Hi everyone!!!!
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  • This site is Great!!! I think we are the only ones who own a Basenji here in El Cajon.
    My name is Nathalie and we got Milo March 12th. He was born 12/28/07 so he is almost 13 weeks old. So far he is a great little puppy.

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  • There is at least 1 other basenji owner in El Cajon.

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  • @lvoss:

    There is at least 1 other basenji owner in El Cajon.

    Cool!!!! :) Everywhere we go with our puppy everyone stops and says how cute he is and what kind of dog he is. When we tell them it like they never heard of a Basenji. Its funny I have never seen them around here and you never see them in the pet stores.

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  • Welcome to the pack. What a cute boy you have there. Can't wait to see more pics :D

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  • It probably depends on where you go. My mom has lived in Irvine for 3 years and though she does not run into any other basenjis on her regular walks, there is a basenji play group at the dog park.

    It is a good thing if you are not seeing them in pet stores since puppies sold in pet stores are bred in puppy mills. Unfortunately there are many basenji puppies that are sold in pet stores. These puppies are rarely health tested and are separated from their mom and siblings way too young.

    Does you pup have a parent that has been tested Probably Clear by the Fanconi Marker DNA test? You can verify that it has by checking http://www.offa.org If it does not you should read about the test at http://www.basenjihealth.org/linkage-faq.html and sign your pup up at the Canine Phenome Project so you can get him tested, http://www.basenjihealth.org/linkage-faq.html

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  • Welcome to the pack. Tell us more about your cute cute cute puppy.

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  • Welcome! :)

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  • Welcome! Your puppy looks really cute!! Hope to see more pics soon!

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  • Hi Natalie,

    Milo is a cutie. They grow so fast. Piper is doing great. House training is coming along. She rang the bell on the door for the first time yesterday and went out and did her business. Roo loves having a buddy to play with. Piper still sleeps alot, especially after a play session with Roo.
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  • @Sweetpeaelf:

    Hi Natalie,

    Milo is a cutie. They grow so fast. Piper is doing great. House training is coming along. She rang the bell on the door for the first time yesterday and went out and did her business. Roo loves having a buddy to play with. Piper still sleeps alot, especially after a play session with Roo.

    Hey!!!! That's so cool!!! How do you get her to ring the bell?? We are having trouble house training Milo. We were trying the cedar chips in a litter box but he wouldn't go in it for the three day that we tried. We gave up on the cedar chips litter box and now take him outside. But we live in a condo and we are up stairs. So we take him down the stairs and he does his business where we take him. But sometimes he doesn't go and he does it in the house right after we bring him back from outside. We also don't understand why he goes in the crate while he is eating. He did that today. We are watching him very closely so we catch him every time he tries and tell him no. I don't know what were doing wrong. :(

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  • Still wondering…were any of his parents DNA tested for Fanconi?.... who is her breeder...

    and as far as house training... the key is you never go back in till he has gone potty......

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  • @Nathalie:

    Hey!!!! That's so cool!!! How do you get her to ring the bell?? We are having trouble house training Milo. We were trying the cedar chips in a litter box but he wouldn't go in it for the three day that we tried. We gave up on the cedar chips litter box and now take him outside. But we live in a condo and we are up stairs. So we take him down the stairs and he does his business where we take him. But sometimes he doesn't go and he does it in the house right after we bring him back from outside. We also don't understand why he goes in the crate while he is eating. He did that today. We are watching him very closely so we catch him every time he tries and tell him no. I don't know what were doing wrong. :(

    I trained Dallas to ring a bell to go potty as well. I bought a bell that is actually supposed to be for a bird cage, cost like $1 at Petsmart. Tied a string to it & hung it from the closet handle close to the front door. EVERY SINGLE TIME we took him out we would simply take his paw, tap the bell [thus causing it to ring] give him a treat then take him immediately outside & treat him for going potty. Training takes consistency, especially house training so if you get a bell & ring it every time you take him out, he'll learn very quickly. Dallas learned within 2 weeks & although he still has the occasional pee in the house [maybe like once a week at this stage] he always rings the bell to go out whether it be to pee or poop.

    My question is, how to get him now to stop peeing in his darn crate & then laying in it or even worse, licking it up!!! :eek: :mad: :confused:

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  • Well, my B, Sahara trained quickly. Sometimes I would stay out there with her til doonsday, haha!!!!! She would sniff, sniff, and sniff some more while I kept saying, "Go Potty", Sahara, Be a Good Girl. I would have treats in my pocket so as soon as she went, she got her treat, and I would praise, and praise some more with lots of loving. Dogs forget like in 30secs what they just did, so if you wait too long she will not know why you are treating her. I got her a treat that she loved like Bil Jack Liver Treats. I even went out with her with an umbrella over both of us when it rained, now she goes out by herself in the rain to go even though she will hold it until the last minute. She does not have accidents in the house, if she did I would know that she is sick and something is wrong. I always went out with her to potty with a leash, and walk around the yard with her, that way she stayed on course of pottying. There were a few times that she tried to go back in the house and I would say, "No", Go Potty Outside", and she finally got it, I had to stay on course myself b/c it was mighty cold out there at night during the winter. Patience is the key, don't ever give up, your pup will get the connection soon. Good Luck!!!!:D :D

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  • @tanza:

    Still wondering…were any of his parents DNA tested for Fanconi?.... who is her breeder...

    and as far as house training... the key is you never go back in till he has gone potty......

