Lately we have been seeing too many Basenji escape stories posted on the forums. Some of the escapes resulted in a great scare for the dog's owners and some of them in the tragic loss of the the beloved pet.
Basenji Forums were put together to share knowledge and experience about this wonderfull breed. Lets see if we can use these forums to collectively come up with a checklist of things to do in order to minimize the risk of escape. Feel free to reply to this post with your suggestions.
Why do basenji's try to escape?
The Basenji is a a strong and fast dog, its intelligence, determination, curiosity, and highly developed hunting instincts can sometimes lead it into trouble. Once it sets sight or scent on something it is not easily discouraged or distracted. The Basenji fears nothing and once loose, pays little attention to anything around it, including its owner or dangers in its path, such as cars.
Basenjis are accomplished escape artists. Tree climbing is a specialty, and six-foot fences are easy to clear. Leave your Basenji unattended with an escape route and you may come home to find no Basenji.
How do I prevent Basenji from Escaping?
- Don't leave your Basenji alone in a yard
- Crate your Basenji (A large wire crate is best so it can still see what is going on)
- Exercise your Basenji when you're around
- Do not use electric collars with basenjis
- Use at least 6 foot wood fence (install an electric "cattle" fence wire along the bottom and top of the wood fence)
- Do not use chain-link fencing. It's nothing more than a ladder for basenjis
- When opening the door to go outside make sure your basenji is crated or leashed