Stop Boxer from Barking

It’s natural for your Boxer to bark occasionally. However if your Boxer is barking all the time then you may have a problem.  But don’t be alarmed; you can stop your Boxer from barking!

Stop your Boxer from Barking!Why do Boxers bark?

Remember, barking is your Boxers voice and by barking they are trying to get their message across.  However, excessive barking is not okay and you need to take steps to stop it.  Before you learn how to stop your Boxer from barking, you need to know why they are barking in the first place. Here are a number of reasons why your Boxer may be barking:

  • When they are being protective of your/their home
  • When they are worried or unhappy
  • As an attention seeking method
  • When you get home as a sign of excitement
  • When your boxer is hurt

From these bullets points you can see that there are a number of reasons why your Boxer barks and it is a normal behaviour.  However, as previously mentioned, if your Boxer is barking excessively then you will need to take stops to stop your Boxer from barking.  Read on for some helpful tips.

Types of barking and how to control it

There are two main reasons your Boxer will be barking:

  • Territorial barking
  • Anxious barking

Once you’ve established what is causing the boxing, it will be much easier to stop your Boxer from barking.

Territorial barking

If your Boxer barks as a means to protect your home, then this is territorial barking.  This may make you angry but you cannot show this emotion to your Boxer.  This will just make your Boxer confused.  Instead you need to prove to your Boxer that you are the leader of the household and not them.  By showing you are the dominant leader your Boxer will feel a less need to protect your home as they will think it is your job.  This will lessen the chance of your Boxer barking as a sign of protection.  There are a number of ways you can show your leadership position including eating before your Boxer and not giving them attention the first five minutes after you get home.  Try and establish your leadership position as soon as possible as this is the best way to stop your Boxer from barking.

Anxious Barking

If your Boxer doesn’t like being home alone they may bark all day.  This may mean your Boxer is barking because they are anxious.  This can be incredibly annoying for your neighbours.  When you come home after a long day the first thing you may want to do is give your Boxer lots of cuddles and affection.  However your Boxer will just associate barking all day with this affection.  You need to stop the associate between barking and affection immediately.  This can be done by ignoring your Boxer for the first 5 – 10 minutes after you get home.  It may seem really hard but by doing this you will stop the associate between barking and cuddles and it should lessen the chance of your Boxer barking when you are not there.

Excessive barking can be annoying but it doesn’t have to be.  By using the above information you can stop your Boxer from barking!  You will end up with a happier Boxer, happier neighbours and a happier you!  Stop your Boxer from barking today!

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