Hi - I have had herding breed dogs my entire life. This is my first Basenji, he is 7 months old currently and I love him to bits. Such an adorable, lovable, affectionate, energetic pup. Other people have commented on what a wonderful temperament he has.
I'm just back from two weeks holiday on the coast with my family. My Basenji had the company of my Mum's two dogs for the entire trip and had an absolute blast with them. He followed them around all day and the play was non-stop. They all got along really well.
Since I got back, my Basenji has been sleeping loads and just seems like a very different dog He has no interest in playing with me and he doesn't initiate play anymore. It seems like all he wants to do is curl up on the sofa. It's like he has completely lost his spark. I brought him to a friend's house last night who has a dog and as soon as he saw her he was jumping about with joy and wagging his tail.
Could he be grieving for the company of the other dogs? I'm getting him back into his old routine and trying to make play fun again but is there anything else I should do?
It doesn't help matters that he took a bad reaction to a flea tablet whilst we were on holiday also, and was off his food/water for a few days, sick etc. (I will NEVER use such medication again, complete poison and wish I had never given it to him). But I brought him to the vet and they said all vital signs were ok.
Just really worried about him and missing his old personality. I want him to be happy.
Many thanks in advance.