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posted in Basenji Talk read more

Oh dear, I'm so sorry you had this spot of bother. First thing to remember - treats and food cause problems if not properly dispensed / monitored !

I would take them out somewhere away from home and try to get them interested in other surroundings, on a walk, a free run in woods (if you can trust your boy). Once they accept being together away, then reintroduce them to the house. Best to let the boy in first and then the girl, i.e. the one who is 'at home' before the visitor. OK not a visitor but he's been there for longer. It might take two of you, each with a dog on a lead and then gradually get them together and sniffing the same blade of grass. You may have to do this a number of times and when you are sure of them (as sure as one can be with Basenjis) then get them indoors again and, standing ready with a noisy toy or something to distract their attention at need, leave them loose.

If he is severely injured, don't separate them to different rooms. Make sure they can see and smell each other all the time. We had up to eight living in the house and often there were be some kind of contratemps but it was always of short duration. I am always the alpha, I am bigger than they are and it is MY house. Any injured dog was crated in the kitchen in full view of the rest of the pack as they came and went.

Meal times were absolutely fine. I have a big kitchen and as long as the food pans were put down from the same hand to the same dog in the same order and on the same spot on the floor at each and every meal - they knew when it was their turn and never fought over food.

Spaying the girl is not going to stop fights ! And as the boy is neutered there is no immediate hurry.

Good luck !

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

The more often you clean anal glands, the more often you have to. Don't do as a regular every seven weeks exercise, give her more fibre in her diet and only express them when it seems absolutely necessary.

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

Neutering will not make any difference at all. Now or in the future.

You've changed so much in that wee boy's life, he is going to feel insecure until you get things more settled and back to what he was becoming accustomed to. DON'T make him feel 'left out' because you have installed a new 'favorite man' in your life.

Learn to strike a balance - teach the Basenji you still love him and he is still very much a part of your life. Give him prime time too.

Poor little man feels abandoned and small wonder ! You must build up his confidence, not destroy it entirely.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

This is perfectly normal Basenji behaviour ! They clean themselves (and each other). I have a photo somewhere of a line of five Basenjis in a conga-line, each cleaning the one in front. We've been for a particularly muddy walk as I recall.

Daily, I get two filthy dirty Basenjis into the car in the woods, sometimes they appear to be wearing Wellington boots. But the drive home takes only about 20 minutes and two beautifully clean Bs leap out.

Keep an eye out for inter-digital cysts - but feet cleaning is nothing to worry about.

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Basenjis in my house always seem to name themselves. Call names, that is. Hoover - that is what she does. Could also have been called vacuum cleaner. Keeper - because he was the one we kept. Their dam - Trouble - was a tri and did she ever know she was special !

The registered names of all of ours is a Swahili word which describes the character or attributes of a Basenji.

Best is two syllables - for when you are calling them to you and they are playing deaf.

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

Strange how Basenjis love the snow ! Happy looking lad !

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

She would appear to be MOSTLY Basenji - but appearances can be deceptive. I should play safe - treat her as a Basenji and I don't think you will be disappointed (or surprised !)

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

I LOVE the fly-away ears ! He'll take off any minute so hang on to him ! he's lovely -and lucky to have found you.

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

The more often you (or the Vet) clears the anal glands, the more often they need doing. I would try to avoid doing it more often than absolutely necessary and try her on a high fibre diet. I agree with elbrant that she is probably doing something which is familiar to help her cope with new surrounding and environment.

If by 'cone' you mean 'elizabethan collar' - mostly dogs hate these even if they are soft and as she is in a new place I would be unhappy about restricting her in this way.

I take it you have very little idea of her circumstances prior to her coming to live with you (and well done for taking her in - may be enjoy many years together !) Try and prevent the area from becoming sore but keep an eye on her and see if there is anything special which triggers her apparent need to do this.

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

PLEASE tell me where you rescued her and if you have ANY papers or knowledge about her - even her birth date would help because I would love to trace her ancestry.

I love these old dogs and she must be very special to you -

posted in Behavioral Issues read more

@debradownsouth said in Is it time to neuter?:

And get a trainer before he actually bites the child.

And remember - the trainer should be training YOU as much (more than) he trains Blu. Blu's problems are related to the changes you've made to his environment !

