Hi, (I'll give a few details about Buddy, then ask my question: He's neutered, got a great vet exam report, etc)
I just rescued what seems to be a GREAT dog! I've had him for 2 days, and he's really laid back inside (sleeps, or just lays around), is playful outside, does great with kids, new people, and other dogs (really good with small dogs too). He has also been really good with cats. He met my gf's 16 yr old persian (he was on a leash) and backed up a little, then licked her (she actually allowed this). He's very interested in my VERY alpha 10 yr old cat, and my cat is warming up to him.
He's already crate trained, and seems house trained, does pretty well on a leash (though has slipped out of collar a few times, but just jogged around and let me put the collar back on him with no problem–I have the collar a bit tighter now).
So here's the question: He seems to be nothing like what I've read about Basenji's other than barkless, not much odor, and very curious about moving objects (although he is doing very well with learning 'leave it alone')--is his lethargy inside normal for a Basenji? I know he can be getting used to the new environment, and misses his old playmates at the shelter (and probably the people). I just don't want to miss anything. I will be getting obedience classes asap, and possibly seeing if he can pass Delta Society standards to get trained as a therapy dog (I do counseling in private practice).
Sometimes, he sort of snarls, but does not seem at all upset--no growling or aggressive behavior; it's a full, but brief, snarl when he's rolling around on the floor with his rawhide--just seems like nothing, but again, I don't want to miss any warning signs.
Thanks for reading this long post. If y'all have any advice for me, I'd love it! I'm sure the trainer will help a lot, but I'd love to have input from Basenji experts from the get-go. If I'm in for an abrupt turnaround in behavior, I'd like to know asap. I'm taking plenty of time with him in crate when my cat is around, and when he is not in crate, he's on leash until I can really trust em together (which I'm prepared for this to be months, or maybe never, but so far, he doesn't seem scared of cats, or aggressive with em, and will back away first; he and my cat sniffed noses today, and he tried to sniff the cats rear today (the cat was a bit surprised by that one and hid for a minute).