Pets are members of our family, and not giving them the attention they deserve is a mistake. We can find in many different homes animals as pets, but the most common are dogs, and that is due to all the benefits they offer.
Dogs are considered man’s best friends, and the main reason is the strong bond they form not only with their owners but also with their human family members. They are beautiful pets that need lots of daily attention regardless of breed.
As we know, there are many breeds of dogs, and each one has differences in terms of personality. Some may be more distant from people, while others cannot live a second of the day without being together with their loved ones. Regardless of the species, every canine needs some degree of daily attention.
It is important to know this since many dog owners leave their pets alone at home for many hours, which is a mistake. Canines are prone to separation anxiety when they are not with their owners.
The Basenji is one of the breeds that tend to suffer from separation anxiety. This dog is one of the oldest and is known for its similarities to cats and its most distinctive feature, which is the absence of barking.
These canines are attached to their loved ones and will need to receive enough attention during the day to feel loved. In addition, they are animals with a high energy level that cannot be left for a long time without first receiving an exercise session.
If a Basenji does not receive any of what we have mentioned, it will develop inappropriate behaviours that we cannot easily control.
Do Basenjis Suffer from Separation Anxiety?
Yes! In fact, all dog breeds suffer from this disorder to a greater or lesser degree. Separation anxiety simply occurs when a dog feels that it has been abandoned.
Remember that these animals are very sensitive, and just like humans, they have feelings and emotions. They may feel sad and worried when hours have passed since their owners left home.
It is well known that Basenjis tend to be more independent dogs than other breeds, but that does not mean that they do not need attention during the day. Like any other dog, they will feel anxious and sad when left home alone.
This situation can lead them to develop destructive behaviours such as biting furniture, running around the house, bumping into objects, etc.
How Many Hours Should a Basenji Stay Alone?
The most advisable thing is never to leave a dog of this type alone at home. However, it should be noted that not all people can do that since they need to go to work during the day.
Keep in mind that each breed of dog can handle being alone for a specific amount of time. For example, a Basenji will be fine for 4 or 5 hours because, as we have said, they are independent dogs.
However, if we take certain preventive measures and also train our pet properly, it could stay home alone for between 6 and 8 hours.
If you provide your Basenji with training, it will be able to stay alone for about 8 hours since it will know that you will be back at some point in the day.
In addition, it is important to potty train this dog because generally, you will have to leave it inside the house while you are working, so it will need to have a specific place to relieve itself.
What Inappropriate Behaviours Will My Basenji Present in These Situations?
Like all dog breeds, Basenjis suffers from separation anxiety when left alone. These dogs do not understand our words, so they will not understand if we tell them that we will be home in a few hours and that we are not really abandoning them.
If we leave our Basenji alone for longer than it can handle, it could develop certain destructive and inappropriate behaviours that could be difficult for anyone to handle, especially first-time owners.
They Will Relieve Themselves Inside the House Despite Being Trained
You may live in a house with a garden or backyard and have potty trained your Basenji. When a dog receives this training, it is normal for it to relieve itself outside the house somewhere in the backyard or garden.
However, when the owner of this dog goes to work, he usually leaves his Basenji indoors for security reasons.
Because the Basenji cannot go outside, it will have no choice but to urinate or defecate somewhere inside the house. In these cases, it is better to take preventive measures and train it so that it can also relieve itself in a suitable place in the house.
They Will Bite Furniture and Other Objects
This is another common behaviour when your Basenji is left home alone. Remember that these dogs have a high level of physical activity, so they need to receive plenty of daily exercise to meet their needs.
They tend to get bored easily, and if they are not physically and mentally stimulated, they will develop unwanted behaviours such as chewing on furniture.
When you return home, you may find torn furniture and broken valuables on the floor.
They Will Produce Noises That Can Be Irritating to Neighbours
One of the main characteristics of the Basenjis is that they are dogs that do not bark. That doesn’t mean they don’t make other sounds. These dogs can howl, scream, and yodel as a result of being left alone.
The latter is usually a unique sound of these dogs that can be strange and even irritating to your neighbours, especially if you live in apartments.
Unlike other breeds, a Basenji’s noises won’t be as bothersome, but your neighbours may still be unhappy about this situation.
What Should We Do to Make Our Basenji Feel Good in Our Absence?
Training is essential to help our Basenji combat separation anxiety, but we can take other measures to reduce this disorder:
Physical and Mental Stimulation
Basenjis are dogs that get bored easily, and that is due to their great desire to play and exercise all the time.
These dogs can store a lot of energy in their bodies if their owners don’t provide them with enough exercise during the day. As we have already said, these animals will release all that energy through destructive behaviour.
Therefore, it is essential to exercise our Basenji for one or two hours before leaving home. That way, it will be tired and prefer to rest for the rest of the day. They also need mental stimulation, so you can leave them some toys to entertain themselves while you are gone.
TV and Radio on
One of the best ways to keep your Basenji from feeling lonely is to keep the TV and radio on. That will make your dog think that there is someone in the house and will be calmer all the time. Note that this will only work for a few hours.
Despite being independent dogs, they need to receive enough attention from their owners throughout the day.
For example, it is recommended that you spend time with your Basenji an hour before leaving the house. You can play with it, pet it, feed it, exercise it, etc. That way, it will know that you love it, and it will be calmer in your absence.
You must do exactly the same when you return home.
Training Our Basenji to Learn to Deal with This Situation
It is normal for your Basenji to start to get nervous when you are getting ready to leave the house. For that reason, you should make your dog see that taking the car keys and putting on your shoes does not always mean that you will leave the house.
For example, get dressed, grab the car keys and then sit down to watch TV or cook some food in the kitchen. That will reduce your Basenji’s anxiety and worry.
If your Basenji’s anxiety does not decrease after doing this for several days, then you should do the following:
- Have your dog stay on the other side of the door. That is, leave your dog in the bathroom or a bedroom while you are in another part of the house.
- After several minutes, return to the room where you left your dog. That will slowly build independence in your Basenji and let it know that you’ll be back soon every time you walk out the door.
- As the days go by, you can increase in difficulty. Now you should practice this at the front door of your house, which is the one you usually use to go out when you go to work.
- Go out the door and stay outside for a few seconds (each day, you have to increase the time).
- After several practices of this type, increase the difficulty by starting the car.
- Go around the block with your vehicle and then come back. Try not to spend more than 5 minutes in the beginning. As the days go by, you can increase the time more.
- This process can take days, but in the end, your Basenji will be comfortable staying home alone because it knows you’ll always come back at some point after you walk out the door.