    Hummmm don't know. Will have to ask her. The breeders name is Kara Leerhoff. The Sire is Raising Some Kahne and the Dam is Bristol Baby.

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  • @Ninabeana26:

    I trained Dallas to ring a bell to go potty as well. I bought a bell that is actually supposed to be for a bird cage, cost like $1 at Petsmart. Tied a string to it & hung it from the closet handle close to the front door. EVERY SINGLE TIME we took him out we would simply take his paw, tap the bell [thus causing it to ring] give him a treat then take him immediately outside & treat him for going potty. Training takes consistency, especially house training so if you get a bell & ring it every time you take him out, he'll learn very quickly. Dallas learned within 2 weeks & although he still has the occasional pee in the house [maybe like once a week at this stage] he always rings the bell to go out whether it be to pee or poop.

    My question is, how to get him now to stop peeing in his darn crate & then laying in it or even worse, licking it up!!! :eek: :mad: :confused:

    Cool!!! :) I'm going to try that for sure.

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  • Monthly Strip Testing only. DNA testing has not been done.

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  • @youngandtired:

    Well, my B, Sahara trained quickly. Sometimes I would stay out there with her til doonsday, haha!!!!! She would sniff, sniff, and sniff some more while I kept saying, "Go Potty", Sahara, Be a Good Girl. I would have treats in my pocket so as soon as she went, she got her treat, and I would praise, and praise some more with lots of loving. Dogs forget like in 30secs what they just did, so if you wait too long she will not know why you are treating her. I got her a treat that she loved like Bil Jack Liver Treats. I even went out with her with an umbrella over both of us when it rained, now she goes out by herself in the rain to go even though she will hold it until the last minute. She does not have accidents in the house, if she did I would know that she is sick and something is wrong. I always went out with her to potty with a leash, and walk around the yard with her, that way she stayed on course of pottying. There were a few times that she tried to go back in the house and I would say, "No", Go Potty Outside", and she finally got it, I had to stay on course myself b/c it was mighty cold out there at night during the winter. Patience is the key, don't ever give up, your pup will get the connection soon. Good Luck!!!!:D :D

    This is what I don't get we take him out he does his business both pee and poo and then he does it again in less then 15 min In the house. I don't get it and it starting to get really frustrating.

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  • @Nathalie:

    This is what I don't get we take him out he does his business both pee and poo and then he does it again in less then 15 min In the house. I don't get it and it starting to get really frustrating.

    Remember you have a male puppy & literally they pee every 20 minutes when they are active :rolleyes: I learned that the hard way. Haha. Just continue to be persistent, train him to ring the bell to go out. However, until he learns take him out after/during any of the following:

    Upon first waking up in the AM
    Right after eating/drinking anything
    After/during playtime as they have to pee more often during play
    After any nap, even if it's only a 10 minute "cat" nap ;)
    Right before bed
    Until old enough, probably in the middle of the night as well

    Remember a puppies bladder is still tiny so they cannot be expected to hold their pee any more than 1 hour for every month old they are +1. So if he is only 3 months, he shouldn't be expected to hold his bladder longer than 4 hours & that is NOT including play time or eating.

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  • @Sweetpeaelf:

    Monthly Strip Testing only. DNA testing has not been done.

    Then you need to get blood drawn and submitted to U of Mo so you can have the DNA test done. It is far better to know what lays in your future so if your puppy does come back as Probably Affected then you strip test early and often so you hopefully start the protocol early.

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  • @Nathalie:

    Hummmm don't know. Will have to ask her. The breeders name is Kara Leerhoff. The Sire is Raising Some Kahne and the Dam is Bristol Baby.

    You will need to have blood drawn and have the Fanconi test done. Please learn about Fanconi at www.basenjihealth.org (and other Basenji afflictions that all owners should be aware of)

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  • @Ninabeana26:

    Remember you have a male puppy & literally they pee every 20 minutes when they are active :rolleyes: I learned that the hard way. Haha. Just continue to be persistent, train him to ring the bell to go out. However, until he learns take him out after/during any of the following:

    Upon first waking up in the AM
    Right after eating/drinking anything
    After/during playtime as they have to pee more often during play
    After any nap, even if it's only a 10 minute "cat" nap ;)
    Right before bed
    Until old enough, probably in the middle of the night as well

    Remember a puppies bladder is still tiny so they cannot be expected to hold their pee any more than 1 hour for every month old they are +1. So if he is only 3 months, he shouldn't be expected to hold his bladder longer than 4 hours & that is NOT including play time or eating.

    That's what I have been doing but not after he plays so I will start taking him out after he plays. :) I bought the bell at petsmart today ;) and I'm using it every time we go out. I can't wait till he rings it on his own. :D

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