New update: Tika is no longer in heat! Yay! Remy got neutered and is doing great! We got a dog trainer to come in assess the situation and she thinks it is starting to improve compared to how I described it when I booked her to come. Only Maia seems to need the muzzle, she seems to be very unsure of the puppy. We are working with her to build her confidence. The puppy doesn’t seem to have any stress with Maia around and won’t start anything. The muzzle is on just in case when I am home alone as I don’t want anything bad to happen when if I can’t separate them. The puppy is getting lots of training time to help her learn how to behave properly. With 2 people here we can have the girls on short leashes and they are fine together. They did have a small altercation of snarling but no biting and no one got hurt. The older female backed down and walked away. As much as I want her to be the top dog it seems that the puppy has a much more dominant personality. If they figure out the pack hierchy hopefully everything will settle down. The trainer says there are no pack instincts in domesticated dogs, but after having 6 basenjis I can’t agree with that in regards to basenjis. We can walk the girls together without muzzles now so I think things are more positive and they seem to be improving every day. When Remy is healed from his neuter I will get the puppy spayed and hope that calms things down even further. So far there is a lot more peace in the house. Please anyone let me know if there is anything else I should be doing to keep these girls on track. Thank you for all your advice and guidance! I am so grateful for this forum as what is normal for other dogs is not so much with these guys!
Basenji at Work
Cooper and I haven't posted in a while. We've been busy at work!!! Last month I completed my training as a PetSmart dog trainer. One of the job perks is being able to bring Cooper to work with me to help out with teaching and selling classes. He comes in twice a week for shifts that are between 5 and 8 hours long.
You can see in the photo that he has his own uniform for cooler days. He loves being out on the floor doing customer service, and he's getting better at sitting on his mat under the register. We get to talk a lot about the breed (even met another one yesterday!) and generally help people out with all sorts of questions.
Cooper's doing great, and only occasionally meets another dog that is a little too forward for him. And he loves middle-aged women for some reason (and they love him, too!). His aloofness confuses many people!!!
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Way to go Cooper! That is so cool!
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Way to go Cooper and Congrats on finishing your training
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That's great! Congrats on your training and how lucky you are to take your sweet puppy to work!
Cooper loves going to work (he gets excited every time I put on my work clothes!). It's also been very good for him socially, and it's giving him that ever-so-needed winter exercize.
I feel so lucky that we have each other. At 6 months old he was a stray. At 8 months he was rescued from euthanasia at a shelter. At 9 months we brought him into our home. When he started getting more comfortable with other dogs, a Yorkie attacked him (jumped up on his back biting and scratching) and it took another few months to get over his issues with smaller dogs. And now he's going up and initiating conversations with customers to help their families. And he's participated in helping with my first private training student - a Yorkie!!!
WOW– Awesome job for both you and Cooper!!! I bet Cooper really enjoys spending his days with you... better than waiting at home!!!
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I was so surprised to see a basenji at Pet Smart. We spoke with you we were the ones with the male brindle basenji. That is so cool that you get to bring him to work with you, your so lucky he is a very nice black and white. I have two basenjis myself. The one we had with us when you seen us at Pet Smart on Saturday is my son's so that would be my grandbasenji. We have had basenjis for the last sixteen years. Hope to see you and Copper again.
We were surprised to see another basenji there too, especially on such a busy day! I came home and told my husband about the reaction they had to each other…. Classic basenji. Sniff. Silence. Ignore. Then Cooper went straight to you. Sometimes I think he only interacts with other dogs to ask, "May I pet your owner?"
I'm glad to know Hollie isn't the only Basenji that wants the people interaction! The last playdate we went to Hollie was more interested in the people attention than playing!! I think alot of it started because she is at work with me everyday and is lavished with attention!!
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It is really great to be able to bring your dog to work. I've been bringing Sol to the gym for the last two weeks, and he is amazingly gentle and tolerant, even with toddlers– I am careful to tell people who fall in love and say they want a basenji that he is unusually tolerant for the breed, and that they need to pick their dog carefully----
I will try to take a picture too.