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posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

Amputation is a major surgery, far more healing than plating or pinning. But certainly a cast is better than amputation. While dogs do fine with amputations, the healing would be a lot longer than the 12 weeks casting. If the vet is not an ortho specialist, I really suggest you see one for a 2nd opinion.

posted in Member Introductions read more

Jenn, the next time should probably be next year after you have taken the time to find a mentor and learn more. Once you learn more, you'll realize how breeding a dog that is a mixbreed is incredibly irresponsible. There simply isn't any reason to created puppies for pets, put your girl at risk during pregnancy, put the puppies at risk of having all sorts of genetic diseases because you have no idea what she carries. And since no responsibly bred stud would let their dog breed with such a bitch, you're doubling up on questionable health. Please do the right thing and get her spayed.

::::I am 38 with a beautiful girl named Lola. She is a Basenji/Chihuahua mix. She is 4 yrs old and has been with us for almost 3 years. I also have a Rhodesian Ridge back cross named kaos. He is 10 and has been with us almost 10 years. They were both rescued from less than desirable situations. We love them both very much and look forward to learning more about Lola's breed. I have some great pictures to upload but it keeps telling me that they are to big so, I will add them as soon as I can.( Any suggestions on how to fix this would be much appreciated):::

You can use any photo program to decrease the size.

posted in Breeder Talk read more

Who is his breeder. To be blunt, a responsible breeder, with bloodlines worth keeping, would have placed him with a contract forbidding you from breeding him unless you met certain criteria-- typically so many show points or (usually) a championship title; all required health testing such as thyroid, heart, Fanconi if parents weren't tested (which would really not the be case of a responsible breeder), elbows, hips and eyes. IF you got your dog from such a breeder, your dog is probably on a limited registration-- which means you are breaking contract to breed him, and that the puppies cannot be registered.

We all love our pets, but few need to be bred. What if your boy carriers terrible genes that could result in puppies who have horrible health problems? Do you want to do that to them, or to the people who take and love them-- trusting YOU to have been responsible? Unless you have done all the health testing, and unless the sire and dam of your dog have health testing, you don't know what your dog may pass on.

If your breeder is responsible, and you simply misunderstood the contract, the contact the breeder about evaluating, showing and health testing him. If the breeder refuses to change the registration, discuss getting a related dog if you want, or post the parents registered name and perhaps someone has knowledge of related puppies.

If your dog is from a backyard breeder, I can assure you of 2 things. First, no responsible breeder would ever want to breed to your dog. Second, you don't need to be concerned about a loss of his "bloodline" fizzling out. Enjoy your wonderful pet, take a few years learning about pedigrees, bloodlines, genetics, health and find a mentor to help you if you seriously want to breed. But if it's just to get puppies from your pet, please do the breed a favor and do not become an irresponsible breeder.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

First, get a full vet check. Dogs that are sick are often bullied or attacked by the other house dogs.

If that is all clear, then try to separate them. Life being under the fear of attack is horribly stressful to the dog. In nature, if such occurred she could simply leave. Unfortunately, correcting him might escalate things, so make sure when you aren't around that he does not have access to her. Working on teaching him at all times to not approach her, not just when he's bullying, may lessen the problem.

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

The problem is, what you describe COULD be heat (though none of my bitches ever had diarrhea)... it could also be something serious, such as parvo. Let the vet check her.

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

This is not "we've found a new issue"... it's, we knew this, but we want the public to be aware:

Animal Drug Safety Communication: FDA Alerts Pet Owners and Veterinarians About Potential for Neurologic Adverse Events Associated with Certain Flea and Tick Products
September 20, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting pet owners and veterinarians to be aware of the potential for neurologic adverse events in dogs and cats when treated with drugs that are in the isoxazoline class.

Since these products have obtained their respective FDA approvals, data received by the agency as part of its routine post-marketing activities indicates that some animals receiving Bravecto, Nexgard or Simparica have experienced adverse events such as muscle tremors, ataxia, and seizures. Another product in this class, Credelio, recently received FDA approval. These products are approved for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations, and the treatment and control of tick infestations.

The FDA is working with manufacturers of isoxazoline products to include new label information to highlight neurologic events because these events were seen consistently across the isoxazoline class of products.

The FDA carefully reviewed studies and other data on Bravecto, Credelio, Nexgard and Simparica prior to approval, and these products continue to be safe and effective for the majority of animals. The agency is asking the manufacturers to make the changes to the product labeling in order to provide veterinarians and pet owners with the information they need to make treatment decisions for each pet on an individual basis. Veterinarians should use their specialized training to review their patients’ medical histories and determine, in consultation with pet owners, whether a product in the isoxazoline class is appropriate for the pet.

