Three times, dogs not on leashes, have attacked my dog. So now he is ready to go at it with all dogs (except female dogs he remembers as a puppy).
Once a dog is imprinted the behavior several times it is going to be hard to change, especially with a basenji, which carries 'The Who' motto "We Don't Get Fooled Again!"
Try talking to your neighbor about it maybe?
We used to take our male to the 4th of July parade (we stopped as it's too hot for him), anyway some stranger sees our dog and comes running over asking if he was a basenji. We told him he was and goes on telling us of a neighbor that had a basenji. The basenji's neighbor had a German Sheppard you would continually try to go after the basenji. He told us one day the basenji got sick of the German Sheppard and went after him, grabbing on to the German Sheppard by the throat and throwing him to the ground. He said he has never seen such a powerful little dog like that basenji!
He said the German Sheppard never bothered the basenji again after that.
I would love to know what to do about it myself!
It reminds me of our son, who we raised never to fight. So in elementary school kids start picking on him and he askd what he should do. We tell him not to fight, but it gets worse, so told him to talk to the teacher, but that does little. So finally we just told him your going to have to fight back. He did, he got in trouble at school, but the kids did not bother him anymore after that. He learned you have to stand up and sometimes your going to have to fight and then NOT TELL on the other kids (nothing worse at school than a snitch)
The point is, with all your dog training and socialization class & rules it all goes down the crapper with incidents like WE have both faced, like this. It's not a perfect world and puppy classes never train you about how to face a loose dog attacking your dog or what to do after it happens.
When our dog was about a year old my wife was walking our dog and he gets attacked by a loose Wheaton terrier. My wife picks our dog up but the Wheaton Terrier knocks my wife over and she fractured her wrist in two places! The terrier then just takes off!
We called the police and made a report, but nothing happened.
Another time on vaction my wife & dog got attacked by a loose golden retriever whom we found out the owner just lets the dog wander around loose!
Luckly the guy whom we rented our cabin from ran over and grabbed the retriever.
Another time my dog was attacked by a female black lab that ran through her invisible fence (she got shocked but kept coming!) My dog and myself just stood our ground and he counter attacked, that shocked the dog- The owner then runs out saying "that's not supposed to happen!
It reminds me of my son, that sometimes your going to have to prepare for an attack and your dog is going to have to fight back to defend it'self. Maybe you can pick your dog up in time but what about you ?
Will the other dog attack you?
I don't know, but I'm not about to find out. If it happens again and the dogs not a pit bull, rot or other huge dog, I'm going to drop the leash if we get charged again.
Again any trainers out there tell us what to do in this situation?