I've been thinking about things as my research is progressing. In my past experiences with dogs, my family always crated them at night, and they were crated during the day (max 6 hours, three at a time) when we weren't home. In getting a Basenji pup soon, I realize crating will be necessary to protect the pup (not to mention my stuff) when I'm not home (i.e. at work). I work 8 hour shifts, but I'll be home for lunch to let the dog out. I'm planning on taking a week of vacation when I get the pup to help acclimate it to being gone for longer and longer periods of time (work it up over the week period).
My question, however, is what about at night? The pup will come crate trained from the breeder, but I'd like to give my puppy as much freedom as possible. Besides, B's are such cuddlebugs.. I think I'd love to have my dog sleep with me at night.
Any advice? Is crating during the day and at night too much? Would it mess with the pup to be crated during the day and sleep with me at night?
Thanks in advance!