We live in North Carolina. Max is our Basenji (or a mix). We?ve had him now a year after adopting him at around 18 months. No info on him except ?doesn?t like children?. Sophie our spaniel-mix is 6years and she and Max always have got on great and play yet she is dominant one and he will rolls over to her and it?s her house. No issues there. Vet said Max is an Alpha dog, no question. Has typical Basenji traits but we were told he was a Jack Rat Terrier mix so we're not exactly sure. After a few months Max started showing his dark side. He started growling and lunging at my husband whenever he came into the room (or moved). 98% of the time Max is completely normal and friendly with him and everyone but we know we have to watch him. He has growled at me if I move when he?s sleeping or if he doesn?t like a certain touch. My HB has forgiven Max so many times (it was an "it?s me or the dog" in the beginning! Since we don?t have kids he has tolerated him but cannot trust him. Just last night, HB was at dinner table tho not eating and gently just scratching Max?s head while looking at tv since Max went up to him, suddenly Max lunged at him. He growls, shows teeth. If HB comes in room is starts when Max thinks he hears him with a low growl and lots of grumbling, and turns into a nasty growl. Other times, he'll bring HB the toy and they'll play and he'll always greet him with joy if he comes in frm the outside.
Max is always very ashamed of his outbursts and will low crawl to a "bed" area. At night both dogs sleep in our bedroom. At end of bed I have a covered (matches drapes!) crate for Max and he loves to go "kennel up" at night. We don't use it as punishment and had to have it to protect my husband as in the morning if HB walks out and walks back in the room Max would growl and lunge. Sophie is of course on the bed and ignores the commotion.
If people come to the house (we know it) and Max greets everyone joyously but we?re always just a little bit afraid. He snapped at my young niece when visiting me and has snapped on a neighbor. This is only 1 or 2% of the time. He is fine at the dog park with other dogs, mostly a loner, or will play with Sophie. He has a wire loose somewhere. We can't put him down and I love my HB for tolerating him. HB tried all the tips of the tv shows, like high value treats, and tough body energy, etc. Has anyone else had similar problems or got advice? Do we in fact have a Basenji? He looks like one! Thanks!