@eeeefarm My boy would always go into the dining room table and steal something, we used the table for storing things for a long time as we ate at the breakfast bar. Then one day I cleaned off the table. The first time he was annoyed with me, he went to the table and looked up on it, the look on his face was priceless lol, I laughed so hard and he was really mad then lol. They really do have to understand when no means no, electrical leads are one of those. During the summer we go for an early walk, nap time follows. Wake up in time for midday walk, nap time, afternoon walk, nap time, evening walk, nap time. During the winter it’s very different when it’s too cold to walk. Excercise is key, but many think that just letting the dog out in the back yard is excercise.
@theresab Others will probably know better. Should have Fanconi negative, OFA and Eyes as a minimum, didn’t see anything from the OFA on their page. One thing that did strike me is how many litters they have, red flag but doesn’t necessarily mean they are bad. Like I say, don’t know much myself but others no doubt will.
@theoriginaldev I think you are fine at eight weeks to pick up the Basenji. I would refer to a vet for guidance on puppy school, I remember that dogs before their second set of injections should not be exposed to much. If I remember correctly my vet told me to limit the dogs exposure to other dogs because their immune system is weak. “I've had numerous dogs growing up” Basenjis are dogs, but they are very unique and not at all like most dogs. Also their personalities can be like chalk and cheese, so nobody here knows what type of personality your dog will have. They can be anything from placid to quite viscous. The reason people on here are very adamant in their opinions, is because a Basenji can be anywhere from easy going to absolute hell. If you are a “Basenji person”, you will adapt, learn and survive regardless of the trials and become hooked on the breed. As far as flying, I am wrestling with this myself, I guess it is the luck of the draw. Some say it’s perfectly safe and it probably is in most cases, however there is a risk which should be avoided if possible.
@donc Would be over eight weeks, at eight weeks the people with deposits choose, so probably at least nine weeks maybe ten. The twelve hour drive is including stops, it is 700 miles so at least two decent stops for fuel/ bathroom/ eat, at least four on the way back with a pup. I initially figured there might be a direct flight, which would cut the travel time down a lot. However the shortest flights have one change over. Too much can go wrong and people on here don’t recommend cargo shipping. Short cuts make long mistakes, so other than getting someone recommended by the breeder to shuttle the pup halfway, it looks like driving would be the only real option. If it happens, I expect it will be a rough drive with a screaming unhappy pup, but that twelve hours will be more than made up for in the years to come for both me and the pup.
@eeeefarm Unfortunately I would be on my own. My last girl was a pup and she whined and cried all the way home, but that was only about an hours journey. My boy was eight or nine months old, he was upset at leaving the breeder as he was a return pup, so got bounced between people before we got him. But we stopped frequently, my daughter sat in the back with him and we had the crate facing her. A Learjet would be awesome lol, but not looking at that kind of money. Heck, if I had that kind of money I would own a large farm with about ten Basenjis lol. From what I can gather a pet taxi or specialized transport halfway would be a reasonable cost and would make things a lot easier. It’s around $450 to fly, and around $600 for a pet taxi from what I gather.
@donc It’s all hypothetical at the moment, but I have at least a few weeks to figure things out. I figure best to consider all the options and if the pup is available, then I will be prepared. The pup will be minimum eight weeks old. The more I am looking at it, the more driving seems the only realistic option. There are no direct flights, so even flying down and back is fraught with possible problems. A ground transport would help a lot, but only if I can be sure they are good.
@tanza That’s what I figured. No doubt some would do better than others but I don’t want to take the chance. I know two of my dogs would have absolutely hated it, but then they have a life of luxury and are attached to me at all times lol. Ruled out flying in cargo holds at this point. I have seen a few transports who will transport single dogs in a crate. They are expensive but would be worth it if they are good.
@debradownsouth Flying down and back with the pup is an option, and it’s still possible to drive but I suspect it would only work over three days. One down, and overnight, one back and an overnight near home. I have a six year old boy and do not want to introduce the pup after I have been away for two days, late on in the evening when tired. He has never known me be away at night and would be stressed out too. He sulks when I go out for even a little while. I figured if I can get some specialist ground transport, then that would cut it down and could meet somewhere.
Not sure what section this should come under, but I am contemplating a new pup. Is flying safe? I also see there are ground transportation specialist for cats and dogs. I have no knowledge of either, so any advice is appreciated? I could drive myself but it is a 12 hour drive each way, would mean an overnight stop. Not impossible but would leave me introducing the new pup when I am tired after a 12 hour drive home, so looking at other options. Thanks.
Also, never underestimate a Basenji lol. My Suzy was in the park one day and we always have the dogs on 26 ft extendable leashes. It’s an art form to use them and we use them even in the back yard which is fenced in. Anyhow, this particular day there was a squirrel and a small solitary tree, so the squirrel ran up the tree. Thinking nothing of it, I let Suzy run up to the tree and sniff where the squirrel had been at the bottom. Nothing unusual as I have had three Basenjis and they all chased squirrels. However Suzy was a genius amongst Basenjis lol, she wrapped her front legs around the trunk of the tree and used her back claws to dig in and climb. She was three foot or so up before I grabbed her lol. One of the most amazing and shocking sights. So beware if you have trees anywhere near the fence.
Some good suggestions alread. You have to be the leader, they have to respect you above all else. Try to get them onto neutral ground and allow them to become a pack with you. If they are together in the house, it is easy for them to be opposed, when they are together on neutral ground, they are a pack. Structure during feeding and no treats until you are sure you can trust them. When you get it right, it’s amazing to see them bond. Imagine it as a relationship, brothers and sisters will often squabble between each other. However when they face an outside threat, they become very bonded.