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.
Do any of you feed chicken feet to your Basenjis? If so, are they raw or cooked? If cooked, how do you cook them. My pup is 9 months old. I am reading a lot about using them for teeth cleaning assistance with brushing and for all the "goodies" they contain that will add to their diet. I saw a ton of raw ones in the grocery store from USA.
8 mos old is still on Royal Canine medium size puppy as recommended by vet. Very interested in how you change up their food. Glad to hear that because I would like to change him from chicken based to something else as adult. Had always been advised not to keep changing food as it was hard on their system. Breeder advised to use high protein and fat dog food (60% protein, 30% fat). What is your opinion on this? I am starting to add 1/2 tsp coconut oil daily to dog food for winter feeding. Advised it had ingredients similar to mother's milk. What say you about this?