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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Very bad behavior

    I have no idea what to do. my husband and i love our dog but he is too much and he is threatening to get rid of him. We just moved so I am sure that has something to do with it. But we have to crate him while we are gone. he hates and it runs when we say "Buddi crate". He screams and barks and crys while he is in there. He also chews the crate apart. Right now we have 4 C-claps and 2 vice grips to keep him in ONE crate, it is ridiculous! He lays on his back and kicks the ceiling of the crate until it busts apart. He pees out the door which ruins my floor and if he does get out he destroys the bathroom. He shreds toilet paper and enay towels that may be in his reach then poops in them. I have had him for 5 years and have had to clean up after him on my lunch and after work almost every day that we have had him! I am desperate because if I dont find a way to work with the dog he will become an outside dog or gone from our lives.... PLEASE HELP!!! I bet i have spent over a $100 in crates the past month... now another one destroyed today.

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

  2. #2
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    Sounds like he's a very frustrated Basenji. Kicks the ceiling?? How big is the crate? It should be a big crate. 36 x 25 x27. Do you give him treats when you put him in? How long is he in there at a time? It may be too long. Do you walk him every day? How long on each walk? How about before you put him in the crate so he can relieve himself and get a little worn out too?
    Buddy, Paolo and Dan

  3. #3
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    Yes!! we had him in a big crate but he would poop and pee in it then lay in it... so on my lunch i would have to give him a bath. we cant even put anything in the crate bc he destroys it! we put him in an enclosed crate big enough for 2 dogs but not enough room for him the use the bathroom in. he gets treats each time, ones that he loves! he is in there the same time every day... 5 hours in am then i come home on lunch to let him out for 30 mins then back in the crate for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. then out for the rest of the night. I work two jobs and just moved so I have got to walk him much but in exchange for walks he now has a fenced in back yard (huge) to run it and we play with him in the evening. the only thing different from the old house to the new is he was in the kitchen with the door closed and now he is in the bathroom with them door closed (bc he gets out) and that is the only place we have to contain him without ruining my floor... which is doing anyways bc he keeps peeing!!! Im at my wits end. he jumps up and trys to bite me, which he has never done. he growls so bad that it scares me. when i close the create do he is biting the door the whole time. no sooner than he thinks i have walked out the door he goes crazy trying to get out of the crate!!

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

  4. #4
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    my husband is home in the evenings while i am at work so he doesnt get put in the crate again until the next day.

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

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    Have you had a blood workup done to check his thyroid? Low thyroid can cause behavior problems. Read this link.

    http://www.apubasenjis.com/bhealth.html

    What about leaving him in the backyard during the day?
    Buddy, Paolo and Dan

  6. #6
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    I wish i could... but he is a little Houdini!!! We have only been in our new house for 2 weeks and he keeps finding a way into the old ladys yard next door. and with strangers that try to approach him he is not so nice. if he smells you first and gets to know you then it is ok. but i dont want him to bite anyone. right now we are talking about going to get a big metal cage/kennel type thing with a dog bac for the backyard and then let him out when we are home.

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

  7. #7
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    dog bac? I so meant dog house!! im just really upset, got back from lunch late bc trying to deal with him... 2 days in a row now... getting a little tiresome!

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by basenjiprince View Post
    I wish i could... but he is a little Houdini!!! We have only been in our new house for 2 weeks and he keeps finding a way into the old ladys yard next door. and with strangers that try to approach him he is not so nice. if he smells you first and gets to know you then it is ok. but i dont want him to bite anyone. right now we are talking about going to get a big metal cage/kennel type thing with a dog bac for the backyard and then let him out when we are home.
    You need to escape proof the fence. Is he digging under it? Put chicken wire along the edge nailed to the fence, slightly buried with the edge turned down so there's no injuries. When his paws hit that he'll stop.

    What about the blood work up I mentioned before??
    Buddy, Paolo and Dan

  9. #9
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    like i said we have only been there for 2 weeks and i work excess of 64 hours a week. I have walked around it but see no where for him to get out. from what i can tell the fence is buried... he was getting out of the gate until we bunjee corded that together so he cant wiggle and push his way thru. if we are out there he is fine but as soon as he cant see us walking past the windows, he is gone. I am off this weekend so hopefully we can get it fixed but just didnt know if any one has ever had these problems. someone also told me to get a natural drop called relief remedy for pets to have a calming effect for anxiety. would anything like that work? he is so finnicky about things wasnt sure i could give him something like that?

    Melissa and her "B" Buddi

  10. #10
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    Boy, to me it sounds like he crate phobic or has separation anxiety or both - especially since you say he has been doing this for 5 years. Their are some people on here that can maybe give you pointers on what to do in this case - in particular, Quercus, as she is a trainer.

    To me, it doesn't sound like you have a crate that is too small - although if he is crate phobic, I don't really know. They don't require a big crate and of my 3 basenjis - 2 prefer a smaller crate. My girl Ruby used to have accidents in her bigger crate (36x23x26) and when I switched her to the next size down (sounds similar to your size - mine are 30x19x22), the accidents stopped. And since your dog stopped pooping in the crate, it sound like you made the right move going down a size. Have you ever tried one of the plastic vari-kennel types? One of mine prefers that over the wire crates (I use the blue & white medium size).

    Have you ever tried leaving him uncrated in the bathroom with everything up out of reach - has he ever destroyed any woodwork or anything like that? And what about moving him back into the kitchen in this new house and gate him off the kitchen from the rest of the house?

    The only other thing I would add, is when I was having separation anxiety issues with my girl Ruby, I ran her on my bike everyday before I left and I would also walk her to make sure she was really tired by the time I crated her - it did seem to help - although it didn't help every day.

    I would definitely not recommend leaving him out for 5 hours with no one around - especially if it is separation anxiety as he could end up digging out of your enclosure. I know there are some on here that do it - but I think they have doggy doors.

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