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

Merry Christmas to everyone - I have been trying to paste a card but it doesn't want to take it !

But have a wonderful Christmas and a super peaceful and contented 2019

posted in Show Off Your Dog read more

I agree - I love Basenjis - big ears and big round eyes and all ! But PLEASE tell us the breeding. Who are Mom and Dad ?

posted in Member Introductions read more

Have you been to my website and read the Zande Put-Off and other items ? If not - do (!) and then ask further specific questions.

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@janja said in Help with Basenji Database:

All respectable breeders do that, dont they?

I WISH ! - some are very good others less so, and BYBs, pet shops and puppy mills are almost impossible to get data from ! And remember, the database doesn't cover or relate to only the USA. Data comes in from all over the world and now that Basenjis are travelling to and from many different countries it helps breeders.

@joan-duszka said in Help with Basenji Database:

what reason are you compiling this information? Just curious

I have been compiling this data since 1984 and the database now boasts almost 102,000 pedigrees, many with photos. Breeders use it because it offers data on Fanconi and PRA and allows for 'test matings'. Many pet owners love it because they can trace their Basenjis back through the years and often see photos of ancestors.

Why do I do it ? Impossible to answer. Many breeds have online databases but few are as large as Basenjis.

And I am very grateful to Laura for soliciting data on my behalf. I never got anything in from these forums ! You don't have to show any interest in it but thousands do - I assure you.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

My current Support Team doesn't baroo - in fact very few of them have. As puppies, they hear me trying to yodel in correct Basenji fashion - and most of them go to new homes with at least the rudiments of the skill but even if they hear it, they don't all 'sing'. Keepurr does it once a week, to greet the arrival of Melissa, my cleaning lady. The first time he did it (he was ten when Melissa came to us and now he is 12) he was so surprised - and so was I. But I too feel like yodelling at the sight of Melissa and the thought of a clean house !

posted in Basenji Feeding read more

To much choice ! Make or buy a reliable food, suitable for dogs, and put the pan down for ten minutes. But first take her to the Vet and get her thoroughly checked out.

posted in Basenji Talk read more

Make sure your new pup is in the on-line Basenji database ! And while you are at it, let me have names, colors and genders of all the siblings ! Treats. First thing to teach your new puppy is 'TRADE !' Anything he steals - the word should inspire him to drop whateveritis and accept a treat in exchange. Mine get all kinds of veggies and scraps but when we are out in the woods and they re running free, I have a bag of their normal dry food. It seems to taste better out in the wild and doesn't affect their diet in any way ! They have developed quite a vocabulary over the years - TREAT ! TRADE ! CABBAGE ! and SPECIAL! among them. They love lightly boiled greens and the one thing to get them out of their arm chairs last thing at night is 'Cabbage !' While training - use voice and praise at least as often as edible rewards -

posted in Basenji Health Issues & Questions read more

I hate to say it, but there comes a time when you have to say goodbye. Hanging on for your own sake is not the right thing to do. The dog's quality of life and letting it go with dignity and without suffering are paramount - and far more important than the possible distress of the owner.

In my experience, a Basenji will tell you when it is time to show him/her that last kindness, that last act of love and send them on their way. You get one last chance to show them how much they mean to you and that is by letting them go.

In all my years with Basenjis, I have never once had one die naturally. They come and tell me their time has come and I fetch a spade and call the Vet. He always comes to the house - there is no way I'd send a beloved friend on that last lonely journey from the Vet's office - and we sit in the sun with the dog on my lap. Up to now, Marvin's hand has always been on the head of the dog, but these remaining two, now almost 13 and 10, will have to make do with me on my own.

They are all buried at the bottom of the garden with headstone laid flat to accommodate the lawn-mower.

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@redial said in Need advice for newborn basenji:

take some bedding so that he will be used to the new smells

Even better - send a piece of bedding to the breeders to put down with the rest of the litter or the parents for a couple of nights so he brings familiar smells with him when you pick him up OR if he is shipped to you in some other way.

I always did that - ask puppy purchasers for a piece of bedding which the baby could take away, impregnated with 'homely' scents.

I wonder why you can't see either Dad OR Mom ?

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