Rub a tiny bit of Vics Vaporub of your feet. Not enough that you will smell it, but he will.
Then distract him in ways that have been mentioned here.
He is biting your feet because he is getting something - a reaction from you. The Vics will teach him that he doesn't like the reaction at all.
In my years in basenjis, they seem to follow the motto: What's in it for me? Take away what is in it for him, and replace it with something he does not like - the smell.
I learned from my dogs that they can go 3+ days waiting for the coveted 'people food!'
Giver her the dog food in an official 'dog food' bowl and the people food in a different place, different bowl, different time, so she learns there is a difference. She must learn that no matter how long she goes without eating the dog food, people food is only for special rewards
You will have to judge if she is sick or there is something else wrong. It's hard sometimes for me to not give in. It usually ends up that I give in, just a bite, to see if she'll eat anything, then back to the dog food. I go through the get a new bag, get a new brand, etc too.
I have had 15 - 20 adult female basenjis over the years, and 2 was the age when it seemed like they became their 'true adult selves.' (spayed/neutered or not)
I do not feel confident giving suggestions, just wanted you to know her age is typical for this to happen.
I have had 2 neutered over the years. IMO, before neutering, they think they are tough, they know all, and everyone should hold them in the highest esteem. After neutering, they were easier to live with, all that went away, and their true, sweet selves were allowed to shine!
I had always heard, and agree, that the best pets are neutered males.
That being said, I placed a spayed female into a home. A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, home. A few years later they wanted another, and after talking to them, I placed a male pup in their home, with no agreement to neutered. They were in their 60's, he was a retired sheriff, and I live in farm country where a lot of older men don't like castrating any males they don't have to.
He LIKED the bullheadedness of the intact male, the obstinance, the 'I'm the king!!!' attitude. I was completely sure there would not be a problem, and there never was.
First, thank you for the honest evaluation of your situation.
Basenjis are dogs that consider who they live wit, to be part of their pack - family.
They only chew or destroy things when they are bored, or mad at you. (Yes, I know people will disagree, but I have had basenjis for 25 years and have witnessed this activity. This included one dog jumping on the table, with me sitting 3 feet away, and peeing in a circle, as if saying, "There, take that!”)
A young basenji, under say, 8 years, will do this when left alone for so long.
(Yes, I know people will disagree, but I have had basenjis for 25 years and have witnessed this activity. This included one dog jumping on the table, with me sitting 3 feet away, and peeing in a circle, as if saying, "There, take that!)
You write that you live with 3 roommates. You do not mention if this will change, so I will assume it will not. Personally, I think it is very unkind (to them AND the dog) of you to bring a basenji into this living arrangement. Unless ALL the roommates understand, and agree, to sharing their lives with a dog that will require so much of their time. The tiniest thing left on the floor could be destroyed, and could even harm the dog. Bathroom doors left open? A basenji might not be able to find anything as much fun, grab the toilet paper, and run. Fun, fun, fun!!! For the dog.
You are researching enough to show that you are checking really well to see if a basenji will fit into your life. In my opinion, not just yet. Maybe later when your life has settled a bit.
Oh, just remembered you mentioning you studying, the dog doing its thing. It might happen, but if the dog thinks your attention should be on him/her, you may not like that something.
Best of luck in your studies, and with where ever your life leads you!