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He looks very happy and contented ! Must like the cuddles as much as you do. What is his breeding ? (Who are Mom and Dad ?)

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@crazybasenjimom said in Destructive behavior:

I ’ve never laid a hand on my dogs, my voice tone

Very well said. I don't lay hand to mine either, never have. Its all done with voice and gestures. And maintaining Alpha status.

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Puppies don't normally 'wet the bed' - But he's young, he's in a new environment, he's away from his canine family. He could be making his bed smell familiar or he might not fully realise that it is his bed. Give him time.

Take a sample to the vet and check there isn't an infection but relax and make him feel at home.

He'll soon settle.

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@debradownsouth said in Brixton the Basenji!:

I disagree with it being too early to train

Its NEVER to early to start training but it has to be FUN for the puppy so he/she doesn't realise it's 'school.' Mine were always collar and lead trained and to a large extent potty trained before they left for their new homes. That was an absolute minimum !

Short sessions, daily and keep the FUN prominent ! Leave it too long and you'll never succeed. The pup will rule YOU and that is never good for either of you.

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I don't do Facebook - So wouldn't be able to access her. Thanks anyway

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Makes me want MORE PUPPIES ! Give him time and he'll tie you in knots ! Just look at that 'Who ME ?' expression. Lovely looking baby

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@tanza

So there is no way I can get hold of them ? One name, one HPreg# and I could find more.

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@theresab said in reputable breeder?:

does anyone know anything about All Star Basenjis?

The fact that there are almost none of their dogs in the on-line Basenji Pedigree data-base should tell you something. Among other things, they don't even register their Moms and Dads with the AKC.

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@eeeefarm said in Destructive behavior:

Basenjis have a pretty good sense of justice, and I have found they will accept consequences they know they have earned. The trick is that they must thoroughly understand where the line is, and that they have stepped over it.

Well said ! I am so glad I am not the only one to make mountains from molehills where Basenji discipline is concerned ! But you are so right - their sense of fair play is very highly developed.

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She's probably bored. But I agree with eeeefarm that you need to tell us much more about WHEN this destructiveness occurs and if she is alone when it happens, how long you leave her alone for and is she penned or free when she destroys things ?

Personally I would always take care that dogs never had access to electric cables, wires or anything which could damage THEM if they damaged it.

I have never tolerated destructive behaviour but am not sure how I went about actually training my packs. It was simply not acceptable. Period. Not done. If they did something like shredding a newspaper I would scream and cry and make a BIG fuss - so if ever they wanted to punish me, they'd shred papers. They knew that way they'd attract maximum attention. Another breeder I know over-reacted with screams and tears if the dogs threw cushions on the floor. So if they were feeling particularly evil - they threw cushions on the floor. Both methods have the effect of channeling destructive behaviour into a totally benign activity which the dogs rapidly get bored with.

This is another case of 'I'm bigger than they are and it's MY house' -

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I always insisted people come and fetch their puppy but if that meant flying (from USA for example) that was OK. Because most airlines insisted on putting pups in the cargo hold over water, we always arranged flights to the nearest US airport so the owner could get the pup out and it could ride in the cabin for the next leg of the journey. I would never fly a pup on its own if a change-over was necessary.

There are ways to ensure comfort for the pup even if it is flying 'Pet in Cabin' and accompanied - residue-free diet for 48 hours before the flight so it has no need to defecate. One-way human diapers on the floor of the crate so it stays dry. Ice cubes in the water bowl so there is nothing to spill out but which thaws to give the pup a drink.

I have no knowledge of internal US flights if the pup is unaccompanied. 12 hours is a long time to expect a pup to enjoy a car journey, you'd have to prepare for numerous stops - But it would help, if the breeder took time (I always did) to accustom puppies to car trips in a crate.

Good luck !

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NEW TOY !!!!! Yesterday I put out three egg-boxes for a neighbour who gives me eggs from time to time when her hens are laying well. Keepurr and Hoover found them - joy oh joy ! Something to shred to tiny pieces !!!
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@pawla said in Favorite Toys:

It's best not to spend any money until you get to know your new boy

Excellent advice ! In all my years with Basenjis I've never actually bought a toy for any of them ! The Intelligence Cubes were tombola prizes and the frisbies all came with breakfast cereal packets !

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Over here they are often called 'Intelligence Cubes (or balls)' and Basenjis love to roll them around for treats. They'll chase a frisbie but I have yet to have one bring it back to me. Its more a case of 'come and get it, Mom, and throw it again.' But it does keep us all exercised.

The inner cardboard rolls from toilet paper are very popular, but so are any cardboard boxes they can tear up. Mine have never had any toys as such - they find things and for a while, play with them before losing interest.

Beware of squeaky toys or soft toys with glass eyes. They can eat through to the squeak and the eyes come out and can get eaten. If you wouldn't give a toy to a baby for safety reasons, don't give it to a Basenji.

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Is he teething ? Are the guns red or sore ? It is certainly most unusual for a Basenji not to clean the bowl and then pretend they haven't been fed.

A diet solely of dry food would bore me too. Mine get grain-free mixed with tinned commercial food.

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Mine scratch on the kitchen door. Resulting in a frequent need to repaint - so now I have clear plastic in the door panel.

But I forgot to cover the outside, cos they also scratch when then want back in if I've shut the door against the weather. I need to redecorate the outside and then put plastic over it.

This entirely self taught habit is good for getting them out to empty but Hoover has learned to scratch the door when she is hungry or just wants attention. So in fact, the Basenjis have taught ME to open the door at their command.
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That good news, Dennis - and you are likely to find, in the long run, that the older boy will teach the pups far more than you ever can. They'll get their street cred from him !

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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 !

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You've been happily challenged by this little demon for several years - He's cute and obviously a wonderful pet and member of the family. I don't see Basenji, certainly not in any dominant measure - just enjoy life together!

If your curiosity has been pricked - a DNA test would give you the answer.

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To be entirely honest, I can't see either Basenji or Shiba in this little dog. Does it matter though ? Just love her to distraction !

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