Thanks for your replies. Because of the challenging issues I am nervous about hiring a stranger to live in my house, sleep with the dogs, and take them for walks, which are a two-person job. There is a high risk that the male would escape and/or chew through the leash. I did board them with the breeder but they were crated and the male damaged the heavy-duty crate as well as his teeth, so it was a disaster. I’m trying to find a solution where they would be safe and not traumatized/crated.
I live near Northampton, MA and am going on a trip in early March. My two basenjis cannot be crated and need to be cared for in a home. They are both beautiful and very sweet with humans. However, the male is a consummate escape artist and fence climber who can be destructive if not exercised enough. He is challenging to walk on leash (he pulls/bolts when a squirrel is in view, which is frequently, and chewed through 6-8 leashes). So walking both dogs is a two-person job. They may do fine without walks in a house with a large fenced-in yard, provided the fence is not chain link (the male climbs UP and OVER those, as he did in a dog park one time!). The other basenji, a female, is super sweet with humans but aggressive with other dogs, and for that reason, she cannot be with other dogs. Long story short, they would either need to be cared for in my home with two people for walks, or the only two dogs in another person’s home with a large non-chain link fenced yard! I know this is a tall order but it would be an immense relief to find a good, and safe, solution for my pups.