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Malta is small, 122 square miles in size, less than half a million population. I am guessing if there was a Basenji on the island it would stand out. Certainly if there was a breeder there it wouldn't be hard to find....

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@oli-s said in Thin Skin, OUCH!:

7.dont be afraid to show a bit of power - not physical power but a right amount of angriness if he does bite u hard. We usually say very harshly no, deep tone of the voice and we can nicely move his mouth by a hand - nicely no physical power.

I agree with this completely. A lot of people say you should never show anger, but dogs understand anger, as it would naturally come from their siblings and adult dogs if they are out of line. What dogs do not understand is discipline "in cold blood", emotionless discipline, which I believe to them is confusing. Actually, most of us will display anger that is perfectly apparent to the dog, even if we think we are not doing so. Dogs are very good at reading body language, and if it is at odds with our tone of voice I think that can be confusing. JMHO after years of working with both dogs and horses.

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There are a number of threads on here about puppies biting that might give you some ideas, but the first thing is that when he starts to get excited and nips, the play stops and you ignore him. Turn your back, look away, walk away if necessary. If he persists then restrain him until he quits it. "No" is an important word. Do not use it unless you are prepared to enforce it. When you invoke "no", it means "stop what you are doing right now" and you do not want him to learn to ignore it.

As you get to know your pup better, learn what triggers the biting behaviour and try to head off the impulse before he starts, by interrupting the actions that trigger it and asking for something else, e.g. if you have taught him to sit, ask him to do that, then praise when he does it.

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Feed him what he loves, for as long as he loves it. My girl Lady, at the end, would only eat a very few items that she had always enjoyed. She wouldn't touch "dog food". I knew then that the end was close at hand, and I probably should have made a decision earlier, but it is so hard to let them go even when you know that is the best decision. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

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How is his appetite? I find they will tell you when life is no longer worth living. If he is still eager for his food I would wait awhile to make your decision.

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At least carry him up and down the stairs when he want to go from one level to the next. Is he in pain when not trying to walk? A friend had a GSD with a similar problem and they got him a cart that supported his hind end. He could go for walks with it attached, but this only works for a dog that is tolerant of such things. I concur with the others that if life is no longer joyous for him the kindest thing is to let him go. The dog I mentioned was in good spirits and didn't seem to suffer.

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Another positive thing about Basenjis, at least I think it's positive. As many have said, they will make you laugh with their antics. This can present a problem, because if you are in the position of having to discipline a Basenji for a particularly egregious act the dog will try to distract you in inventive ways that make it near impossible to suppress a smile or even contain laughter, and of course laughing will be very reinforcing to the dog, so you have to try to keep a straight face. An innocent, teasing face and a throaty baroo can be hard to ignore!

Another positive Basenji trait: they are great peacemakers! At least, mine were. Particularly Lady. On one occasion my husband and I were having one of those typical married couple disagreements that had escalated to a shouting match. We were in the bedroom, either side of the bed, when perfectly house trained Lady jumped up between us and proceeded to pee on the bed! Well, that certainly put an abrupt end to our argument. She never did such a thing before or after that occasion, and she did not desperately need to go out, as we had just returned from a walk. The only conclusion is that it was a deliberate act to make her people behave themselves. I have had other experiences with Basenjis, but this was the most dramatic, and still makes me smile when I remember it.

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@donc said in Puppy Painful Biting Nonstop:

I've heard/read that squealing helps. IOW when she bites you just let out a loud yelp and stop whatever you are doing, which is more or less what the litter mates would have done.

Apparently that was tried. " Yelping or saying “Ow!” makes her more excited"

Many dogs react to this tactic the same way they react to a squeaky toy. I don't personally recommend it. Puppies do indeed learn from their littermates, but even more so from their mother and other adults. A dominant pup may learn to bully his siblings, but pushing Mom around is another matter. I have watched mothers and other adults pin an aggressive, annoying pup down and snarl in his face. That seems to get the message across, and is what I base my advice on.

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@tanza said in Basenji Reactivity- please help!:

@eeeefarm - This is a typical Basenji behavior.... not all, but many and of course if they are in a situation that is unsafe, you need to take action. If not in immediate danger (like the middle of the street and I would have to ask why are you walking in the middle of the street) there is nothing wrong with removing that dog from the situation.... but understand this is a hound (sighthound) reaction...

No, I don't walk in the middle of the street, but I do cross the road, as I am guessing most people have to do from time to time. 😉

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Don't allow the behaviour. Period. When she bites, or preferably when you see the bite coming, restrain her (as gently as you can) and don't let her go until she quits trying to bite you. I use a "bear hug" to do this, being careful the dog cannot reach my face. If she starts again, rinse, repeat. She is self rewarding in some way with the biting and you need to shut this down as it appears to be turning into a habit. When you release her, if she does not try to bite, lots of praise. If she tries to bite again, a firm "no" and restrain again.

Another option is when she goes for your hand, thrust your fingers down her throat so she gags. She may then redirect to another part of your body, so get your hand in the way and repeat.

This pup has not been socialized. Her mother and siblings should have taught her that constant biting is not acceptable, and since apparently that didn't happen, it is up to you to show her that biting is off limits.

None of this is pleasant, but now is the time to sort this. Puppy teeth are sharp and it won't be fun for you, and yes, she may grow out of it, but letting it become a habit isn't something you want to happen. She is young, and hopefully if you kindly and consistently stop her from indulging in this behaviour, she will give it up.

You might want to wear a pair of heavy gloves until you get a handle on this. If she is used to walking on a leash, another thought would be to let her drag a leash and use it to pull her away from any biting attempt. Good luck!

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