can Boerboels be left alone

Can Boerboels be left alone?

In this blog post, we explore whether Boerboels can be left alone. These South African giants are known not only for their imposing appearance but also for their loyal and affectionate natures. But what about when it comes to being alone?

In our daily lives, it is often unavoidable that our four-legged friends occasionally have to spend a few hours without us. In this blog post, we’ll examine whether Boerboels are suited to being alone and how you can help them get comfortable with it. We’ll explore factors like their personality, training, employment opportunities, and training techniques to make sure you and your Boerboel can find a harmonious balance between time together and individual independence.

Boerboels are very affectionate and people-oriented and do not like to be left alone. However, they can be left alone for a period of time if you slowly get them used to it from the beginning. With proper training, 3 to 6 hours now and then should not be a problem. But this should not be the rule.

Do Boerboels like to be left alone?

Boerboels are very affectionate, social, and people-oriented. They love nothing more than to be near their family.

For this reason, they do not like to be left alone. However, if you slowly and carefully get them usit, it is possible to leave a Boerboel alone sometimes.

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How long can Boerboels be left alone?

How long Boerboels can be left alone can not be said exactly, because every dog is different. There are certainly Boerboels that can stay alone for a maximum of 1-2 hours and then start to show negative behaviors such as barking, destructiveness, or aggression.

Other specimens can stay alone for 8 hours and have no problem with it. Exactly so it is with our Cane Corso.

How long a Boerboel can e left alone, in the end, depends on the individual dog and if he was introduced slowly to the situation.

Get your Boerboel used to be left alone!

Even if you do not plan to leave your Boerboel alone, or it is not necessary, you should slowly introduce him to this situation. After all, you don’t know what will happen in 1 year or 2 years.

With the following steps, you can slowly introduce your Boerboel puppy to being left alone:

  • Leave the room you are in with your Boerboel puppy for a moment. Close the door, wait 2 seconds, and go back. Repeat this a few times.
  • If it works well, slowly increase the time away until you can spend a few minutes in another room doing something while your Boerboel puppy lies contentedly in his dog bed.
  • Leave the house briefly to go to the mailbox, for example. Step by step, increase the time of absence until you can stay outside for a few minutes.
  • Go one step further and go shopping, for example and increase the absence time slowly but surely. First 15 minutes, then 30 minutes up to an hour, and so on.
  • If you come back and hear your Boerboel barking or crying, you know you have to take a step back.
  • Never just leave him alone for 2 hours straight.

Tips on how to keep your Boerboel better alone!

When you have your Boerboel ready, and he can easily stay alone for a certain amount of time, here are some tips to make his time alone more enjoyable:

  • Make sure that your Boerboel could get loose before you leave him alone for a longer time. It would be fatal if he has to pee and pees in the house at some point out of stress.
  • Even if you belong to the Mastiff type breed, Boerboels need enough exercise and activity. Take your Boerboel for a long walk so that he is balanced and tired afterward. If your Boerboel likes to swim, this is also a great opportunity. Ideally, he will sleep while you are away and not wait frantically because he still has his walk ahead of him.
  • Give your Boerboel a chew toy* to keep him busy. This will distract him and take care of his teeth at the same time. Since Boerboels are big and strong, make sure he has a decent chew toy.
  • Watch him with a dog camera*. We have a dog camera hooked up as soon as we are out for more than an hour. With it, we can check on the one, hand if our dogs are really relaxed, and on the other hand, we can talk to them. This actually works very well and calms the dogs even more.

Consequences if your Boerboel has to stay alone for too long!

If your Boerboel either generally can not stay alone or you have not prepared him reasonably, it can lead to undesirable behavior:

  • Boerboel destroys your home.
  • Boerboels do not bark much. But separation anxiety can cause him to bark more when he is alone.
  • Aggressive behavior may occur.
  • Becomes more susceptible to diseases, as being alone for a long time causes stress which is negative for general health.
  • Heavy shedding in your Boerboel can be the result of too much stress if he is left alone for too long.
  • too much stress can be the reason for a shorter lifespan of your Boerboel

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Conclusion: Leave Boerboels alone!

You can leave a Boerboel alone for a few hours here and there if you get him used to it sensibly and slowly. Exactly how long a Boerboel can be left alone often varies from dog to dog. However, 3-6 hours should not be a problem.

I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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