So my 4.5-month-old female Basenji, Oya, is really great, She loves to cuddle, is always by my side, has an attitude that can be really funny ( and incredibly frustrating) but all in all, I can't imagine a better dog for me.
The only problem is crate training. I'm having the hardest time with her screaming when she is in the crate. She will whimper and scream for HOURS. It's almost every waking moment she is in there unless she falls asleep. When I lock her in there at night, she screams until around 3 am until she falls asleep.
I leave toys, leave towels and cushions, put her in there with treats and she will ignore it all and spin in a circle and scream. Doesn't matter if I'm in the same room or away she does the same thing. walks in a circle and scream. Every once in a while she will try to "Dig" her way out. When I eventually let her out, she gives me the "Basenji Salute" and walks off. She will then come back 20 mins later to grab the treats she ignored earlier from the crate.
I first tried the plastic travel kennels and it was much worse, she would almost immediately poop herself ( even after i took her out for a walk where she relieved herself moments before ). I have since switched to a wire crate, which she won't poop in but the screaming continues to be a problem
The weird part is that I feed her in the crate and give treats when she curiously enters the crate, but the moment I close the door she absolutely loses it.
I'm not sure if it's separation anxiety because she behaves the same with the crate whether I'm in the room or not. she also seems to be fine when I leave her alone in a room, although she does whimper for a short time. The only problem is that she can be destructive after a while and I don't have the room to dedicate an entire room for her to be in.
I'm starting to think it's Claustrophobia and it's the size of the crate, I got one just big enough for her to stand up and spin around in as I read that any bigger will encourage peeing and pooping in the crate. At this point, I would be on my 4th Crate and I would hate for this not to be the best solution.
I figure I would ask around and see if anyone can give me some advice on how I can solve this crate training problem. I Work from home now but in the next 2-3 months I will be away from home for 8 hours a day 3 days a week and really need her to get used to being left alone in the crate by then.