I recently got a 6 month old basenji from a breeder. I've had her for about 3 weeks. She was not crate trained or house trained before I got her.
So my 2 serious problems are her constant chewing and her crate anxiety. She also pees on the carpet regardless of pee pads or odor removers.
First, I cannot seem to get her to like her crate. She has somehow managed to pop out the "pan" of her wireframe crate and shuffle the crate along the floor. She completely mauled my blinds. I do not get mad at her and scold her for that b/c when I catch her it's after it's happened. But what should I do?
Should I buy plastic crate?
When I put her in her crate she wines and howls and scratches and bites like crazy at the wire frame. I feel so horrible. But I can't let her loose in the house while I'm at work. When I come back there are scratch marks all over the inside of her crate and sometimes a little bit of blood.
My research has led me to believe she has anxiety/claustrophobia issues.
Also, she is constantly chewing on things she is not supposed to. Corners of wood base frames, blinds, table legs, cords, basically anything she can get to. I tell her "no" and sometimes I grab the skin of her neck and growl, and it seems to work for a minute but then she goes right back to it. So far I have not really been physically forceful or anything of that manner. I'm really stumped and I've read up on a lot of techniques but I don't think using my voice to teach her not to do something is working.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thank you ,