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!
I have had 15 - 20 adult female basenjis over the years, and 2 was the age when it seemed like they became their 'true adult selves.' (spayed/neutered or not)
I do not feel confident giving suggestions, just wanted you to know her age is typical for this to happen.
to me, the beautiful and positive traits are the the thing you are warned about.
My personality made me want a dog that was a CHALLENGE:
I did not want a dog that stayed in an unfenced yard - I wanted a dog that wanted to explore the world! ( a dog that would enjoy exploring the world with me and my kids)
I did not want a dog that accepted all humans and dogs right away - I wanted a dog that required a human or dog that it met to prove itself worthy of it's attention! ( so we would have that in common)
I wanted a dog with an urge to hunt. In fact one of my goals in breeding was to produce dogs that I could throw out in the woods out back, and know it could survive if it had to.( I never threw them out in the woods, I just wanted them to retain the ability to hunt that their ancestors required to survive)
I wanted a dog that THOUGHT. I wanted a dog that would require me to out think it sometimes. (At times they would do something that we had to figure out WHY they were doing it. It usually came back to their need to hunt)
I wanted a dog that constantly assessed the situation, and decided "What's in it for me?" I probably go through much of life that way, and sometimes, what's in it for me helps me to realize why it was good, or not good, for someone else.
There are a couple of posts mentioning their sounds. I just wanted to explain that all dogs do NOT make these sounds. I had one line, staring with my diva, Rosa, that made NO sounds. I had another that had a most beautiful yodel, and was as different from Rosa in most basenji ways. (In fact, she was an embarrassment to the breed in Rosa's mind). Their kids and grandkids were/are the same. No sounds vs sounds. However the girl I have left from the 'embarrassment to the breed' girl, is so vocal, 3-4 times a day. Every time we make a big deal of it, because it's so beautiful (and we have to decipher what she's trying to say.
Please remember sounds/no sounds is not a reflection of their happiness with you or where they live. Sometimes it is genetics.
And that makes me think of one last thing - basenjis are very good at reading your actions. If you think they're doing something because they love you (and you show it) they will continue to do it, to get the same reaction from you.
Be sure that whatever they are doing gets a positive response from you, you won't mind them doing forever. For instance, sleeping in a special spot - make sure it's ok if you let them do it, only once!
Owning a basenji means that someitimes you just have to let things go, and not sweat the small stuff.
may have some mild dementia
before I got to where you said this, I was thinking the same.
Has she always been your only dog? If not, I would think she misses whoever was there.
By being home more, she's used to you being there. If she was my girl, her whining at night would make me think she wants in the 'big bed' with you!
Thank you for being the special person you are, bless you for taking in this girl
This is beyond what Bailey can do right now, but helps to make the vet/basenji relationship a good one:
My dogs have learned that they have to do what I am taking them to, so I treat it as a 'happy time.' If I have to carry them in (too many germs on the floor) I talk happy talk, do it like it's just what I'm doing, and sound like I'm going to a 'happy place.'
I put them on the exam table, talk nice to the vet, and the dog gets the feeling that Mom is ok with the vet, I guess I should be too. And then I step back - shows Mom is ok with leaving me with them, must be ok.
I have a problem with new techs, I sort of have to retrain them. Sometimes they have to take a dog from the waiting room, without me, and every time, they bend down, use a a baby voice, trying to convince the dog to come with them. That's when I step in:
I explain that they have to act like taking the dog away from me is the most natural thing, and where they are going is not something they have to be convinced is ok. It is ok, it just IS, and Mom gave them to the tech, it must be okay. I tell them to use a voice that shows they are in control, and there is no choice. It's good, it's fun, and Mom said it's ok.
I tell them it doesn't matter WHAT they say, it's the tone of their voice. I tell them they can say "Come on little shithead, your'e going to got poked, and prodded, and twisted into all positions" as long as they say it in a matter of fact happy voice.
I explain with the story: If I'm walking with someone down an unfamiliar road, and we come to a crossroad, we have to go left, or right, or straight. If the person I'm with gets all worried about which way top go, with a worried voice , I'm going to be worried too, and put up resistance to even go any way.
BUT, if the person , when coming to the crossroad, just says "Turn this way" I'll turn that way because that person seems to know which is the best way.
I think basenjis pick up on cues in our voices.
So, the tech uses a normal, matter of fact voice, and 99% of the time. it works
I have had 12 adult basenjis over the years and found that some would yodel, some would not.
I had 2 lines and think they either have yodeling DNA or they didn't, one did, one did not.
The ones that did yodeled when they knew they were getting to do something they really liked to do, so it was a happy yodel.
I know this is an extremely old thread, but it kind of made me cry. I do remember the home in Georgia where Sid ended up was a home that I might even call the best home he ever had.
His owner has written to me over the years (oh, forgot to say I was the person who was in a car accident and had to rehome him.) and I've tried and tried, but cannot find her email, and don't remember her name!
I was just thinking of her when I saw on tv that IRMA is now moving up to GA, not a hurricane anymore, and I wanted to let her know I was thinking of her, and praying for her safety. I never received an email that Sid had died, and I really think I would have, so assume he is still alive. My girl that had the same sire lived to be 16, and since he was younger, it's possible.
