Unfortunately, This is not a luxury that most people have. I must agree this is a major advantage as they get me during my most motivated times of day to teach them and I'm always there to correct them. This does not mean yours will not come around it just may take a little more time and you might be surprised at the strides he makes over the next month. Months 3 and 4, especially 4 is a great time to get them goin for training as they are much more likely to obey, you want to try and be sure most the house rules are set before he hits 6 months and starts lifting the leg. Kind of like children turning into teenagers at this point and may not be as easy to work with if the rules have not yet been set, but still possible.
Sadly, business needs are requiring me to come back to the office full time in mid April this year but I am so happy I was able to be home during his young months.
Please do not take what I say out of context. NO means NO and dogs need to learn. Raising your voice is NOT a bad thing when teaching a a Basenji rules of the house. There is a major difference between raising your voice and being down right cruel. I would never hurt my dogs, they are not abused in any fashion, and my training methods are very effective. If my dogs were afraid of me it'd hurt my feelings because besides my wife, they are my life and I'm with them almost 24/7.
This is backed by all my friends and family that always ask how come your dogs listen to everything you say. (They really don't they were just raised with good manners) I have a very well mannered dog that is playful. If you do not want to raise your voice at your dogs when teaching them what the word no means, that is your personal preference but to say it is counterproductive or cruel is false. I am not talking about screaming.
Raising your voice should only be used for negative actions, for example, you should never yell your dogs name or any command such as down that the dog associated with positive obedience training as it will confuse them. This brings us back to no means no. raising your voice for the word no will let the dog no the current action is wrong. You do not always need to raise your voice but Basenjis will ignore you at times and a little authority in your voice will make them understand you are the alpha in your house and they need to obey you. Otherwise they will run you. You do not have to agree with this but my Basenji is 4 months now and he is not skittish of me for saying NO with some volume. I rarely have to even raise my voice at him anymore because he now knows what it means, he is never crated for more than 3 hours and has not destroyed anything in my home because he was raised right and understands the rules. I
am not a first time dog owner and have never owned a dog with obedience issues, skittishness, nor aggression. I have even spoke to my vet and he 100% agrees with me to teach him this way because they are a stubborn destructive breed otherwise that will need crated throughout their life otherwise. The way I see it, I am raising him to not have to sit in a crate all the time when we are gone, while the other 2 dogs lounge around the house freely. Though that day is not coming any time soon because I can not ignore the warnings until I REALLY trust him.
To each their own, but as I stated before a firm no, including voice volume and tone, is very effective and will not hurt your Basenjis feelings. He will move on to the next thing to chew testing the boundaries of the house. He will eventually learn what no means and you will only need to raise your voice when the stubborn side decides
to ignore you. I also just read a book that said you should hold your dog down on its side as a young puppy until they stop squirming and then let them up when the stop. Only do this a couple times a times a week for like 2 weeks. This helps to determine whether your pup has a dominant or submissive personality and can aid you in the way you ultimately decide to train him. I assume most Basenjis are dominant personality and will squirm for a bout 5 seconds before they
calm down. Once calmed down hold them for 5 seconds while they are in a calm
state. Basenjis, dogs in general, are pack animals and this test will demonstrate the way the puppy acted with his mother. If he is submissive, he will let you just lay him down on his side and stays there. If he is dominant, this is how he was with his mother and mothers will hold their dominant pups down next to them until they give up. Basenjis are very strong willed and this excersiE will teach him his place in the pack and he will become more willing to comply. I have included the reference for this excersize if you are interested in the book rather than taking my word. It has proved to be very effective for me.
Schwartz, C. (2003). Puppy training. Allenhurst, NJ: Kennel Club Books.
We just bought a baby basenji about a month ago. Ours is one month older than yours. They do like to gnaw on things. As Debra mentioned, you need to teach them what no means. Don't be afraid to hurt her/his feelings, you won't! These are thick skinned dogs that need a little obedience training. We taught him no right away, first thing he learned with the chew habits this breed has. I researched the breed prior to buying and knew this was the first thing I had to teach him (outside of potty training which was a breeze) to protect our furniture and our ankles, hand faces. Once he learned what no meant we were constantly saying no and once he figured it out, he started to grunt at us because he want to chew curtains, he wants the table, he wants everything he shouldn't in his mouth. Remember yours is a month younger than mine and let me tell you, this next month you should see a major improvement as he will become much more responsive to you. We keep plenty of toys and bones for him and our other 2 dogs in a basket at the bottom of our book shelf. Now if he wants to chew he will go grab a bone, himalaya chew, pig ear, plastic toy, whatever he's in the mood for. The best part is I've taught them all how to put their toys away before bed. Our basenji will run straight to the bedroom when we tell him to pick up because he doesn't want to help the other dogs so I have to hold a treat for him or he will dart to the bedroom and make the other 2 do all the work. It's quite funny. Little brat. I work from home so I have a lot of time with them all.
Yup looks like cuddle bug just like ours. We just got our baby B a month ago. I posted the forum right below yours his name is Rusty. Is this guy brindle? Did you get him from someone in Texas? My brother also just bought a little girl 2 weeks ago and she had a brindle brother that looked almost identical to yours.
Thank you Debra. Sayblee is a very good looking dog and I love the way adult Basenjis bodies fill out as adults. I like how the brown goes down her legs too giving the appearance of white socks.
I will definitely keep your words in mind should I see any signs of aggression forming as he matures. I can only pray I luck out and he continues to get along well.
I am not partial to puppy stores either as I do not trust the information they provide about the dogs lineage, where they came from, or what they are. My family was surprised I even purchased a mix breed from a pet store because I am so picky with what I buy and does not suit my personality. Although, I can say with confidence that this particular store does do a great job of keeping all their pups up to date on shots and vaccinations but I still do not trust where they say the pups came from or what they are, especially with a mix like the shibapoo we bought. That being said, this is why I call him a good mistake because hes a great dog but I had no intentions of bring him in until my wife wouldnt let go. We had him for about 10 days before we brought the Basenji in. Prior to getting the Basenji, we had a full examination, rabies shot, worm test, parvo, and all other shots and vaccines up to date on the Shibapoo.
I have heard some Basenji's can become aggressive but I do not foresee this happening in my situation. All 3 of the dogs get along great. The only one that has shown any aggression was my eskimon during the first week we had the Basenji home. I would not even call it aggrssion though, more or less lip raising and walking away, he just didnt seem to show interest. Now that they have all been in my home for over a month, they are all house trained and playing like best friends now. Though I am going with the consensus warning and crate train when I am not home. I have had good experience crate training with my Eskimo that he uses it just to go take a nap on his own sometimes. The only difference is my Eskimo does not need to be locked up since the age of 2 and he's never been bad when weren't home. Hes now 5. Based on all the warning, I probably will not trust the Basenji until he is about 5, if even then. The Shibapoo could probably be left out right now but I figured I would crate train him as well to keep the Basenji some company when we aren't home. I have 3, 30x19 crates. One for each.
He is from a breeder in southeast Georgia. I do not have a city name but I found him on puppysearch.com and the breeder had wonderful reviews from other Basenji owners.
My wife and I decided we were going to finally go ahead and purchase a Basenji. We have researched the breed and had interest for quite a few years but we were not ready for another dog, especially a Basenji and all the warnings surrounding the breed. Since we were unable to find them locally, we went looking elsewhere and found a reputable AKC registered breeder from Georgia. Although my Basenji was born in Georgia, he is a natural Nebraska Cornhuskers fan! We also have a 5 year old Toy American Eskimo who is 12 pounds.
Since we had to purchase our pup from out of state and he would not get to us for a week after we made the purchase, the excitement was unbearable. So my wife asks me if we can go to a local pet shop that always has many different breeds of puppies just to play with them. I call it a good mistake.... because we ended up leaving with a gorgeous Shiba Inu/Mini Poodle mix. We went from a 1 dog household to 3 in a matter of 2 days. Yikes, right? Anyways, the pups absolutely love each others company and our Eskimo is coming around to both of them. He seems to be more fond of the Shibapoo at this point but is getting much better with the Basenji. We think it may be because the Basenji might eventually trump the other two in the pack hierarchy dogs tend to form.
We have had our new baby Basenji for about 4 weeks now. He was potty trained in about 5 days and has only had 3 crate accidents (pee), I suspect it is just because he is a pup and his bladder is still developing. He was only born on 11/6/2015 so hes still a babe. He also knows how to very enthusiastically do his basic tricks...Sit, shake, lay down, and roll over. Love the breed so far and can not wait to set up Lure Course Machine in the back yard.
here is a few pictures over those last 4 weeks that I feel the need to share, hence the reason I am here. Meet Rusty!
I work from home so I get to spend alot of time with these guys. Rusty will sit on my lap for hours while I work. He does not move until he wants something to eat or the other dogs start playing and he wants to join. Learning about the ornery side to our Basenji. Little guy took me off guard when I left the room for 3 minutes, came back and he was about over the chair. First week we brought him home he decided to explore under, inside, and all up in the chair. Look at his expression, not sure what he got himself into. Lol.