Why is the Basenji Dog Referred to as the ‘Barkless Dog?
Famous for the low sounds it produces because of the uncommon shape of its larynx, this dog is also known for the nickname “The Barkless Dog”. It’s also a highly intelligent breed, which responds well – even to ordinary training.
Only a few dog breeds can equal the grace and dignity the Basenji Dog displays.
Alert & Active
This breed also has an impressive degree of athleticism, which, in spite of its size, makes it a good hunting buddy. Its temperament is best described as alert and active, affectionately close to its owner, but aloof to strangers.
Caring for the Basenji Dog
This breed of dog is not difficult to care for, given the proper conditions. However, it requires:-
· Sufficient space since it is a very active breed;
· It loves other Basenji dogs as companions (which can help as their playmates); and also allows it to maintain its healthy lifestyle.
· Many behavioral issues develop when the dog is left alone or deprived of encouragement to do physical activities.
Their short coat requires only minimal maintenance. They don’t smell like the average dog because of their short, fine coat.
A Basenji dog is a great companion because it forms a strong bond with its owner. Once it grows trust with the owner, it will, under any circumstances, defend the owner. It becomes emotionally connected to the owner and will remain loyal and dutiful, no matter what.
Basenji is originally a hunter dog dating back from the early years. They have the ability to adapt to the changing circumstances, and presently, they are a great pick for people who want to bring home a playful dog.
Basenjis have an average life span of between 13 and 14 years. The Basenji breed’s common medical conditions are:-
· Progressive retinal degeneration, typically resulting in blindness.
· They are prone to having skin problems, too. That’s likely the problem with having short coats; another is
· Kidney failure. This disease is called Fanconi. It is a condition that happens when the body does not absorb the requisite electrolytes from the kidney.
They require lots of exercise and physical activity to preserve their physique and their poise.
Is It the Right Pet for You to Train?
People who are easily attached to animals, are reasonably patient in taking dogs for long walks, and those who love to play with their pets make the Basenji dog’s ideal owners. The breed shows an impressive sense of devotion and loyalty, but when it comes to strangers, it can be very aloof.
Being a hunting dog, he enjoys chasing smaller animals and sometimes even small objects that are thrown his/her way. Therefore, we should not entrust non-canine pets like birds and kittens with their company.
Given its high level of physical activity, the breed is remarkably quiet, which means it rarely makes noise. This behavior also results in a misunderstanding between their owners, as most of us perceive “silent” as inactive, which is why this dog is a perfect example of a quiet dog, but with a high activity level.
It is easy to introduce training to your Basenji, when you start young. Young Basenjis are receptive and would like to please its owners. However, if the Basenji grows old undertrained and poorly socialized, this dog breed will take on the role of the pack leader and behave in its own terms.
In addition to that, being a smart and confident dog, Basenji training is best done without aggression. A Basenji training method, centered on encouraging the dog, who is the “alpha,” the leader of the pack should work the best for this dog. These dogs are the type that would take it seriously when being reprimanded. For successful Basenji training, though, here are three moves.
Because of their limited attention span, Basenjis are jokingly dubbed as “A.D.D Dogs.” These dogs can be distracted quite quickly as they are very curious and wouldn’t think twice, turning their heads if there are rodents, kittens, or any other things they might find interesting around them. A distracted dog means the owner can be given a chance to get the attention of the dog. Keep in mind, the Basenji is a hunting dog, and when proper training is given, it works best with hunters.
Once an instruction is given to the Basenji, they will know who’s on the “alpha” mode. They take the “submissive role” when the dog obeys and acknowledges the owner as the “alpha.”
Give a Basenji an instruction like “Sit!” or “Stay!” and they will return to “obedience” mode.
When the dog obeys, this is a chance for the owner to show reward and praise when they obey. This particular breed of dog is also very energetic and is very unlikely to get weary right away.
The Basenji training uses the concepts of clicker training, where a successful rewarded response would have a greater effect on the Basenji. Providing the dog with praise and rewards will give them good feelings and will be a source of motivation for the Basenji. When the dog displays positive behavior, reinforce it strongly, and ignore bad behavior. Negative consequences such as:-
· Leash jerking;
· Hitting; or
· Yelling at the dog
Will only compel the Basenji to repeat the action!
To be ignored, however, is something that could really get into dogs. So when no attention is given to their actions, the chance for the Basenji to repeat that action is highly unlikely.
Basenjis are smart dogs that can only take orders from the “alpha” or the “pack leader.” Their owners must have an authoritative nature and understands what ‘their dogs want to do’ and what ‘the owners want them to do’.
Additional Basenji training is to socialize the dog breed among other people, pets, and livestock. The Basenji can feel uncomfortable when approached by strangers. The Basenji assumes the role of the pack leader when left alone with other animals, and this may create conflict.
Drive with Respect ‘vs’ Fear
An elegant and graceful hunting dog bred to assist hunters, Basenjis like working within the discipline, but it must be driven with respect, not fear. As a matter of fact, negative consequences in dog training, whatever breed it’d be, isn’t recommended. This may only create a lose-lose situation between the owner and your Basenji.