Crate Training Woes. Is it Separation Anxiety or Claustrophobia? Both?


  • @dedes9 - I do not crate them if I am home... they are with us. Again at night their crates are in the bedroom with us. They are crated in the car and of course at shows, lure trials, etc. They are fed in their crates..... If you are home and you crate them, in reality, they want to be with you, not locked up. As noted below, I did not have to crate when I was working (retired now), they had a room with access to the yard with 10' privacy fences.


  • Thanks, everyone for your thoughts so far. @dedes9 @sirronsunflowergirl Good to know that I'm not the only one experiencing this.

    I feel that there is a lot of misinformation about the breed out on the web being a good apartment dog and good indoors. I think they say that due to the fact that they are "bark-less"

    I think what I'm going to do is get a slightly larger crate and continue feeding and keeping a bed in there. I will keep this crate in my bedroom, and only lock her in there for quick trips to the store or gym. If I'm going to be gone all day, I think I can manage to keep her in the patio with toys where she has access to outside, I can also designate an area with a 6 ft. x 10 ft. Heavy-Duty Dog Kennel to make sure she doesn't escape the yard as my fence is only 4 feet tall.

    I would consider having her spend time with goats but although she likes playing with them, im not so convinced they like playing with her! haha


  • @rhughes89 Sweden and Finland have banned crates and crate training


  • @westcoastflea1 Oh wow, I didnt know that. What was the reason of doing so?


  • I crate my basenji at night. He was extremely resistant at 2-3 months but is crated next to his morkie brother who is the same age so is not lonely. I have spent countless hours casting chicken into the crate and closing the crate behind him then opening. We also did a frozen peanut butter Kong with K9 grade CBD oil. Around five months it clicked, and the screaming and anxiety stopped. And he now goes in with a hand signal and the cue word β€œin”. When he is fully potty trained I plan to stop crating but for now I have found that consistency works. Many people on this forum suggest that the only moral way to have a basenji sleep is in your bed. I have ignored this as my bedroom is also a nursery and it was fine. Consistency, dumping treats, plenty of exercise and toys are the path to crate training success.


  • @rhughes89 said in Crate Training Woes. Is it Separation Anxiety or Claustrophobia? Both?:

    I feel that there is a lot of misinformation about the breed out on the web being a good apartment dog and good indoors

    There is so much misinformation about our beloved Basenjis. Only yesterday I had yet another request for a puppy 'because they don't shed' <deep sigh>


  • @Zande, yes it's one of the "myths" about the breed! I would not want to have a Basenji in an apartment. Most don't bark, but wow, can they scream! An unhappy Basenji sounds like someone fighting with an axe murderer, and if your neighbours don't know what you have they may be calling the police!

    @Bill-T, I'm glad that approach worked for you. Basenjis are individuals. What works for one will not necessarily work for all. I have known some that will physically injure themselves if confined. I wouldn't like to generalize about what will or won't work, but I know what has worked for me, so that's what I suggest when people run into problems. It does make a great deal of difference if the dog has company, as crating next to another dog is reassuring and often successful.


  • @eeeefarm said in Crate Training Woes. Is it Separation Anxiety or Claustrophobia? Both?:

    An unhappy Basenji sounds like someone fighting with an axe murderer, and if your neighbours don't know what you have they may be calling the police!

    πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ I nearly spit my coffee!!! hahaha good laugh. Made my day!

    @Zande said in Crate Training Woes. Is it Separation Anxiety or Claustrophobia? Both?:

    There is so much misinformation about our beloved Basenjis. Only yesterday I had yet another request for a puppy 'because they don't shed' <deep sigh>

    I'm willing to admit that I was one of those people. What initially attracted me to breed for about 5 years was the "barkless-ness" because at the time I lived in an apartment right after college. Luckily I took a few years passively researching and visiting and talking to several breeders all over the country that I had a better idea of what I was getting myself into. I wasn't expecting that crating would be such a problem, however. But I wouldn't give my Oya up for anything and am willing to work with her.


  • @rhughes89 - To be honest, I have placed pups in homes that were apartments or townhomes... as long as you have the time to spend with them and lots of walks/runs they do just fine in those homes.


  • I have never placed a puppy in an apartment. Not particularly by design but it just panned out that way. Even the relatively high percentage I have exported have gone to houses with gardens of some kind and access to lots of exercise.

    Many of these myths have only really gotten a toe hold since FaceBook and social media generally. I had one potential owner visit a few times before deciding, yes, her allergies did not extend to Basenjis. She had three pups from me over a span of about 15 years before being an established and successful breeder herself.

    @rhughes89 Well done for wanting to persevere. I am sure that, with the will and the right mind-set, you will prevail !

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