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Are you sure it is the nail that is causing abrasion between the toes? It doesn't seem possible for that to happen if the nail is short. I live in Florida and my b boy developed a sore between his toes. I bought baby socks, applied various salves (including tea tree oil and vicks vaporub) and taped the top of the sock to hold it in place. It didn't work, but it did keep my b busy trying to remove the offending sock. It turned out to be an environmental allergy. Check with your vet.

You could try washing your b's feet after running on the lanai (or going outside), but first you might need to get the sore healed before the foot washes will keep the foot healthy. Salves didn't work - we used an antiseptic shampoo to wash the feet and Mal-A-Ket wipes to clean the sore (both acquired from the vet). Then once the sore healed, I continue to wash his feet with soap/water after being outside. My b also has black spots on the knuckles on top of his paws. I thought it was dirt, but the vet said that it too was a sign of allergy.

As soon as we leave Florida. He clears up completely. Washing his feet often has really helped - no more sores. I bought a soft brush to "scrub" his toes (top and bottom) and he stands calmly in the kitchen sink (especially if I smear peanut butter or cream cheese on the counter top :->).

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Hello Ellen!
Bless you for doing rescue! I can't wait to see those Scottish basenjis!!!

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Thanks for sharing pix of Dente. He's adorable!

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Lots of good advice here.
I would like to add that it might be helpful to take your b on a REALLY long walk before going to the vet. Get him tired out ahead of time.

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It is the owner who needs to make the adjustments necessary to obtain a desired behavior. Sometimes it is hard to figure out the "work around" and, it is incredibly easy for an owner to unintentionally reward an unwanted behavior. You can't be "sloppy" with a basenji - they train us well!

I adopted my b-boy about 3 year ago. He wants to decide which direction we walk. Sometimes, that's okay with me, other times it is not. He puts on the brakes and refuses to budge. At first I dragged him a bit. Not good. Treats don't work. Then, I tried giving a quick jerk/release. Not good. (If you try this, please be careful not to cause damage to your dog's neck!) What works for me is I just wait for him to realize I'm not going to give in (this takes A LOT of patience). Sometimes, while I'm waiting for him, I talk to him about why I want to go in a specific direction and tell him what's in it for him... people walking by think I am absolutely bonkers trying to verbally reason with a dog, but it works for us. Sometimes, he completely refuses to budge, so I pick him up and carry him for a bit. Usually, when put him on his feet, he will walk on. I noticed that if I walk to get behind him, he takes a step forward and once he makes that first step, he's more likely to move forward, When he does, I praise him like crazy. Sometimes, especially in dim light, he will stop, stare, hackle and refuse to move forward - at those times, we simply turn around and walk in the other direction because I trust that he sees or smells something that he finds dangerous.

One thing I consistently do that might help Woody is I always feed my b when we get home after we walk. That way, he has something to look forward to (i.e., going home is good!) I'm sorry Woody is taking so long to warm up to your brother. Maybe your brother needs to work with Woody on some very simple command like sit, or look at me, giving her high value treats or her dinner when she obeys. That way, she may begin to see him as more of a leader and provider of treats than someone who scares her. It needs to be brief, daily consistent to sink in. Patience. You might have to let your brother be the sole source of all good things (like treats and food) and only if she makes a step toward him. A trainer once advised my neighbor to smear peanut butter on her husband's arm in an attempt to get their new rescue to like her husband better. It didn't work.

I'm so glad to hear you see a difference for the good and that you are learning as much as she is. Yay! Please keep us posted on what works. Maybe you can help me with my stubborn b.

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I agree that it sounds like mild dementia.
Maybe melatonin would help her settle down?

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He's gorgeous - I have a soft spot for B/W basenjis.

I have a soft spot for them all....

I met Dr. Gonto - he's a great guy. He is an anesthesiologist (for humans) and had a b with Fanconi. I hear that stress has a huge effect on Fanconi and keeping it to a minimum is a must. Bless you for adopting an adult basenji in need. I hope he brings you great joy.

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I love her eyes! Such gorgeous eyeliner!

It looks like there's alot of basenji there. No matter what, she's beautiful. Enjoy.

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My first basenji in the 1990's would put on the brakes if she was in the garage and saw that the pavement was wet - it didn't even have to be raining. I pulled her from a Humane Society Shelter and when I got her home, I gave her a bath. I swear she levitated out of the water. She taught me so much! One foster we had didn't mind the rain and would put his ears back and march into hurricane winds/rain just because he loved to go out on walks. He was amazing.
Each basenji is different. I never forced mine to be out in the rain - they never pottied in the house and could hold "it" an amazingly long time.

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I got a little kiddie pool and filled it with pine straw. I kept it on the lanai (covered porch in FL). I added some poops to give them the idea. Unfortunately, my b's NEVER used it to potty.They would hold it for over 48 hours (we have hurricanes here but you can walk when the eye passes). I will take my current basenji in the car to a neaby neighborhood where he likes to walk and he will actually walk in a drizzling rain pretty well and go potty, but not in a pouring rain, and not if he has the option to walk from his house (sorry for the run on sentence). I just love the challenge of these basenjis.

My advice is to keep offering to take your b out and let him/her decide whether or not to wait it out. They really don't want to potty inside.

