I think he whines to get my attention. When I get home from work I don't go to him right away because I don't want him to think that it's okay to whine and howl just to get my attention. I wait until he is quite and then I go outside to greet him. I may be doing something wrong?
I give him a bone when I leave, but I've come to find out that he chews on the bone for a while and then he will dig a hole and bury the bone. I've heard about the kongs, how do they work? I've also heard about an interactive talking ball. Does anyone know if this is helpful? Someone suggested to me that I get a shock collar or a collar that shoots out a scent.
Sorry to hijack this thread, but I have the same problem, but a lil less severe. She doesn't do it so much anymore while I am at home. She is ok with me going room to room without her following me. But the moment she is put in her crate and I leave she whines and barks. I do know she doesn't do it all day lons as I have set up a motion detetion webcam on her to see what she does, but it is disturbing to see her trip out the first half an hour that I am gone. Besides, I don't want my neighbors to complain. I have given her a kong, and other treats that would last, but she prefers to trip out rather than enjoy a tasty treat.
Can you bring him in the house into a dog proof room, or a crate?? So much going on outside that it may be contributing to his behavior - IMO. Also by being outside, not sure where you live but there are tons of stuff that can cause harm, like bee stings, animals ect. Shock collars are worthless if you are not trained on how to properlly use one by a professional. He needs something to occupy his time.
IMO I would give him tons of play exercise before you leave. Give him a kong filled with something, or something like a buster food cube. Give him a radio or noise. Mine like classical. Try to get him indoors to avoid injury and or environmental harm. A tired dog is a happy dog and if they are tired 110% of the time they are gonna snooze a roo!
Thank you HannaBanana for the info. I will start walking him in the mornings before I leave for work and give myself more time to play with him before I leave for work. I don't have a dog proof room so I will have to get a crate, however I don't know if he crate trained.
I live in a remote area and I don't have any neighbors. I'm pretty far from the city, however I may be able to find a doggy daycare on my way in to work. Would getting another dog for companionship be a good idea?
I'm strongly going to suggest you bring your pup inside. Since, as Barb has already stated, Boxers are not outside dogs. I think a crate would be your best bet... with a little bit of training, he'd learn to love it - dogs are den animals & remain comfortable in a den-like area if properly introduced to it.
Walks/play-time are also a must... as others have said - a tired Boxer is a good Boxer.
IMO I would only add another when you get the SA issue solved with your first dog. If the other get it two, thats double trouble IMO. My advice just like with kids, dont have another to solve a problem!!
I do daycare two times a week for my male. he is a nut job full of energy, and after Mon & Wed of full 8 hours play, he sleeps the rest of the week.
and just to let you know..if he is not used to a crate...he will cry cry cry bark bark bark whine whine whine...possibly for days...start slow..when he is quiet...open the crate and praise him...if he is loud...ignore him...it takes a lot of patience.