So the behaviourist came out yesterday and she straight away referred us to a vet behaviourist for medication.
She thinks he is acting this way just due to all the changes he has had in the past year. He is above his threshold where he can’t handle anything so that explains why he is lashing out constantly.
So we will be seeing this vet behaviourist shortly and hopefully get him under control again!
@debradownsouth Yes, I'm definitely not happy with his behaviour, its not normal. My feel terrible that our other dog is starting to associate that all dogs will attack her because this happened so often at home. He is now separated from her and us 24/7 and the dogs take turns going outside/inside. Its just not how I want to run things but hes just so unpredictable and until something is sorted out, I feel like this is the best way.
The behavourist went through all his issues with us and its coming out in 2 days. She tends to think she isn't be best fit as he has so much going on but she will still assess him. If she can't help, she will be referring us to a vet behaviourist? I'd assume this is when he will be given medication. I will post an update after her visit!
@eeeefarm Possibly, I'm hoping this behaviourist can help figure out the best way to get through to him.
We have honestly tried many different ways of training him, the time out was just one of the methods we tried. It did work some what, he started to go there when he was nervous or grumpy but its just not enough when he is this aggressive. We (even my dog) found ourselves tip toeing around him and hoping he wouldn't snap, and its just getting ridiculous haha.
So I guess we'll see what this behavourist thinks and go from there!
@eeeefarm I agree, we aren't a good fit for each other. However, he is my partners dog and he likes him for who he is. Just not his current issues of course.
The previous owners thought he was a well behaved dog, but he was left outside to his own devices, never socialised and never taught anything. When he would destroy something or snap at them, they would do nothing about it. As a result of that, I think he can't cope with me as he hasn't been around a new person before, and in this new setting where he doesn't have the run of the house or to misbehave without being put in time out, etc.
He was desexed not long ago and obviously was drowsy and on drugs when he came home. It is very sad to say but this was the only time in over a year with us that he was well behaved. He wagged his tail at me (this has never happened before), he looked at me when I spoke his name and sat/came when i asked him to, he even walked up to me for a pat. So he definitely knows what he should be doing when we ask, he just chooses not to listen at all.
Yes I’m in Australia, definitely not a common breed here!
Unfortunately, he is not doing well. Just yesterday he attacked my arm, very savagely I might add and my arm is very bruised and sore today. His behaviour is just getting worse as the days go by.
We’re having a highly recommended behaviourist coming to ‘assess’ him hopefully in the coming days. At this point, I’m struggling to tolerate this dog any more. Hopefully this behaviourist has some answers or medication. Otherwise, unfortunately, I think we will be going down the path of trying to rehome him.
He was desexed last week and during his quiet time while recovering, we managed to crate train him! That’s one thing ticked off the list, finally!
But he has started a new thing odd thing haha. He will randomly walk up and chew my other dogs head softly while growling and acting agressively? My other dog just stays very still when he does this and waits until he stops to move. When he is finished, he will run away and hide. Has anyone else’s dog done this?
I will try and get a video next time he does it, as I’ve never seen this behaviour before...
@antigone We have managed to find a highly recommended trainer with a lot of good reviews. She mentioned that they have dealt with Basenjis before and is aware of how they are different. I think we may go down this path if I am unable to make any progress over the next months.
Thank you for rescuing and taking care of these animals, we need more people to do so. I rescued my previous horse from the slaughter house. Wow! I would never have thought to give a horse Guinness, how funny.
I will also start trying to train the dogs together, thank you.
@pippi Thank you. I've been trying to train him the same way as I have trained all my previous dogs, and was struggling as he has little interest in treats, toys and play. I understand what you're saying, I have had horses as well, so I will definitely be trying this way. Otherwise, I think getting in a professional is best to determine the cause of his anxiety or at least make recommendations on what we should do after his behaviour is examined. Its getting to the point where his behaviour is becoming old to us. Its not fair that he can't be fully part of the family and not included in every outing, or has to be put away when we have visitors, etc. I think it will be a long road to rectify him, but worth it in the end.
Yes, all my dogs have slept in the bed with me haha. I did try this with him but as you said, he would attack my legs each time I moved - He now sleeps comfortably on the lounge each night. It takes a lot of encouragement to get him to come places, even just to go outside or upstairs, he would very much just rather to just sit and sleep on the lounge all day lol. A few times he has jumped up on my lap to sleep when I'm on the lounge, but if i was to move and wake him up he would bite me. Its unfortunate as it would be nice for a cuddle once in a while, maybe some day!
We do live close to a beach, I'm hoping to start bringing him along once he feels confident enough.