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post #1 of 3 Old 04-23-2009, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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I got a new Basenji pup and need some advice!

I posted once on the DogForum, but this forum seems more active, so sorry if you've seen this twice.
I have a Basenji/Terrier mix puppy who is about 2 months old. Her house training is going pretty well, and she's learning a few basic commands already.
However, I currently have a small issue I'm not too sure how to deal with:
She's currently able to go through the night without any accidents -- She's gone two weeks now sleeping outside her crate, either on my bed somewhere or curled up next to Dazy, my other dog, on the bean bag chair. However, during the day while I'm at class, I still keep her in her crate. Now, my question is: How do I know when she can be trusted outside the crate? With Dazy, she picked up on house training within a few days, and we never had to crate her, so I'm not 100% sure how crate training is done.
Also, she's really nippy. I remember Dazy being this way when she was young, but I can't remember how we dealt with it. Is there a proper way to discourage this behavior? So far, I've pretty much been giveing her a sharp "No biting!" and I give her a little tap on the nose. It sort of works for a while, and then she just forgets. I think I remember hearing that that was a way to deal with it, but I could be wrong.

I've heard, too, that Basenjis can be hard to train, and while I can't say I've had too many unusual issues in training, are there any tips you Vetran Basenji owners can give?
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-23-2009, 09:56 PM
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The nipping thing, just keep doing what you're doing. If she continues, then ignore her.
My dog Dakoda was about 6-12 months (I cannot remember, it was way too long ago) before I left her out on her own. She never minded being in her crate, but one day we just didnt have one and had to trust her.
With a 2 month old, I wouldnt. I would worry more about her getting into things and chewing. Plus the space is much bigger. You also wouldnt be able to reprimand anything. So I say leave her in her crate while alone for some time yet.
As long as it's not too long, she'll be fine.
I love Basenjis! Gotta post pics!
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The nipping thing, just keep doing what you're doing. If she continues, then ignore her.
My dog Dakoda was about 6-12 months (I cannot remember, it was way too long ago) before I left her out on her own. She never minded being in her crate, but one day we just didnt have one and had to trust her.
With a 2 month old, I wouldnt. I would worry more about her getting into things and chewing. Plus the space is much bigger. You also wouldnt be able to reprimand anything. So I say leave her in her crate while alone for some time yet.
As long as it's not too long, she'll be fine.
I love Basenjis! Gotta post pics!
Moco -hates- being in her crate, and I think it's because while she's in the crate, my other dog, Dazy, is wandering around. We're trying to get a gate wide enough to pen her in the hallway, so we can try letting her be home alone outside the crate.
And here's a picture from the day I got her.
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