So after having fun clicking through video after video of yodeling Basenjis on Youtube (with Bowpi nestled under my thigh tent, occasionally swiveling an ear in the direction of my laptop speakers), I'm a little saddened that I've never heard a full yodel from Bowpi. She's VERY quiet, and has basically two kinds of vocalizations… a musical yawn, and a hysterical scream of death -- like when Bowdu snaps at her (which I heard a lot of during their first couple months together, but they're good now) or if she is otherwise grumped at by another dog.
But as far as yodeling goes, our shiba is actually the one to offer a robust "AROO", especially when welcoming people back home. Bowpi participates in the welcoming committee, but she never makes a sound to express herself -- just her cute little tail wag and pinned back ears.
I'm just wondering if this is something that might be taught over time? Or do some basenjis just never, ever really get in a yodeling mood? I noticed with a lot of the Youtube videos, it often takes more than one Basenji to really get them going... one thing my boyfriend and I both do when we come home is to "aroo" along with Bowdu, so it's like a silly little pack thing. I guess we behave like this hoping that someday Bowpi will feel confident enough to join in, but it's also okay with us if she doesn't feel the need. =)