Friday, November 5, 2010


We learn as we go. Gradually, over the years as basenji parents, we’ve learned more and more about how to best care for our magical little curly tails. We get a lot of help and support in this mission to provide the best possible care for our munchkins. Some of the help we get comes from basenji email lists and forums whose members share their expertise and experience.

Adopting a basenji is a life changing event. BRAT's Post Adoptive Care (PAC) is available to provide guidance and assistance in making this transition as smooth as possible. There are suggestions for handling a variety of challenges such as introducing a new dog into your pack, house training, leash pulling, etc.

Behavior problems are the main reason dogs are surrendered to shelters. Boredom and excess energy are two common reasons for behavior problems in dogs. Basenjis are generally very active dogs who need regular exercise and attention on a daily basis.

Dog parks, play dates, and local dog clubs provide exercise and social opportunities for you and your dog. You can often find activities for all seasons. Today’s photo is of Rt. 66 Basenji Club members on a walk during chilly weather.

You’ve probably heard the adage, “If your dog is fat, you aren’t getting enough exercise,” so a good walk or jog with your dog will go a long way to working off some energy and helping both of you to stay fit. Ivan and Dasa love walks. We can’t even spell W-A-L-K. Instead, we say “traverse on foot,” “promenade,” or “perambulate” if we want to get to the leashes before the doggy dance of joy begins. We all feel better after walks, and reap multiple benefits. A tired basenji is a happy basenji, and that makes basenji parents happy too.

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