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Hi. New on here. When I put my Basenji in a crate at my house, he acts like he is going into an epileptic FIT! Trembling, whining, you'ld think he was about to die. Oddly though, I can put him in a cage at work or at the dog show and he behaves quite nicely. doesn't even chew his bed which he would otherwise shred until there was nothing left if he were in his crate at home.
The breeder I got him from says she has not had any problems and that it is because I spoiled him. SHE IS RIGHT of course. He knows that I will cave and feel sorry for him. That's why he doesn't do it anywhere but at home.
Luckily thanks to the breeder, he is the utmost ANGEL when left loose in the house. That's saying alot when he can be left loose and none of my other breeds can.

i never crate my lucy i feel way to bad for animals when i see them in such a little spot with no where to go but in circles, but yea she crys whenever we leave the house no matter where we are going and our solution was to give her a treat before leaving the house what works for us is a plastic cup smeared in cream chese she spends a good 15 min trying to get all the cheese out and doesnt even notice that we are gone

I think you answered your own question. Basenji's are very smart and like to train their owners. Stick with it. Try what Tuneymom suggested. I do something similar with a Kong or a pig ear. Its good to break their fixation on you leaving or not being about to get out.

I recently wrote a super long reply to TonyT's post. You may want to give it a read – I'm not an expert, and one of ours has big crate issues even after nearly 2 months of working with him, but that is what I've done.

Be sure to post follow-ups!

@Lucythebasenji:

i never crate my lucy i feel way to bad for animals when i see them in such a little spot with no where to go but in circles,

They can handle it, they're dogs that like a den and the crate can provide that security they like. I do think there is a limit as to how long you should leave them in there.;)

@Basenji_Boy:

They can handle it, they're dogs that like a den and the crate can provide that security they like. I do think there is a limit as to how long you should leave them in there.;)

i dont know she has a little bed that she sleeps on without being forced into it so i stay away from the crate

@Lucythebasenji:

i dont know she has a little bed that she sleeps on without being forced into it so i stay away from the crate

That is what I prefer for Tune at home but it certainly wouldn't work very well at the dog shows! LOL He would be having WAY too much fun causing a rucuss and putting himself in danger! It is a VERY valuable asset to have a dog that will crate when it is necessary.

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I totally agree. It is so important that they don't flip out should they need to be crated at the vet, hotel or kennel, or in an evacuation emergency. I can think of a hundred instances where crates are important.</it>

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