I adopted a 1 year old Basenji/Red Healer female about 2 months ago form a local shelter. From what they could tell, she was a stray when they found her.
House training her was a breeze (unless I take her to someone else's home) and when she's indoors, she is an absolute charmer. She comes when called from across the house, she responds when I mention treats, bed, out, or walk. The problem now is when she is outside. No matter how much I try and train her to look at me when I call her name, if she is more than 5 feet away from me, she acts like im not even there, until she is done exploring whatever sound or smell she is attracted to.
Were currently taking a basic obedience class, and the instructor has been trying to give us a bit of special attention tailored to her attention span and independent nature. Even with the training at hand, Zelda will still wander off when she gets the chance off-leash.
Imagine it is kind of like having a child at a park, who walks away from you, starts following another couple, and denies that you are his/her parent.
I was wondering if anyone here has experience with any training techniques or games they have had luck with in the past with training a Basenji to listen more often. I'm currently trying to tackle her chewing habits, 'come' command, 'leave it' command (on leash), as well as many other basic behavioral disciplines, so its getting frustrating when I try to let her have fun and run in an open field (she is SO fast!) and she just begins ignoring me.
Also, IDK if its relevant, but many times when I have her outside off-leash, she has ZERO interest in treats of any type, even chicken!