@triggers-dad thank you. He will be our first basenji and yes, lots of research has brought us to this fascinating breed.
I'm a little anxious to not do something wrong for him but at the same time I should be confident in our capabilities to do whats best for him too to be a well behaved and trained dog to play with.
Cheapest toys are usually the most popular - Inside of a toilet roll or a kitchen towel roll is GREAT to throw around and tear up. The box that something came in, wonderful !
I make 'rabbits' from panty-hose, knotted together. Half the village supplies me cos I don't wear them ! Somewhere I think I have already posted full instructions.
Intelligence cubes or balls ! Its remarkable how fast they learn that there is a piece of kibble in there, if only they could get it out !
It's time well spent to teach your pup what toys are for chewing and which ones to be gentle with. Apart from anything else, it isn't good for a dog to ingest things like squeakers out of plush toys, not to mention the mess if they rip them apart. Supervise play and redirect to something "legal" when the pup turns destructive, and don't leave anything lying around you want to protect.
Puzzle toys like balls they roll to get treats are a good distraction. Teaching the pup the name of toys engages his brain and can be useful both for play and practical uses, like finding something for you. Teach "pick it up" as a generic term, and you can then progress to retrieving items by name.
ALL of my Basenjis have loved a stuffed hedgehog plush toy. Currently, Binti uses a big one as her pillow in her bed, and just plays with the other two smaller ones. Binti is not very destructive. Our Cassie, on the other hand, loved nothing more than de-stuffing her toys and getting the squeaker out. I found that once any toy was void of stuffing, I could re-stuff them with fluffy pink yarn which looked distressingly like guts when she de-stuffed them again, but Cassie LOVED it. (Plus it saves you a lot of money replacing toys!!!! Good luck and have loads and loads of fun with your new baby!!!
I should be confident in our capabilities to do whats best for him
I often times find my best advice for a puppy parent is: relax. Understand that your puppy takes his/her cues from you. If you are quick to anger, they will learn to fear. If you are understanding, they will strive to please you.