@tanza: you said it all in your first sentence "I have a different set up". Your situation is FAR from what yaleezaforeva described.
No 18 mo old basenji (with or without separation anxiety) should be left alone for 8 to 9 hours alone for 5 days a week. Period. It is cruel and unusual punishment.
The owner should find a way for Benjie not to be alone so many hours or rehome him and get a stuffed animal.
I truly don't mean to offend anyone, but I care about the basenji. I promise not to say another word on this discussion.
My apologies in advance for being so blunt. This is only my opinion which you are welcome to take or leave.
An elderly dog might do okay with being left alone for 8-9 hours/5 days a week, but it will be sheer torture for a young, active basenji to be left alone (whether he/she has separation anxiety or not). Drugging him is a sad choice.
If you really love him, find someone to keep him during the day, find a daycare where he fits in or rehome him.
My 7 yr old basenji will jump/mohawk/react if ANYTHING is out of the ordinary. Even a tipped over trash can or a new bag of trash will make him extremely suspicious and jumpy. Christmas time is especially entertaining (for me). Sometimes, he sees or smells something I can't see, hackles and refuses to walk down a street and there's no changing his mind. I love how these guys rely on their survival instincts even when they trust us.
Mine have always loved the rare spells of snow - and it has an added bonus -
Send them out to play in it and then clip toenails ! The quicks will be driven RIGHT back in by the cold. You can get the nail nicely shortened with no screeching from the Basenji -
What a GREAT idea!!! I love it when we share nuggets of wisdom like this.
Too bad we never have snow here in Florida...
We don't have cold temps or snow here in central Florida, but when I first got my basenji boy, he had terrible sores on his feet from allergies. I found "booties" that resemble latex balloons and they actually stayed on quite well. My boy walked funny at first but acclimated quite quickly (he is surprisingly tolerant of all the mean things I do to him). At the dog park, he would puncture the "balloon" with his nails while making sharp turns during a fast run, and sometimes lost the boot, but they worked well. I tried different kinds of boots and have hilarious video of him high stepping.
Tyrion is handsome and I hope he gets to see a snow bunny...
My brother in law gave me a plaque that says:
"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."
I am sorry for your loss.
Congrats on your new basenji!
A vet that has basenji experience is not as important as a vet that you can communicate well with, is willing to work with you and learn about basenjis.
You can get specific basenji advice from the breeder.