I have been reading the forums on this site for months and have learned a ton! My husband and I are young professionals living in DC and have been researching and preparing for welcoming a young adult basenji into our home. I welcome any advice from those on here who have experience with the breed. I have owned dogs from a young age (several stubborn beagles and a black lab). However, my husband has allergies to those breeds and has not yet shown an allergic reaction to basenjis he has been around.
We will be meeting two potential red and white male Bs - one is a 1 year old and the other is a young adult. They are both currently at their breeders (each is from a different breeder). Does anyone have any advice about the pros and cons of a 1 year old versus one several years older, or would it entirely depend on their individual personalities?
The main area in which I would like some advice is how to smoothly transition the little B into our household and schedule. We live in an apartment (next door to another male B!) with a dog park and lots of areas for walks and outside time. My husband and I work full-time but would be hiring a dog-walker to stop by at lunchtime every day. I work 4 days a week and telework a couple times a month, so I would have 3 full days at least each week to be with my B. We also are very active and often take long hikes and runs, which we would love to take our B on. Does anyone have tips about (1) transitioning a young adult into this type of household? and (2) advice on crating (or not crating) during the workday? Does anyone have problems with excessive howling when away during the workday?
Thank you all in advance for any advice or information!