I adopted my guy when he was 1 1/2 and believe me he was a problem. He is however, the true Basenji African not American decent. It took alot of trials and learning on my part for gaining his trust and letting him know I was in charge! Listen, he attack me more times than I care to recall, and have the scars to show for it. Here are some clues I have learned along the way for most Basenji's...food is really important..no wheat, corn or soy at all...many Basenji's are highly allergic and they actually get a very pink tummy on their under side, and treats are the same. Some meats are too high in protein, for my boy I get organic white chicken breast and cook them in the oven and use in his dry food. The dry food i use is called Wild Feast Grain Free. No grains, soy, wheat or oats! Yep...my boy has not always been the most friendly guy you would meet, but now as he has gotten older, now 11, he is/has been a great boy! Personally I believe it takes special humans to have a Basenji...no other like them!
I had a girl named Emma, rescued her in Ca. from Medfly Briggade. Emma I think was part pit and Basenji, but what a sweetheart! She was 3 when I got her and 18 when she passed, just of old age. She too was brindle with all the white socks etc.,....beautiful dog!
Good for you for bringing her a new and wonderful life!
I now have only Rickie, which is now 10, rescued him at 1 yr old, get dog also, but was a handful in the beginning. YES...they are so smart!
Okay, so without being there to witness it, no one can say for sure it's transferred aggression, but I'd bet on it. As eeeefarm said, teach your children to stay out of her zone. That keeps them safe. A muzzle keeps other dogs safe.. or people who might get in the bite zone.
Please don't be inpatient with your B....my guy, Rickie, which I rescued at 1 1/2 was a MONSTER....but as others have written, follow thur with every issue the same way. I never use the word "no"...but instead I got in his face and loudly said "stop" and used my to fingers to touch his nose ...it worked, but it takes doing the same training the same way each time, not just you, but every member of your home. Rickie quickly learned I would not tolerate bad behavior...they are very smart and really do like a consistent life style and they she will also learn that you will protect her under any condition. My boy is praised every day by others who know Basenji's we take long walks. I use a "training" leash when I need him to stay close by my side ( stores etc), it clips around your waist and you are hands free. My Rickie is now 10 and am so happy I worked with him diligently on his behavior issues!!!
Good luck with her.
Rickie cannot have, as most B's...corn, wheat,soy,dairy and gluten. He was miserable, so now I bake chicken breast or turkey breast ( clean with nothing on them) except water. & use a complete grain free dry. He only gets the same with treats. Also, he gets eye goobers and ear infections during the allergy seasons...WOW...poor guy. But thank gosh for my vet that has me give him Hydroxyzine HCL 25 mg each morning.
Rickie understands how this helps and really does walk into the kitchen when I shake the bottle . He is so much happier now. So, keep a look out at your B's tummy...if it's hot and pink he/she may have allergies too..:)