Yeah my girl is a bit 'iffy' about the park. She was made crazy for the park when younger (she is now three) but now she seems to have 'matured' (her word, not mine) too much for the park. If we go now she just has a sniff here and there, growls at a few fluffy things (that look like dogs! again, her words not mine) and sits down and waits for me to finish my walk so we can go home. My female is spayed so I can't tell you about the hormonal aspects. I think it's just more 'weirdo' behaviour from the basenji breed. I agree with Sass7656, I wouldn't push the park thing, it'll just end in tears, and they won't be hers.
Apart from the possible yeast infection mentioned by Dreamskape, it's probably normal Basenji behaviour. They are pretty obsessive with cleanliness. Mine always has pristine feet (top and under). I would NOT recommend baby wipes. Firstly, they're coated with chemicals (artificial fragrance, etc) which sensitive breeds like basenjis don't need, and secondly, they're extremely bad for the environment and plumbing. Just keep towelling yr basenjis feet off with a cotton towel if they're wet or dirty. Enjoy the many quirks of the basenji as you get to know your pooch!
Hi Mike67, I'm liking Skeeter coz I like shortened names. Our B's registration name is Cotterpin/Sweet Child O Mine (swedish line) and the breeder called her Izzy (in honour of the Guns n Roses band member). Our B's brother is Axel. Now, I just couldn't go with Izzy as I was never much into Guns n Roses so I called her Pippi (Long-stocking - and she has lovely white stockings too). Akila reminds me of the Queen song 'she's A killer queen (Akila), gunpowder laser beam' . If your dog is called Akila Grace, then calling her from across the park might be a mouthful. Have fun finding a name and, Im sure, she'll end up with the right one! Here's Pippi at 6 months with those stockings.
Hello again Reneemay,
Yes, I'm along the lines of flbasenji above. There are some great ideas in that post. This is what I meant by 'I would change my behaviour first'. Your dog now has a new pack - your family. And he's got to make adjustments. I, personally, would not bring in trainers or behaviourists, etc because that is just bringing more people into his 'pack', and they won't be staying (that's more confusion and then he has to cope with their commands also!) flbasenji's ideas about training are what I would support. I too, have had horses and a lot of my behaviour with my basenji is along similar lines. Bonding with the animal and learning to think how it does - not what a trainer tells the dog to do, but you knowing how your dog is feeling. I've had working dogs all my life and they never would have even got a foot in the door, yet my basenji sleeps under the blankets with me and my husband every night. That's how different they are. I think your dog is still too aggressive and anxious to do this and I wouldn't recommend it, not knowing the dog. It's quite common for basenji owners to sleep with their dogs (because it's that 'pack' thing). I've come to learn that basenjis hate four main things: getting wet, being cold, being alone and strong wind. If you'r near the beach, and when your dog is getting calmer, see how he goes on the sand. My girl absolutely loves the sand (well, they are from Egypt) and it's lovely and soft for their sensitive feet. They're mischievous monkeys and you do need to be tolerant, but hang in there, Im sure you'll get there.
Yes, Im pretty strict. There's one park where I can let my girl off and she has a wonderful run but when I decide to head home, we go. I have one word, 'here' and I repeat only that word. I crouch down and wait and don't move and boy does she test me, but Im firm. It gets to the stage of 'right here' and point to my feet. 'Here, right at my feet'. And she'll come in within five minutes. The I give her lots of pats and rubs and 'good girl' talk, clip her on and we go. I never give my dog treats, ever. She's never had them. Other dogs are the biggest distraction. The only slip up was yesterday we got caught in the rain (and you know how basenjis hate to be wet) and she took off in panic. Luckily she ran to a cafe and waited there for me to run over but I didn't get mad with her, she was just anxious. At least she picked a good place!
Sounds like your girl just wants to keep playing. But when it's time to go, it's time to go. My advice is to be firm, be the dominant one. I wouldn't do frequent recalls, that would just confuse my dog no end - are we going? are we staying? Dunno? How do I react?