• @lvoss:

    If putting him in the yard is not working, do you have time to give him a walk instead? Mine get a morning walk, they enjoy having that time with me and/or my husband. They also enjoy participating in our morning routine like being able to lick wet toes when you get out of the shower and catching some morning rays of sun before we leave which our backyard doesn't get in the morning.

    I also wonder how is overall energy level and his appetite? You say he doesn't want to get out of bed in the morning nor does he want to eat his breakfast but how is he when you get home in the evening? It could be that a vet check is in order if he seems to have a significant change in energy and appetite.

    If it is just his morning meal, try a Kong with his breakfast in it. You can mix it with a little yogurt and pumpkin and then give it to him in his crate. If you think the crate is the issue, can you give him more space like an ex-pen or gate off an area like the kitchen.

    I suppose I could get up and walk him in the mornings. It's just difficult because I already get up at 5:30. I work in DC & have an hour plus commute from the suburb I live in. I do walk him in the afternoons when I get home. Those have been less frequent lately with summer storms coming through every evening.

    Energy wise, he is fine when I get home. He darts out of his crate, ready for our walk. I let him run in the backyard after our walk for a little while. Then, typically before bed, I will chase him around the house, play some fetching or something similar to really wear him out.

    I think it's more that he just doesn't want to be crated during the day. My roommate won't let me leave him out during the day though. She does not just laugh it off when he has detroyed things. He did rip a hole in her new carpet & well, he's lucky we are even still living at the house! Haha. A kong put in his crate is a really great idea. I will have to try that!


  • @nobarkus:

    How old is Dallas? Maybe low thyroid.

    He will be 2 in Nov. I do believe it is him just being a stubborn basenji who doesn't want to get put in a crate all day long. He's fine in the afternoons when I get home.


  • @nobarkus:

    I walk mine for 30 minutes in the morning first thing at 4:30am, then feed. For the first month I had him I crated him while I was at work but now leave him in the yard all day with the crate out there, with the door open under a shade tree. Why can't you leave him in the yard during the day? He sleeps all night then with no exercise he has to stay in a crate all day? No wonder he's not hungry and is probably frustrated and wanting to stay out in his new yard.

    I just don't trust him in the backyard all day. I truly believe that if he really wanted to get over the fence we have, he could. I worry that leaving him out all day will just be too long unsupervised & if he escapes, he'll be gone.

    He does get exercise. While I have the yard, I do walk him in the afternoons once I get home from work. I also chase him around the house or play some games with him. He just doesn't get much exercise in the mornings.


  • @Ninabeana26:

    I suppose I could get up and walk him in the mornings. It's just difficult because I already get up at 5:30. I work in DC & have an hour plus commute from the suburb I live in. I do walk him in the afternoons when I get home. Those have been less frequent lately with summer storms coming through every evening.

    Energy wise, he is fine when I get home. He darts out of his crate, ready for our walk. I let him run in the backyard after our walk for a little while. Then, typically before bed, I will chase him around the house, play some fetching or something similar to really wear him out.

    I think it's more that he just doesn't want to be crated during the day. My roommate won't let me leave him out during the day though. She does not just laugh it off when he has detroyed things. He did rip a hole in her new carpet & well, he's lucky we are even still living at the house! Haha. A kong put in his crate is a really great idea. I will have to try that!

    Your roommate won't let you leave him outside? Why not? Aren't you sharing the house. He can't hurt anything outside, correct?


  • I think she said that her roomate wouldn't let her leave him loose "inside"… she didn't want to leave him loose outside....

    Is there no way to confine him to only one room???

    With mine, they have access to the yard via a doggy door and to the dog room (climate controlled) indoors.... so mine can come and go as they want. My opinion is that since they can get to both areas, they have never tried to get out of the yard, but then again we have 12' privacy fences, locked gates, and houses that are set pretty far away from each other, as it is a very old neighborhood


  • How high is the fence? Is it low enough for him to jump over? Can he dig under easily?
    How about getting a dog run set up in the backyard?


  • @nobarkus:

    How high is the fence? Is it low enough for him to jump over? Can he dig under easily?
    How about getting a dog run set up in the backyard?

    I believe he could jump over it. He hasn't yet, nor shown any desire to try. However, I'm not convinced that if he didn't try he wouldn't be able to clear it. I just don't want to take the chance. I could put in a dog run. Although how expensive are those usually? I cannot really afford anything too expensive.


  • I think that he loves that new back yard and as you said, he is protesting spending the day in the crate. Before he had the yard, it was not an issue, now he has seen an option!

    A short morning walk, then time on a tie-out (so you aren't chasing him), then into the crate with a kong, hopefully he will get the new routine. More high quality, high energy time in the evenings, which you said have not been as regular due to weather.

    good luck!


  • Gossy started doing something similar a couple of months ago (and it would really frustrate me too being late for work). But then I decided to get up an extra 20 minutes earlier (5:15 now), let her outside if she wants or just let her be, while I'm getting ready, then I take her for a short walk to make sure she poops and pees. Letting her do what she wants inside or outside while I was getting ready then taking her for a walk seemed to do the trick.
    When I'm ready to leave for work, I leave a toy with kibble in it (keeps her occupied for awhile), a frozen marrow bone, and a special treat biscuit.


  • It figures that the first morning I decide to get up early & walk him for a few minutes, it's down pouring! :rolleyes: Ah, summer weather.

    He did go outside to use the bathroom & came inside immediately when called. I know this was due to the rain though. Haha. I gave him his breakfast in a kong, mixed with some peanut butter. He went into his crate very easily after sniffing the kong for a second. Hopefully this continues 🙂

    I will start walking him for a few minutes in the mornings, when it's not down pouring of course 😉 I am hoping that helps him burn a little energy before being stuck in his crate all day.

    Thanks for all the advice!

  • Houston

    I just saw this thread so I am late but wanted to give my 2 cents worth..how about testing him on one of your days off, to see how he does in the backyard all day. Meaning leave him there on a saturday/sunday at least for a longer period of time, maybe not all day, and see if he acts as if he wants to tear out of there.
    Maybe the kong thing worked out though..

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