*Speaking of booties, do Basenji REALLY keep them on? Am thinking our little girl would simply NOT do that but she really needs them as we live in Colorado. *
I had no problem keeping boots on my boy, but he only wore them when out for a walk, so he was always supervised while wearing them. He didn't particularly like them, but he tolerated them. Not that I gave him an option! I used Muttluks, and found they worked well and did not come off when properly fitted and done up snugly.
You need to be firm when you introduce the boots. Chewing them should not be an option! Of course the dog will want to remove them as they are unfamiliar. If you are using them for walking outside, you have a leash on the dog and can prevent any chewing attempts. I would not leave the dog unsupervised with boots on. That is tempting fate! You also need to make sure the boots are on securely.....i.e. the foot is all the way down in the boot and the fasteners (velcro, in the case of Muttluks) are snug. Your dog may object when you first introduce boots. Like other necessary things, e.g. toenail clipping, you have to be firm and persist until the dog accepts them. Lots of praise and treats when you are successful!
Where did you get that top? Is that a harness or some sort of fleece?
I don't remember where I picked that up. No harness, he had a collar on under it, and there's a hole for the leash. It's just a coat, nothing special, got it at a pet store I think. It had a fleece lining and did up with a Velcro strap around his belly. Served the purpose and easy to get on and off, unlike the boots, which did take awhile. I found the easiest way to do them was to get down on my knees beside him. When I broke my ankle I had to ask Perry to stand on a footstool beside my wheelchair while I put them on, so he would be ready to go when the dog walker arrived. Awkward, but he was such a good boy and cooperated.
Some of my Basenji's did well with sweaters. I would use a doggy coat with the single belly band for really cold weather and that worked well...……………. until I met and fell in love with Delle. She was a bit of a demon and the single belly band did not keep her coat on straight. Nothing worse than trying to walk a dog in the snow with it's coat under it's belly. So I went with the new designs for turnout sheets for horses. Got a raincoat and a fleece winter coat from Dover Saddlery for relatively reasonable prices. the surcingles cross under the belly and when fitted properly that dog coat is not going to move even at the gallop! They lasted well too. Delle was with me for 13 years and I still have those coats that I purchased when she was 3. They look brand new and I would use them for the new love in my life except she is smaller and the coats swim on her. I've yet to try the boots but may give it a whirl this year.