Thanks for the warm welcome! Basenji slave… yes that sounds about right That's such a cute story about the creation of basenjis, I'll have to remember it!
I have a huge picture window in my living room that he likes to lay beside when the sun is shining in. The first week I had him, he was laying there while I was cleaning in another room. When I came back, he had stealthly snuck into the bathroom and took a whole pack of toilet paper back to the window and was happily shredding it. I have learned to keep bathroom and bedroom doors closed unless I can see what he is doing from another room.
Thanks for the Satin Balls idea, Basenjimama. I will definitely have to try it!
At the moment, we are battling separation anxiety, so I have my work cut out for me, but he's worth it.
I too, got my dogs thru rescue, Ziggee was a pup and the breeder put him there because he was not perfect to show. He came with "the basenji owners manual" you think this would have been clue number one, what other breed of dog comes with an owners manual guide??? Well, the preface of the book, was a letter written to the "new owner" from a female basenji. She told that story how basenjis were created story. I should print that letter here, it was accurate and cute about the breed. Ziggee also suffered from seperation anxiety. It was horrible, I finally got a female thru the same rescue and the same breeder. This worked, but it also caused rip apart fights. The female is the alpha of the breed, but Ziggee was with me longer, he felt he had squatters rights..lol. We ended up getting a doggie shrink, it turns out I needed the training. I had to establish my role as a pack leader. There were many "do's" and "don't" and for the most part we follow the rules, but some we break, like sleeping in bed with me…lol I will never put them in thier crates at night. They still walk all over me, but once the playing gets too angry, we have our time outs. they dont object to this and fighting has stopped. They listen to my commands and we all get along great. Your handsome guy, has got the look of ****iness, the look they are so famous for, being smarter than humans. Although I have only been a member a short time, this is a great place for help and just to tell about your crazy basenji antics.... goood luck and keep us posted.