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@yaleezaforeva With my first B I tried everything and nothing worked. We got him my second B (a girl) and the problem went away. My 3rd B just sits in the crate and waits for us to come back.

They don’t like being alone and IMO they should not be left alone for more than a few hours. My first chewed his way out of a metal crate, which is why we finally got a girl.

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@rockonrush My girl was hard to house train, she would also have accidents in the crate. After 12-18 months maximum they are by far very clean dogs and any accidents after that would signal a medical problem unless they were not let out for a long time. Over 12 years accidents due to old age happen, but most basenjis will not be happy about that even then, they are very clean dogs from my experience.

If she takes her treats into the crate that is a great sign as it probably means she looks at the crate as a safe place. Never use the crate as a time out or punishment as that leads to a negative view of it.

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At 11 weeks I wouldn’t worry about it, the first 6-9months or so, accidents happen. Especially if the dog gets anxious. Some dogs are a dream to house train, others can take over a year even though you do everything right.

Sounds to me like you are doing everything right, is the crate where you sleep? Basenjis often don’t like to be alone.

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@slents I personally would never let a basenji off leash unless in a fully fenced in area. Too much risk, if the dog goes you can not stop them. Once gone they are likely to get hit by traffic. Come commands work right up until they don’t, none of mine would give me a second thought if a squirrel or rabbit appeared.

Having said that, much depends on your situation and outlook. In their native Africa they are all off leash and do fine, but very little traffic and they are used to flush out small game. If you have an environment with no traffic for a long distance and put a GPS collar on, then I have no doubt it’s less dangerous.

They love to have some freedom, so I use a good quality 26ft medium flexi leash. It’s a good compromise but you have to learn to use them safely and keep constant attention while walking.

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@j-brad My first B was diabetic and I remember he had low sugar one night and it was horrible. We brought him back with our emergency sugar syringe that we prepared but it was horrible.

All you can do is your best. It’s tough, the emotions involved are very much like a child in that the instinct is to protect and help them.

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@jujubeans For sure a firm NO and an outstretched palm facing the dog but not close. However it has to be instant for the dog to understand what they did wrong. Sounds more like the dog is playing and chasing the cat is also play.

The bite also indicates play, a fully triggered basenji will bite hard and leave puncture wounds, however it’s hard to say for sure without seeing what happened.

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@jujubeans If a basenji is aggressive, never touch them because they will bite. Tell the dog a firm NO might help but depends on the situation. Pushing them away is the wrong move unless it is an emergency as you can be bitten.

I don’t know what you imagine as punishment, but punishment is only likely to lead to resentment and more aggressive behavior in a basenji. Any dog will bite under the wrong circumstances.

Without knowing or watching the full event I can not tell you exactly what went wrong.

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@balidad He is still young, so things will change as he grows and matures. Over time you will find out what his primary drivers are. With some dogs it’s food, with my girl it was food, heat (usually sunny spots) and comfort. With my first boy he liked some treats but his primary drivers were walks and exploring. My third and current boy is the same, he loves walks and exploring first, then play and toys with food a distant third place.

In the winter we can’t walk as much so we substitute with Creative activities. One of which is the “hunt” where I get a high value treat and place small pieces of it around a room while he is not there, then tell him to “go find” and he sniffs everything until he finds them and eats them all.

A good tip is to find the one or two treats they like the best, save these for only the best behavior / reward and use very sparingly, maybe two or three times a year. When the dog gets older there is a good chance you will need to get meds down them when they don’t much want to eat, these high value rewards then become very useful. Freeze dried liver and chicken treats are usually very popular and are natural.

Many other dogs are driven by praise, basenjis usually seem to be more focused on activities. I tend to grade each in my mind to keep track. For my current boy, parks with lots of wildlife like squirrels and other dog smells are a level 10 walk lol, more boring parks are lower. A living room treat hunt is about a 7, a treat as a reward is only about a 5.

With my food driven girl, fresh cooked chicken or steak was a level 10, a walk on a cooler day was only around a 3-4, a hot sunny walk was a 7-8.

Squirrels, rabbits and groundhogs always seem to be level 10s lol but be careful as skunks are also. It’s their natural instinct, while I can’t have them wandering off chasing, I can improvise. We have an electric remote control model car which is improvised into a squirrel, he chases that in the back yard sometimes. Lure coursing is also ideal for a basenji but make sure it is safe.

Over time you will find out what drives him, use the info to keep him stimulated, content and happy. Also they are independent dogs, they are very affectionate when they get older but don’t like to be overwhelmed with affection when they are younger. When people come to the house I tell people to ignore the dogs, that way they become curious and ok about visitors. A visitor that tries to get friendly is treated with suspicion. As they get older they will become much more affectionate and bonded if you keep them content.

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@thelees102117 Doesn’t sound at all normal, usually they are terrors when they are pups. Just as you are rescuing your third pair of socks off them, they will be bouncing off the couch. At the very least curious and active.

Not only that but the more time they spend crated, the more they will burn off frustration when they are out.

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@lisalindsley1 Presuming it’s a reputable breeder, you should have health records, OFA, eyes and Fanconi? If it’s a reputable breeder then you may just be unlucky that the pup has a problem. Alternatively if it’s not a reputable breeder, then it may be a nutritional deficiency. I don’t remember reading a similar case but others might know. Your vet is the first line of info, maybe a main vet hospital like Cornell here in NY would help. Given 9 weeks old, Parvovirus or malnutrition would seem more likely other than something genetic, but I am not a vet.

Good luck and please let us know how it goes in case anyone else has something similar in the future.

Here are several possible causes for a drop in blood albumin levels in dogs:

Malabsorption of nutrients
Heavy bleeding
Oozing sores on the skin
Severe burns
Protein losing enteropathy (cause by parasites, gastritis, colitis, and other conditions)
Liver disease
Renal (kidney) disease
Fluid in the abdomen
Immune-mediated diseases
Fungal infection
Inflammatory bowel disease

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