Although FDA scientists carefully evaluate an animal drug prior to approval, there is the potential for new information to emerge after marketing, when the product is used in a much larger population. In the first three years after approval, the FDA pays particularly close attention to adverse event reports, looking for any safety information that may emerge.

The FDA monitors adverse drug event reports received from the public or veterinarians, other publicly available information (such a peer-reviewed scientific articles), and mandatory reports from the animal drug sponsor (the company that owns the right to market the drug). Drug sponsors must report serious, unexpected adverse events within 15 days of the event. In addition, they must submit any events that are non-serious, plus any laboratory studies, in vitro studies, and clinical trials that have not been previously submitted to the agency, on a bi-annual basis for the first two years following product approval and annually thereafter.

The FDA continues to monitor adverse drug event reports for these products and encourages pet owners and veterinarians to report adverse drug events. You can do this by reporting to the drugs’ manufacturers, who are required to report this information to the FDA, or by submitting a report directly to the FDA.

To report suspected adverse drug events for these products and/or obtain a copy of the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) or for technical assistance, contact the appropriate manufacturers at the following phone numbers:

Merck Animal Health (Bravecto): 800-224-5318
Elanco Animal Health (Credelio): 888-545-5973
Merial (Nexgard): 888-637-4251
Zoetis (Simparica): 888-963-8471

If you prefer to report directly to the FDA, or want additional information about adverse drug experience reporting for animal drugs, see How to Report Animal Drug Side Effects and Product Problems.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

Get a full workup from your vet, especially thyroid, as medical issues can cause aggression.

The most worrisome description is his continuing to attack you. That, as a behavioral aspect, is a very bad sign.

Even severely abused dogs who have stable temperaments usually recover fairly quickly (ie months) with good treatment. This dog seems to be escalating. Of course bringing in a new dog probably didn't help, as it upset the balance.

He may need medication &/or a very good behaviorist to turn things around. However, understand that if it isn't medical, you simply may have an aggressive unstable dog. They can be managed, but not really changed significantly. At some point, you may have to decide if this dog is living in a state that is never going to give him peace and putting him down may be the kindest option. Hopefully they will find something treatable medically and a good trainer can then help backtrack the bad behaviors. But you clearly had been doing your best and please remember that no matter what the outcome.

posted in Basenji Puppy Pen read more

Cesar Millan is the worse thing to happen to dog training in a long time. But don't take my word for it. Here are experts willing to publicly express his wrongness:

posted in Rainbow Bridge read more

gosh, lots of loses and changes. Glad you have rescued Bucky from a lonely life and are helping with your bf grandmother.

The idea of time healing all is a lie... we always have pain, we just learn to live with it.

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

They are cute so you don't kill them, lol. I found my first basenji scaling a book case to get to my shoes that I had put on the 4th or 5th from the ground shelf away from her. My 2nd one was a freaking mountain goat. She'd hop into a kitchen chair, onto the table, over to the stand up freezer, then to the kitchen counters. I finally broke her using double sided tape on the freezer and counters but she was a very determined pup.

posted in Basenji Talk read more
  1. you cannot control the other dogs there... dogs will challenge your dog
  2. your dog is dog aggressive with little provocations

So, as tanza said, stay out of the dog park. Exercise your dog elsewhere. Or keep it muzzled. Not all dogs (in fact I think MOST dogs) do not belong in unleashed dog parks. Dogs aren't little children who need to play with other children. They need exercise, they need stable companionship (owners and humans and hopefully well behaved other family pet/pets), not a smorgasbord of dogs served up at the dog park.

You are lucky neither owner sued you. The lightest response is you get banned. Worse, your dog will do serious damage to another dog... or she'll take on one that will kill her before you can blink. Your saying the other dog
"had to limp away and in tears" almost sounds like a brag. Your concerns of arrested/banned/lose your dog doesn't take into the situation that YOUR DOG has harmed others. Be responsible, keep her home, or keep her muzzled and on a leash.

posted in Member Introductions read more

She seems so very happy and bonded to you. And you to her. Sometimes things work out perfect. 🙂

posted in Breeder Talk read more

On the take care note... anyone posting puppies for sale on a facebook page... really check them out. Make sure they belong to BCOA and that they do testing.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

They are so beautiful!

