Basenji Q&A

I have a 2 year old basenji.....I find it hard to get him to play with me and toys .....can you give me any advice?

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They like to chase things. I used a rag when mine was young and graduated to those toys that are shaped liked snakes and have a rattle in them. You hold it up in the air and twirl around with it or run from one end of a room back and forth. You must let them catch it every now and then or they lose interest.


My Basenji is now 8 1/2, alot of them never reallly like toys. If you dont mind the occasional stuffing being torn out they do tend to like stuffed animals. If your close with your Basenji, get down on the floor russle his head up a bit and then wrestle. Mine still loves it when people get on the floor with him and rough around a bit. i think only 1 of my old basenji's ever liked to play with anything but stuffed animals. Mcdonalds kids toy stuffed animals were a fav.


My Basenji likes playing with balls,rags,rubbed toys but most of all a old tennis shoe.It's hard sometimes to keep him away from my other shoe though.He has a friend to from time to time he'll either bark at her or howl when he sees her.He is one percent Basenji six months old and hate would I leave out.


One of my basenjis played woth toys until she was about five years old and then lost interest. She only likes live prey, squirrels, rabbits etc., Mature Basenjis aren't into "Fetch". They figure if you don't want it why would they. Also, pleasing you isn't one of their priorities. They will recognize you as Alpha only if you can earn it. I have had no prpblem with destructive behavior once I let them know it was unacceptable. They are material dogs ans respect the rule of ownership. I have a female that is ten years old and a male eight and they are the smartest dogs in the world, Others will claim that title but they are wrong.


I have a two year old Basenji and she was a rescue dog. I had to just patiently love on her and get her to trust me. I bought several different types of toys and put them in a basket for her. Some for squeeking, some for tug a war etc. some were plastic and some were soft Then I took one or two of them out , squeezed them to get her attention. Threw it and then went to get it, picked it up and threw again. She just watched me. She watched me take them out, play with them and put them back. She finally seemed interested in smelling one, a small soft duck so when we were cuddling I rubbed it on her like my hand so it smelled like her. Then one day I cam home from work and the toys were scattered all over the living room. Now she will play catch when I throw the other toys but the duck is now her "buddy" and goes everywhere with her.


I have a two year old Basenji and she was a rescue dog. I had to just patiently love on her and get her to trust me. I bought several different types of toys and put them in a basket for her. Some for squeeking, some for tug a war etc. some were plastic and some were soft Then I took one or two of them out , squeezed them to get her attention. Threw it and then went to get it, picked it up and threw again. She just watched me. She watched me take them out, play with them and put them back. She finally seemed interested in smelling one, a small soft duck so when we were cuddling I rubbed it on her like my hand so it smelled like her. Then one day I cam home from work and the toys were scattered all over the living room. Now she will play catch when I throw the other toys but the duck is now her "buddy" and goes everywhere with her.



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