Congratulations! So, I take it you had no trouble flying him over? All went well? He sure is a cutie. Like others said in your previous post, I'd leave it a while before training. He's too small to learn. Just enjoy his energy and have fun with him while he is this age. There's plenty of time for training. He won't be doing many things wrong at this age anyway. Remember, if you have any worries or concerns keep asking on this forum, there is so much experience here. Welcome to the Basenji world!!
My breeder suggested I crate my girl and also told me that she was a climber and had climbed over fences, etc. I never crated my girl and she never climbed once. She has her little bed next to ours and will take herself off to bed around 6 (almost to the minute) which is up a flight of stairs - by herself. Around 12 midnight or 1 she'll hop into bed with us usually because the blankets have come off and she's a bit cold. It's lovely sleeping with her. Just remember Julie, don't wake them up suddenly because they get a fright and might nip. I just call my girl's name a few times and she comes around. She usually wakes me by poking me if she needs to pee during the night but that's probably once a month. She just waits until walk time in the morning.
I've never crated in a car, just put her bed in the back seat and in she hops and goes to sleep. But the breeders on this site advise crating and that might be good advice for you. If I have to go away overnight and my daughter can't come and baby sit (!) then she stays at the vets (four houses away) and they crate her at night. And she's fine (usually because there's a resident cat who loves playing with my dog). I've even walked past and seen her sleeping peacefully and safe in the crate.
There is much good advice in these posts Julie, try them and see if they work for you, and, more importantly, if they work for your basenji - listen to them. It sounds like you do. Persevere, and keep coming back to this forum if you need further help.
Welcome to the Forum. You will find lots of great information and much advice here (some you may take and some you may not), but I'm sure you will use it time and time again as we all do.
Basenjis are very different to 'normal' dogs, that is the first bit of training YOU need. Some people call them the 'untrainable dog'. I never had my dog trained by others coz I think it just confuses them (the dogs that is- although for others maybe too!). She belongs in my pack, I'm the Alpha (female) and she has to learn the rules of the pack (which consist of a husband, a daughter, a cat, and goldfish to boot!). I personally don't seek mainstream trainers and vets because, as mentioned in an above post, these people rarely have basenji experience. The advice on this forum and the weblink that you are advised to read are extremely helpful with your basenji.
My girl loves to munch our cats treasures (poop) too, so train yourself and don't give her access to any, whether in the park or at home. Quickest way to pick up worms and all sorts of gremlins.
These little dogs can be hard work at times (especially at the age of yours). Mine has chewed through all sorts of expensive knitting and weaving wools, brought sanitary pads to the feet of guests!!, destroyed the blinker indicator controls in my convertible Audi, shredded fly-screens and chewed through a few leashes. DON'T BE PUT OFF HOWEVER, she is still lots of fun and very precious - it's just normal basenji behaviour!
They're different and the more you learn about them via this forum and some webpages the better your lives will be together. Enjoy, and welcome to the basenji world!
They even sleep funny!
Yes, Im with Tanza. The less chemicals the better. I only dose our girl for heart worm. She's only ever had one tick and about five fleas in her three years with us. I wash her bed linen every two weeks with very hot water only (or sometimes with a couple of drops of an organic dog shampoo) to keep the gremlins at bay.
I, too, was very excited to join this group, and I love it. It's a a great site and very positive. I don't agree with everyone's opinion, nor do they agree with mine. People are free to express whatever they wish. Those I agree with I give a thumbs up , and those I don't I give a thumbs down . I don't need to take a long hard look in the mirror, nor do I have crappy opinions. My current opinion is that your personal insult ( 'stuck up bitches' - I think, at least, you are referring to me and not my female dog) would indeed suit a different forum to join and I wish you, and your recommendations, all the very best with that.