I feed Fromm foods, they are fairly decent quality and then supplement with chicken, steak, eggs etc.
It sounds more like a skin problem because Basenjis usually have very little odor.
@prasadvaze There are wipes which you can use instead of baths, I imagine most of them neutralize odors and have a fresh scent. Perhaps try those? Mine have always had no detectable smell except after I bath them, then they smell “doggy” for a day or so.
Here are a couple of ones I looked up but I have never tried any.
What kind of smell / odor?
@donzii I have several that I bought years ago on eBay. I am sure your products are great but this forum doesn’t allow advertising. You might be able to get BRAT to add them to their goods, I know they have Cafe Press stuff which they get a contribution from the sale of.
“All Basenjis are different (and how !?!) and are differently reared to live in different situations and conditions. Things that work for one owner may well be anathema to another.“
Exactly and there are exceptions / outliers in the breed. Also, each dog will adapt to each owner individually. I have never had problems with discipline or training, yet they try to manipulate me with “goodness” lol because they know it works. With my wife, they never try to manipulate her because they know it doesn’t work, yet they will not listen to her sometimes when being disciplined and told no.
@hazyj Personally I would always keep them on a leash. They have recall right up to the point when they see “prey” and then they are gone. Much like leaving them uncrated, it works until it doesn’t and then the consequences can be death, so to me it is never worth the risk.
Two mile walks twice a day would be fine if you could do it. I would not get a basenji if I did not have the time or capability to walk them enough. Sure they can survive but it doesn’t fulfill their natural desires and needs. I use extension leashes so for the 3-5 miles we do, they do about 6-7 lol. Although it takes time and concentration to use them safely.
Most of the people who come on here with problems and looking for advice, generally can be helped just by increasing the walks. Even taking them to the same park gets boring for a basenji, unless maybe it’s a dog park but they have their own problems.
From my own experience, during winter I walk them as much as possible but they are more stressed, have more problems with behavior etc. in the summer with 4-5 walks a day including one good two mile walk, they just want to come home, sleep and then get back out there. A tired basenji is a happy, good, well behaved basenji. In the wild dogs migrate as a pack, the more you emulate that, the better it is for the dogs health and well-being.
The walks are the key to everything. The reason I keep them is intelligence, they will keep you on your toes constantly and will outwit you. To keep a basenji you must be half as smart as the dog lol.
@hazyj “ likes pets and cuddles but only on occasion, so somewhat independent”
Yes they are, but what they lose in “clingyness” They make up for with demanding and needing supervision. Plus they bond with their owners very tightly, they expect to be included in everything you do and plan...until they are sure it’s not something they need to be involved in. They are naturally inquisitive. Other dogs are less intensive.
“-can get along with family cat”
Most can if they are used to cats, they will still chase if the cat runs though in my experience.
“-tolerate of children Ages 6yrs +”
If the children are respectful and fairly well educated about dogs yes.
“-enjoys going places with family like trips to the beach (on leash), hikes (on leash), camping (on leash) haha”
They are very inquisitive and explore happily.
“-somewhat independent. Doesn’t mind being home alone 6ish hrs while at work“
Some are ok and others are not, if you get a pair they seem to do better in my experience. They can be highly destructive if left alone when younger, think walls and doors chewed through, my first even chewed out of his metal dog crate. They are highly determined and can be stubborn.
“-medium exercise need. Okay with walks daily. Somewhere between a greyhound (lazy coach dog) and boarder collie (crazy go go go). Doesn’t mind longer hikes on occasion but doesn’t NEED it every day.“
They need exercise, especially when young. If you live in a colder climate they can substitute walks for play, interactive activities etc for short periods. They are very demanding, especially for the first 7-10 years, after that they slow down.
Mine need 3-5 miles a day to keep them content and happy, usually over 3-5 walks. I rotate through a dozen or so parks so they get variation. Here in the U.S. many dogs are spoiled with food, treats and love yet neglected when it comes to walks. Both mentally and physically they need walks to fulfill them and keep them healthy and happy.
@j-brad The reason I originally got a basenji, is because of a pure fluke. The reason I got my second and third basenjis, is because the first taught me so much and I can’t imagine living without one.
Basenjis live in the moment, which is something I try to learn from and add to my own philosophy. They enjoy today without worrying too much about tomorrow, much easier for a dog than a human no doubt...but still something to aspire for.
When they go there is no real help or consolation, other than another basenji and even then they will never replace the one you lost. Just doing the best you can is all you can do.
There are no real words to express the loss, they should live much longer.
@dres_actually I agree with the other posts, absolute max should be monthly baths, I bath mine twice a year on average...(excluding skunk problems!). There are also various skin conditioners you can purchase but I suspect they will not be as good as reducing the baths.
If you have allergy’s or some other reason for needing bathe the dog, try some of the conditioning wipes you can purchase.
Also, we run a humidifier in the winter, otherwise everyone dries out and starts to get electrocuted from the static. So might be worth a try.
@j-brad As I said in my previous post, we never got to chemo because of events overtaking us. But I do remember we discussed it with the vet at one point and I was surprised to find that there are lots of options for chemo, all the way from relatively inexpensive pills to very expensive therapy’s. So that option may still be open to you. I guess it depends on the biopsy results and the type of cancer.
@j-brad The best thing you can probably do is try to cope with the feelings and stay on point with your vet. I believe that the test results will give you a clearer idea of your options as some cancers respond better than others. The vet will probably give you better advice than I can. I lost my first to cancer at 11, my second at 12, so at 10ish it is not surprising to see some problems.
Much would depend on the dog if it were me in the situation, I would consider is the dog strong and otherwise healthy, what is the cost, what is the probable outcome, what would the dog’s attitude be towards Chemo etc, you know your dog well, try to dig deep and thing as rationally as possible.
Having said all that, I have lost two and know just how deep it hurts to lose them, so I do appreciate how hard it is.
My first had a massive abdominal cancer, so was not realistically an option for chemo, plus he had other problems and was in pain from it, so euthanasia was the only choice.
My second had a cancer growth removed but never really came out of the anesthetic because she had a liver problem and seizures. I had already ruled out any major operations or chemo before that because of those, frankly if I could turn back the clock I would have just left it alone as trying to help just hastened her death.
In the right set of circumstances with an otherwise happy and healthy resilient dog, I would consider chemo if the vet recommends it or believes the prognosis to be good.
Good luck and fingers crossed.
@theoriginaldev As others have said, an older dog would be better on neutral ground. A puppy will probably go really well. From my own experience, a bit of initial posturing from the older dog, then when they realize it’s playtime...the games will commence. Good luck!
@elbrant Kind of sucks as the poor dog (according to her own FB posts) is not being cared for and given proper veterinary care. It is one of those things that sucks but life can be very unfair.
The only good that can come out of it, is if BRaT learn from it and improve their vetting process. Even that is sketchy because maybe the foster was fine when she originally took the dog. Reminds me of someone at work that I had to let go, someone asked me why I hired them and as I told them, they were fine when I hired them. A lot of mental illness around these days.
@mrscastro That is what I thought. I know it’s hard for BRAT but she is IMO seriously not capable nor mentally stable enough to care for the dog. If you read her full post, she tells several confirmed lies and also confirms that she is experimenting on the dog again (if in fact she is not just pocketing the money).
Either way the dog is in danger. Would be nice if someone from BRAT could give us an update from their end.