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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

A large enough crate, with space for her to stand up and stretch, lie down full out, containing a large bone and something to interest her, should be looked upon as a refuge, not a punishment.

This is the season season. Her hormones are over active, spayed or not. She will try to assert herself this time of year, cutting her won't become effective in this regard for at least a couple of years.

If, added to this, she has undergone other changes - cats coming / going etc - she will not be feeling secure. And from what you say, she has undergone huge changes.

Love her, help her socialise, spend time with her and don't despair. If you are positive, it will help her. Take her out for long walks and tire her out while letting her know you are one to one with her.

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.

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Even with a long walk before and after being left alone in a crate for 8 hours - I would be very against this treatment of ANY dog, let alone a Basenji. These are hunting dogs, not toys you can put in the cupboard when you don't want to (can't) play with them.

Wait a few years until you can give a Basenji the life it deserves. A great deal of life with a B is COMPROMISE (!) and in the scenario as you describe it, the Basenji would be the loser on all counts.

They are worth waiting for - believe me.

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 ?

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

posted in Basenji Training read more

I'm sorry to have to say it but I'd scream if I were crated in the daytime as well as having to sleep in a crate all night ! Basenjis are hunting hounds, not toys to put in a cupboard when they are inconvenient to you ! If you insist on crating him in the daytime - and I'm guessing you'll be away for an eight hour day at least - then let him sleep with you at night.

Poor little guy - at 12.5 weeks he wants to explore and to play and have fun - and to be a puppy !

Set up a room where he can come to no harm, leave lots of things around for him to play with, get him a bone (raw) that he can gnaw on and forget the daytime crate.

Short, frequent, walks at his age. He is too young for a marathon even if that would tire him out. You need to respect his muscle development.

posted in Basenji Puppy Pen read more

@eeeefarm said in New Puppy- Crate and general training!:

She will undoubtedly want to lick you dry when you emerge!

And you will end up wetter than ever ! Screaming is indeed attention seeking and you are making a rod for you own back if you react. Life with a Basenji is a compromise so take her to the shower room with you !

I have said it many times - I do not tolerate destructiveness. I am bigger than they are and its MY house ! Find something - like tearing up newspapers - that she can 'punish' you with but that does no harm at all (beyond rendering the papers unreadable and that is no bad thing in these uncertain times) and make a song and dance over that. Scream, cry, Oh you bad, bad girl to tear the papers ! so she knows what to do to get a reaction out of you but anything else, ignore her pleas for attention.

I hate to think that these hunting hounds are crated too much. Try creating an open space that is hers, where she is free and you can learn to trust her. By all means feed her in the crate to get her used to it - in the short term and at night. But even at night, if she has a spot which she learns is hers, in your room, on a pile of blankets, don't cage her. She should be a free spirit. That cage looks ok now, but when she is fully grown, will she be able to lie out flat - Basenjis don't always curl up even if they mostly do - will she be able to s t r e t c h upwards ? If you have to cage her, make sure she has enough space.

And email me her details for the Basenji on-line pedigree database ! The site address is in my signature block and you will find my email address there. It would be a shame to miss having such a lovely lady among the 105,000 pedigrees already enshrined !

posted in Basenjis For Sale or Wanted read more

@tanza Thanks for the vote of confidence !

I started the database in 1984 - so 36 years ago. You could call it my mission in life !

It keeps growing - more and more breeders in far-flung lands find it useful and add to it with details of their litters. I spend at least 5 hours a day, almost every day, contacting breeders and owners, entering data, checking accuracy etc. I never thought I'd reach a hundred thousand but we are 'way beyond that. The addition of photos was relatively recent in the scheme of things but more and more pedigrees are filling up with a full compliment of pics.

Onwards and Upwards !

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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.

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