Congratulations on being a new BASENJI AUNTIE! Chester is a CUTIE! Beautiful face! It's always best to have a family member who is familiar with the dog to Basenji- sit. Great that you are also bonding with Chester. You'll get a lot of enjoyment out of Chester!
Agree w/ ROUTINE! My basenji eats @ the same time twice a day. She goes for 3 walks @ approximately the same time each day - weather permitting. We do 2 to 5 miles per day - I FITBIT it. She receives her snacks after her walk and EXPECTS it. She goes to bed w/ us @ same time each night and wakes upn@ same time. She has an internal biological clock. Her clock is so strong that I have to stagger the time by 15 minute increments when we have DAY LIGHT'S SAVINGS TIME. Routine is definately the KEY!
I was extremely fortunate- I acquired my Basenji as a returned dog to the breeder @ the age of 1 year - I have say she "chose us" - that said - she was potty trained. I was extremely vigilant about taking her out to do her business. She is currently 13 year of age and has NEVER POOPED OR PEED in our house. She would wake me @ 1 - 2 am to take her out - I would have a Basenji in my face pawing me To wake me up -which was good but exhausting to me. I had my husband put in a doggie door which was a blessing - enabled her to go out @ anytime. My basenji was @ one time crate trained 12 years ago - she is now de-crate trained -lol- - has the run of our house - NO DESTRUCTION - she is the most wonderful dog you could ask for! We absolutely LOVE HER! She brings so much joy to our lives - could not imagine life w/out her!