• You might try to find an BRAT person who has rehomed many basenjis, and ask if they can come over and "watch" the dog interact with the family.
    She/he might see something that your not able to see.
    Re trying to get food from someone who is eating, we use a squirt bottle filled with water, and it works.
    Only takes a few wet squirts to get the basenji to back off until folks get up from the table.
    Once they have laid down, or behaved while we eat, they get a treat, a bit of our food left on the plate, when we get up and leave the table.
    We never feed from the table…ever..
    Hope you get a handle on this b's behavior.


  • thanks. i didnt know a vet might be ablle to help us, IM DEFINATLY going to look into that THANKS!!!


  • I'm so sorry things with Jack have not improved. You probably can't pick up on what's triggering his behavior but like Tanza mentioned there usually IS a reason but we don't speak "dog" so it's hard for us to tell what's wrong.

    If you can't spend the money on a Behaviorist perhaps you can call your local ASPCA they usually have professionals on hand & someone may be willing to evaluate Jack without a cost.

    Good luck to all of you!


  • It has been awhile how is Jack doing?


  • WELL…Jack still has problems when people come over, even the people he is very use to. and its always completely random. So far he hasnt really bit anyone but he tried to bite a friend of ours. but its the one person who REALLY spends TONS of pet and treat time with Jack while shes here. and one day she was sitting on my bed and jack was sitting in front of her but facing me and she was petting him for a while then all the sudden i noticed his hackles up and before i could warn Melissa, Jack jumped up to bite her (he missed) but then he just sat back down like nothing happened...i have no idea why...im taking him to the vet in a few days so im going to discuss it with him and see what he suggests...im hoping for the best. THANKS for the concerns!!


  • Do lte us know what the vet says.
    How old is he again?


  • he is five or six…dont know we rescued him and the shelter just guessed...


  • I want to a training class that said dogs often need to be "retrained" at the age of 5-7…that is, taken back to a basic obedience class.
    They get to that age, and think they should "move" up in the pack.
    A gentle training class with a work to earn approch is recommended.
    That is, you dog has to "do" something to get.
    He has to sit to get a treat, sit to get on the couch...be invited to the bed, that type of thing,...he had to EARN the right to do the things he is getting for free now.
    I know you have a new baby, and your tired and time is short...but its a way to keep this dog with you. So, my advice, is to give it a try.


  • "our" behaviorist is having us wait for Keoki to make eye contact – however briefly right now -- before he gets anything from us. Eye contact for a cookie, for a lap, for dinner, etc. He makes eye contact, we say, "Yes!!!!" or "Good Boy!!!" with a big smile.
    The idea is that he is NOT behaving for the reward, but for pleasing us. "Oh, when I make Mom happy, good things happen". When I don't, then Mom puts the cookie away, or doesn't pick me up, etc. He should learn to watch ME carefully for cues to desired behavior.

    So far, well...its been a crazy week w/lots of people in and out, and me on the run a lot, so I haven't been able to implement this very well. Friday we are heading for my Mom's, which means the dogs will be confined a lot, which means this training will be delayed yet again.
    But AFTER Thanksgiving, I'll be able to really give it a go. Even with as little work as I've had the chance to do, he is beginning to catch on....beginning.


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  • lol, sometimes jack STARES at me RIGHT in my eyes, kinda freaks me out…lol. but yes i make him give me eye contact for a sit and then he gets his biscut. BUT as soon as i give it to him a runs to the nearest rug to eat it...i should make him sit and stay...but he came to us not knowing any "tricks" so at least he sits and lays down on comand...


  • Yeah…that Basenji stare. Not sure what other dogs may do it, but I know my dobie, corgis, yellow lab, golden retriever.... none of them did it.

    The B's are soooo intense. They stare as if they are sure you can read their thoughts -- or maybe they are reading yours?

    Hang in there with Jack. I have high hopes.

