Just to give you a little more information about Perry. I got him from his breeder as a three year old. He was meant to be a show dog but is just a little high in the hindquarters and moves a little wide. She was reluctant to part with him unless she could find the right home. Well, I had just lost my last Basenji at almost 15 years of age, and was not intending to get another…...but we got in touch, and the rest is history.
Perry is unusual in that he does not destroy his toys, does not rip up paper, not even tissue, and is generally very reliable in the house. We do not crate him. We did at first until we were sure of him, and although he had been crated all his life, being left alone in a crate without other dogs next to him really upset him. We soon abandoned the crate and with the help of a "roller ball" managed to get him to look forward to our departure. He now lobbies for us to leave!
Perry will also retrieve a number of objects from wherever in the house they may be, a trick I clicker trained him to do. We normally practice this before his meal. Dinner time is a wonderful incentive to get it right! He has lots of other behaviors in his repertoire. He is definitely not just a pretty face! He is, however, dog aggressive, which is not normally a problem for me as we see few dogs here and take our walks either on our property or in the nearby regional forest. He does love to chase crows across the fields!
Here is one more picture from my calendar....