Happy New Year to everyone and their barooing buddies!
Three weeks ago, I adopted Ginger, a 3-1/2 year old Basenji mix from a local shelter. She is very sweet and smart and has all of the typical Basenji traits, other than she barks. She knows her commands, and will occasionally perform them when asked. We go out for daily walks and go the to local dog park once or twice a week (until she discovered that she could escape - searching for a new dog park). I have a cat that she barks at, but does not chase. Still, I keep the cat behind a closed door at all times to prevent a problem.
During the day while I am at work and at night, I put Ginger in a St. Bernard sized crate. She is not destructive, but I worry about her escaping the from yard or barking non-stop (there are other dogs in the neighborhood that do). My yard is surrounded by a 5 foot block wall with a small cast iron gate, but Ginger is a jumper. But, I am also worried that I am not giving her enough stimulation for her happiness by keeping her in a crate while I am at work.
I have considered taking her to Doggy Daycare - has anyone tried that for B's?
Second, any suggestions on the Ginger/Cat situation?
Third, suggestions on interactive dog toys? I have the Kong wooble food dispenser and a Nina Ottoson Dog Brick that we play with daily.
Any help is greatly appreciated!