@cognition said in Our 2nd basenji has mean moments:
She did bite me a couple of times out of reaction and I was stern with her as that is unacceptable.
Of course that is unacceptable, but with a dog that really resents being woken or moved from a comfy spot I find it is usually better to avoid the confrontation. Once you provoke the reaction, yes, you have to deal with it, and the most important thing is not to reinforce it by backing off and letting her have her way, even if it means getting nipped.
My first girl would snarl furiously if I picked her up when she was comfortable, but it was all a bluff and she never followed through. My second would snark loudly but not bite. One of my boys would potentially bite, although it never came to that. Incidentally, that was my last boy, Perry. The "almost" biting incidents came early in our relationship, and interestingly enough, well before I ever used an e-collar on him for off leash security.
I have to agree to disagree with many on here, because the collar certainly never resulted in any resentment, and in fact he was very happy to have it put on, as it always meant he would have his freedom on our walk. On the occasions that I had a "senior moment" and forgot his collar before opening the door, I simply said "Perry, you forgot your collar" and he instantly returned to have it put on. Used correctly, an e-collar is less uncomfortable than a tight leash in the hands of an insensitive owner, but of course like any restraint they can be abused.