I agree with Kirsten that a size 200 Vari-Kennel generally is right for most Basenjis - however, with some of our bigger boys, a size 300 works better. You also might want to look at wire crates. PetMate is only offering the "Ultra VariKennel" now, and it's way lower in quality than their previous design. Also, some Bs have confinement issues in the solid sided crates that are much reduced in a wire.
As far as food, pretty much any of the premium brands are good -we try to stay away from any with wheat and/or corn as many Bs seem to be sensitive to these. So it's lamb/rice or venison/potato or something similar. Many B owners prefer grain free diets. Watch treats and cookies for wheat also - we use IAMS lamb & rice or Nutro lamb& rice chops.
Toys - you'll quickly find out if he's a shredder! Then you may find yourself picking up stuffing everywhere and constantly re-supplying him. Note that most Basenjis won't fetch and have no interest in Frisbees except to chew them. His favorite toys will be your trash can, underwear, and toilet paper.
Welcome and visit him often as you can until he gets to come home!!
His favorite toys will be your trash can, underwear, and toilet paper.
Isn't this the truth? lol… my basenji loves to do her chores: taking out the trash, "doing" the laundry, and of course, being the dishwasher!
Hopefully, the shelter will microchip your boy... otherwise, I'd highly suggest getting him chipped on your own. Many basenjis lose their forever homes because they bolt out the door and lose their way home.
I love his tail; it most certainly has the basenji curl... but on steroids, lol. Welcome!
I agree on the martingale. I also put a chain between the leash and collar to prevent the little rascals from turning their snakey heads and cutting the leash.
On crates, once crate trained I love HUGE crates… I use 500 and 700. So my preference is get a BIG ONE, block most while house breaking so they don't have room to potty and get out of it, then give whole thing once done.
Here is the "antichew" collar:
Welcome to you and Loki (Mischief huh?!). He looks from the photos to be quite big - how tall is he!? My Basenjis don't like the covered crates - they can see more from the wire ones! As to the collar - I wouldn't use a choke chain either. Mine have ordinary woven leather ones for going out- I only use the martinfgale type in the show ring.
welcome! what a handsome boy! hope he doesn't live up to his name - but with the basenji in him, he surely will!
if you use the search box at the top of the page and search for 'new puppy list' or something similar, you should see various threads on this topic and some pretty all-inclusive lists!
I think I'll be getting a wire crate to start off with, I definitely prefer giving him a more open area. Luckily, the shelter includes microchipping in the cost of adoption, so I won't have to worry about that. I don't know off the top of my head how tall/heavy he is but I will let you guys know after his trip to the vet!
Good to know the opinions on choke chains, I will definitely be avoiding them!
I went to see him again this morning and I think we are starting to bond. While he used to be afraid of my hand (is this normal in shelter dogs or does this hint at an abusive past?), he now happily runs up to it because he knows I'll stroke him. Sudden movements still make him jump but loud noises (the shelter is right by the city's garbage disposal area, and it was trash day - very noisy) don't bother him at all.
He doesn't seem to have had any obedience training: he pulls at the leash and doesn't know any commands. I was thinking it'd be relatively easy to teach him to sit at the shelter, but I haven't a clue how to teach him to walk properly. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all the feedback! I'm so excited to take him home!