Let's also consider that when you chase your dog, the dog thinks it's a game and will run away from you. Like... "you can't catch me!" Man, Basenji's can bolt! On the other hand, when you are the one running away, the dog instinctively joins you because you are part of the dog's family/pack. This is not to be confused with a learned command to chase an assailant, in Police work, for example. That would be a totally different game of chase.
Yes it's me again asking for advice.
I was wondering how to stimulate my little basenji's mind. He eats and sleeps and he doesn't have any interest in toys at all whatsoever, just likes his antler which he chews on.
I got him a cube buster and jigsaw toy and he does play with that during food time but after that he just looks bored to me. He yawns and then just wants to sleep. I take him for walks and let him sniff around and when we get back he just wants to laze around and doesn't want to do anything. I try and play with him in the garden and try to make it engaging but he doesn't want to know and stands there staring or walks away and sits down chilling looking at the sky.
He always looks bored to me but he doesn't have any interest to do anything at all.
Any ideas what I could do or anything you guys can recommend?
Oh and he loves the game chase but we've stopped playing because everytime we try and go and fetch him (when he is in his stubborn mood) he starts running away and thinks its a game.
Any recommendations welcomed and thanks in advance.
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How old is he? I assume you have had a complete blood panel done just to make sure nothing physical is going on? Instead of trying to make him play, work his mind with things like sit, down, stay, come, etc.... there are many games you can play that work his mind and will engage him. Use high valued treats to reward him. Do you take him for walks? Honestly being in the breed for 30+ years they really don't play per say like other dogs. They get bored easy, example would be something like fetch... they might go get it once or twice and then game over they are really not a breed that likes to fetch over and over like a Golden. As far as him running off that is a game... play the game, this is what Basenjis do. Again, work his mind.... have high valued treats, call him to you.... have him sit, reward...
@tanza thanks, yes I always play the sit, stay and down but I thought if there is anything more I could do. I know basenjis are very different to other dogs and so I thought if anyone has advice of any other brain stimulating games.
At least I know it's not me! Oh and he's a 7 months old puppy
tanza last edited by
@little_t - You can try hiding high valued treats and do a "go find" game...
Its easy. He needs a buddy. Get another Basenji. Mku went into a 'quiet mode' when Hoover died but came right back as soon as we brought Kito into his life. The two are inseparable now and play together, hunt together, curl up together.
Try a flirt pole, my B loves it! She's not into general dog toys but she loves the flirt pole and its a great way for us go engage.
@lawrence-chow Just what is a flirt pole ????
Kembe last edited by Kembe
Flirt Pole for dogs.
Thank you - we achieve the same thing, tying something onto the end of a broom stick ! (Cheaper)
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Lunge whips work well.....cats certainly love to chase them! (makes it hard to lunge a horse when you have to constantly worry about the cat getting trampled!)
Chase is great... if he's chasing you. But if you're chasing him, this is very bad.
Playing chase, with him chasing you, will also help with engagement. Play chase with food.
Also, I would recommend hand-feeding for (at least) a month. You want to build value in you.
In addition, it has to be said, that some puppies are just lazy and like being bummy. You can encourage active behavior by making yourself valuable (so he wants to be around you) and by making activities valuable. At 6 months however, you might be out of luck. Still, it's your dog, so it's probably worth it to give it a dedicated try.
You also, might want to try using more valuable food rewards (like steak, cheese, etc. (whatever he loves and doesn't typically get much of)).
Best of luck.