Bedtime mischief

By 10 pm my little one is driving us all crazy. She annoys the other dogs, pulls their tails, throws tantrums, plays way too rough, and acts like a tired little brat child. She is between 1-2 years old.

Do y'all have a set bedtime for your Basenji children?

We have noticed that Basenjis, like toddlers, do get overtired, and when that happens they act up. They will do anything and everything in their power to keep themselves awake.

Of course keeping them down at bedtime isn't necessarily easy…..

Randa and Jason

New rule: When it gets dark, Cami goes to her crate.

I put her in the crate and she was out in a couple minutes.
Cami lived at a vet clinic for a long time, it was her foster home, so evenings she was locked in a pen and there wasn't any company or activity. I think she needs the discipline….and we need the peace and quiet.

The other thing I have found is sometimes the mischief is a plea for attention before bed. Our little one puts himself to bed most nights, but sometimes he will be a bit of a goober before bed time (pretending to chew stuff etc). What he wants is to be PUT to bed. So we scoop him up snuggle for a minute or rock him put him in the crate without closing the door and he falls right asleep.

EL D usually puts himself to sleep (on my bed) but every once in awhile he gets nutsy. He does an abbreviated basenji500, throws toys around, etc. I think he's trying to tell me he wants me to come to bed with him 😃

Both Ruby and Brando fall asleep on the couch before bed. Once I call out bed time, they run upstairs and they proceed to pull their favourite toys out of their crates and bring them up on the bed. They toss them around for a while and one by one I take the toys away and put them out of their reach. Once all their toys are off the bed, they settle right down on the bed and it is bed time. Usually about a 10 minute routine…I love my kids, they are really good and they are so entertaining. 😃

@renaultf1:

Both Ruby and Brando fall asleep on the couch before bed. Once I call out bed time, they run upstairs and they proceed to pull their favourite toys out of their crates and bring them up on the bed. They toss them around for a while and one by one I take the toys away and put them out of their reach. Once all their toys are off the bed, they settle right down on the bed and it is bed time. Usually about a 10 minute routine…I love my kids, they are really good and they are so entertaining. 😃

Soo funny.. I have to go through the same thing with Zaire and Charlie… its the what toy can we sneak into bed without daddy noticing routine. Dogs really teach you to not take yourself too seriously.:)

Magnum usually goes to bed by himself around 10. He sleeps on my bed, but if my son's door is open, he'll go in there (maybe 'cause it's stinky in there, dirty clothes on the floor, soccer pack reekin' to high heaven, unwashed bedclothes…yes, my son's a slob...I gave up). Much to Magnum's chagrin, my son shoos him out when it's time for him to go to bed...says Magnum takes up too much room. Well....yeah! But it's so nice to have a B-body snuggled up behind your legs!

No bedtime mischief here...dang it!

gbroxon - that is too funny. Dogs love stinky!

Cami has settled down a lot. She was hyper the first few days and has now settled into a nice calm pattern. My other dogs aren't Baenjis, so she is learning that "crazy" isn't going to fly in this household. Cami boxes my old Eskie's head and he doesn't know what to make of it. Being the only male, he gets lots of attention from the girls.

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