Re: Separation Anxiety and Dog Agression with a Boxer Mix (l
He sleeps outside our bedroom at night and has no problems at all. He can also stay in another room while we shut the door and he is fine. We have even tried to play a tape of our voices while he is closed in the upstairs hallway and we are downstairs, but the dog still knows when we are home and we are not. There was no way he could hear us leave.
Before the first escape, Carter wasn't to "fond" of his crate (he was in his crate for 4 months before the first break out). He would go in it, but only on command but he was also really happy to be in it. After we brought the second crate, I started to feed him in it, making him sleep in it, and if we were at home, he was in the crate except to go potty and to play. We did this for about a week. He now goes in his crate to "get away" from it all. He sleeps in it, lays in it and plays in it. He actually ate his first Kong in it the other day (something he has NEVER done before). He doesn't mind being in it at all as long as he can still hear us in the house (I think its more along the lines of footsteps over voices.
If he is left out of his cage (or off his chain) He goes through the whole house tearing up every blind he can find, any pillows he can get his teeth on are mutilated, and his dog bed is unstuffed. Even a yummy Kong won't keep his attention. When he is on his chain he goes nuts too, its just he can't do anything about it. If there is something he can get his teeth on, it is gone. He has even tore up 2 tiles in the basement where the chain is. He has never harmed himself on the chain which is why he is on it right now. It just seems safer then a crate.
His Paperwork says "Boxer/Lab" We actually think one of his parents was a poorly bred boxer. He has the personality of a boxer, from the walk, to the talk, to the jumping, to the play. If there is pit in there we think it was from a line back or so. If you actually place him next to a pitbull there is a big difference. He photographs differently then what he looks like sitting at my feet.