Agree with @elbrant and I'd like to add, when you return be very matter of fact, do not make a big fuss, particularly if she is excited and effusive in her greeting to you. Sure, acknowledge her if you must but don't make any sort of big deal out of it. Go about your business, e.g. if you've been shopping, put your things away before spending any time with her. Your goal is to make your absence just part of a normal routine, nothing to be excited about. I've had two separation anxiety dogs, and you know you have won the battle when the dog just glances at you in an "oh, you're back" way and doesn't bother getting off the couch! Yes, people like it when their dog greets them and makes a big fuss, but if you feed that behaviour you give too much emphasis to your absence and that can grow into anxiety in your dog.
Basenjis with strangers
I'm going to get a basenji soon and I was just wondering if they are good with strangers or guests.
DebraDownSouth last edited by DebraDownSouth
Where are you getting the dog from? Basenjis are not a good breed for novice owners. Your question indicates you need to do a great deal more research; find someone with basenjis so you can interact with them; and make certain the breeder is a good responsible one. If well bred, the likely answer to your question is that if you socialize properly, your dog should be okay with strangers, but may well be aloof.
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I think most are fine if properly socialized. Mine have varied from friendly to aloof, with my last one being somewhat untrustworthy and requiring supervision, particularly when people were leaving. Basenjis are curious and often will investigate purses, coats, etc. if given the chance. Theft of objects may occur.
Agree with Debra, you need to learn more about the breed. Behaviour with strangers is not a frequent complaint, but mischief and destructiveness are.....