There’s some at-home remedies, such as keeping the bathroom door open when showering, getting house plants and placing out bowls of water (more effective if placed on radiators), but these do not work as well as humidifiers.
Exercise, Activity and Restlessness, Plus Cold Intolerance
When winter = less outdoor activity
- It’s not uncommon and it’s completely understandable that many owners don’t take their Boxer dogs outside as much in the winter. However, this can have negative consequences. Over the course of a day, dogs (puppies especially, but Boxers of all ages) build up a reservoir of energy.
This is released when they are taken out for purposeful exercise
. If this activity time is reduced or plain out skipped, where is that energy going to go? In some cases, a Boxer may start to chew on non-toy items and display other signs of destructive behavior. For others, a restlessness will develop, that is the canine equivalent of cabin fever.
Wintertime restlessness can also develop due to a dog going for long periods without the opportunity to engage his canine senses. Dogs are better behaved and are able to relax when they have periods during the day to fully use their incredible canine scent detection and hearing.
In regard to cold intolerance
, some people assume that just because a Boxer is big and strong looking, that he can withstand the outdoor elements. Not necessarily so. Some Boxers do not like being outside
, or being cold. The ability to be out in the cold with or without precipitation, all depends on a Boxer's age (young pups and seniors have more trouble), how long he is outside, the actual temperature and wind chill, his personal acceptance of weather conditions, body fat percentage, and his health status.
In regard to how long a Boxer dog can stay outside in freezing winter weather, keep in mind that wind chill should be looked at as opposed to just air temp. With that in mind, with a temp above the freezing mark of 32F, a Boxer can handle being taken out for a good 20 to 30 minutes, 2 or 3 times per day.
If your yard is enclosed and safe, he can run around in the snow as well, but don’t leave him there unsupervised; you won’t be able to see how he’s handling the snow and getting covered in wet snow will make him get colder, faster.