Leave for just a few minutes and work your way up to longer and longer amounts of time. When you arrive home, again do not cause a fuss. Calmly enter and greet your dog with a relaxed tone.
Your dog will read off of you and react accordingly. If you announce your arrival back as if you have just returned from a month-long vacation and shower him or her with affection, your Boxer will become very excited.
If you arrive back calmly, and wait a bit before enthusiastic interaction, your dog will then not associate play and fun with your arrival. They will simply enjoy the attention.
This breed generally gets along very well with other dogs and two Boxer dogs together
will be partners in crime for life. While an established Boxer should be tested to see how he reacts and tolerates another dog before bringing in an addition to the household, most do remarkably well. This breed can be very friendly with the smallest of toy dogs and the largest of the large.
The Boxer is on the top of the medium sized dog breeds. While a dog of any size can live in any sized home, space should be considered before bringing a Boxer home.
While this dog can make do with living in a small apartment, having a larger living area is best for the Boxer breed. In general, this breed loves to run around and have room to jump and play, even as an adult.
If you have hardly any extra room in your living room, what will happen when your puppy grows into a 60 lb. large adult dog?
You will be sharing your couch with this breed and it is best to think ahead to what life will be like with this size dog. If you do have extra room (imagine living with one extra human in your house) , the Boxer is the right breed for you!
Quick Owner Q&A
I have a 2 1/2 yr old female boxer, she likes all other dogs. But during our walks if another dog is walking towards us, she will get into a crouch down position and will start walking very slowly till they meet. She does this every time.Why does she do that?
That's actually a great question. Many owners believe this sort of behavior is due to a submissive nature or to show caution. However, your Boxer crouches in that way as a sign of play... and your dog is - by her stance - asking the other dog to engage in a friendly way. It appears that your Boxer is open to having canine playmates and that is a great sign of good socialization skills.
Q: My Boxer is just about one year old and to this day he's yet to bark. He makes some noises, so his voice box is working. I don't really need him for protection, but it kind of would have been nice. Should I be concerned?
It's actually not that uncommon for owners to worry their a Boxer doesn't bark
. Many Boxers are better at protecting via their size than their bark. Some are just really laid back and easy-going. If you ever had a pup that was a yapper, you'd know how lucky you are. So, no reason to be concerned at all as long as he's not showing any signs of a health issue.
Canines do get hiccups just like humans and most cases are infrequent and short-lived. In cases where it lasts a long time, a dog can start to get frustrated with the diaphragm spasms and if your Boxer does show behavior that he's bothered you can intervene by giving him a spoonful of smooth peanut butter; that usually does the trick.