Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside)


  • @yahtzee92 said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    @scagnetti said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    If he's still anxious after an hour walk, then increase the amount of time on the walk.

    Lmao.. the kind of responses that keep me from being a regular here. Read the post homie.

    I did read it. You said you think it seems excessive to give more exercise. You are wrong. Obviously.

    If you can't fulfill your dog's needs because you're infected, you can hire someone to do it for you. Many trainers make their bread and butter by offering exercise services.


  • I'm with Tanza on this one, something else is going on here. "Bitch in heat" is the most obvious answer. As to exercise needs of a Basenji, I have had five over the space of 50 years, never had one that couldn't cope with reduced exercise when the weather was off or there was something else going on that precluded long walks. If your dog has been properly taught manners in the house, it should not be an issue. Anxiety about something is a different ball game....you need to discern the cause and find your solution. BTW, Basenjis do not hold a candle to Border Collies in the "need exercise" department, but again, keeping busy can be a mind game, which sometimes tires them out more than just running around.


  • @scagnetti said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    If he's still anxious after an hour walk, then increase the amount of time on the walk.

    Simple logic! šŸ˜‰ Not sure how the "long Covid" plays into @yahtzee92's energy levels right now...

    @yahtzee92 said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    Lmao.. the kind of responses that keep me from being a regular here. Read the post homie.

    Offering a magic solution can be difficult because there are so many variables that can affect a dog's behavior. Still, we try. Consider the suggestions, some might work, some might not. But they are all offered in an effort to be helpful.


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  • @tanza said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    @yahtzee92 - I would suggest that either there is a bitch in season someplace in your area or your boy thinks it is close to breeding season... typically this would start in August, but happens in June also. I doubt that more exercise is the issue....

    Interesting. Will see if it passes. Thanks Tanza and @eeeefarm


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  • @eeeefarm said in Sudden Behavior Change (desperate to go outside):

    I'm with Tanza on this one, something else is going on here. "Bitch in heat" is the most obvious answer. As to exercise needs of a Basenji, I have had five over the space of 50 years, never had one that couldn't cope with reduced exercise when the weather was off or there was something else going on that precluded long walks. If your dog has been properly taught manners in the house, it should not be an issue. Anxiety about something is a different ball game....you need to discern the cause and find your solution. BTW, Basenjis do not hold a candle to Border Collies in the "need exercise" department, but again, keeping busy can be a mind game, which sometimes tires them out more than just running around.

    Yeah, exactly my experience thus far. When I was really sick and we were in a colder climate, he adjusted well to reduced walk times. On rainy days he seems to know its going to be a chill day for us and sleeps most of it away. So yeah! That's what brought me here. The sudden change in his temperament has been a surprise.


  • For the record, I'm not claiming to know the cause or reason for the behavior. What I did was give a prescription; Irrespective of what the problem or issue is, increased exercise would probably be a healthy way to decrease anxiety (whether it's seasonal, mood-related, etc.).

    If a dog has anxiety (about anything for any reason) then their need for exercise goes up; this is required to healthily decrease stress. Whatever the cause for the anxiety, a simple and (usually) effective way to deal with it, is through increasing exercise time and/or mental enrichment time. This also holds true for dogs with pent-up energy/restlessness/boredom/reactivity/etc.

    The posts directed at me were deleted, so I can't reply to them.

    All the best.


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