@patty and others that reference a responsible breeder: I got my Jessey (my friend dubbed him the Jester because of his loveable zaniness) - who is my second Basenji - from a responsible breeder and he was well socialized by her and then me. I took him to the dog park which he loved at first, but then after many visits, he became scared. He used to walk the neighborhood, but then became scared. Any boom/bang/bounce - he bolts home. My other Basenji was nothing like this. Jessey has his pack of BFF's but is usually snarky to other dogs (typical B!). My point is, it's not always the breeder. Dogs - like humans - can develop "head issues". It has been very frustrating for me having a neurotic dog, but I've come to accept that's him and would never love him any less! The vet gave me Solliquin to try, but I've been hesitant. Anyone out there tried it?
Thanks guys, I am at wits end for sure. Just took him out for the morning pee - or tried to - and nada, bolted right back in (short of searching under cars for cats). I mean he'll go if he has to I imagine, but he hasn't been since 5pm yesterday and it's now almost 8am. This is not like him/normal for any animal for sure - I do chalk it up to extreme fear/some sort of mental issue. He has even stopped using the back yard which he never hesitated to do (for pee). But I was chalking that up to high/wet grass with all the rain we've been having.
I had a complete senior panel done a couple months ago - all blood work was fine. Last year for some reason his liver enzymes were HIGHLY HIGHLY - off the charts - elevated, but when retested, were back to normal and have remained normal. No one can explain that except to think perhaps he got into something that was being metabolized in the liver at the time of testing (say fertilizer from someone's lawn); did liver scan. But no, haven't been to an opthamologist, or had hearing tested (that appears to be fine as he is always on high alert - ears perked) never thought of things like tha! I'll need to see if the specialist clinic near me has these doctors. And, haven't ventured back in for spine xray/discussed because it's recent I've felt this when he's sitting and I'm petting him. He gets HIGHLY stressed in any situation outside his home, and I do not want to knock him out for xrays. I'm SO sad
Re: 9 months and suddenly scared of everything My boy is 7.5 years old, I got him when he was three months old. I had high hopes as he was my second Basenji - love the breed! He used to take long walks around the neighborhood but became afraid of noises. I would take him to the dog park regularly and at first, he loved it - did the B500 and people loved watching him. He would jump in the stream - just had a ball. Then he started running for the gate to leave even though he was with his friends, I could tell he was stressing. Took him a couple times thereafter, but eventually stopped as I wasn't going to force him. He has had his friends around home, they too used to do the B500 in the backyard (everyone is older now). He has a pack of three BFF's that he truly loves. (So that's background)....for some time he has been scared of outdoor noise (as mentioned above) - a kid on a skateboard, a bouncing basketball, car doors closing, sometimes just people talking loudly. When he hears these things, he BOLTS! It's a good thing I am strong as a weaker person would face-plant! Up until this past winter, he was dragging me through the woods on his deer/fox hunt - loved that walk. Now, he has digressed to barely leaving the house, I have to DRAG him to pee and it's breaking my heart. Vet suggested Prozac but I don't want a drugged-up dog, and I don't want to be forcing pills every day. I get mad at him that he will not go out and yet I feel sorry for him, never seen a dog like this -- what to do???!! It's embarrassing, people look at him like he's a freak (and I guess he is). Sometimes wonder if he is in pain as I feel enlargement in his spine - arthritis coming on. Thank you for listening.
My boy started having them at five years old. His symptoms -- trembling/couldn't walk/stumbling/rapid heart beat/and licking, licking, licking his mouth. As one person mentioned, they can tell when it's coming on. My boy tried to get away from it even if sitting, but almost falls over. i would sit with him and hold him very tight; lasted about 10 minutes and could be morning, afternoon or in the night. These happened about every two months for a year and a half. Thankfully, nothing since January of this year but I'm always on the lookout. Strange occurrence for sure!