On April 27, 2013 I arrived to my third forever home. Being that I have had 2 other forever homes and more than 3 foster homes in my 6 years - well now 7 since yesterday was my barooday - needless to say my separation anxiety was at an all time high.
When my new humans picked me up in Michigan (the fifth state I have been in), they seemed very nice. However it was a long drive to their home in Southern Ohio (now six states). As usual we, B's, latch on to humans immediately.
After the 20 minute anxiety driven destruction of a drill bag, rug and the crate itself, my new humans determined the crate was not for me.
Then life seemed good until they did it again. I guess there was a funeral service and again I had to be left alone. This time they used those things to keep smaller humans from entering rooms - every where - they blocked the stairs, the computer room, and the living room and shut the bathroom and bedroom doors. Well, again, the anxiety overwhelmed me and I knocked down every single one of those little fences and had a field day! I found a nice bag to chew the handle off of upstairs. I tore down and chewed holes in curtains. I even tore a hole in the recliner.
But guess what? I was never scolded, hit, or anything. They just cleaned up my mess, sewed up the chair and curtains. Wow...these humans are awesome. I guess they understand. As time went on, I gradually grew used to being left alone for short periods of time and I noticed they always came back.
I guess what I'm trying to tell you - when you get a new one of us in your home, take the all alone time slow...build the time alone by 5 - 10 minutes each time. Determine if a crate is appropriate for the new Basenji in your home. Use those interior fences if needed. And most of all, be patient...time will make a difference. I've been in this home now 8 months and am staying by myself four hours with minimal issues...well let's just say that thing they put up with lights and decorations...is missing a decoration. :-)
Have a Happy New Year....