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@zande I'm glad to hear you're recovering from your surgery and get back to dog walking duties. Don't overdo it!

I realize most people hate flexi leashes, and I understand why. However for me I can make it work. I used to walk 3 basenjis on flexies. If you're not extremely and constantly vigilant, it can be a disaster. It also depends on where you're walking and whether or not you have the kind of flexi that has the thick Ribbon or the tiny, thin leg cutting cord. I have scars behind my knees from when I was a beginner. I'm sure this has already been discussed ad nauseam on this forum and I don't want to beat a dead horse. That being said, most people should not use a Flexi.

@JENGOSMonkey When I first adopted my b, he was super reactive to stimuli like other dogs and animals. He would spin like Linda Blair in The Exorcist. You have to be quick to stop him before he reacts. Even with the Gentle Leader.. Be proactive and anticipate what could happen. Make him look at you, sit or whatever you can do to get his attention off the other thing and on you. Believe it or not, he will improve. It just takes a little time, patience, consistent, gentle leadership and pawsitive reinforcement. Work on the recall. I can't say that enough. If you see a squirrel before he does, head in the other direction, call his name, make him come to you and make a big deal out of how good he was to come to you. When walking past other dogs, make a negative sound like tsch or unh unh and command him to "walk nice". Try to catch him walking nice and tell him what a good boy he is. "What a nice walk!" Try to catch him doing well and praise the desired behavior. My Moj literally strutts when I praise him for walking nice. It's so cute.

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It takes time. Work with him. I take my rescue b to a dog park where we walk on trails. He was 3.5 yrs old when I adopted him and we worked on recall. After 3 years, we are at the point where he walks well on leash (even a flexi leash!) and off leash (but never in an unfenced area). He stays near me in the park off leash and comes when he is called even when other dogs are getting aggressive. It is such a joy to whistle for him when I can't see him, and he comes racing towards me at full speed! It's beautiful to see.

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You are a really fun read.

posted in Member Introductions read more

Thank you for a beautiful memorial to a special basenje. The photos tell it all.
You will see Jengo in the corner of your eye around home and familiar places. It will hurt a lot for a long time. Getting another basenji will help, but don't do it too soon. I can't imagine owning any other breed.
It always helped me to remember that my b will be waiting over the bridge for me.

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

I think he looks like he has Australian Cattle Dog in him. They are wicked smart dogs.
No matter what, he is very handsome and looks like a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Don't ever forget that YOU should always remain the pack leader. The b's should look to you as all powerful, fair and consistent - never angry. Be proactive, but do respect their pack order and don't try to change it. Sometimes, puppies can annoy an older dog, but since your guy is only 2, he'll probably look at this pup as a new toy! Good advice from eeeefarm to get them together on neutral ground. Keep them walking and once they can sniff and walk in near proximity of each other, you can let them do the same in the back yard. Before bringing the new guy home, pick up all items (chew toys, beds, bowl of food, etc.). Boys will squabble and usually forget, Girls seem to hold a grudge longer than boys.

Be prepared for hours of entertainment, watching these two play!

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Corey, you sound like a really, really nice and thoughtful person. I think you will make a wonderful basenji owner, but there are some things I think you should consider.

You mention that your girlfriend will move in later. What if your girlfriend does not like your basenji after she moves in? What if she cannot tolerate the b chewing up her underwear, clothes or shoes? Is she as into being owned by a basenji as you are?

Since you are young, I am guessing you will likely get married and have a baby. I'm not saying b's can't coexist with babies, but I can't tell you how many b's I've seen come into rescue (including my current b) around the age of 4 or 5 because the dog was the "first baby" and then a human baby arrived. You will absolutely love your basenji, but the powerful feeling of love and protectiveness you will have for your child will absolutely blow you away. A baby is pretty easy - eat, sleep, repeat. But a toddler is another story. A basenji might growl at a toddler as it becomes more mobile. If your basenji growled at your toddler, what would you or the mother of your child do? Chances are, she'll want the dog gone - why take the chance of a bite? It's exhausting to chase after the average toddler who wants to get into everything, but having a b complicates it by a factor of at least 1,000x because they are like toddlers too.

Personally, I think it is better for the b to come into a family already formed - when the kids are 4+ yrs old. Perhaps you and your girlfriend do not plan to have kids - that plan could change as the biological clock advances.

I am sorry to be so negative about this, but I have seen so many b's given up by well meaning and loving owners. Some people can make it work, but you should be aware of how hard it can be and think long and hard about this aspect of ownership. Go in with your eyes wide open.

I am sure there are members here who will disagree with me. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not every basenji will growl at a baby. Some basenjis are wonderful with kids. Until you get there, you won't know. It's up to you whether or not you want to take that chance.

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It is wonderful of you to want to give this pup a good home. First, you need to determine if she has a responsible owner who is looking for her. Next, you need to find out if she is a purebred or not. If she is a mix, she might be okay living in your yard. All of the many basenjis and b-mixes I have known hated to be outside in the dark at night, even with a human! It's a weird quirk of the breed.

For just about any other breed, your situation would be fabulous. For a purebred basenji it is not! I agree with everything everyone here has said. Basenjis need to live with people. I can guarantee that in time, she will let you know in no uncertain terms how unhappy she is - whether by digging to China in your yard, escaping, damage to your property (like digging a hole in the door to get inside), etc. It will take awhile, but it will happen and it will be very annoying.

If you don't want a dog to live in your house, but you still want a dog, you should look for a breed that will be happy outside. It would be so much kinder for the b-pup to go to a home that will let her be inside. It is possible that her previous home expected her to live outside and that is why she was running loose.

Please do not give her to the local animal shelter - they won't find her the right home. If she is not a purebred basenji, Basenji Rescue will still try to help, but they won't be able to take her into foster care. Good luck!

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

Did anything change right before he started pooping in the house? Did you change his food or routine? Is there a new neighbor? Did someone leave your home? Is he taking revenge for something you did or changed? Do you walk your b on leash and know he has made the last potty of the day, or do you expect him to go in the back yard? How do you know the last time he has gone potty before bedtime? Maybe he has decided he doesn't want to potty in the yard where he plays/runs... My b will NOT potty in our yard.

All the b's I've ever known hated going out in the dark by themselves. Would your b go outside in the dark by himself before this behavior started?

Like eeeefarm said: restrict his access to the living room at night and see what happens.
You can't correct a behavior that doesn't occur in front of you.

He should not have to go potty in the middle of the night if he's been walked and goes potty in the late afternoon/evening - my b can hold it for 3 days if it's raining outside (smile).

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

Get another basenji! Double the fun!

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