It doesn't seem to matter what my b is fed, so I believe his allergies are environmental. It is worse from March to September, but it never really goes away unless we leave town (another huge clue). He gets itchy red spots that (if allowed) he will lick or scratch bloody, a red blotchy tummy, black knuckles on the tops of his toes, infected toenail beds and black between the pads of his feet. After a very in depth consultation with a vet about allergies, we manage with foot baths everytime we return from a walk or the dog park, and weekly baths (sometimes an Rx shampoo but usually a gentle shampoo). After a towel dry, he gets hydrogen peroxide squirted on his paws (and underneath if it's bad). Sometimes, put an inch of warm water with peroxide in a dish pab and let him soak in that while he eats his breakfast (he's used to eating while standing in the sink). If the nail beds get infected, I use Mal A Ket wipes (antibacterial and antifungal) and a makeup brush to massage the Rx shampoo or hydrogen peroxide into the nail beds. Lucky for me, my b does not like Bitter Apple, so I keep a tiny bottle nearby to apply a couple of drops to new spots before he breaks the skin. I also found an equine skin ointment that smells like camphor - it helps heal and discourages licking. I only use Benedryl as a last resort. Knock on wood, we've got it under control.
If anyone has any suggestions, I'm open.
My first basenji broke out in hives while we painted our kitchen.
My second basenji would get explosive diarrhea if he was exposed to a change in routine or a new situation (may not qualify as an allergy, but it was very serious).
Lots of questions:
Does she seem to be in pain?
Has this just recently started or has she always done this?
What does her breeder say?
If this is new and she seems to be anxious or in pain, I'd take her to the vet.
My boy spins, especially if he is having a bout of diarrhea.
I hope your little one is okay.
You've only had Pippa 1 week. That's a VERY short amout of time. You are expecting way too much too soon. If this pup is making you crazy after only a week, maybe it's not the right breed for you.
First: Pippa will not be like Biggy. Ever. It sounds like you miss Biggie. It's not good to compare.
Second: Pippa is a puppy. Puppies are notoriously difficult. Especially basenjis.
Third: You just got her only a week ago! Give her time!!! She's a baby and her whole world has been set upside down. Now she's dealing with an owner with unrealistic expectations. I'm sure she senses your anxiety.
Take a week to study all you can about crate training - put something really yummy inside and lock her outside of it! Make her want to go in. Then, try out the other hundreds of tips for crate training that are available online and in books. Ask her breeder for suggestions.
Take a month to work with her on potty training (sounds like it's a bother after only one day!!!) Again, read all you can on the sugject and reach out to the breeder for help. Umbilical cord her if you can't figure out how to make it work.
As for her waking up early and being destructive, She's a puppy and she's only been with you for a week - where's your resolve to make this work??? Get up when she gets up and tough it out for a couple of months. It won't kill you. Get creative and think of what you can do to give her something to keep her safely and quietly occupied while you put in earplugs and return to your dreams. Or, make a deal with a family member who can take her out to potty and play with her until you are finally ready to make an appearance. If you can't make some concessions for your brand new puppy, then maybe you should exchange her for a stuffed animal or a senior dog.
I apologize for being short with you, but I believe you are being very unrealistic with Pippa and it is unfair to her. If you want to be owned by a basenji, you have to be wicked smart to figure out how to make it work. Think of this as Basenji Bootcamp - it will only last about a year and if you survive, you will be richly rewarded.
I keep a bathmat (the memory foam kind) on the front seat. Whenever we go out, I put the mat in the shopping cart for my b to sit on, and on the ground at a sidewalk cafe or outdoor restaurant. He has leanred that is where hs should sit and stay (and where he will receive rewards for good behavior).
I only know of the Classic Kong - have no experience with the Extreme. If Ruxin never tore up the puppy Kong, then I would agree with you that the Extreme isn't necessary. My b never chews on the Kong, just licks it to get the stuff I put inside. He did chew on the split antler I got him (with marrow exposed). I've started looking for raw beef bones to give him. I wish I could afford the "tomahawk" or "cowboy" steaks so I could cut the meat off and give him the bone. All I can find at a reasonable price are short ribs.
As for toys, I would get a squeeky tennis ball. It is sturdier than squeeky stuffed animals and he can run after it even if he doesn't return it. Treats in closed toilet paper rolls or even small cardboard boxes are my b's favorite - he gets to destroy something AND get treats.