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Old 12-15-2012, 03:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Boxer forums,

Can anyone offer suggestions to me, I rescued two boxer from one of my next door neighbors. The person left them outside day and night and was not feeding the boxers, so eventually they dug a hole under my fence trying to get water and food. For almost two years they were neglected and I didn't know until they dug a hole under my fence. When my neighbor owned them they barked all the time but I got use to it and I didn't let it bother me and no one called the police on him, but since I rescued the two boxers my other neighbor next door called the police while I was at work on Friday because he said they were barking. They never bark when I am with them and they are the best dogs. How can I train them not to bark when I leave them in my backyard during the day when I go to work? My other neighbor never complained or called the cops when they barked at the original owners house so I don't understand why it is an issue now. Plus, when I am home I keep them inside and they never bark unless someone knocks on my door or they hear something. The boxers, they are huge dogs and I can't leave them inside to destoy or poop in my house. I was researching bark control collars but I really don't like the ideal of shocking my dogs. Any suggestions. I feel my neighbor is being a jerk. Thanks. Have a nice day!

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Old 12-15-2012, 03:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I would never leave my dogs in the backyard unattended. They are barking because they are bored. Keep them safe in your home and purchase 2 crates.
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I have never left mine out in the yard & left home. If we leave they go in their kennels.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Boxers are not meant to be outside dogs. They're barking because they're bored and want to be with their people. You should put them inside in dog crates or wire kennels while you're gone.
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I agree with the others. Get them out of the yard. You can train them to be inside dogs.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree…get them inside. Crate training will take time and effort but is a safe and effective solution to the problem. 2 year’s of neglect! That is terrible! They must be in pretty bad shape. What did the vet say as far as nursing them back to health?
Did the neighbor just say thanks for taking em’ off my hand’s? It is not uncommon for boxer’s to jump or dig their way out when left unsupervised so I would be more concerned about them escaping again. Oh and by the way… we love pictures!
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Old 12-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Bring em in. Problem solved.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:13 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Personally I would never leave my dogs in the backyard unattended. They are barking because they are bored. Keep them safe in your home and purchase 2 crates.
Somehow I missed this post, but this answer is exactly what I would've said. I've never been a fan of leaving dogs out unsupervised. To much can go wrong especially when we're talking about hours!
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I agree with the rest of the posters. If they dug a way out of the other backyard they can and probably will do it again. When we rescued Cruz he was 9 months old and was not house trained at all. It took a while but he is great now. He also has separation anxiety so we couldn't leave him alone without crating him. I was never a fan of crating & before Cruz I had never crated a dog. But he is a lot more calm and comfortable when he is crated when alone. I am working on being able to leave him uncrated but it's a slow process.
It is great that you stepped up to help these dogs. I am sure with some effort, patients & love you can end up with 2 happy indoor dogs.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well Cruz looks quite comfortable in his digs now! I wish you luck with the out of the crate thing. We have had our young one, Porter, out for a few months now. He was really good. We've recently had a bit of a set back since our senior died, but we are still working on it.
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