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My basenji loves to sunbathe in the yard, but he only spends about 20-30 min at a time and then comes in. I think he prefers to follow the sunbeams inside the house. He must be able to see outside. He'd be fine in an apartment. He will NOT go potty in the back yard, so we go out for multiple daily walks on leash or to the dog park for off leash exercise. I think he'd be fine in an apartment if there were sunbeams from windows. He'd stay outside longer if I was outside too. He really keeps an eye on me.

Your basenji will be happy where ever you are (as long as he/she gets enough exercise and attention.

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I had a friend raised a puppy using only pee pads. The poor dog grew up to be rather neurotic. For good mental health, a dog (any breed, but especially a basenji) needs to be able to go outside for walks at least 2 times a day (and puppies need more walks!).

Methinks your pup is trying to tell you something...

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Part of the fun of owning a basenji is never knowing what they're going to do.

I had one b boy who I taught to "speak" on command for a treat (it was a "woof"). I had several that were totally silent - I never heard their voices. I had one foster who would consistently sing along to the theme song of the TV show "MASH" (apparently, it was her prior owner's favorite show). It seems to help if the basenji is up on something high (stairs, back of the couch, etc.). I adopted my current b as an adult 2.5 yrs ago. The first time I heard him baroo was when my son and his wife (who had never met this b) arrived for a visit. The next time I heard his voice (besides occasional barks of warning or surprise) was last Memorial Day when taps played on TV (his voice was SO mournful!!!). The last time, we were at the dog park and a pack of dogs chased a chihuahua who screamed all the way to the entrance gate. I was able to call off my b not to join the chase, so he sat down and howled for 2 minutes straight (it was not a pretty sound). I wish I had thought to get a video of his performance.

Your pup is young (and VERY cute) - if he has already yodeled, then he will likely do it again. It is interesting to think that being vocal is genetic... :->

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Your sense of humor will serve you well as an excellent basenji slave.

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I've often wondered if a really loud (and surprising) blast from a marine horn (an aerosol can made for that purpose) would be a good way to stop a persistent dog from doing whatever bad thing he/she was doing (like jumping or biting). Has anyone ever tried it? I've been lucky not to need to resort to such a drastic measure. It seems to me that a quick/loud/surprising blast would make a dog think that the human was very powerful to make such a noise and stop it from continuing the unwanted behavior.

Bless you, doowop, for rescuing and loving this wayward little land shark. She's gotten a rough start but is lucky to have landed with you. You sound wonderfully practical and knowledgeable. I believe, if you can conquer this mouthy issue, you will end up with an extraordinarily delightful companion. Please keep us posted on how she progresses and what works for you. BTW, what's her name?

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Please go to and join as a member. It will show you are serious about helping. BRAT always needs good foster homes. A home visit will be required (not sure if that is possible at this time considering this COVID-19 crisis). It is especially helpful if you have basenji experience. Not always, but very often, a basenji coming into rescue has special needs (i.e., behavioral, medical, etc.). It is good to ask yourself if you and your family are willing to deal with that. Fostering is hard but it can also be a wonderful and rewarding thing to do.

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Zaki sounds smart and slents sounds like a wonderful b-slave already!

Trade is a great tool. Love it.

Here are some things my current b boy came "pre-loaded" with that I really appreciate - you might want to work with Zaki:
"Look at Me" - this is so helpful when you want to get your b to focus on you and not something distracting. When I feed him, he must first sit and then look at me after I put the bowl down. He has to look at me and wait until I tell him "okay". This can be helpful when you want his attention - like passing another dog on leash or while at the vet.

Not to bolt from an exterior door. I've never before had a b (after owning 3 and fostering 59) who didn't try to bolt (run/escape) thru an open door. Mojo is pretty good, but I will NEVER trust him completely.

Recall. From the beginning, I have made "come" a happy/good/rewarding behavior. We often visit an off leash dog park with winding trails. I keep treats in my hand and have a special whistle that makes him come flying back to me to get a treat. We started close in and then extended the distance. It is ever SO cool to see him racing back to me at full speed with a smile on his face. Again, I'd NEVER trust him off leash, but should an emergency happen, he's more likely to return when called. Sometimes, at the park, I hide from him and then call him. It's a fun game and way better than chasing a b!

Does anyone have other favorite things they've taught their basenji?

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Thanks for the compliment on Mojo. He does not have any wrinkles unless he's on high alert and really curious bout something with ears focused forward. Like Tanza said, the wrinkles do tend to smooth out on many b's (not all) as they get older. Puppies have looser skin in general. If Zaki's parents have pronounced wrinkles, then he will likely have them too as an adult.
I love how basenjis seem to look adult at an earlier age (yet mentally are pups until at least 2 yrs old) and then stay young looking to a very advanced age. People would ask me how old my puppy was when she (a basenji) was 14 yrs old!

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Please continue to share pix of Zaki so we can watch him grow up!
I have a 6 yr old b boy (Mojo) I adopted 2.5 yrs ago - I never got to see him as a puppy and I can only imagine he looked a bit like Zaki when he was a baby. He is a total joy to me.

0_1584309941274_2019-02 Mojo sunning.jpg

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Could the trembling be mild seizures?
I don't allow the vet to do anything to my b unless I am there.
Anesthesia is very hard on an older b. Avoid it unless it is a last resort.
A second opinion is good advice.
Basenjis are not typical - maybe a second blood workup by another lab (Hemopet or Michigan??? - can someone on the forum recommend one?) would be helpful.
Healing thoughts to both of you.

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