Jellybeans. That was the key to my crate training my son's basenji. NOT black jellybeans, they stink. Cinnamon is not a favorite. The dog only gets jelly beans in the crate. Even today, if we have workmen in and I need to crate, she knows by the jelly beans that all is well, and she calms (but still is vocal - she is a Basenji after all
My intro to this breed was a dog that would not crate train.
I used an open crate. I used jelly beans which could only be found in the crate. If there was noise, i threw a blanket over the crate. It took time, I only had the dog in the crate while i was there. Eventually, I got the amount down to 2 jelly beans.
Sorry, this dog was a tail chaser when I got her. Would not even look you in the face, let alone watch for commands. I picked her up a lot. Sometimes would turn her upside down.
It took me 2 years, training at least twice a day to get her mellowed out and some of that you can credit to aging.
Still will look for that jelly bean when i instruct her to get in her cage, but she uses it on her own now without a bribe.
Ours were raise with three cats. Two who were hand fed (both rescues). They all "respect" each other.
Our third cat is part Savannah according to the vet. The cat weighs over 25 lbs and is an accomplished hunter. The only issue those two had is when the BJ tried to take away a rat. The cat won that argument but did leave the tail for the dog. Those two wrestle. Other Bj owners have posted similar photos, the only difference is that with the Savannah mix, the dog and cat are closer in weight.
Great story, basenji are amazing with the people they call family. My hope is to give that feeling to every sick person that could benefit having a basenji around. They not the best dog to pick for a service dog , my basenji seems to enjoy it.
Let me know how things go.
I agree, I have trained service dogs. My son bought what he thought was a shepherd mix to me for a crate training problem. Surprise, guess who is now here learning about how to train a basenji. The neighbors thought I was crazy to use horse whispering techniques and some rather creative approaches on her that worked with feral cats, lol.
My son continued using conventional training methods. [lmao].
I don't know if I could get this particular dog passed a Good Citizen test. I do know I am already training her in service work.
For example. I have three different ways I instruct her to sit: hand signal, verbal, collar jerk. This works for me because if she "pretends" to not understand one command, she gets the next one. She learned that if she ignores all three, its a 15 minute sitting time out, horror of horrors for a BJ.
I repeat, this dog does NOT meet my standard for a service dog, but training is an art, and I am an artist. (remember artists suffer for their art, lol)
We approve of the flossing string toys.
We learned the hard way it was a BIG mistake to give our B the cheap plastic toys. Basenji's are very smart and she has graduated to Vitamin bottles and plastic pill containers because the soft plastic smells similar and she see us "Playing" with them.
Helpful trick, I use one half of a jelly bean to get our B into the crate. I eat half and she has to go in to get the other half. Same is true when I need her to stay still to get a leash on her at walk time. This is the most food driven dog I've ever trained.