Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated

Get another basenji! Double the fun!

I’ve found that Trigger is a much happier dog when stimulated regularly. He goes to doggie day care twice a week to play with other dogs and we go to the trail once or twice a week with a friends lab. This seems to quench his need for other K9 play and he’s very well balanced at home. It was a challenge when daycare was closed during the shelter in place and he was noticeably naughty.

Basenji owning is like a Chinese meal. You have one, you want another one soon after.

Get him a live-in pal so the two of them can gang up on you -

A second Basenji a.s.a.p. is just what the doctor ordered !

I would be a little concerned that he could have picked up something on vacation. If he doesn't perk up I think a vet check is in order. Dogs live "in the moment". I doubt a two week change of pace would have a lasting effect. I agree that Basenjis may be happier with company, right up until they mature at which time their relationship may change. If/when that happens it can cause problems. I also find that a solo dog will rely on you a lot more and your relationship is likely to be closer. Teaching new things is a great way to engage a Basenji and keep them interested, and you can invent games and puzzles for them to solve. OTOH, if the dog must be left alone a lot, then a canine companion is definitely a plus.

Thank you everyone, this is all very helpful. I have to say, he has been a lot more like himself in the last two days. He has been playing fetch again and we've been revising his tricks. Haha we have talked about getting another Basenji! They're a fantastic breed, I am learning so much from my pup everyday.

@zande I'm so happy you suggested this! Getting a permanent playmate was the first thing I thought, remembering my first basenji, and then second.
Sugar was a sweetie, but ornery. I had to be aware of where she was, and what she was doing, all the time, Luckily the crate was ok, when we were gone or in bed, but not when home. So we got another because I thought, maybe she just needs a dog to keep her busy.
We welcome a male pup into our home, and it the best thing for Sugar. Some one to keep her occupied, and someone to boss around who really didn't care!

@rugosab When Keepurr died last year, Hoover was miserable. She has never been the only dog in the house - starting life as one of 5 or 6 who gradually passed, over time.

A house is not a home without a Basenji and Hoover is now 12 so I had to have a puppy. She has bonded well with Mku and is teaching him all kinds of naughty tricks - like creeping into the greenhouse and stealing cucumbers.

In turn he is helping her become a new dog, the years are falling away, she is playful again, puppyish. Its wonderful.

These are pack animals and while I am the Alpha they need each other. They work as a team. She picks pockets for paper hankies and gives them to him. He jumps up and hits the low hanging bird feeds and she eats the peanuts. . .

When she finally crosses the Bridge, Mku will be the lone dog - but only until another puppy comes along, I guess !

@zande said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

She has bonded well with Mku and is teaching him all kinds of naughty tricks - like creeping into the greenhouse and stealing cucumbers.

Love this! LOL It sounds like they are keeping you on your toes!

@elbrant said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

Love this! LOL It sounds like they are keeping you on your toes!

If only they were ! I am waiting for a knee replacement and while I can just about struggle across my own kitchen on a couple of canes, get to the greenhouse and to some parts of the garden, I have to rely on neighbors to take them for proper walks.

Sue is taking them tomorrow, and Paul gave them very long free runs in the woods over the weekend. They know Sue and will come when she calls - we walked with her and Maisie, a Border Terrier, before I become crook.

@zande Hopefully, the medical community will allow us to get those things they consider elective (and we do not) very soon. You will be in my thoughts, heal well.

I agree about dogs liking the company of dogs and being depressed when the fun times end. Any time we take our dog down to visit my brother's dog (the whole point of the trip, don't you know...) both dogs get really bummed when it's time to leave. And the next day he just sighs and looks at us under his brows to let us know he wanted to stay longer.

The post-fun "recovery period depends on how long we've been gone and how long he's been with another dog.

I heartily recommend doggie day care visits to keep a dog happy just being a dog.

Not sure about a second basenji--double the fun and double the trouble ! LOL

@b5004ever said in Is my Basenji sad? New owner - any support appreciated:

Not sure about a second basenji--double the fun and double the trouble ! LOL

Wait until you have had eight at a time - two, which I am now down to, will seem like an empty house LOL

Thanks everyone. He is definitely back to his old self this week thank goodness!!! Playing with me again, trying to steal my dinner haha! His coat is even shinier. It must have been a rough few days for him trying to adjust to his holidays ending. I'm just so happy and thanks for all of the reassurance. We have enrolled in puppy classes, which start in two weeks. Sadly we never got to do them because of the covid lockdown. So that is something to look forward to!

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