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Any advice on how to get my 1 year old to stop chewing everything in sight. I thought it was because he didn't have enough toys, but we bought him five new toys and yet he still destroys the couch. I leave him at home out of his cage when I work during the day. I had him in a crate but I'm gone for so long I can stand leaving him in the crate all day! What should I do? We are down to one cushion!
 

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been there done that you really need to keep him kenneled when you are not home for his safety and your sanity can you find some one to walk him around the middle of your day? or have you looked into doggy daycare (not always easy to find we don't have one here yet ) there are always teens looking for income maybe one on a work study program that lives near you that leaves school early for another job who would have time and not cost alot check your local high school to see if they have a recommendation of someone or a retiree looking for a few bucks that lives near you might work too
 

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i would keep him kenneled for his own safety and your sanity. been there done that with our first, he chewed blinds, carpets, window sills, lol and our second one she got to the couch,a nice hole in the side. I have found that they are bored and do this. Do you exercise him enough, walk before work and atleast one when you get home and maybe another, or if he is trusted off leash a place he can run, or someway to get his energy out. they need constant stimulation and the exert their energy.

a tired boxer is a good boxer
 

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Had one that did that,kenneled her for 2 years+.

One day she snapped out of it.

How I did it is re-kenneled her for a long amount of time (few months) for her to understand the drill,then randomly leaving her alone for short amounts of time (5 minutes,20 minutes,half an hour) so she understood to expect my arrival anytime.

One day (the day she snapped out of it) she must have kept herself on stand-by for my imminent return which took the whole day (work day) and we lived happily in a disaster-free zone until she crossed the bridge.
 

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Had one that did that,kenneled her for 2 years+.

One day she snapped out of it.

How I did it is re-kenneled her for a long amount of time (few months) for her to understand the drill,then randomly leaving her alone for short amounts of time (5 minutes,20 minutes,half an hour) so she understood to expect my arrival anytime.

One day (the day she snapped out of it) she must have kept herself on stand-by for my imminent return which took the whole day (work day) and we lived happily in a disaster-free zone until she crossed the bridge.
thats what happened with miss Roxi she shredded couch, throw pillows, bed pillows, comforter, dug up every house plant and placed them around the house out of their pots , got in the Refrig, got in the cupboards you name it she was into it every day we went back to kenneling her for the LONGEST time (over a year ) and did the random leave her outs and random returns for a few weeks and then did the gone all day and she was fine from then on
 

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Thanks for the help! I think we might try to re-kennel. I bought some of the bitter yuck spray and sprayed the couch. We left him alone two days ago for a few hours and he didn't destroy anything. I think he does this when we left him alone for to long of a time period. Well, I think its about time we get a bigger kennel for him so get can move around. I try to walk him every day and we play ball outside when I get home from work. Perhaps, I should try to walk him before work too!
 

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I would say exercise, exercise. If your gone all day and he is not getting a good walk/play in the AM before you leave no wonder he is acting out. Boxers need a strict exercise routine. Tucker him out before work, give him his breakfast and he should be satisfied and want to sleep. If your not providing the mental stimulation and exercise he will source it him self and you have seen that with the episodes on your couch.

I would start to re-introduce the kennel when your going to be gone for longer periods of time, start on a good walking routine and then if you have a long day maybe you should bring in a dog walker mid day. Slowly start to allow him free run of the home for short periods of time and work up from there. He is still young so you cant expect perfection right away.
 

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I have owned a few boxers over the years and have never seen a dog that is satisfied with one walk a day. My girl needs a good walk/play in the AM. We are outside at 6:30am everyday for a half hour and then she gets her breakfast and then she goes to her couch to rest for the day. When I get home she goes outside to the yard for a pee and then once I get in the door and organized we are back out rain or shine for a good walk or play and then dinner and then rest. We repeat everyday and with a good routine like that we have a happy boxer. She knows what to expect and after a good play she is rewarded with her meal and after that she looks content and ready to relax. A tired boxer is a happy and well behaved boxer.
 

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Some dogs need to chew for anxiety reasons. Exercise helps to alleviate stress, anxiety and tension. And of course boxers under 3 often needs lots of exercise in order to relax. Since you can not leave your dog in crate all day I would recommend doggie day care and at least a dog walker. Your dog may be chewing because of anxiety that you are not there.

Here are some links that might be helpful for your to understand what is go

Why you should not leave a dog alone....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iUeD4oxGL.


Thunder Shirts might help too
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvHastLlOv4


Crate training and walking your dog before the crate.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVI0vzzouNg
Destructive Boxer from Victoria Stillwell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIYH3m3h2b8
 
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