• 30+ years of basenjis. Get bells...inside and out. An unasked for hint..about digging...fill each hole with poop kick a little dirt over it and no more digging in that spot. Keep doing that at every hole every time you see digging or a hole. Basenjis are soooo very tidy...it takes no time at all
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  • Bells work great only my B has discovered I will get up and go over to the door at which point he trots off to the snack cupboard and waits for a snack. Threatens to cut me if I don't give him one.


  • I've heard of pet doorbells or mats, and I just looked them up to make sure I was remembering that right. A few places have them - amazon and home depot for example. I would read reviews first, but usually if you try something like that and it doesn't work out you can return it within 30 days.


  • @julie4444 said in Communicate to come inside:

    That's great, Kembe. I think I'd need one outside as well. I live in northern Minnesota and the bugs are a pain of they get in. Seriously, our mosquitos are huge! 😁

    I understand. Ten thousand lakes and every lake has ten million mosquitos!

    We don't let our dogs outside unintended. The vast majority of the time they are perfectly content to hang out, but if something of great interesting -- like a neighborhood cat -- shows up then all bets are off. We've had them go over six foot fences which they couldn't climb (don't ask me how). And yes, they will climb.

    You could probably do a piece of plexiglass and insert a dog door in that. The downside of dog doors is that other critters can use it. You could also train her to ring a doorbell but unlike scratching that would take some effort.


  • @jdambro said in Communicate to come inside:

    Bells work great only my B has discovered I will get up and go over to the door at which point he trots off to the snack cupboard and waits for a snack. Threatens to cut me if I don't give him one.

    That is EXACTLY what my basenji does! I don't have any bells - I have a broom hanging on a hook next to the door and he swipes at the broom which makes a noise that gets my attention.

    I hope Julie4444 has a fenced yard and does not leave her pup outside unattended for any length of time. That's just asking for trouble and is dangerous for her pup.


  • @joan-duszka Yes! I have been putting her poo in her holes, but dust think to put dirt over it. It does work! But it bothered my sister who saw it. I'll put dirt over them from now on. 😄


  • Thank you, everyone! You all were a great help! I didn't feel so alone with this special breed. I ordered a dog door bell for my Clara to press to let me know she wants to go potty. I bought a Mighty Paw on amazon. I could see me taking this to other people's homes as well. I'm tempted on the idea of a doggy door insert for my sliding door, but since I don't have a fence, I'll pass. But what a great idea!


  • My dogs have always let me know if they need out by coming to me, then running to the door. Message is very clear. Coming in, well, I had a dog run for 30 years that had a gate between them and the house, so no door scratching. I just checked periodically to see if there was a dog at the gate wanting in. When I had only one they did not like to stay out alone, so were seldom out for very long. My two girls, OTOH, would be outside all day in sunny summer weather and loved it! They also had a dog house for shelter if needed.


  • @julie4444 - As mentioned, it is very unsafe to let a Basenji out alone without a fence. They are a hunting breed and can soon be gone.....


  • Sarge uses his cell phone and calls me.....seriously, it depends on the door. One he can open himself by pulling down the handle the others he just scratches.

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