Sahara let out her first grrrrrrrr today, I was in my car trying to pull out of the driveway and Sahara was by the car door. I opened the door up to tell her to move when she took my wrist into her mouth, and then released me with her first grawl. I was shocked, she has never done that before, do you guys think she was telling me something?
Cali will make that sound when I am leaving the house and she gets upset or if she has to go out and pee. She has literally bit my hand to let me know she has to pee. She has also growled when I try to discipline her and I give her a firm NO! and crate her for a few minutes.
The only time Abbey ever growled at me was in the middle of the night when she wouldn't move over and I gave her a little push. She stopped when she woke up and realized it was me. Sahara wants to be the boss like all basenjis do and she thought if she "mean growled" you'd stay home with her.
I agree, it may have been a "Hey, you're not going without me" growl.
Lots of Basenjis don't like to be moved when they're sleeping and will growl then. Our old boy used to snap even, but he was always careful to miss us - you could tell he would have been able to connect but made a conscious choice not to, it was just a warning. He's never been anything near an alpha, really a zed! His idea of punishing us was to jump up on the couch next to us and pointedly turn his back on us.
Do you suppose these B's sound angry to get our attention if they're afraid? Yesturday, hubby & I began to winterize the camper. We were leveling the thing in the drive and had a bit of a struggle with the wheel jack. While were were tugging on it, Duke went all out and sharply growled, barked, jumped and nipped at me & my shoes as if to insist "STOP IT!" We of course put him in the house. He could have gotten hurt by putting himself in harms way. Just like a 3 yr old tantrum. . . It was a bit shocking to see this behavior.
I honestly think B's just want their way most of the time. Sahara has not growled since that day about 2 wks. ago when I was leaving her. She does like to be in charge and every day I have to stand my ground with her. Today at lunch she tried to bother my husband while he was eating, I made her go to her spot and she tried to disobey, but I won in the end. She does not mind my hubby and he usually calls me, but I have told him that he needs to get in charge of her, I can not be around all the time. He does not make her understand that he means business when he gives her a command.
Buddi doesnt like when I get him out on my lunch and then put him in the crate. He growls until i no longer touching the crate. If i talk to him or acknowledge his growling he does it louder and more angry than before. So I ignore the behavior and then if he is good the next time he gets a treat.
Hollie only growls when she sees someone she doesn't know or someone/something outside. However, she does make the funniest sighing and groaning sounds when sleeping sometimes, especially if we try to wake her up to play. She has never growled or snapped at us and for that I am grateful.