So our guy is 18 months and has shown 0 signs of aggression since we had him, not even a growl, at the park all he wants to do is play and have a good time, he loves the rough play but has never come close to showing signs of aggression with other dogs.
We took him to the park yesterday however and there was a new dog there that was rough playing with him, I actually stepped in at one stage because ours was yelping to try to tell the dog to back off and in the end, the dog pushed mine and he fell into the mud and got wet which resulted in him snapping and getting really angry, showing full teeth and moving in a completely different way (he didn't attack or hurt the dog he was basically telling it to piss off). Anyway someone told me that basenji's get aggressive at 2 years old so I'm paranoid now that maybe mine is starting to change, although I know the dog was really aggravating him and he hates getting wet or muddy (as I'm sure most basenji owners can appreciate).
Should I be concerned? Is it true that Basenjis start showing signs of aggression around the age of 2? Any similar stories or advice would be grately appreciated.
People who are saying to avoid dog parks this time of year, is that for all Basenjis across the globe? Are they known to be particularly naughty this time? We've actually noticed a couple of behavioral issues at the dog park, nothing too bad, but our boy is starting to act like he owns the park and his recall is shocking...thankfully he doesn't go far, he just doesn't care much about what we have to say either all he wants to do is play with other dogs.
That is a very interesting point. He doesn't look overweight just not as skinny as what I see some to be on Instagram. He's on a super healthy diet, so we cant make sense of it. That being said, he exercises everyday for over an hour so it actually could be muscle, would you believe I never thought of that.. ha
Our 1 year olf boy is weighing 12.4kg right now and we aren't sure if he is overweight or not. Trying to work out the optimal amount of food he should be having to support a healthy lifestyle..
What weight do you recommend a basenji being and how much should he be eating also? Is our dog overweight?
Haha I love the running away or lying down idea, I often say to my partner we should just walk off from him to give him a little scare in thinking he's lost us, but when it comes down to it I think I get more scared at the idea of losing him than he does.
We need to figure something out because up until now when he doesn't listen, its leash straight on, which has actually become counteractive because he knows that, so now if he doesn't listen to us, he just starts dodging us so we cant grab him to put the leash on.
Basenjis are far too smart for us humans!
Hello! Our little fella is 10 months old and hugely motivated by other dogs, he LOVES to play. I know it’s just a puppy thing but it’s almost impossible to keep him focused when he sees other dogs. We keep him off lead at the dog park Because he loves to run and just doesn’t use up his energy enough when he is just on lead with us.
Please note, he is only off lead at the dog park and he only doesn’t listen to recall when he sees other dogs around cause he wants to play, the rest of the time he is very good and listens.
Does anyone else have trouble with recall? He’s the happiest little fella, but I just worry that when in that heightened excited stage, if he happened to come across a dog that wasn’t as friendly (thankfully hasn’t happened) we aren’t able to get him to come back.
Any recall tips you have outside of treats (he’s not food motivated) would be greatly appreciated.