Hello all! I am so excited to have found this community as my boyfriend and I are about to become proud owners of our first Basenji!
We've wanted an indoor dog for years, and now that we finally are in an apartment that allows it, we can't wait to get started. We were going to adopt from the local humane society, but Chris was doing work for a house and turns out that the owner has a litter of Basenjis for sale (8 wks, I believe). Chris went to look at them and fell absolutely in love with a black, white, and tan pup, and has been dog-proofing the apartment and balcony ever since meeting him.
We've owned and trained outside dogs before, but we want this to be our first indoor dog, especially since we've read all about their escape tactics. We're also hoping he'll be a bit of a guard dog, as there have been break-ins in this area before.
We're planning on getting a crate to keep in the kitchen (one of those adjustabe ones is what we're looking for so the pup can grow into it) and help with potty training. We're also planning to get:
A short leash for potty walks
A long extendable leash for play in our long driveway (when all cars are already home)
LOTS of chew toys (what are their favorite types?)
Treats for praising while training (tips on best kinds of treats?)
Food (what kind? We're going to ask what the seller has been using, and see if we're happy with it…but we want the best we can get, so suggestions are welcome)
Heavy, non-plastic food/water bowls
Bitter-tasting spray for the balcony chairs we don't want getting munched
Is there anything we're missing, or any specific types of chew toys, treats, and food you would recommend? We're really excited about the new addition to our family and are grateful for any suggestions you can offer!