Have you ever had a dog this vocal?
Oh yes! My boy Sunny would vocalize on cue, and even if you picked him up he would continue until he was done. I have video somewhere of him howling while being held upside down.
We 'dog -sat' my friends 8 month old chocolate lab this weekend -
all in the name of better preperation for a Basenji pup. So plenty of walks, up in the night to let him out for a wee, early morning wake ups, etc etc.
All went really well and both my kids got involved and enjoyed it.
Not a Basenji, granted, but more valuable pre-pup training!
The preparation doesn't hurt that's for sure. The kids can learn the responsibilities of dog ownership. You just don't want the Basenji to be a novelty that wears off.