The last time I wrote on here I was concerned my boys were not getting along. Well things have progressed nicely in that regard, they now share bones, groom each other and sun bake. Though the older boy (Taco - neutered) is still unwilling to share his night time nest.
I have socialised both of them from the date of their second shot, and did puppy school before that. Unfortunately Taco still thinks he's a puppy, or perhaps he has a dominance issue (small man syndrome?) - he picks on submissive puppies. He's always loved playing, but these days the only dogs that really get him going are very young puppies that don't want to play, the kind of puppies that are owned by protective owners and get me into trouble - Now, if they were my puppies, I'd probably let them go rather than fuss over them and/or pick them up, but I can't change owners. Any ideas how I can get him to play nice? The arbitrary "Gen-tle" command that most dog owners use has no effect, my only solution so far is to put him on the lead until the puppy leaves the park - letting him off at any point prior sees him make a bee line back to the puppy without fail…
I'm also after some comment about entire males at dog parks. Our other boy, Ghostface has grown quite nicely and I am considering showing/studding him if there is any interest from basenji bitches. This hasn't changed his personality much, he plays really well, he's very affectionate and isn't dominant with people at all - though he is currently pining to get out of the house every waking minute... And when we encounter another entire male, no matter how big and how quickly he could have his head bitten off, he growls at them. He has an impressive growl too - one that has also gotten me in the bad books of fellow dog owners. My question is, do other owners of entire males just avoid dog parks?
Thanks for reading
Thanks for all the replies, I think my boys must be basenjiforums readers, because after posting my concerns they have settled down a lot. With Ghost approaching the date to get the snip, I'm sure it'll continue to calm.
As to how I am dealing with it, I usually let them sort it out, which they usually do fairly quickly and like I said, without blood/squeals. I have intervened a few times when I feel it's a bit intense, fortunately they both respect me enough to let me safely put my hands between them.
kjdonkers: What does ears back horizontally mean? Ghostface does this to us all the time, especially when we get home, he looks happy but they also do this when they're play fighting.
Hey Debra, thanks for the reply.
I don't see this one issue as them not getting along, as I said, they are best buddies 99% of the time, this bed thing is the only point of tension. I understand that it only takes one serious fight to undo all that though. I think I'll attempt to implement the 1 dog per bed policy.
I am a bit confused though, you say them snarling this young isn't good. But other threads seem to suggest that basenjis snarl a lot while playing, mine sure do make lots of noise but it's obvious they are playing and they never harm each other. Is there a distinction between playful and serious snarls?
Yep first basenjis and I was aware that 2 boys was a risk, but the breeder of the younger one seemed to think it will work out. Ghost isn't neutered yet as he's only 5 months, Taco is.
Hi, I have two male basenjis, Taco is about 14 months old, Ghostface is 5 months. They are good pals, sun bake together, run up and down the yard, they respect each other's space at food time, they play well at parks. Both are reasonably obedient, at least, as obedient as I except a B to be.
However, they both get snarly with the other when they are on the couch and the other approaches. Inside, they have access to a 2 seater and a 3 seater couch, plus their crates to sleep in. They prefer the couches and that's where they sleep at night.
If Ghostie is sleeping, or awake but laying on the couch, Taco will jump up and lay down next to, or on top of Ghost. In return, Ghost will snarl and bite Taco, Taco loves the response and wags his tail, sometimes play bows and bumps Ghost with his butt before laying down and then they both settle.
If Taco is on the couch first though, his aggression seems to be up a notch from Ghost's and instead of finding it funny, Ghost scares and often goes outside to a bed. I'm worried that Ghost is scared of Taco and that when he grows up and can fight back a bit better, they will hurt each other…. At the moment their fights are fairly noisy but light, no blood, barely ever a yelp, but I sense Ghost is sick of it and feels a bit lonely when he can't lay down with Taco. Any ideas how I can render them both calm?
Hi Kenny and Blondie, sorry I never checked back after I posted! Doh.
Is that oval also known as Hazelmere Reserve? It's not close to me, but it's certainly feasible to make the drive if I know you'll be there.
We are soon to have two basenjis, so if you'd like to meet our boys let me know when to catch you.
Which breeder did you get yours from?
Kylie from Wazazi is breeding her bitch Holly and Ngozi's dog Maseru,
We're hoping for a tri boy, if he turned out half as striking as Maseru he'd be impressive. Out of interest, Maseru is just shy of 43cm tall, I don't know about Holly, but a Wazazi boy will likely be around the same.
It's funny how small they can fold up, yet if you ever share the couch you'll never get more than an inch!
Hey Jolanda, thanks for the insight, I had better cut his food down then
Wow Kaiser is a big boy! I wish Taco would grow to that height because he too prefers big dogs, sometimes he struggles with the wrestling. He is currently a bit over 10 months, so I suppose he might still shoot up a bit.
We got him from a lady in Queensland, her kennel is called FAYRELYN. We have lost Taco's pedigree papers so I can't say where she got her stock from sorry, though quite likely most Australian Bs are linked in some way. We are hopeful to add a tricolour boy to our family this September, we have our names down with Wazazi.
Hi, If anyone is keen to have a basenji meet up in Adelaide sometime soon, maybe in July - express your interest.
It would be great to go to the North Adelaide small dog park as it's enclosed and green with lots of cover. Also, I've spotted two other basenjis there previously, and a B / Jack Russell mix recently.
Here are some pictures from two recent trips to forest reserves around Adelaide, South Australia. Mt Crawford is a pine plantation near the Barossa Valley wine region and Randall Park is non-protected section (meaning dogs are allowed off-leash) of Belair National Park (just outside Adelaide city), it is used for the quarry of ornamental stones for gardens and for general enjoyment.
PS. If anyone would care to comment on Taco's weight I'm all ears, as I don't know other basenji owners and vets don't know, it's hard to gauge how he's tracking - he's currently 43cm tall/long and 11.5 - 12kg.
Thanks for the input. I guess I wasn't clear enough in my explanation, but simply blocking his entrance does not keep him from persisting. If I lock him outside while I'm home, he will cry about being locked out.
With the last bone i confiscated it overnight and gave it back in the morning, he then tried the whole game again. So I put a bed in the laundry and let him eat it there - this is a semi-ok compromise. The smell lures in flies and being in Australia, we have swarms of flies. We don't have meat eating scavengers like raccoons, maybe rodents but I don't think they would try it with my B eating the bone. My main concern is keeping the flies out, so outside really would be best. I'll try making his area outside more comfy and establishing it as a bone only zone. - though I think his motivation is to eat with company…