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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!

posted in Basenji Training read more

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!

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

If anybody's interested, there's a you tube video showing this, but the name is Epley ( I spelled it wrong earlier)

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

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.

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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.

posted in Basenji Puppy Pen read more

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)

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I have never had any luck with 2 intact males living together. Got one neutered, and problems were solved.

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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!

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

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!

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I agree with those suggesting a vet visit. I had my first basenji go to the vet for arthritis and he suggested glucosamine and chondroitin. They are technically not medicines, but rather 'supplements.'
After the first dog, when the others are 8-10, we always have the discussion about adding it to their meals when they are that age.
I saw an article in the last few years about not getting this supplement from China, it was found to have toxic ingredients.

FWIW, I also take the same - for arthritis, and it helps

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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

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

One thing we did with our dogs in the winter, when spending a log time outside wasn't an option, was play 'get the fish.'
We tied a plastic bag (like we got at the grocery store) to a string (we used a nylon about 1/8 inch) and attached that to a 4 ft pole. Then we just waved it back and forth and the dogs LOVED chasing it. Sometimes they got it and destroyed it, which was more fun that just chasing it.
We had to be careful when we brought the groceries in!

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@elbrant I've seen basenjis like that. I'm going to be different and say there may very well be basenji in him. Some of the behaviors seem basenji, the ears don't know whether to go up or down. Does he have a doggy odor when wet? That would be another point in the 'basenji' column.
Regardless, you're going to have years of fun!

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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.

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@tanza said in Prince and Daureen,:

I have to laugh at this and while I understand that some want to limit where their pup goes... I will tell you a story about my C-Me... when we brought her home (plane ride from Ohio to California in cabin (sherpa bag) and we brought her into the house... she immediately (at 11wks) climbed on a chair and kitchen table and immediately sat there as if to say "I can if I want!. My first Tri did the same...

And I had to laugh at this!
Must be something about those CA basenjis - Jaadi was the first dog I ever met that jumped on the kitchen table. No running leap, just a jump!.

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@marbrisson said in Older Basenji Mix Whining:

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

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About 12 years ago, the question was "What is a Basenji? (don't remember the exact clue). None of the contestants even had a guess. It's very very rare that I know an answer the contestants do not!

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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!

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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.

Enjoy him!

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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.

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