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Old 09-24-2012, 10:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I have been crating my 10 month boxer/mastiff while I am at work. I walk him in the morning and at night AND he goes to the dog park for two hours a couple of times a week. Point is, he get's plenty of exercise, so I think.

He used to slip under the fence. So, I lowered the fence. Now, he jumps OVER the fence in the morning and hangs out with the kindergarten kids at the bus stop. Is there anything I can do to stop this?! He isn't restricted to just the back yard. He has an electric door that gives him full access to the basement too. Will this stop with age?

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Old 09-24-2012, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it won't stop with age. it will probably only get worse. boxers want to be with people and when left in a yard unattended, they will try to escape to seek people out. you'll need a taller fence or have to look into other options to keep him in the yard.
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Cait is right. Once a dog figures out how to escape, they will always escape. He needs to go to the dog park DAILY plus a good walk in the morning and at night. I don t count walks as exercise. They barely burn off any of that energy. They need to have a good hours run a couple times a day. Is your dog a ball dog? Can you take him for a good play before work and then again after work?

How tall is your current fence?
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yep, definitely need more exercise my dogs would go crazy if they didn't get to run everyday - personal opinion he will continue to escape as they said they love their people and he would be bored very quickly. A bored boxer is not a good thing lol
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your responses!

I was afraid everyone was going to confirm my suspicions...He's a tennis ball fanatic. Sometimes he retrieves the ball and other times he runs to it and then lays down and stares at it. (I think he's trying to train me to come and get it!)

My fence is at least 4 ft tall and it is of rod construction. Impossible to climb. I still can't believe he jumped it. Now, I know he's only pretending to have trouble jumping into my truck and up onto the bed.

I agree about the walks, they do nothing for him. I guess a run wouldn't be so bad for me either each morning. Does anyone crate their boxers when they are away at work? I am considering buying him a much larger crate with room to really stretch out. I'm talking, an XL dog crate.

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we dog sit a jumper we have raised our fence to 9 ft and if she is really determined she can still jump it she is fearless jumps off our deck clears a 4 ft opening and over the privacy fence she goes we had to put lattice around the top of our deck because of her she is 3/4 boxer and 1/4 shepherd named Mia she LOVES FRISBEE we take her out to the park everyday we have her for a good romp and hour long Frisbee game before we leave her in the house for longer than 4 hours or in the yard alone for even 30 minutes BTW she is three yrs old
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Crates are WONDERFUL!! You can give him really high value treats for when it's time to crate so he doesn't see crating as a bad thing. Some people look at crating as a negative thing, but you have to remember than when he's crated while you're gone he can't get into anything and get hurt.

Sammy is our only fence jumper. That's how we ended up with him. He was well-known at the shelter because he kept escaping from his yard. His owner bailed him out repeatedly, but I think it eventually just got to be too much so one day his owner stopped showing up to get him back. Rescue pulled him from the shelter and we adopted him. Fortunately, we have a privacy fence, so he's not able to escape the yard. We do have baby gates set up strategically throughout the house though, and he frequently ignores them and goes sailing over to get where he wants to go. LOL
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Crating is an awesome idea! My other suggestion would be other than the exercise that everyone has mentioned, can he only be outside when u can watch him? My boxer is almost more trouble outside than inside so I could never ever leave him unattended. He only goes outside to potty - unless we're on walks of course- and then right back in. Or if he will still do it In front of u, could u take him out to potty on a leash?


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Thanks again everyone. those are some crazy stories. He's can be a lot of work, but i'm sure everyone will agree, boxers are worth it!

I'm going to buy him a big crate. He's really a good boy. Goes out in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom by himself. Then, he comes right back to bed. When we're home he finds a patch of sunlight and sunbathes in the backyard unattended for a while and never tries to escape. I can even walk with him off of the leash already. If he get's to far ahead, I call his name, he stops, sits and waits for me.

Maybe he is trying to find us when we're gone? Probably best to crate him so he doesn't run away!
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I have a large dog cage in my yard that I use from time to time with Sally, mainly to get her used to it and partly to keep her out of things. it is about 2.5mX2m and has metal roof, one metal wall, one mesh wall full of hedge and two other mesh walls that overlook the yard. I think as summer comes here I will use it a bit more as it will be nice and shady and I already see her going in there on warmer days. My house is 1/4 the size of the yard and very open plan with sliding doors (whch she has learnt to push through) or no doors so i can't really keep her inside when I am not there.
I considered crating her when we got her but it was SOO cold in the house she was better of outside where she could soak up some sun!
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