Separation anxiety in boxer puppies is quite common as this breed is very attached to its owner. Often enough this can lead to some very destructive behavior and I had to learn about it the hard way. The important thing is not to panic because it’s a behavior that you can solve quite easily.
Boxers that suffer from separation anxiety will feel nervous, scared, anxious and stressed whenever you leave them alone. Shouting and yelling at them won’t solve the problem. You will have to teach your Boxer that you leaving is not a big deal.
Common problems caused from separation anxiety:
Separation anxiety usually starts while the Boxer is still a puppy, but it can come on during the adult phase of their life as well. So unless you want to deal with the problems listed above, you better fix your Boxers separation anxiety before it gets out of hands.
If you spend more than a minute saying goodbye to your boxer, you are making a big deal out of your departure. Your dog might not understand that you will be back later and will think you are leaving him alone for good. So it’s no surprise that the dog might feel nervous or anxious when left alone. Instead keep your goodbyes short.
When you do come back, ignore your Boxers excitement. Act as if you leaving and coming back is a normal occurrence that doesn’t need celebration. Simply ignore your Boxer until he calms down and only then approach him to say hello.
If you are consistent with this, your Boxer will learn pretty quickly that there is no point in jumping or stressing over you leaving or coming back home.
If your Boxer has something interesting to do then he will probably completely forget that you’re not home. Well maybe not, but at least he won’t miss you as much if he has something to do.
Try some of these things:
I know the last one isn’t for everyone, but many Boxer dog owners do just that. Since these dogs love to always play and fool around, owners adopt two boxers so they can keep each other company. If you have the room and the time, you might want to consider adopting another Boxer dog into your family.
To cure separation anxiety you need to ease your Boxer dog into you leaving a little at a time. It’s not a good idea to leave your Boxer alone for a long time if he is showing signs of separation anxiety. Start off slow and work your way up until your puppy is comfortable staying home all by himself for long periods of time.
Step 1: First try to leave your house for just a couple of minutes, long enough for your boxer to notice that you’re gone but not long enough for him to bark or do anything destructive. Make it look like you’re really leaving. Boxers are really good at picking up small details so take your keys and whatever else you take whenever you leave.
Step 2: Come back inside and act as if nothing happened. If your dog starts jumping on you, simply ignore him and continue with whatever you were doing.
Step 3: Repeat Step 1 and 2 but this time try to wait a little longer before you go back home. Try to build on the time that you spend outside without your puppy panicking about you leaving.
Step 4: Once you feel like you’re Boxer doesn’t really mind you going, you can feel safer leaving him home alone whenever you leave for work or long periods of time. However it doesn’t mean that your dog wants to stay by himself all day. So take your Boxer with you whenever you have the chance.