If You Can Not Always be Home
This is where the gated area will come into play. Be sure that it is large enough for the pup to: play, sleep, eat and go to the bathroom. Crating does not work when a dog is left home alone. Canines do not care to go to the bathroom in a confined space, but if left with no other choice, they will...and this causes a dog unnecessary stress.
Bring your Boxer out about 20 minutes before you leave. Bring him out as soon as you arrive back home. Don't scold for any messes that occurred while you were gone, it makes no sense to reprimand a dog for a natural bodily function.
Leaving Your Boxer Outside
The Boxer is among the top dog breeds that are stolen. Where are they taken from? Their own yards! A Boxer puppy should only be kept outside if there are no other alternatives, the yard is 100% safe and for a very short amount of time. A fence may keep other dogs out, but it will not keep out a thief intent on jumping over the fence to take your helpless puppy.
Until a Boxer is old enough to scare off a thief, do not leave your puppy outside. In addition, outside elements such as the hot sun can quickly overheat a dog causing heat exhaustion, which ultimately leads to death if treatment is not given in enough time.
How Often Does a Puppy Need to Go Outside?
Your Boxer puppy should be taken out many times during the day, given that he or she sleeps through the night:
- When they first wake up
- After each meal (3-4 times a day)
- Before bedtime
A general guideline in house training a dog is that a 2 month old Boxer puppy can hold its needs for 2 hours, a 3 month old for 3 hours and so on. The maximum time that any dog should ever be expected to hold their needs is 8 hours and this is for a full grown adult canine.
Try to not give your Boxer water right before bedtime unless they seem very much in need of a drink. Wearing your Boxer out with some playtime before bed will also help your puppy sleep through the night and not need to get up to go to the bathroom.
Housebreaking in Cold Weather
Many Boxer owners live in areas in which winters are harsh, cold and very snowy. While some dogs love the snow, others hate the cold and often refuse to go outside. Learn what steps you can take to help train your Boxer to actually enjoy going outside in the cold.