Play date

I had my mother drop off her springer spaniel yesterday for a handful of hours. We were testing out Kananga and her getting along in case she needed me to watch over her dog (her other dog does not get along with Kananga, both will go for each others throats).

Anyways, she's the submissive type and is not aggressive, so I thought it would be interesting. Last time I brought Kananga over to her home, he was not in the mood to play (curious about a new environment) and she was pestering him to play.

This time it was the opposite. I've never seen Kananga so playful with another dog. I'm guessing it's because he's comfortable in his home and would rather play. Although I have to admit, I can understand why some other dogs get a bit tired of Basenjis. He was running across the room and hitting her with his paw, jumping up trying to nip at her to get her to play, but he then realized she was not a fan of this and she let out a growl/bark for him to back off. The look on his face was priceless. 😃

That lasted for 5 minutes and then he was right back to running across the room and tormenting her. He had a big smile on his face the entire time. It makes me want another Basenji. :o

It's really funny how they use their paws. He did eventually calm down and lay next to her, but every time she'd get up he'd be back at hitting her in the face with his paw. :rolleyes:

😃 Yes those Basenji paws are amazing !

Houston

I agree, Otis uses his paws alot, especially when he meets new dogs, like at the dogpark or in obedience training. Of course usually the other dog looks at him as if he is an idiot..and all Otis wants to do is play..

Cute story..I bet he slept good.

When I walk Buddy and another person is approaching with their dog they say "oh he/she is friendly". Then Buddy get's close and suddenly he does the paw jump up "i wana play" thing the other dog takes it as aggression and snaps at him. It doesn't always happen but more times then I'd like. Then I get a "he's never done that before". Yeah right! So now I hold him back and warn the person "Buddy will try to playfully paw/jump on your dog".

@nobarkus:

When I walk Buddy and another person is approaching with their dog they say "oh he/she is friendly". Then Buddy get's close and suddenly he does the paw jump up "i wana play" thing the other dog takes it as aggression and snaps at him. It doesn't always happen but more times then I'd like. Then I get a "he's never done that before". Yeah right! So now I hold him back and warn the person "Buddy will try to playfully paw/jump on your dog".

See, I've never had that problem outdoors. Kananga is really only comfortable in his home. He's too alert outdoors and never wants to play. Every once and awhile though, he'll play with a dog he knows, but he'll only get so involved.

@Kananga:

See, I've never had that problem outdoors. Kananga is really only comfortable in his home. He's too alert outdoors and never wants to play. Every once and awhile though, he'll play with a dog he knows, but he'll only get so involved.

Buddy will run 100 yards to go play with any dog. When I take him to the dog park and we're walking from the car to the fenced in area he's so jacked up that when we get to the dog park fence I just lift him up and over and he just bolts right into the middle of the pack. When we are walking on leash sometimes he'll crouch down and wait for the dog to get close then spring up at them. He'll wear out any dog(s) at the park running around and around. People say "Wow, look at that Basenji, he's not even breaking a sweat"! 😃
They're happy he's there as it makes their dogs run around where otherwise they may just be moping around. He'll stir the whole place up. He's quite a character. On the other hand I wish he was a little more hesitant/cautious about approaching other dogs for his own safety. With that, I keep him on a tight leash, only loose in the dog park.

Houston

Dan, your Buddy sounds like so much fun..We have got to meet for a playdate on day..somehow..LOL

@nobarkus:

Buddy will run 100 yards to go play with any dog. When I take him to the dog park and we're walking from the car to the fenced in area he's so jacked up that when we get to the dog park fence I just lift him up and over and he just bolts right into the middle of the pack. When we are walking on leash sometimes he'll crouch down and wait for the dog to get close then spring up at them. He'll wear out any dog(s) at the park running around and around. People say "Wow, look at that Basenji, he's not even breaking a sweat"! 😃
They're happy he's there as it makes their dogs run around where otherwise they may just be moping around. He'll stir the whole place up. He's quite a character.

I wish Kananga got more involved like that. He does show interest when he's on leash and wants to be with other dogs, but as soon as he approaches them he really just wants to check them out and say hi. Maybe he's trying to simply be polite, but when he's off leash at the dog park he's not very playful. I think he gets a bit overwhelmed with all of the humans standing around. He's always more comfortable around dogs than humans.

Oh well, I keep him socialized with as many people in my building as possible as it is. I think his personality dictates his behavior more than anything. :o

@Basenjimamma:

Dan, your Buddy sounds like so much fun..We have got to meet for a playdate on day..somehow..LOL

Otis and Buddy would have fun as Buddy would be all fun and no threat to him. He'll even go swimming if the other dog is in the water. The first day I took him to the beach I thought he might be a bit scared of the waves but no, right when we get there some dogs are running in after a ball and he runs right in after them- SLASH!
There's this little dog down the street, always in the front yard named Nacho. I think part Chihuahua and Rat Terrier or something. They have a metal fence that Buddy can get his head through. This dog loves Buddy and Buddy sticks his head in there, tail wagging a mile a minute and they're like hugging. The dog always whimpers when we go by following us in the yard as we walk. He usually barks at dogs that go by.

Houston

that sounds so cute..

@nobarkus:

Buddy will run 100 yards to go play with any dog. When I take him to the dog park and we're walking from the car to the fenced in area he's so jacked up that when we get to the dog park fence I just lift him up and over and he just bolts right into the middle of the pack. When we are walking on leash sometimes he'll crouch down and wait for the dog to get close then spring up at them. He'll wear out any dog(s) at the park running around and around. People say "Wow, look at that Basenji, he's not even breaking a sweat"! 😃
They're happy he's there as it makes their dogs run around where otherwise they may just be moping around. He'll stir the whole place up. He's quite a character. On the other hand I wish he was a little more hesitant/cautious about approaching other dogs for his own safety. With that, I keep him on a tight leash, only loose in the dog park.

This discribes zoey exactly. the crouch and pounce and the wearing out of dogs. She ran 3 italian grey hounds one after the other into the ground and was waiting for the next dog to come along so she can still play. Also whenever a new dogs comes to the park she plays greeter at the gate. People are always amazed at how fast she is.

Play time is fun to watch, isn't it?

@Forever:

This discribes zoey exactly. the crouch and pounce and the wearing out of dogs. She ran 3 italian grey hounds one after the other into the ground and was waiting for the next dog to come along so she can still play. Also whenever a new dogs comes to the park she plays greeter at the gate. People are always amazed at how fast she is.

Buddy plays greeter at the gate too and goes to the gate when anybody leaves. Buddy will run around hard for 1 hour or more at the park then when we get home he runs in the house and grabs his toy.

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