I adopted a 1 1/2 year old Boxer about 4 months ago and I'm pulling my hair out with him! Recently he's become very destructive everytime I'm not with him. As long as I'm around, he's fine but when i leave him, he destroys everything in sight. I have a lab as well that went through this type of thing but it was much easier to get him to stop. I've tried everything I can think of but he doesn't respond to any discipline and deosn't chew the toys I actually provide for him. He knows he's been bad when he sees me but it's not enough to get him to stop. Also, he is house trained but seomtimes, he sneaks off to the basememt and does his business there. He's been doing this since we got him and no matter what I do, I can't seem to make this behavior go away. I let him out every 3 hours or so and let him play and run but sometimes he still will come right in and go downstairs and poop a few minutes later. I can't watch him every second of everyday!! Please help me!!
I was also going to say that as well, what about a crate, even when your home. They do like to get in a crate, all of our boxers know when it is time to go to bed or we are leaving we say kennel and they head right for their own. If the kid's are being crazy and they want to get away they head for their crate. Doesn't matter what age. I have puppies and older adult dogs that no matter what they like their space.
Is he getting walked, it also sounds like he isn't getting enough of his energy out. Anyway i hope this helps a little.
BOXERCORPS that sounds like a dream! He plays outside with the lab for hours everyday. We have a yard that they can run around in, and they love to run and chase and play with each other. He's still young, about 1 1/2 we think, we're not sure b/c we adopted him from the pound not too long ago. Our lab is great and obeys all his commands. But we've had him since a puppy. Although he's getting better, we're nearly at a loss with the boxer. We've found him to a little more motivated by food than our lab.
Thank you for your posts, and we're excited to start crate training (our lab as well). Hopefully soon we will be able to say "kennel" and he'll run to his crate without having to repeat it over and over like we do now.