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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

We already have her gated off in the kitchen and her bed is out of site of the children there is no way they can see her if she wants to lay down, this way they do not bother her.

I also put her back into the kitchen when she starts climbing on me. I kinda figured that she is trying to get away from the "attention".

So far I have done every suggestion you all have given me, b4 I have asked the question, so I guess I am doing a pretty good job so far.

Today I took her out to play w/ the kids and her and my 3 year old were having a ball until they both slipped on the hardwood floor and he kinda tumbled over her and scared her a bit, but I immediately tended to them both and both were fine. I did put her back into the kitchen though as to give her a break and she went and took a nap.

One of the reasons we got her is because my oldest son has Leukemia and we got her as a sort of therapy, as ppl say dogs can be good for the sick. I cannot remember the last time he has been this happy since his diagnosis last March. He is on cloud 9 when he is with her. He aslo gets alone time w/ her when the younger 3 go to bed. And they are both in heaven, since he is 7 and understands how to handle a puppy and all. She loves to kiss him and cuddle with him also.

Thanks again for all the suggestions!


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Nissa is alright w/ my kids. but she is not a pure bred. She has also only been with our family for a few days. My kids ages are 7, 3 1/2, 2 1/2 and 16 months. She tends to get frightened and climb up me like a cat. I have scratches all over my arms and legs from her.

My kids are young and I know that they have to learn just like she does to get used to having a puppy and also her getting used to being around kids too.

Any ideas on how to make this easier. I have tried a few things, like one on one sessions w/ each child in an area where she feels secure and if she wants to be left alone then she can walk away. But my kids who are 3 and 2 just don't understand that they have to be slow, quiet and not chase her. She does occasionally come up to them and lick them or let them pet her but she generally runs from them and tries to hide.

Thanks for any info!

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Hi all I just wanted to say Hello and hope to get some info on this breed of dogs and make some friends.

My dog is not a pure bred Basenji she is a Basenji/Shitszu Mix. The litter was an oopps! Mom is the Shitszu and dad is the Basenji. They are both pure breds and have been bred by a breder for some time. One day dad got in the house and got at mom and they had a litter of pups that was NOT planned. The breder was no longer going to have mom have pups. So this is defiantely her last litter.

Anyways, I am just learning about these types of dogs and also the Shitszu also and would welcome and help and info anyone can give.

She does bark though… obviously the Shitszu in her. And she whines alot. But is otherwise a wonderful pup! She is 12 1/2 wks old and weights 7 1/2lbs she was the 1st one born of the litter and is the 1st of 2 runts. The 2nd runt didn't make it past a few days. The breeder and the Vet believes she will not exceed a max of 12lbs. She is black & white and such a lover, she loves kissing and cuddles and is good w/ my kids but is slightly scared of them too, I think its because they are a bit loud and fast but I am sure she will eventually get used to that as this is only her 3rd day w/ us.


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