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Has anyone trained a Basenji mix before?

Discussion in 'Other Breeds' started by Lillie May, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    If so, is the dog still living? If it is, how have you managed to not kill it?! I would rather train a pig to fly, or a mule to dance! She is an evil Tasmanian Devil dog and one of us is going to die. Hint, it's not going to be me. I'm sorry, but in case you didn't get it, she is aggravating the crap out if me! Rant over.
     
  2. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    I was joking about killing the demon dog, even though I really want to! No one on this forum has any experience with a Basenji? She is absolutely the hardest dog I've ever had to deal with. They are really smart and will only do what you want if there's something in it for them. My chows were stubborn, and she puts them to shame! Any thoughts or help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  3. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    My first thoughts would be NILF to set some boundaries and expectations, but I'm sure you've already done that. Is it your dog or are you training for someone else? My male is the most stubborn dog I've ever encountered, and for the first few months of training he was the same way and would only do something if he was rewarded heavily. I just made my boundaries and expectations very clear. I still do at least half an hour of obedience with him after our walks every single day and there are still days that he just doesn't feel like listening, but for the most part he is a great listener now. Consistency and staying level-headed despite MANY frustrating sessions seems to have worked for us. Sorry I haven't offered anything more in-depth. Are there any Basenji forums you can check out?
     
  4. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    She's ours, and BC I'm not kidding I've trained stubborn before. She knows what she's supposed to do. Here's one example, when they are first learning come when called, I reward. With her, she will if she feels like it. I've even had her sitting outside looking in while the others get their treat and tell her it sucks to be you! Lol, this usually works for a few days, then she's back at it. Never thought about looking for a forum! Thanks great tip.
     
  5. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Basenji are a very independent breed, and almost like training cats. Once you trick them into thinking it was their idea all along it gets much easier. Also clicker training is extremely helpful with them. Plus upping that reward. You want a treat or reward that she'll do almost anything for. If she's "maybe I will maybe I won't" then I wouldn't bother using them
     
  6. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Yep, very independent. I could probably get the cats trained before her! I've upped the reward before using Boogie's liver treats and other rewards she loves. I'm lucky she's really food motivated and I thought if I upped the reward plus the praise, it'd help. Most times it does, like 9 out of 10. Clicker works on them?!! That's so interesting, it never occurred to me they'd respond to it. Lol, the crazy bitch will try to eat the clicker but I'll try anything. Thanks DC
     
  7. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Np. My friend used to have 3 of them and let me tell you, that is a breed I will never own
     
  8. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    3?! She was found at 3 months, we didn't have a clue what she was. No I'd never choose to have one. Did your friend take them to obedience class or train on their own?
     
  9. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    She got the first one on her own and the other two came from a lady who threw them out for killing the rest of her other pets. Obedience classes were tried once and after they tried to beat up all the smaller dogs that was out of the question. From then on it was her, me and clicker training. They did well with the clicker but the real issue was weaning off of food rewards for every click. But IMO clickers and high value food are the easiest way to train Basenjis
     
  10. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Maybe I can try reward every other click to keep her guessing. Really, thank you because I would never have thought that would work on them. I kept wondering why a lady had her 2 Basenjis in obedience training when I took Buddie, due to the fact she said she always brought her other ones there. My thinking behind it was why, you already know how to do it. Now I know why she brought them, but still say why would you ever get more of them?! Lol
     
  11. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    That's not how clickers work. A click = a reward. That's the point of the click.

    Read: http://hssv.convio.net/site/DocServer/clicker_train.pdf?docID=1096
     
  12. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Thanks LL, I know how to do it. I was referring to the weaning her off when DC said that was the only problem they had. Have you ever trained one? Or have any tips? Because it would be easier to train a cat, seriously.
     
  13. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    Sad thing is, I did train her cat faster. LOL
     
  14. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    LMAO....I don't doubt it for a second! She is responding well to the clicker. I really wish I knew what she's mixed with. She displays every Basenji trait plus one, she tries guarding all of us. I'm trying to find a reference to that being another Basenji trait, but haven't found one yet. Did your friend's do that DC?
     
  15. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    What I linked to explained why your method of 'weaning' is incorrect. You ALWAYS reward after a click. Always. You can vary the reward, but it is always a reward. Or else the click loses its meaning.
     
  16. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Got it thanks.
     
  17. DancesWithCurs

    DancesWithCurs Good Dog

    They were very alert when it came to outsiders and unknown dogs/people. Basenjis are just a different kind of thing entirely. A lot of people are used to working with a dog that wants to please them, while most Basenji don't really care if they're pleasing you or not
     
  18. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Yeah, however she does it to people she knows. That's something else we're working on. I had 3 Chows before and they were aloof, stubborn, extreme guardians, also not people pleasers. They were hard to train too, lol Midnight puts them to shame.
     
  19. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    Ok, I'm having some of those days again. I want to stand on the corner with a sign saying will pay you to take her away! We've worked so hard and for the past two days she won't listen for shit! DWC give me your friends address, I'll ship.
     
  20. natbelle

    natbelle Little Dog

    Pics of this demon! Basenji was the breed the shelter here changed Calpyso to so I could adopt her and bring her in to my apartment at the time.
     

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