A year ago my partner and I were given a 4yo male entire Basenji from his elderly parents. He was never trained, never socialised, left in the backyard to his own devices and never been disciplined.
I have tried so hard to teach this dog basic commands and try to get fix his behaviours and nothing is working! I have sat with him almost every day for the past year doing consistent positive reinforcement training, but he doesn’t even listen to his name half of the time. Let alone basic commands like sit, stay, come etc.
The main issue is that he is extremely nervous and anxious about every thing. To the point that it has made him aggressive towards myself and my other dog (5mo Labrador). My Lab will just walk past him and he will growl/snap/attack and would pin her down when she was smaller until I rushed to help her. If I accidentally touch him when he’s not expecting it, he will bite me and continues to try to attack me even when he realises it’s nothing to be scared of. He will also try to attack the neighbours and neighbours dogs through the fence.
He is terrified of everything from walking on the grass to seeing a cord lying on the ground. He won’t go to the toilet on the grass outside because he refuses to walk on it. When I leave for work, he has to be put inside otherwise he escapes the back yard and if I do something that is out of his routine like leave for work early or put him in time out when he’s being naughty, he will chew up furniture or shoes, etc.
Seriously lost with what I can do to help this dog. My house is constantly caged up/baby gated to stop him from chewing things/peeing on carpet and I can’t leave my other dog with him alone without supervision or he will attack her.
Does anyone have any tips for me? Particularly a training method for a Basenji who doesn’t seem to react to positive reinforcement training?