Our Rosie would do anything to avoid stepping into an area where she had peed or pooped before. We got her at approx 6 months, a mixed breed. She would almost levitate to get away from stepping in places that she might have peed in two weeks before. Sometimes she'd do this and almost yank my arm off because it was such a violent leap. Eventually this behavior wore off (phew!). Ditto for the only going in the tall weeds. That took me standing with her in a confined area, on a leash, until she had to go. She is now almost two years old and mostly these behaviors are behind us. I would suggest that making a walk the reward for going potty is a viable way of encouraging a dog to go potty. You are correct about the ease that a pup gets distracted. Leaves, birds, cars, etc. I put a chair out in the dog yard and just sat in it with the dog (previous and current) on a regular 6' lead. Than I just waited. It was tough in the snow but in a way bad weather helps motivate a pup to get their business done. Just a suggestion that I found very useful. Once they went potty, then a game of ball or a walk was their reward.
At 15 years old, Lenny has lived a very good life due to your love and diligence in caring for him. If he feels better on your homemade suppers, then I say more power to you both. He is at the age of diminishing returns when it comes to treating health problems. Love him, feed him what he likes, and when either he quits wanting to eat or quits being able to get around, seriously consider helping him move on. Our Cardi Duncan lived the last three + years with arthritis (two daily drugs for that), diabetes insipidus (eye drops twice a day costing an arm and a leg), synthroid for thyroid. He lived to be 15yrs and 7 months, over 2.5 years longer than the UK dog mortality suggested was average for a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Ultimate decision to help him on was because we could no longer keep him comfortable with the arthritis. We'd had him for way longer than expected and it was the last and greatest gift we could give him, a gentle death being touched by my husband and I who adored him and his vet who'd treated him since before he was born and who wept as she put him to sleep. Hope Lenny continues to thrive on your own diet and whether you measure the time he has left in months or years, enjoy every minute of it. Thinking of you both!
We lost our beloved Cardigan Welsh Corgi 5 years ago and we still talk about him, laugh over the good (and the bad) things that he did, and treasure all of the memories. I've even had a dream in the last year where he was totally enjoying himself playing in a snowy woods, with a pack of friendly wolves, while I watched them. He was so happy in the dream and I was so happy for him. When I woke up, that joy stayed with me for 24+ hours. I just kept smiling remembering how much fun he was having. Definitely treasure the memories!
I was just playing with our mixed breed Rosie. She had a new hard Nylabone that she'd brought over to me. As I was reaching for it, she shifted her hold on the bone and accidentally caught my third finger (kind of got snagged on a pre-molar). I yipped a bit and had my eyes closed, as it did hurt plus I wanted her to be more careful. When I did open my eyes, she was sitting there with her lower lip quivering. I could tell she was really upset as she was sitting very still, without a command, and staring. I reassured her but she still had the lip quiver for a minute or more.
My opinion is that she was upset about hurting the alpha dog in our pack. I got up and moved around, but when I came back and sat down, she followed me and tried to lick the fingers on both of my hands. She doesn't really do a lot of licking until we go to bed (seems like a social thing morning and night).
I did some reading on the forum regarding jaw quivering so wondered if anyone had more info or opinions. Thanks!
@elbrant I second Elbrant. Canned pumpkin is supposed to be regulating, whether the problem is diarrhea or constipation. Personally, if you try this and your pup tolerates it but you don't see any improvement, I would up the amount every couple of days until you do see some change (+ or -). Your dog probably will find it quite acceptable.
I'm with zande. My Cardi was always a big boy at around 40#, sometimes over that. To keep weight off, I used good quality kibbles as 1/3d of his diet. Of course there were bedtime biscuits and biscuits when going in his cage if we had to go out. So supper was 1/3 of the normal amount of kibbles and the rest made up of veggies. He'd eat anything raw or cooked except celery and fennel. Ergo I could use cup 1C of fresh bagged coleslaw mix on top of his kibbles and he'd chow down. Ditto for any kind of lettuce/greens although I did limit things like spinach and kale. Romaine was always a hit. #10 cans of green beans worked well and once opened, I could freeze them in 1 cup portions. One of the best was canned pumpkin. Again the #10 cans were very reasonable. I could use 1/2 - 1 cup of canned pumpkin with no adverse effects on bowels. Plus the carotene made the red in his coat (a nice sable with lovely white points) get a nice color. I would buy large sweet potatoes, microwave one and then split it three ways between the two of us and the dog. He got the skins too. According to the UK veterinary Summary of Dog Health, 2004, Cardi's live to an average of 12.5 years. Duncan lived to 15 yrs, 7 months. Most of his decline occurred in the latter 3 years so he did very well on his diet. Using the 1/3 kibbles and 2/3 veggies (raw could be pretty fluffy and require a bit more, cooked a bit less) I was able to keep his weight at 39 - 40# (verses his high of 45#). One of the nice things about keeping the diet simple was that when we traveled, I could provide the veggie portion by going to any grocery store. As long as I had his kibbles we were ready to go.
Since I've started letting Rosie sleep with me, she has been doing a very funny pre-sleep ritual. She jumps on the bed while I finish all the mundane last things to do before climbing in. I have to push her out of the way and then hop in and toss the covers over me before she dances on them. As soon as my head is on the pillow she moves up behind my head and lays her head on mine (or on my neck). She tries to get a few kisses in while she does this and it's all done with great enthusiasm. I give her some strong pats and hugs (behind my head) and then she moves down to the bottom of the bed to sleep. It's really quite endearing, a little pushy but not aggressive. It's very similar to how she acts when I'm on hands and knees trying to retrieve toys from under the lounge chair. She crawls under me, kisses me, paws at my hands, and basically gets in the way in the sweetest manner. It''s hard to ask for good behavior when I'm laughing and enjoying how thrilled she is to have Momma down on her level. I'm assuming that this is basic pack behavior.
I too own a mixed terrier who appears to be part Basenji (both coloration and vocalizations). Hope to get DNA test done eventually. Can anyone weigh in on water drinking and affinity for warmth being Basenji traits? Rosie loves to lie outside the back door in 75 - 85 degree temps, in the sun, panting. She has access to shade but doesn't choose to lie there. I worry about her in the heat (only leave her out if she wants to stay and then only for 15 - 20 minutes). Usually if she is out without me on any given day, she wants back in to be with Momma. When the A/C is running in the house and it's nice and hot outside, she will stay there until I force her into the house. Then, unlike any dog I've ever owned, she will not go get a drink of water. She seems to only drink a couple of times a day (i.e. infrequently). Are these normal Basenji actions? She is approx one year old, adopted two months ago. She is a delight to own!!