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I have a 4 mo. Male boxer. As long as im home hes fine but when I crate him when I go somewhere he poops an pees in his kennel..It doesnt matter how long im gone 10 mins to a couple of hrs I come home to dog crap that is spread all over his cage including the walls of my house. He does the same thing at night he howls panics an poops..I take him out before I leave but it doesnt matter its separation anxiety.  If i cant get this stopped im gonna sell him. I clean out his cage at least 3/4 times a day. Please help

Separation anxiety can be frustrating. There is an excellent article here about dealing with SA, which starts by teaching the dog that sometimes you are not available to him, even if you're in the house. Once the dog adjusts to this, it is no longer such a big deal that you're not in the house.

While you're working on this process, for those times when you do have to leave him, can you set him up in a small, puppy-proofed room with a small area with newspapers for pottying, and a sleeping area in the opposite corner? In general dogs don't like to eliminate where they sleep, so if he has a separate area to potty he might use it. (At the least, it should save you some clean-up time.) If you don't have a room, an exercise pen ("ex-pen") will work -- consider one with a lid, as Boxer puppies are pretty good at climbing over ex-pens.

There is no easy fix, but if you're willing to dedicate some time to working with him every day you should see some improvement; the more you can work with him, the faster it will go.

Good luck!


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Jennifer Walker


I can *accurately* answer questions on breeding and genetics, including coat colors and white markings; breed-specific issues; general health and genetic disease; nutrition and raw diet; behavior and training; conformation showing; and basic obedience and agility competition.


I have owned Boxers for 14 years; I bred my first litter (which produced my first AKC Champion) in 1999; I am an Officer of my local Boxer Club and a Committee Member and Committee Chair of the American Boxer Club; I answer all e-mail inquiries from the American Boxer Club website; I moderate several Boxer-related message forums and mailing lists, administrate one of each, and actively participate on many others.

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I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University; since graduation I have taken online seminars on canine nutrition, breeding, and health.

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