Blaze, my 10-mos old boy, is my first Basenji and he does not like to be alone without access to the surroundings of our home:
We have an awesome Mud Room, which we coverted into his own space versus crate training, and that is where we would have him stay when we went to work. It took him one day to figure-out how to open the 'pocket-door' and roam the house.
He was fine to raom the house, without access to bedrooms and bathroom, for a few weeks; but, then he started to chew small holes in our couch [brand-new mind you], and our pillows, and destroy magazines, and mail, and my Husband's golf-visor.
So we tried crate training! We bought an awesome steel crate, with plety of room for him to stand-up and stretch; and thought we had successfully acclimated him to his new living-area while we were gone. Today was his first-day being alone for more than a few hours: he escapted his crate!
Remember old-school cartoons when animated inmates would leverage their brute-strength and stretch-apart the cell-bars to walk-out of the jail: this is what Blaze managed to do!!! He snapped the welded cross-bars, and somehow separated the vertical bars enough to walk-out of the crate. I am both impressed and horrified, and amazed that he was totally unharmed - not even a scratch.
He didn't destroy the house; as a matter of fact, he was lying on the kitchen-floor, chewing on his Nylabone when I walked-in. My fear is that he will move away from chewing on the items listed above, and will move on to electrical cords/wires and harm himself.
But when we separate him from our living-space, he goes frantic,
Ok folks, now what?