My basenji Kaia just turned 4 years old. We've always had a bit of difficulty getting her entirely housebroken - she messes in the house every once in a while, but had a months long streak of being good. The only common denominator in her messing in the house is that she typically does so when we've left her alone in the house (even though we have a 9 year old German Spitz at home as well). However, in the last week she has messed in the house EVERY. TIME. we go out. It's gotten so bad my parents can't even go sit outside without taking her out because if they do she'll piss on the kitchen floor. We've put a gate up to quarantine her in the kitchen as punishment and have taken to doing so when we go out just to keep the pee contained, but without fail, there's a puddle when we get home. We're running out of ideas. Any insight/tips?
Kali has had some strange eye issues. When we first got her, her eyelashes grew in her eyes, causing her to squint and scratch at it all the time. We fixed that, but she always holds that eye closed more than the other, and there was always less hair around that eye. Now the other eye has way less hair around it, and she's sort of squingting in that one, too. She's also shedding a lot too, especially on her neck.
We still have that stray we found in January. Could it possibly be that Kali is just stressed out that there's an intruder on her turf?
So on Sunday morning we got a call from our neighbors saying "Hey, theres little brown dog on your deck." so we go out and look and there it is. After about a half an hour of cooing and calling to it, we finally got it inside and out of the cold. She is still here, though we think we may have found its owner, but Kali is having eating issues. She hardly eats her food without you actually placing her infront of her food and making sure she eats it like a 5 year old eating their vegetables. And even then she hardly eats it.
I ask you wise B owners, does this have something to do with this other dog, or do I need to call the vet?
Kali just went into heat a few days ago, and this is her first heat, so we're all a little confused because we've never had a female dog, let alone a basenji.
We've done some reading, and we've learned that the heat cycle is once a year. But we can't seem to find anything telling us about how long the cycle lasts. So could any of you tell me?