    You know, Jazzy is very particular about people; there are a few -- she ADORES one of my sisters, my niece, and my dd's boyfriend -- that she likes well enough. Otherwise, she'd just as soon never have company, esp. kids, over. I often just crate her or keep her in the ex-pen when guests {esp. w/kids, but there is one adult woman that for whatever reason, Jazzy has hated since their first meeting!} We've had her since she was tiny, and she was well-socialized -- way better than Keoki was, and he'll let anyone in!

    Just like people, they certainly all have their own little quirks.


  • @Capt_Jack_our_Basenji:

    So far he hasnt really bit anyone but he tried to bite a friend of ours. but its the one person who REALLY spends TONS of pet and treat time with Jack while shes here. and one day she was sitting on my bed and jack was sitting in front of her but facing me and she was petting him for a while then all the sudden i noticed his hackles up and before i could warn Melissa, Jack jumped up to bite her (he missed) but then he just sat back down like nothing happened

    I know mine would be a little funny about any non household member in certain places of our house, especially our bedroom and most certainly the bed.
    We had a close friend, our breeder friend actually get grumbled at by Max.
    Max never growls at anyone usually, but because she walked back to our bedroom following my wife, he did it to her and he knows her well.
    My wife told her, "Max never growls at anyone, let alone you?", she said he was defending the bedroom and her. He was just doing his job.;)


  • It is interesting that how they decide who they like or dislike. I had to take Cory to the vet last week because she was limping. (Apparently bruised her foot while trying to get out of her crate while I was out running errands.) Both the vet who examined her and the tech are females. The tech is very obviously pregnant and Cory decided instantly that she disliked her. Her hair stood up and she was actually growling at her. Cory was threatening enough for them to ask me to muzzle her. This is the first encounter Cory has had with this tech and so there is no "history" between the two of them. It really took me by surprise because this is a dog who will patiently tolerate a 22 month old trying to straighten her tail.

    Pat


  • When your boy stares at you, try blinking…don't look away, just blink.
    If he reads you right, he should blink back at you.
    In our house, we call this the "soft" eye...and its kind of a way for us to talk to our b's...


  • @sharronhurlbut:

    When your boy stares at you, try blinking…don't look away, just blink.
    If he reads you right, he should blink back at you.
    In our house, we call this the "soft" eye...and its kind of a way for us to talk to our b's...

    I am going to try this 🙂
    I like to get Squiggy to make his "yawn-y" noise. I am getting pretty good, but it has to be when he is relaxed and we are just hanging out.
    I also LOVE when we are watching TV or I am reading and he is cuddled up with me and he kinda flips his head back/upside down kinda as if he is checking on me. Anyones elses do that? Is it just a B thing?


  • @ChristyRutherford:

    I am going to try this 🙂
    I like to get Squiggy to make his "yawn-y" noise. I am getting pretty good, but it has to be when he is relaxed and we are just hanging out.
    I also LOVE when we are watching TV or I am reading and he is cuddled up with me and he kinda flips his head back/upside down kinda as if he is checking on me. Anyones elses do that? Is it just a B thing?

    Cory does that….makes my neck hurt to even imagine trying to imitate it! Kind of like when they seem to rotate their necks 360 degrees! Makes me wonder if their cervical vertebrae are like an owl's!!

    Pat


  • Sahara does the same, I guess it is a Basenji thing. I wonder how they do that, she likes to keep tabs on me even though she is sitting beside me. Funny dogs, they like to watch their pack members.


  • Jack does that alot to check on Aiden, lol. he also tries to lay next to him with his paws on Aiden, of course we have to move Jack off of him and next to him instead. ALSO when Aiden Cries Jack comes and Stares at me like
    "WELL SDO SOMETHING!!" hahaa. and sometimes he'll jump up on the bed next to Aiden and lick his head when he cries, like hes a puppy and Jack is tring to sooth him, its adorable!!!


  • Awww Jackers is too sweet!! 🙂 My Topaz likes to put her paws on me too when she's lying next to me. Sometimes I ask her…do you want me to do your nails girl???!! 😃 😃 LOL

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