Sadly dogs mature around 2 or 3. Is you boy neutered? Sometimes they don't like another dog who is intact. Sometimes they are picking up on body language we miss. Good obedience training, especially teaching him to lock his eyes on your on command and then distracting him helps. Sometimes it is situational. I would first get a vet check, particularly thyroid, just to be SURE nothing is amiss. But most likely, he's simply becoming mature and probably not happy with other males.

posted in Forum News & Help read more

The ability to pettily go through and "dislike" all of a person's posts are not conducive to any board. Like it, great. Don't like it would be fine, but when it is abused, it's wrong and petty. A new person posted about having negative rating, so I went to all his posts and put thumbs up. Nothing he posted should have been a dislike. I have watched my own rep go down a lot lately, and it is ridiculous and obvious that it happens to the most innocuous posts. Please consider removing that option.

If someone posts something abusive, report it. But to get your panties in a wad and indiscriminately just thumbs down... idiotic, immature, and again, not conducive.

And btw, it's easy to tell if someone downvoted. If you have 0 or 4 stars, you can hover and see who liked it. Guess what, if you have 3 people but only 2 likes... someone disliked it. So it isn't paranoia... I can see a couple of other members also targeted even on innocuous posts.


posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

LOL Shirley we are soooo alike. I was going to post the same thing about the come command.

She is darling, but she does look tiny. Any idea about how big her sire and dam are? I used to dream of an 18 pound basenji... I gave up. 🙂

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

While you do need some individual time training, I understand totally. I always did separate "tricks" for my dogs beyond the common ones (ie down, sit, look, etc). So imagine my surprise after my other basenji, Arwen, died and I decided to "teach" Cara all of Arwen's tricks... and she already had them down 100 percent. Yeah, she simply watched and knew but since I'd never asked her to do them, she didn't and I didn't know. The young ones here always learned from the older ones.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

All mine love under the cover, but Saylee slept by my side, sometimes head on the other pillow.


posted in Basenji Training read more

No rawhide, hooves or most "bully" (penis) sticks here.

we go with rotating Yak milk bones, boodah bones and occasional dental chews.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

@_neekko_ said in Nipping:

Our sweet girl Nala has twice nipped my children and made them cry today alone. It's basically if they get between her and another dog when we are out walking, she is aggressive to other dogs on leash while walking but I couldn't possibly let her off leash as she has no recall whatsoever and will run and run and run which won't end well. I'm unsure at which point I need to start worrying, it's not nice that she hurts the girls although I know there is no malice intended and she just knows what she wants but I find it impossible to train my basenji, she will also nip me if another dog is present and it's so painful. I let her off at the beach but she basically just chases other dogs relentlessly and it becomes embarrassing. My children are 5 and 9 and we adore our Nala but this is starting to get us down. I'm starting to wish we had listened to our breeder when she tried to put us off.

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.

Basenjis are often dog aggressive. You didn't cause it, but the breeder should have made sure you understood. If any blame, it goes on the breeder for placing a puppy with a first time owner she felt she needed to try to dissuade. She was the one responsible for her puppies, she didn't have to let you have her, and that's on her.

I disagree with several posters who say basenjis are different from any other breed. Nah. They have common quirks, but nothing about them isn't also common in a lot of other breeds. Almost every breed has a general collection of behaviors that are unique package... but the individual ones, no. Dog aggression, animal aggression, same sex aggression, opposite sex aggression, it isn't uncommon. You just learn how to manage it so everyone is safe.

You are trying to get help, and you aren't making excuses. Yep I'm judging you... my verdict is you are a person trying your best. (( hugs ))

Your children are old enough to get involved with training. There are millions of books, videos and articles. I like Mary's because she is so clear and easy, and most things you need to address are there. Working on obedience will improve your dog's confidence, and your children's relationship with her. Teaching her a "leave it" or "look at me" command, working on it several times a day for a few minutes until you have a 100 percent response. Work through all the lessons away from other animals. Note, basic obedience on the left... issues on the right. Mary is wonderful, you can write her for help if anything on her page isn't clear.

Teaching your dog to wear a muzzle isn't on her page, so hopefully someone here has instructions. Here in Israel, muzzling for public transportation is usually required and we use nice comfortable basket muzzles. If you can get a trainer to help you find and fit one for your dog, or if someone here with more experience can recommend, hopefully they will. I know that my basenji can come out of ANY muzzle we have used, even the vet's office muzzles, if she wants to and I'm not paying attention.

Karen Pryor's page is probably excellent but I am sure there are better ones that are more to the point.

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