Hey all! A lot of you have helped me already with my thread on the puppy boards, so to say thank you, here's a picture of Paco, our almost 9 week old Basenji.
We've already got a story to tell - because he wouldn't be a Basenji without getting into trouble! We put some lattice under our outside stairs to keep him from escaping underneath them, and he got his head stuck in the lattice! No amount of careful pulling could get his head back out, so we had to get a knife and carefully hold him to the side and cut the lattice to free him. We're watching him more carefully over there now for sure.
I'm loving his personality so far. The first few hours was all exploration, and for the most part, we let him be. He loves his crate and the toys we got him, and he doesn't nip at all when he does choose to play with us (I'm really happy about the no nipping thing…I really don't like nipping at all). He entertains himself for the most part, but does let us know when he wants our attention...and if we don't give it, he's already started chewing furniture corners. Operation Bitter Apple is in full force!
We caught him in the act of going "number 1" twice and placed him on a puppy training pad on the balcony...the third time he went straight to it and got a treat and lots of praise! Then he went "number 2" somewhere else on the balcony. I caught him then as well and placed him on the pad, but he was done. I'm glad he chose to go outside at least, though, so no complaints!
We gave him his first bath and have played a couple rounds of tug-of-war. So far, I couldn't have asked for a better pup.