@donc I live in Ohio, and have one basenji-ocean experiece:
Years ago my husband and I drove to San Francisco, up the coast to the Basenji National in Oregon.
On the drive up we walked the dogs on a beach, no people around - perfect for walking them on a leash. When they got about 25 ft from the water's edge, they made it very clear they were going NO closer.
We finally figured it out - there was seaweed, or whatever it's called out there, all over the beach and it looked like the snakes they'd encountered in our yard.
Ohio dogs - go figure!
Sky Hunter, are you a character? I've heard, and found it to be true, that tris are characters - but fun!
I do not have a subscription to this, but from what is shown, one could get an idea of where to keep their dog treats!
This could be 'my dog specific' but here's my experience:
I had a dog, Ibis, that was extremely food motivated. We have light gray floors, so anything dropped, like a piece of kibble, was immediately snatched. She learned if she didn't get it, someone else would. So, she associated a small dark spot on grey flooring, food. Not really a problem at home, but she was like your dog, including at shows I took her to.
This went on until she was about 2 when we got to a show early, like usual. The show flooring was concrete, there was a 'turd' and Ibis snatched it. She spit it out immediately and to be honest, though I continued to watch her as much as before, she never did that again, except at home.
She continued to be extremely food motivated, which is why I never lure coursed her, except ONCE. I took her to a trial in which my other dogs were entered. At the end, there would be a practice, so, I entered Ibis in that. She was a very observant dog, but I figured she liked to chase things, let's see. We were at the line, she wore her pretty color, and ran 10 feet when I released her. Then, she made a beeline to the LUNCH counter. It was at least 75 ft from where I released her, behind us.
One thing she continued to do, was chase any little critter that moved - just at home, the only place she had an opportunity. The other dogs knew not to pursue a skunk, but Ibis had to learn by doing (her usual way of learning things). Did you know skunks can climb 5 ft privacy fences? Ibis thought that would be the perfect time to grab the critter. What she didn't know was that was a prefect time for the skunk to spray her in her face! We were lucky it didn't affect her eyes. She never did that again.
I guess this story shows examples of understanding the dog's African history and showing that it's part of who they are. You have to be constantly aware of what's going on, and sometimes if you can't change the dog, you have to change their surroundings.
Ibis was the most work, but I sort of miss her the most, and really worked at filling my free time when she left!
My old girl Ibis had this - just realized that after reading this thread. She was over 16, we took her to the vet to help her across the rainbow bridge. I do remember him saying there were things he could do for it, but letting her go was best.
tanzab, after reading about the light being shone in the eyes and the movement, I'VE HAD THIS TOO!
My right ear was screwed up after my car accident (big hit in the head), and I was dizzy. The treatment was the 'Esply maneuver." The rocks inside my ear got dislocated so this Esply guy figured out a maneuver that moves them back to a part of the inner ear where
they don't have any effect.
The person knew which way to turn my head based on my eyeball jumping on the side that had the problem.
I had never heard of such a thing, but so glad there was a nonsurgical way to fix it. It was kind of a complicated process of movements, so I don't think it could be done on a dog. I do remember, a few weeks after my treatments, I woke up in the morning and felt like I had to go left. Weird. They gave me some papers that kind of explained the process, so I did a couple and I was fine. Luckily, has not happened since.
Of course, take him to the vet, but I think what you are calling a 'half hiccup' is his way of showing he's going to throw up.
My dogs eat grass, throw it up, maybe once or twice a month. If their bellies are empty, they will sometimes throw up bile, which I was told years ago, is normal. I just don't let them go so long between eating something now.
My Rosa was an excellent mother, and disciplined the pups as needed-
except for her last litter - a litter of 1.
That little guy, my Captain, ruled his momma from about day 5! As an adult, after our usual training of 'you do not rule in this house' he is the nicest dog. Even after neutering, he gets along with all the girls as long as they smell him whenever he enters the room, and somehow signal to him that he's so very handsome. It's kind of a joke around here.
('you do not rule in this house' - there is no harsh treatment, but there are subtle, loving ways to teach them this)
I have no helpful advice, but oh, young basenjis! We had two sofas across from each other, and they would run from one to the other. They'd make the turn practically on the top edge of each sofa. Of course only in cold weather, they were sent outside when the weather cooperated. 3 at a time, without running into each other, I don't know how they did it.
They always ran the same path in the grass, round and round. In fact if we went to the Google earth site, the paths were visible!
We had a very unique basenji that LIKED to grab a blanket, towel, toy, whatever, lie down, and the kids would drag him around. As near as I could tell, it never hurt his teeth. He just laid on his side, and got dragged around in circles! It helped get rid of kid energy too!