So if anyone out there keeps in touch with her, please send on my prayers for their safety.
After reading this, ANYONE down that way, please please know up here I feel kind of helpless. There are various places that are collecting things, monetary and otherwise, so doing what we can.
I was happy to hear the folks in Florida (and Texas) are reacting the way I would, trying to take care of each other.
Like I said, I know how very old this thread is, so if no one reads this that won't surprise me
Rub a tiny bit of Vics Vaporub of your feet. Not enough that you will smell it, but he will.
Then distract him in ways that have been mentioned here.
He is biting your feet because he is getting something - a reaction from you. The Vics will teach him that he doesn't like the reaction at all.
In my years in basenjis, they seem to follow the motto: What's in it for me? Take away what is in it for him, and replace it with something he does not like - the smell.
My Gretchen, who turned 15 late last year, started with seizures about a year ago. After each seizure, there were tremors. Meds worked well and controlled the seizures.
A few weeks ago I was having a really hard time getting her to eat, and she started losing control of her back legs. They had lost all muscle tone, I figured because she wasn't eating. We tried some type of medicines to increase her appetite with very little improvement. We took her to the vet, again, and he explained that her brain was dealing with wearing out - old age. A tumor was not mentioned.
He said there really wasn't much to do, and my husband and I decided to euthanize her right there. It helped us to know the night before, we got her to eat a half salmon patty, and half a hamburger.
He said, "If you can imagine being hungry all the time, is that any way to live, it has to be uncomfortable?" Gretchen was always really into her food!
So, she lived, and died of old age. Actually the first I bred, and kept, who died of old age.
I hope Sadiki pulls through this, and you are prepared for whatever comes next.
I have to agree with the Doggy Day Care idea.
We had our first basenji, Sugar, for a year. She was a wonderful introduction to the breed, and she felt it was her job to keep me busy. I did when I could, until the kids got home but after a year we thought Sugar needed another. We got a male and though we added another dog, my job was cut in half!
Your girl is very bright and needs things to keep her busy. these types, if you don't give them something to do, they will?FIND something, and not always something you'd approve of.
Sugar was a fun loving dog, with a wonderful temperament, and taught me that having a basenji is like having a permanent 2 yr old child! She loved new things and loved walks because it was a way to discover new things.
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!
When my daughter was 10-11, we went to the Basenji National, I think in Indianapolis. She showed in Juniors at the time, and I think showed a few of our adults too.
They had a costume contest (it was before Halloween) and she and our Spicer entered. I made her a Dorothy outfit, and Spicer's 'witch' outfit. I attached a 'gown', to a dark lure coursing shirt (sorry, forget what they are called), that dragged on the floor when he walked. I
took some glow in the dark paint and wrote on the gown
She's 32 now, married, and I gave the dog stuff to her a couple of years ago. You'll just have to take my word for it, they were adorable!
Oh, for the next couple of years when the kids went trick or treating, Spicer got to go, wearing his costume too. He held his head so high, I like to think he was so proud that he won the costume contest. After all, Monica was cute, but HE won!
I have had 2 neutered over the years. IMO, before neutering, they think they are tough, they know all, and everyone should hold them in the highest esteem. After neutering, they were easier to live with, all that went away, and their true, sweet selves were allowed to shine!
I had always heard, and agree, that the best pets are neutered males.
That being said, I placed a spayed female into a home. A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, home. A few years later they wanted another, and after talking to them, I placed a male pup in their home, with no agreement to neutered. They were in their 60's, he was a retired sheriff, and I live in farm country where a lot of older men don't like castrating any males they don't have to.
He LIKED the bullheadedness of the intact male, the obstinance, the 'I'm the king!!!' attitude. I was completely sure there would not be a problem, and there never was.
I saw that! I first thought, "Oh, a basenji sighting, but then they kept showing, and talking about basenjis. A very informative show, especially the history of dog domestication. One dog could be identified if someone knew the handler at a show in North Carolina who was showing a tri, looked to be a puppy, the handler wore a pink jacket and skirt.
When we have this kind of trouble, first thing we do is put the tiniest bit of Vicks Vapo rub in where ever the dog is even interested in trying to chew - works every time.
Warning - they are relentless in finding places that do NOT have the Vicks.
I will leave the training advice to others.
It only takes a teeny tiny bit, their nose smells it!
I have dogs from one line that are silent, and the other from a yodeler. The girl we have left from that line yodels at least 5 times a day. It seems to always be when she is happy, or knows she is going to be.
Sometimes we can get her to yodel again if we get her very excited and very happy. SOMETIMES
My only suggestion is to notice what meed he is in when he does yodel, and try to get that same mood to get him to yodel. Do this sparingly, they get bored so easily.
I suspect when you stop trying, he's just going to surprise you one day with the longest, prettiest yodel!
He's adorable and imo, has lots of basenji in him.
I can just see him doing the 'basenji 500!' Hopefully you are already witnessing him all of a sudden getting a burst of energy and running around crazy - the basenji 500!
that's just one pup doing the basenji 500 - if you type in basenji 550 on the youtube site, there are quite a few other examples.