@caitfleis Hi Caitlin. Very cool news. I've never had a Basenji or Basenji mix puppy. All three of mine were adults when I got them. The first one hated crates. The newest two are fully crate trained. Having a crate trained dog is a huge advantage especially in the car. I transport mine several times a week and I gotta say that I love not having them climbing over seats, trying to get in my lap, trying to stand on the dashboard of a small car, etc. I will always have crate trained dogs going forward.
Make sure you don't use the crate as just a timeout or punishment location. From what I've read on this forum you want your pup to associate the crate with good things like meals, treats, a place for toys, a quiet place to escape, a warm den, etc.
It's easy to let a Basenji wrap you around it's paw and I fully understand why, but it's equally important to be "Alpha". Set rules and consistently ensure that they are followed, or you risk your little guy asserting himself and trying to dominate you.
You're gonna have fun! Let us know how it goes.