Dogs used to run in packs for thousands of years. In fact it is estimated that the dog has existed for about 150,000 years as wild dogs and 15,000 years as domesticated pets.
150,000 years of running in packs and only being pets for 1/10th of that time = domesticated pets who still have a very strong instinct to be part of a pack. Who is the Boxer dog's pack? It is you and other humans who make up your family.
What does a dog need to be well behaved? Some of the most important elements are:
- A daily schedule that the dog can depend on. This included waking time, walks, play time, resting time with the family, grooming
times, sleep times, etc. Left outside, a dog would not have these important parts of a needed structured day. They would exist from moment to moment, without being able to have the self confidence that comes with a structured day filled with interaction and activity. They would not feel safe....and always being on guard = a defensive temperament.
- Interaction with family members. If someone wants a dog, they should want that dog to be part of the family. If so, the dog should be treated as such. If you would not leave your uncle, cousin, brother or daughter outside all day then you should not leave your Boxer dog there either. A dog needs to have the socialization and interaction with humans, each day, throughout the day, in order to understand what type of behavior is acceptable and what type of behavior is not acceptable.
Keeping a Boxer as an outside dog will end with having a canine "companion" who has no idea how to behave and interact with humans. The dog will bark, suffer from loneliness and boredom, may try to escape and will have no concept of commands. without daily socialization, even seemingly normal things will cause disturbance when the dog is allowed inside... doorbells, visitors, the TV...it goes on and on.