Zak was 4 months old when I "rescued" him from a family who bought him from a backyard breeder. He was crate phobic at that time as the children (1 high school age and 1 middle school) left him in the crate after the first month (newness wore off). Dad got home and pup sat in his own pee and poop for anywhere from 10 to 12 hours! Which is how I got him. He has never been in a crate with me. Course when he came to me I already had a 5 year old (neutered male) and and 3 year old (spayed) female. At first it was like a mommy and daddy and baby. A few months later, all hell broke loose as Zak tried to "take" Dannii out! Another story for another time. However, Zak learned from watching the other 2 b's as to when to go outside to do his business. He wasn't destructive as far as furniture goes and such. Anything paper he would ripped to shreds.
Try leaving Max out. Be sure blinds are opened, pillows and such put up high and out of the way. Lots of toys to chew or shred. Find some toys that you can fill up with treats that he can roll around and the treats fall out. At 5 months, I'm pretty sure he will sleep quite a bit. Do make sure he gets plenty of exercise, long walks or something before you leave for work. He is one adorable pup! Sometimes they do real well if they have a companion. Nobody likes to be alone. Just a thought for down the road.
Such a handsome young pup! I also have a tri boy, but alas he is 8 years young. Atlas is going to be a handful when he gets a bit older. Enjoy him and try and keep him tired out most of the time, as a tired basenji is a good basenji. They don't get themselves into trouble. Although Mr.T is 8, I also have a r/w named Zak who is now 15.5; semi deaf, but is still trucking along. As tanza said, time for a nail trim! Have fun with Atlas.
Is your pup housebroken, going potty outside? Have you thought about just leaving the dog out of the crate? Provide lots of toys during that time. Most cases, dogs usually just curl up and go to sleep. Some can be destructive. Pillows and such should be put up and out of the way if that is the case. You have a web cam, you can watch and see what he does while you're not at home. Just a thought.
Some dogs can go eating only 1 meal a day. I feed mine twice a day, morning and evening. They both only get around a half cup of kibble, sometime, I mix in cottage cheese, or yogurt, sometimes they get veggies (frozen, but then microwaved). Not much on treats unless I want them to do something I know they don't want to do; or if they did something totally unexpected. Mine very rarely eat grass and if they do, its only a tiny bit. I would make sure your pup gets in to see a vet.
Do you live in the States? There is a new Facebook group called Basenji (North America). I went to You Tube and saw your precious pups. How cute are they! 3 1/2 you are going to have lots of fun with them! Wish mine were young like that again. But mine don't get into trouble so much anymore............except for T, as he's only 8 and will still mess with you, given the chance.
Welcome. My first basenji was a black and white, then 3 reds, and a tri. Lost my 17 year old female a year and a half ago, she was a red and white. Zak is 15 1/2 is red and white and semi deaf. Mr.T (aka T or TT) is my tri boy. He is 8. We would love to see some pics of pups. There are lots and lots of basenji groups on Facebook. How old are your pups?
Depends on the dogs. I rescued a 4 month old basenji (male) from some people who bought him from a backyard breeder. I already had a 5 yr old male (neutered) and a 3.5 yr old female (spayed). At first it was like a mommy, a daddy, and baby. Til the baby got a few month's older and tried to take on the 5 yr old male! Pup was neutered around 6-7 months or so. It was fine for awhile, until it wasn't fine. There were knock down drag out to the death fights! Which ever dog Jenna felt like was winning, she would join in to help. The 5 yr old male (Dannii) was her uncle. Adult son living at home then, and even with his help, we had a hard time breaking the fights up. A friend recommended basket muzzles for all 3 dogs, which I did; and boy did they truly help. Dannii eventually came down with Lymphoma, and I think Zak (pup) knew Dannii was sick, so the fights kind of stopped. Not the growling or snarking but the knock down fights did. About a year and half after Dannii crossed the bridge, and tri basenji came into our lives. His owners were transferred to Brazil for their work, and couldn't take him. Mr.T was around 2, Zak was 7, and Jenna was 10. They had all met at a dog park on a few occasions and got along great. We met T and owner's at the same dog park, and they brought all of T's vet records, and toys and such. We walked back to my car, I opened the door on passenger side, Mr.T jumped in and settled down on passenger seat.........he was ready to go home! 3 years ago, T and Zak had gotten into a bad fight (the first and only so far). Again son and I had a hard time breaking the fight up. Zak ripped up T's left ear to where I had to take him to the vets and he needed stitches. They have been fine since. Zak is now 15.5 and semi deaf, not alot of energy; Mr.T is 8 now. Jenna crossed the bridge a year and a half ago at 17 years. So, I only have two boys now. T is snarky with Zak at times. He doesn't like it when Zak gets too close to him for some reason, so he will growl. Not sure if Zak can hear him or not, but nothing else has happened as far as any fights breaking out. T will just get up and move........hence the growl. Like the other's have said, "it works, until it doesn't work". Always introduce dogs on neutral territory. Since Zak and Jenna had met T at a dog park on a couple of occasions, which is why I think they thought it was ok for him to be in the car and their home.