I didn't realize basenjis, as a breed, were so particular about where they went to the washroom. I've thought a bit more about the matching approach and I'm okay with doing it short term but it's not really a long term solution. My plan is to get him to go in a specific spot and then reward him with a high value treat. Repeat until he'll go without the matches but still give him a reward. Eventually I'll phase out the treat as well.
I don't really want to be the guy that sticks matches up his dogs ass unless I have to be. Haha