Lmaris, I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Congrats on your new puppy!
Yes, the light bulb goes on really fast, but then it becomes their 'game'. If I want to I will, If I don't, I won't!
As to Elfinsailor-It has been proven in recent studies that, in wolf packs, there is no true 'alpha' dog. They work together and the most dominant one will approach the food first and the other will join in. The dominant bitch is more of a true 'alpha' dog. I've always turned mine on their back since they were puppies. Johnny, is dominant male in the house, since Shadow really doesn't care. But, I can still pick Johnny up and put him on his back without a struggle. He can still try to show he doesn't want anything to do with me at times, mostly by ignoring me, but he is not aggressive at all, or 'dominant' with me.
As to showing dogs, Johnny is over 2 and has not completed his CA Ch simply because I choose not to push him and his line develops soooo slowly. Johnny will probably be about 4 before he starts to fill out. And, more the reason in Canada, and probably in the US as well, shows are expensive. It costs approximately $30 to enter one dog in one show. Then add in travelling costs, hotels, meal, time away from home (maybe kennel help) and that is my real reason for not getting out there everyweekend to every show to earn points for a CH. Also, there are a lot of judges that I won't show to because they look at "faces" rather than the dog. So there are a number of reasons why young dogs are not CH. Not because they are not good dogs.
And Fran is right on in regards to Fanconi. Fanconi is a genetic defect (that is why we have a test and have worked on getting a DNA test for years) and while I breed for temperment and confomation, I do test and take everything into consideration. I have a lovely, lovely temperment in my youngest girl. She is good with dogs and people. That DOES NOT mean I simply looked around and decided I was going to breed to a certain male simply because of great temperment. She actually will be an all around Basenji. And yes, she is the most dominant in the house with 5 dogs. No, I don't breed all the time to have puppies available to the public and just to show. I won't be breeding for another 2-3 years at least. My last litter was 1 year and a half ago. And, further to that, I have placed some great looking 'show' dogs in homes as pets, simply because it was better for them. My main concern is a good home. If I'm that interested in showing a certain dog, I will keep it.