I have a nearly four month old little pup called Jessie. I have been doing training with her since I got her, mainly following Ian Dunbar's puppy training advice. But it's been a bit frustrating. I am working on general obendience mainly at the moment, and she can sit and do down and stand etc, but not very consistently. Sometimes she does it straight away, other times she looks at me (familiar to you all I am sure) as if to say, nope, I just couldn't be bothered.
So I'm persevering, but I'm just wondering, just how well trained can an average Basenji be. How high should I have my hopes? I'd love to be able to let off the leash sometimes (her mother is able to be, her father not), but of course, I need to be sure that she'll come when she's called. Can a Basenji become trained to the point of consistency? If I just keep persevering will she eventually be reasonably compliant when I specifically ask her?
Are the Basenjis that different to most other dogs?
Another question, I have been having all sorts of problems keeping her off the couch. Should I just admit defeat?
And lastly, does the biting stop once their adult teeth come through. She is getting quite good when it comes to how hard she bites, which is good, but not always, and I'm just wondering how much longer we have until she stops nipping at us.
Looking forward to reading your replies. I have only just found this forum, and I have enjoyed reading the threads,
(North Queensland, Australia)
Hmm, I only noticed the spelling error in the title after I posted. Oh well, I'm sure everyone worked it out!