All great advice above. Definitely not separation anxiety as elbrant says. It's normal. Practicing crate training a few hours a day at different times is important for when you need to run errands or if you travel with your dog. Mine whined a lot at first. He still doesn't like getting into the crate when he realizes that I'm on my way out (putting on coat, etc), but willingly goes in at our dinner time cause I feed him treats when he's in. We don't like him pestering while we eat. Feeding while in crate, and practicing rewards with the crate door OPEN the whole time, builds positive association with the crate, but a Basenji is smart enough to know the difference. In any case, it helps and the sooner you get started crate training and he or she learns to self-sooth and relax in the crate, the better.
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March 31, 2010 entry
good food for thought
Nemo last edited by
Thanks for the link. I always forget about her blog. As a side note, I seriously considered paying a decent chunk of money to the Wisconsin Public Radio station so I could hang out on her farm for a day and play with the lambs. Too bad she doesn't do radio anymore…
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Wow, thanks! I had no idea she had a blog, not that I would have any idea how to find a "blog" without help! Thanks, Agile, I read about 5 entries, and plan to start at the beginning. She is wonderful.
This is great..thanks for sharing.