We all know that Boxers love their people and will do anything they can to be near their families. However, some Boxers cannot cope with being apart from their loved ones and suffer from separation anxiety. A dog with separation anxiety will become very upset when he is left home alone. His anxiety may cause him to destroy things, poop or pee inside, bark incessantly, cry, panic, or pace. Many Boxers with separation anxiety will also try to escape from the house or yard. Aside from taking a toll on your home, separation anxiety can also be hazardous to your dog’s well being.
It is important not to confuse your Boxer’s separation anxiety with anger or spite. He is not behaving in these ways to make you notice him or “get back at you” for leaving him alone. If your Boxer is displaying signs of separation anxiety while you are home, consult your veterinarian because it’s likely a sign of some other issue.
Thankfully, separation anxiety is not something to get anxious over yourself. It is manageable, though it does take time. The following are some helpful tips for easing your Boxer’s separation anxiety:
- Before leaving the house, make sure your dog is thoroughly exhausted from exercise or play. Even the most anxious of Boxers will have a better time dealing with your absence if they are worn out.
- Confine your Boxer to one room of the house while you’re gone. However, make sure that prior to leaving him alone that you play with him in this area and show him that it’s a place where he can relax. Boxers who are not used to being confined can become more destructive. If this is the case with your dog, crating him while you are away is best. You can put him in his crate while you are home to show him that the crate doesn’t mean “bad” things – that it’s simply a place for him to relax and rest.
- Provide your Boxer with a chew toy or treat (one that he can be left unsupervised with). Toys that you fill with treats (such as the Kong) are good options, especially for heavy chewers like Boxers. The key is to give him something yummy to distract his mind from racing while you are away.
- Another option is asking your vet about anti-anxiety medications. Understand that giving your dog a pill isn’t going to solve these issues and that medication should always be combined with a behavior plan that teaches your Boxer how to deal with being left alone. There are also many anti-anxiety biscuits and flavored pills that you can find at your local pet store. The medications you buy at the store won’t be as potent as an actual prescription, but they do help anxious dogs “take the edge off”.
- If it’s possible, adding another Boxer to your family could ease his anxiety. Having another dog can greatly improve an anxious dog’s issues. Your anxious Boxer will take cues from the confident dog and feel much more at ease. Make sure the second dog is confident when left alone – this is where adopting makes a huge difference since you’ll already know the dog’s personality.
Get a Boxer!
The warm months are here, which means it’s the perfect time to get a Boxer. There’s no better time than now to add endless joy and companionship to your life than by adopting a Boxer in need! Visit the websites of one of these excellent Boxer Rescues and adopt one today:
- New Jersey Boxer Rescue
- New Life Boxer Rescue
- PA Boxer Rescue
- Fassa’s Friends Boxer Rescue
- Northeastern Boxer Rescue
- Adopt a Boxer Rescue
- Go Boxer Rescue
- Second Chance Boxer Rescue
- NorCal Boxer Rescue
- Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue