cold weather, they were sent outside when the weather cooperated. 3 at a time, without running into each other, I don't know how they did it.
They always ran the same path in the grass, round and round. In fact if we went to the Google earth site, the paths were visible!
HAPPY HOUR ! Yeah - every evening - you could have set your watch by them over the years.
5 month olds DO nip, it should be frowned upon and stopped but there is another consideration at that age. Is he teething ?
Have a look at his gums, if they are red, he could be nipping to try to cure 'something going on' in his mouth which he doesn't understand.
Your vet will give you something soothing to rub on. Make sure the vet knows it is a Basenji he is dealing with. Have him read up on the breed NOW. i.e. start to train your vet so he grows (in knowledge) with your Basenji.
this is so normal, we let Thor go until he cannot run anymore..... He will even do a bounce off the wall like a flip turn in a pool routine...we keep him safe while he is doing this....
Maybe 6ish for our boy. He seems like he is in another dimension..... we can’t stop him, and we don’t try to stop him...He runs the B500 almost daily.....gonna have to paint the wall soon.
The biting and nipping we are working on.... we just don’t accept it, any more. we are both working very hard to shut it down....
Biting for Thor can go from 0-10 and nothing we did was a deterrent. There are new suggestions I see on this issue, I am gonna incorporate that in our regiment to even further deter ....
As far as pillows and furniture, never had issue with furniture, but pillows we had to removed the pillows, allow him to be around them when we can watch him now even this behavior ceased.....
Cwalker- this B forum is the most open and honest you will find on owning and loving a Basenji.
Thor is one tough little cookie.....but loved beyond words. Hang in there.
I should have written ‘snuffle mat’ and ‘lick mat’. A snuffle mat is like a long haired carpet that you hide food inside, so that your dog has to snif his way to the food - this really stimulates your dogs brains and sences. The Lick mat makes your dog lick it’s food and licking again stimulates brain and sences. There are sooo many og these kinds of activating feeding products. Kongs - are allso amaising. Try youtubing these products. If my dog was Basenji500 I would give her a lick mat with frosen yougurt️
‘snuffle mat’ and ‘lick mat’.
A word of caution: whatever you entice your dog with should be considered part of their daily calories. It's easy to overlook how much food is offered and consumed as 'treats', and then it becomes a pound. And another pound. And another pound...
whatever you entice your dog with should be considered part of their daily calories
I've said it before but I'll say it again - I measure out the daily ration each morning. 'Treats', inducements, enticements, call it what you will, come out of that ration. They get pieces of kibble from their daily ration as a reward or a treat. I don't think they taste anything. It doesn't touch the sides on the way down but they remain happy.
Only additions are left-over veggies (sparingly), apple cores, paper tissues and whatever else they can steal from my pockets, the odd dish cloth. Well they are Basenjis <sigh>