My Basenjis were both trained with a recall.
My Naomi never really needed it, after the first fateful escape, where she ran around me in a huge circle, popping up on her hind legs to let me know that a jackrabbit was coming my way, please catch it.
She soon realized that I was a real dud on the hunting front, and gave up trying to hunt with me. Poor little Naomi!
She loved her agility classes, and never once left my side. She didn’t even learn that there was a fence around the huge field where classes where held.
My theory is that she enjoyed agility so much, she wasn’t interested in losing her chance to play.
Because of her enthusiasm for agility, I thought I’d try her in rally; not a chance. She completely ignored every command I gave her. She, unlike Tess, who managed to get several titles in rally, thought rally was worthless!!
Tess really never paid much attention to me with agility. She didn’t run away, she just got too distracted.
In one class, she obligingly ran the course for me, then ignored me, turned around and did the entire course backwards!!
Tess also left the ring during obedience on the recall running straight past me and over the baby gate, into the park. She did return to me, just in Basenji fashion,
after I watched her little bagel-tail disappear over the crease of the hill!!
Tess also left my side on the off-leash, to ready herself to jump the baby-gate to go grab another dogs dumbbell. I yelled “come” at the top of my lungs to break her focus. She returned to my side. We were dismissed. I used undue force in my recall, according to the judge. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Who wants their basenji to be the cause of another dog’s upset??
Needless to say, Tess and I had a pretty rough go at obedience. She really didn’t have a workmanlike temperament. She makes an incredible, delightful pet!!![alt text](![image url](![image url](![0_1605815382686_2D4C5381-0BFD-47FD-BBF8-570378EDEC1C.jpeg](Uploading 96%) image url)))
Basenjis seem to do things in their own ways. They readily learn tasks, but then perform them with their own spin.
Tess will still take the chance to run out the door. The behavior is very self rewarding. She runs to the open space behind our house and then comes right back, the little stinker.
She does come back on a recall, but I don’t usually get the chance, as she is so quick to return.
Basenjis just aren’t like other dogs. They aren’t as eager to please. But they are quite wonderful, if you are willing to take them on their own terms.
Would I ever train another basenji in obedience?
Would I ever show another basenji in obedience?
Would I expect consistent behavior in different venues.
Would I enjoy the heck out of working with an unique and very intelligent dog?