haha, very funny.. don't be surprised if he swallowed all that missing couch!!!!
Basenji's and Puppies
How is everyones experience with a new puppy and an older Basenji? We were thinking about getting a puppy (possibly of a different breed) and I'm really worried about how our girl (1 yr) will react to a puppy. Will she be aggressive towards him and possibly try to hurt him? I'm aware that they won't be trust worthy alone for a long period of time but how is she going to be when we're right there?
What is everyones experience with this?
I brought my male Basenji in when Kiya was nearly 3 years old. They had a little snark fest but they get along great. They get in spitting matches where they yell at eachother but they don't fight fight (with violence). My experience was good.
our first Basenji Kiah we got her when she was 2 years old. when she was 5 years old we got a min pin that was 6 weeks old. from the first time she saw him she mothered him. she would play with him and also showed him that she was the boss. she gave him a bath everyday. she would start on one side of his body and the give him a little nug and he would turn around and wait until she was done with the other side. we could not take him anywhere with out taking her too. if we did she would sit and weep until he was back home. she lost her sight the last 2 years of her live and he then became her eyes. she would follow him around the yard. if she got to far from him he would go back and get her. the vet that we had at the time told us to always try to bring a puppy in with an older dog and there would not be any problems.
Well, we got brought home our 6 month old male wirehair dachshund last week. It's been very trying so far. She constantly mouths his neck and head, bats him with her paws and won't let him go where he wants (she stands over him and will walk in front of where he's going so he can't go that way). He doesn't seem to mind much he pretty much ignores it except when she pins him and he ends up on his back. Then he'll start snapping at her face which doesn't seem to steer her away from her objective (we have no idea what that is at this point). No one has had any wounds from it but there are some yelps here and there (from both dogs). I know they need to work out the order of things however it really seems like Alani has determined she's the Alpha dog and will not let up. I usually intervene when I can see the puppy trying to leave from the situation and she won't let him but it seems so constant it's wearing me out.
If anyone has any suggestions or similar situations I would GREATLY appreciate it.
sounds like she is being a mommy b
I have a similar situation. I have a male 14 mo. old B-mix. Just got a female 10 week old B-mix. Duke holds the puppy at bay with about everything as you describe. Soon as Daisy has a chewy, Duke takes it away. He puts his body in front of her to keep her from coming to me. It bothers me too. Looks like they are fighting, but unless I hear a yipe, I try not to worry. Daisy gets right back at Duke as they are probably playing. She has a couple of escape places that she'll use and then tease Duke like "na-na! you can't get me!" The advice I got about the situation is:
Don't be too concerned about the dogs roughness with each other. You can usually tell when it's getting beyond play. Puppy's like to push the limit and the older dogs hold the line. Sometimes we humans get more excited over things in the dog's world that we don't understand.
He doesn't seem to mind much he pretty much ignores it except when she pins him and he ends up on his back. Then he'll start snapping at her face which doesn't seem to steer her away from her objective (we have no idea what that is at this point).
When she pins him she wants submission. She wants him to not struggle and nip and he should calm before she lets him go. Momma dogs do this to their puppies, it is part of puppy education. They do it most to the puppies that are the most pushy usually. In our last litter, Zeke always expected to get his way and he was the one who was pinned by both mom and Rio the most. He learned that by submitting he was allowed to go back to play. When he crossed the line, by playing too rough or invading the adults personal space he was pinned. He learned the limits to play and how to behave appropriately with adults from this. The other pups would get the same treatment but less because they didn't push those boundaries as much.