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Old 01-15-2013, 10:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I am not sure of what to do either. We try to engage him in other activities and play with him when he starts, but he is a persistant devil. We tell him "no", and try to stick with making him wait, which usually is about an hour.We don't want him to pee in the house either, so we watch him cause he will get antsy when he really needs to go. You can usually tell when he seriously has to go or not. Most of the time when we tell him no, he goes off and plays with a toy or us for a while. I really think he is bored, but geez, he needs to learn he has to occupy himself somewhat too. Any of his toys with some flavor to chew help as well. He loves the Canine Caviar chews.
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I am not sure of what to do either. We try to engage him in other activities and play with him when he starts, but he is a persistant devil. We tell him "no", and try to stick with making him wait, which usually is about an hour.We don't want him to pee in the house either, so we watch him cause he will get antsy when he really needs to go. You can usually tell when he seriously has to go or not. Most of the time when we tell him no, he goes off and plays with a toy or us for a while. I really think he is bored, but geez, he needs to learn he has to occupy himself somewhat too. Any of his toys with some flavor to chew help as well. He loves the Canine Caviar chews.
That's the thing about George. If we tell him "no" or "leave it" when he begins his whining/barking routine for going outside, it only fuels the fire. He feeds off the refusal and only whines and barks louder and longer. Trying to engage him with toys or bones, even his favorite ones or ones he doesn't get often don't do a thing when he has his mind locked on going out.

It may just be his age and as he gets older it could subside but we also aren't too interested in dealing with this for years.
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I do have to say that I remember my other boy boxer Sarge (who passed away in 2011) doing it too when he was more mature, maybe like 5? He did it to a much much lesser degree though. I remember him going out & he would plop himself down in the yard and sniff the air, or never leave the patio, just stand there & "survey his domain". My girl Joey (passed away in 2011 also) never did it, so I wonder is it gender or personality?
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Is he crate trained? You may want to get him checked for any incontinence issues. It is rare in male boxers, but you never know. If he is crate trained - do you have him on scheduled potty breaks? This is where the crate comes in handy. Daisy and Duke (both a little over a year old) go potty 4 x's per day like clockwork 7AM, 1PM, 5:30PM and 10PM, maybe a peepee in between, but rarely. If they deviate from their schedule, I know right away that there is something wrong that warrants a vet visit. That is the beauty of a schedule.

Last potty of the night is 10PM and they hold it the entire night until the morning. Not sure if picking up crate training at his age is ok, but I do not see why not - there may be other opinions. I learned that puppies LOOOOOVE schedules and the more consistent it is, the better they are.
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Is he crate trained? You may want to get him checked for any incontinence issues. It is rare in male boxers, but you never know. If he is crate trained - do you have him on scheduled potty breaks? This is where the crate comes in handy. Daisy and Duke (both a little over a year old) go potty 4 x's per day like clockwork 7AM, 1PM, 5:30PM and 10PM, maybe a peepee in between, but rarely. If they deviate from their schedule, I know right away that there is something wrong that warrants a vet visit. That is the beauty of a schedule.

Last potty of the night is 10PM and they hold it the entire night until the morning. Not sure if picking up crate training at his age is ok, but I do not see why not - there may be other opinions. I learned that puppies LOOOOOVE schedules and the more consistent it is, the better they are.
He's crated but I hope I'm not being misunderstood on here. He doesn't do this while he's in the crate, during the night or any other time like that. It's only when we're home and he's around the house. When I say "evening" I'm referring to 5-10:30pm when we are home, he's out of the crate and we are all awake. I'm hesitant to think it's a medical issue. It's surely a behavioral issue that we are looking for an answer to.
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Gotcha! I think is getting excited and vying for attention.
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What about trying some mental stimulation in the evenings with interactive treat toys like tug-a-jugs, kongs with frozen peanut butter inside, marrow bones, treat balls, etc.
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