My training methods may not be those that you have used but they worked like a charm for my Basenji. She went everywhere with me including work in Manhattan. The Train Conductors all knew me and Antigone sat safely on my lap with her leash and collar secured. I have rescued over 20 dogs in my life and Antigone was the ONLY dog I ever paid money for. I have never paid for a single horse I rescue, I give the person a tax deductible receipt from my 501(3) Non Profit. I have rescued countless cats and two Wolves. One of the Wolves was dumped in the Dog Pound and my boyfriend at the time (who is now my husband) got him and we met in the dog park. Tiggy was allowed to be off leash in the small dog section of the park. Her 'Alpha' tendencies became clear there when she stopped playing with the other puppies. She also went after my Mother's dog because she detested all canines.
She loved the Wolves and they were both neutered males and the 'Omega' members of the Pack and they were afraid of everything. My Cat ruled the roost and even the dog and wolf accepted him as the Alpha. The second Wolf I got from my friend Amanda Sorvino who is the daughter of Actor Paul Sorvino. She and I both rescue horses, cats, dogs, and the odd Wolf. Tiggy adored Howly who passed at the age of 8 from a Brain Tumor. Tiggy searched for him for weeks because she adored him as they played.
I am an excellent Animal Steward and always have my horses turned out with other horses that they get along with. My 23 year old Quarterhorse gelding is turned out with my latest rescue, a 5 year old Paint Mare that is the daughter of another Paint Mare I rescued. The Paint Mare is turned out with the Quarterhorse because my huge off track Thoroughbred Mares would beat her up if they had the chance.
Ask anybody who knows me and they will tell you I am a 'Safety Nut' when it comes to animals. My dogs are always on leash and if an unleashed dog comes where I am I pick up my dog and put my foot on the large dog and hold it there as the very sorry owner comes to get their dog. They then get a lecture from me regarding the leash law.
Crate training seemed to make whatever dog I put in one detest the crate. The ONLY time Tiggy got into a crate was when we went in the car on long trips to Vermont or to visit my family. She detested that crate and shrieked until we got to 55mph on the Highway and then she fell asleep on her Afghan. She knew she would never get in the car without getting into that crate so she had no choice. She shrieked anyway just to make her point!
To be clear, at NO time was my dog ever in danger. I was as quick to grab her and take her away from what she was trying to get. I still have 15K worth of high end Audio Equipment in my Attic which was placed there 1 day after she came home. I left her with the Breeder for 12 weeks because I wanted her to have the full benefit of the Mom's teaching and time to sort her position in the Pack.
I have friends here that have bred and raised Basenjis since the 1960's and I will call her for some advice about where to get my next puppy. Like Antigone, this dog will Pack with older dogs at the Horse Farm and that truly is a safe place. It is 2 miles down the driveway to this 100 acre well fenced Private Farm. They have two well socialized dogs there and my Antigone got along with them because Malamutes were 'Wolfy' to her.
I will be moving soon and will wait to find my next dog. I want a female Tri and I know that may not be possible but that is what I am hoping for. I will never show my dog because I find the show dog crowd are not friendly with one another just as Basenji breeders seem not to be friendly with one another either. Horses are different, I show my horses in Dressage shows with a red ribbon tied to my left ankle to let the Judges know I have something wrong with that leg. My off track Thoroughbreds always get high points and I have won cups and ribbons etc. It is necessary to show the horses to find folks interested in free leasing them. The Horse Show crowd are always friendly and ask for advice and give it when asked. Two very different Worlds.
To sum up, my next dog will be trained just like I trained Tiggy. The dog will go everywhere with me because that is how I like to socialize them with people. The dog will be spayed. The dog will be loved beyond imagination!