Hello! I just adopted Moxie the other day. She's a Basenji mix, I think with border collie, between 1-2 years old. I've had border collie mixes in the past, so I know a bit about that part of her, but the Basenji part is new to me. You all look like the experts, so I'm hoping you could offer any advice you think a first-timer!
What I know so far is that she's got a lot of energy (!), has good dog-park manners with other dogs of all sizes, is super curious, and likes to chew on things. She's a little shy of new people, jumps up a lot, and is still using her teeth when she plays. So far (24 hours in), she's learned to get out of the kitchen (she won't stay out, but she will go out of the room), and she was willing to sit and wait until i put her dinner down and released her - so i have hopes for her train-ability.
Any advice you have is welcomed, but in particular I'd love some ideas about:
1. Crate training - I've always had dogs who were able to have the run of the house, but my gut says that might be asking for trouble with this one. Any tips on this? Also - type of crate? My neighbor lent me a collapsible canvas one, but I worry she might chew through it. Would a metal one be best?
2. Chewing - what kinds of chew toys do your dogs like and what have you found hold up best? None of my past dogs where big chewers, so I don't have any old chew toys to try out with her and I can already tell I'll need some to use to redirect her.
Thanks in advance for sharing your insight - I appreciate it.
Karen and Moxie