I have an almost 5 month old male basengi. There are some difficulties training him; this can be said of all dogs. However, I would like to address your "affectionate" issue. One of the reasons, I chose a Basengi is the affection and love they show for their "person". Prince chose me at the breeder--he made it clear he wanted me to take him home. He loves me to death -- lots of puppy kisses (lots of puppy nips,too). He loves to climb on my lap for naps and now has to settle for the sofa on a blanket next to me with his head or butt at the case may be on my lap for his lovies, cuddles, and strokes because his legs are too long to fit. He is very loving and so happy to give and receive it...this has increased with his age. I have no idea what the future will bring with him, but right now he is all that I asked for and more in the affection/love area.
I am working with 8 mo old (Prince) on commands. He does very well, when he wants to and responds to treats that he likes -- does not like me to use his kibble. He will sit, stay, lay down, and come...but only if he has his collar and trailing leash on and only in the house. Then he readily responds. He now will walk nicely with me, but I think that is only because he loves walks and loves me. Training has been a big adjustment for me, and he answers to no and stop when he wants to and then immediately goes back to what he was doing. He has the attention span of a gnat. Don't get on that hobby horse of consistency with me!!!! I have had it -- I have done it and I do it.
I totally agree with the crate training. I put my little guy in his crate his first night home and every night thereafter. Yes his first 2 nights there were cries as there are always the first couple of nights, but now he really like his crate and always goes there when I am out of the house or just need "my time". I have always used the term "kennel up" and when he was old enough training treats on the floor. Always a fun voice and lovies when he is there. Never used as punishment. He will go readily when told and will lay down and sleep even when I am in the room knitting or just having my time. He is now 9 months. He has investigated the latches, but so far has not figured them out. I have never used paper on the bottom of the crate. I did use a soft blanket but he tore that up, so now only the plastic crate liner. Good luck with your little mite.
I introduced Prince to you a few minutes ago. He will be 5 months old on 05/07/20. How do I enforce "NO" and "OFF" with real meaning...as far as he is concerned those words have as much value as "green" and "forest". I have tried lowering my voice, growling and he just looks at me and cocks his head and goes on. I shun him and he comes around to my front and keeps going in circles as I turn my back on him. He has now learned to shun me when he does not approve of my behavior. I want to keep him off certain areas of my space -- i.e.desk, bed (which are now fair game because of his long legs),and stop the actual biting of my hands and forearms. Now using bitter apple, which works, but would like like "no" and "stop" to work. I do not want aggression to rears its ugly head because he does not respond to behavior commands. I enter doorways before him and eat in his presence before the does o establish pack order. I welcome your suggestions and helps. Obedience training has been suspended after 2 lessons because of covid19.
DonC, I appreciate your input. I did a lot of online research looking at vets worldwide, and the concensus was to neuter at 5-7 months. They even mentioned a lot of breeders neuter before releasing puppies -- I had never heard of that before. I questioned the young age and muscular and bone development, and was told it was not a problem and I would not need supplements in pup's diet. My vet had a Basenji and that is one of the reasons why I chose him. I have heard of cases in our area where males and females have been associated with cancers because they were not neutered or neutered late in life.
Kafka45 I saw these inflatables and wondered how they really work. Thanks for your input.
Prince has never barked...he does give a long sound that sounds like our air conditioner is going out. He also talks very vocally...it is multiple, very gutteral, hoarse sounds he will make while looking directly at us. Have no idea what he wants but he is really telling us off. There are many pitches involved and we always laugh.
@moosemom He looks really adorable whatever her heritage. I think "Moose" is a good name for him. I love the last pic where he cocks his head---my basenji does this at me. He looks to me like he has basenji markings, but he may have another heritage in there with his size. Whatever, he sure is cute.