I wonder if you could give some advice.
We are first owners and we got a basenji and he is nearly 6 months old and we have had him for a week now.
He is not bad at all, he is very chilled and relaxed but we do have difficult hurdles.
We have to repeat our commands so he listens and he only listens when we have food or treats. It's very rare he will listen to commands without any rewards.
He wakes up at from 3am and onwards and he wants to cuddle and wants to sleep with us. I am not complaining because I love it, but because I work early shifts I do need sleep and want him to be able to sleep independently. We give him cuddles throughout the day and let him sleep on our laps but in the middle of the night it gets too much. Also, when it comes to going to the toilet early morning or night time he won't go on his own accord, even if he knows he needs it! So I have to carry him outside and even then he tries to fight us. However, once he is out he does what he needs to do.
Oh and when we are on our walks he tries to chase birds and eats bugs - is this normal?
He does not walk with us on our walks and he pulls the leash very hard . He sniffs and tries to eat grass all the time - has anyone else experiences that? He keeps constantly sniffing everything, even at home he keeps sniffing.
In terms of a leash, we got a halti opti lead, which is non pulling traning leash and you have to put it around his mouth and if he pulls, his nose will pull to the ground so he can't pull us whilst walking. Of course, he hated this but we don't know what to do when it comes to him walking.
I know he is still a puppy and it requires patience but I just want to know if I am doing anything wrong or if someone can give me advice on this.
My puppy isn't as energetic as most of people have described. He loves to sleep, eat and cuddle which is sweet but now I am doubting that he's not happy with us.
Please can someone advise? He has also started to chew my pillows and now trying to chew laminate flooring!