Izzy

Izzy

  

Well Amazing and I were happily competing in Flyball and things were great so I decide it was time to get another dog. Like many folks I had become a Flyball nut and so I decide to look for a dog that could be a height dog (keeping the jump height low for the whole team) I decide to look at the area shelters. I would love to find a Basenji or a Toy Fox Terrier. I didn’t know enough about the sport to look at a Jack Russell and I liked the look of the Basenji since I had Greyhounds.

Finally I found a female Basenji at the Houston  SPCA. She was a bit of a handful and was rejected by her first adopter because she growled and snapped. I figured I could work with her. I took her home and begin a journey that no one else really appreciates. Izzy was my dog from the day she realized I would never hurt her until the day she died. She slowly learned to trust other people as well and eventually became a proud representative of her breed wherever she went.

Izzy was also a challenge to train in Flyball. It took close to 2 years to get her to consistently run Flyball as it was meant to be run. There were just so many other ways to do Flyball and Izzy had to try them all. I quickly learned this was a Basenji trait. They are easily bored by standard training methods and will fight back if you try to force them. The trick is to keep it interesting and BE SMARTER THEN THE DOG. This was sometimes difficult with a dog that had proven her intelligence by learning to open my microwave.

Izzy did take quickly to clicker training and enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to “get clicked” she became a fast learner and often did clicker training demos. Flyball also finally “clicked” and Izzy became a great little height dog. She was never intimidated by the larger dogs running at her in the racing lane and she often came back with the ball and a smile and a tiny tuft of Border collie fur in her mouth from nipping the other dog she was passing. Izzy got her Flyball Masters title before she retired at 10 years old with back trouble. She had a stroke and passed away at 12 years old just 6 months before Amazing.