• OK, I'll have a look, merci, à bientôt

  • I don't think I would leave them in the car at all.

  • @dash:

    I don't think I would leave them in the car at all.

    You are right of course but sometimes I have no choice, I even take her with me when I am working and people accept her willingly. During the summer they don't always like hearing her crunching treats in a corner of the room or licking their toes, but I am lucky, they stay cool about it! Everybody knows Anuby.
    She only stays in the car when the weather allows her to be comfortable in it, don't worry. I am looking however for a really big crate for the house, one in which she cannot hurt herself as it's too hard to take her with me everywhere. I know she can stay alone for 5 or 10 minutes at a time but more than that, like others, she may go completely wild and throw plants about, pull curtains down, chew cables, etc, etc. But I still keep an eye on her when I am with her as (and it is getting better) if I don't see her for 5 or ten minutes, the chances are that she has found a pair of shoes to chew! Still, I got her when she was 2 years old, so training is a bit difficult now and I don't know what she went through before!

  • It is never to late to start training a dog. I volunteer at my county animal shelter training the dogs that are available for adoption. I have seen positive reinforcement training, such as clicker training, work with dogs of all ages and background. It is very effective and there are many great resources available.

    One such resource is a free 7 day course on clicker training available on the web, http://www.canisclickertraining.com/newsletter/

    As for leaving her alone, there are many things you can do to provide mental stimulation for a dog when you are gone to help channel their energy. Kongs are great for this. The are a rubber toy that can be stuffed with food that the dog then has to work to get out. I like to a mixture of canned pumpkin, dry food, and some wet food, stuffed and then frozen in the Kong. It takes my dogs at least an hour, sometimes even longer to get all of the food out of the Kong.

  • Thank you Yvoss for your encouragement, I will check the site for clicker training. I have never heard of Kongs, they sound exactly like the kind of things I need. It is early in France at the time of writing this message and I am going to a shop to get a connexion cable for my camera / computer as I seem to have lost it. Hopefully, will post a photo of my little devil who unfortunately was sterilised by a vet when she was in the dog and cats home. She is cute but tends to get fat quickly!
    By the way, you all seem to use the term "crate", do you mean "cage" or is it different?

  • Welcome! I'm so glad you found this forum. I love it! I hope you find your niche with your girl. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions here. There are so many wonderful and experienced Basenji owners that will go above and beyond to help. Best of Luck!

  • Welcome to the forum!
    When I first acquired EL D he came with a destructive background and absolutely destroyed crates. Since I work all day, I was a little apprehensive. However, I managed to arrange some vacation time and over the course of a week I would leave him in the kitchen for a few hours and then longer times and then gradually opened other rooms to him. By the end of the week I was back at work and he had the run of the house and no problems whatsever.
    I think it's great that you can take yours to work (one nice advantage of their not being very vocal).

  • I love that there's a french basenji forum! Definitely going to be my favorite place to practice my French now. 🙂

  • Coucou Christiane!! Welcome, welcome to the forum! J'adore voir plus des francophones sur le forum. 🙂 Vive le Franglais. Vous êtes où en France? Lycia, ma petite loulou et moi habite en Suisse proche de Lausanne/Genéve..
    I would read up on crate training for your little monstre, although not all Basenjis take to it. :0/

    on est impatiente de voir les photos!!!


    P.S. Le forum du Basenji de Séko est tellement super aussi!
    P.S.S. "crate" = la caisse pour chiens

  • Thank you all for your comments, went away for a few days on a beach a few hours away from home, and took photos;will have to learn to put them on the forum now. By tomorrow, some of mon petit monstre sera sur le forum. She loved the beach and spent hours playing and looking at the sea. What energy!! I was exhausted but she kept going and then fall asleep suddenly, not wanting to leave the soft sand bed. A real pleasure to have so much space and time to play!

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