@aspenjane11 Is this your first experience with the Breed? That makes a big difference because you could get a disreputable Breeder. The Basenji Club of America is a great resource as are Debra and Pat from CA. Please do your research about the Breed. They are most often mischaracterized as dumb. Nothing could be further from the Truth. They are stubborn little Dogs and that facet of their personality is why I love the Breed. Stubborn does not mean dumb! They refuse to negotiate and therein lies the challenge of getting your Puppy trained. Good luck but do not buy a dog without visiting the Breeder and seeing the Litter. I knew my Dog from when she was 3 days old. I got the pick of the litter because her Breeder was a friend of mine.
@bella74 I know a Doctor who specializes in Genetics. This is a PHD and not an MD. He says the tests are inaccurate 99.999 repetend percent of the time. This is for Humans who use things like 23 and Me etc. I am not aware of a DNA Test for Canines or any species except Horses. The Spanish Norman Horse was brought back to life by a woman in CT. She and her husband spent Millions of dollars researching in Spain and were able to get viable samples of DNA. The Spanish Norman Horses are the Horses the Knights used in Battle. They stand 19hh so they are huge. Maybe someone else knows of a DNA test for Dogs. Good Luck!
@zande My late Father used to give his Dogs (a Shepherd mix and a Rottie) York Peppermint Patties evey night after dinner. Dark Chocolate does not have a lot of Caffeine and other forms of Chocolate do. It makes the Dog's heart race which is why the other forms of chocolate are not advisable. Dogs do have a sweet tooth!
@roojuice You should also try the Lavender Oil as it Calms inflammation. I too have horses (4 at present) and have used Essential Oils for years. My VP of my Non-Prof taught me about Essential Oils. She is incredibly knowledgeable and was an Alternate twice for the United States Equestrian Team. What the Horses did not teach me, Lynn did. I have never heard that Garlic is toxic to Dogs or any other animal. I do not trust Horse Vets. My first Vet was Dr. Brendan Furlong who told me that it you give a Rabies shot to a Senior Horse it will kill them. He was always Honest and I have never found another Vet like him. Good luck to you!
@zande Some Pharmacists will refuse to fill an Rx if you call in a day early for a refill. My B had seizures when she was 12 years old. It took me a ton of effort because the Rx I had was from the Vet. I was furious so I said that State Law requires you to fill my Dog's Rx for the Phenobarbital. I filed a complaint with the State and one Pharmacist was fired. I was just very worried about my little girl and I was not going to put up with any crap about having a Prescription from an animal Doctor refused. Sometimes you just have to be nasty.
Essential Oils such as Peppermint are commonly used to rid the home of all manner of insects. Eucalyptus Essential Oil is also an Insect repellent and also works on Fungi. You need a carrier Oil like Jojoba or Frankensence for the base oil. There are tons of sites about essential oils but you want to go to a Homeopathic site for research. Essential Oils can be had at Vitacost in the US. I use them to keep my Horses insect free. When I had my B I used that because Lymes disease can kill your pet no matter the species. Lavender Oil is great for itching and removing inflammation.
Best of luck to you and there is always a way to solve a problem. Vets often disagree because they lose money when you don't buy toxic products such as Frontline.