A Basenji, a Volcano & a Clown Car

@zande I'm glad to hear you're recovering from your surgery and get back to dog walking duties. Don't overdo it!

I realize most people hate flexi leashes, and I understand why. However for me I can make it work. I used to walk 3 basenjis on flexies. If you're not extremely and constantly vigilant, it can be a disaster. It also depends on where you're walking and whether or not you have the kind of flexi that has the thick Ribbon or the tiny, thin leg cutting cord. I have scars behind my knees from when I was a beginner. I'm sure this has already been discussed ad nauseam on this forum and I don't want to beat a dead horse. That being said, most people should not use a Flexi.

@JENGOSMonkey When I first adopted my b, he was super reactive to stimuli like other dogs and animals. He would spin like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. You have to be quick to stop him before he reacts. Even with the Gentle Leader.. Be proactive and anticipate what could happen. Make him look at you, sit or whatever you can do to get his attention off the other thing and on you. Believe it or not, he will improve. It just takes a little time, patience, consistent, gentle leadership and pawsitive reinforcement. Work on the recall. I can't say that enough. If you see a squirrel before he does, head in the other direction, call his name, make him come to you and make a big deal out of how good he was to come to you. When walking past other dogs, make a negative sound like tsch or unh unh and command him to "walk nice". Try to catch him walking nice and tell him what a good boy he is. "What a nice walk!" Try to catch him doing well and praise the desired behavior. My Moj literally strutts when I praise him for walking nice. It's so cute.

@pawla You and I speak the same language ! I too have managed with three dogs on flexis - and even 7 on varying length normal leads (pictures on my website) while progressing down the road and eating an apple. The flexis were short-lived though. I found a rock-solid re-call was much easier on me and on the dogs !

And yes - they positively purr when praised for doing the right thing -

Am just about to put the boots on and take Mku out !!! Whoopeeeee !😁

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The Easy Leader showed up yesterday, a day early, but it was the wrong size. I used their weight based sizing chart, but the nose strap was much too short. Replacement will be here Wednesday.

@Pawla You're coaching tips are great! I really appreciate you including common commands too. For instance, we taught Jengo Pee Pee. Tried that command on Logan, but he just looked at me and whined. "I don't know what you're telling me!" Talked to Stella and she said the command was Potty. Used that and Bam! We're in business, or at least he's doing his, which is what we wanted. I started using "Walk Nice", planting myself when he reaches the end of the lead, and lots of praise. I also found a treat bag with a belt clip that I had tucked away and filled it with some rewards. He really does well with the praise and an occasional treat. I just need to get consistent with the commands and be more clear about what I want him to do. He got keyed up on a squirrel this morning, I reeled him him, put him on a sit and made him look at me. He started to settle so I gave him a treat and then he was fine. Did the same when we came up on another dog. I've got feelers out for some local coaching, but so far this forum is really helping. Thank you!

@jengosmonkey said in A Basenji, a Volcano & a Clown Car:

@Pawla You're coaching tips are great!

Yes, they are ! Try following her advice and don;t listen to too many others - you and Logan will become confused.

Pawla definitely has the right of it. But remember it takes patience and TIME and needs consistency

Astarte, Logan & Moving Forward...

Last week was busy, yet relaxed and ended in happiness. Stella (Astarte) contacted us the week be for last to ask if we'd be open to bringing Logan home for a breeding. In my mind... Of course! He's still her dog. We headed south and stayed for three days in a nearby RV park. I love having an RV during COVID! We got to see all the girls again. There is just something incredibly special about seeing and hanging with a pack. Rowdy mayhem, noses darting here and there, and lotsa climbing and communication. I love it! The girl pup in now named Kaylie (sp?). Super cute. VERY active. She's convinced she's a big dog now and bounds through and over everything like she owns the place. Lotta fun to watch that one! 😍

During the breeding we tried to be helpful, yet stay out the way at the same time. Stella seamed very happy, but that's all I want to say. It's really up to her when it comes details. No. I did not take any pictures. 😜

Stella and I had been communicating continuously since we returned home with the "Loaner Dog", Logan. He was a god send for us. I was able to focus on him rather than on the loss of Jengo, which had been filling my thoughts far too often. Logan proved to be great therapy for the entire family. Stella had been communicating that he might stay with us forever, but I wasn't going to hold her to it. We discussed it over the phone once or twice, but again, in my mind, I wasn't going to hold her to it. Don't get me wrong. I WANTED him BIG time!

The long and short of it is... Stella's gonna let us keep him! We're just blown away. When I set out to find a new dog this past summer I expected to get a rescue with no papers, and no history. When I couldn't find one I was certain that a puppy wouldn't happen until winter of 2021/2022. Never, in my wildest dreams, did it ever occur to me that I'd end up with an absolutely beautiful almost 2yo American champion stud dog. As I keep calling him, my Ferrari dog. I'm just so very grateful to Stella for trusting us with Logan. πŸ™

And, I know it was hard for Stella to let him go. As we were leaving there was long, long pause and gaze between the two of them. We're gonna keep sending pictures and updates about his adventures. We'll get him right back down to her anytime she needs him. We're gonna keep him on the diet Stella pointed us to and watch his weight. But, I'm also going to get him a new dog tag that says "Logan". It's time to put Jengo's tags away, and let him rest.

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Oh, and I had Stella install Laser Eyes before we left. If he can melt a squirrel he doesn't have to chase it! πŸ˜†
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Congratulations! Your family and Logan were meant to be - I feel Jengo had his β€œpaw” involved in this match - he’s watching over you from above. He wants another basenji to experience the same great life he had with you! BTW- Love the β€œLASER EYES”! Lol! 😍

yeah... I suspected Logan would become a permanent family member for you. Congrats all around! ... and good luck with the squirrel theory. Not so sure about that.. πŸ˜‰

That's great news for you both. Well done Stella !

Great thread.

in case anyone does a poll, I hate flexis. I have a Gentle leader. I used it one week. I'm waiting for someone who can use it. It is great for many, just not me.

I love harnesses in the right situation and right dog. I'm sorry, but once trained, I really don't need to control the head of a 20 to even 50 pound dog. Even in my advancing age I can stop or
turn one. I've had rescues that collars loaded them and training with a harness worked well. I slowly reintroduced collars.

I cannot stand pulling. I teach loose leash from the beginning. Pulling equals stopping. Even semi-ferrel dogs learn that fast.

I am not able to let a dog off-leash in an unfenced area. I just can't. I personally know several people who lost and never recovered their dogs. I realized long ago my heart can't take it. I know the odds are low. But I can't.

I hate flexies too which is why I use a gentle leader as a training tool. Mku runs free as all mine have until we are a couple of hundred yards from the carpark.

But I don't trust cars which come in and leave at speed and my new knee is still too new to cope with being pulled.

He is learning and sometimes I get away with just attaching his lead to his collar.

Horses for courses.

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