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Boxer Dog Training Tips

29 Apr 2013 | by Kritika Ponia | Posted in: Training

Boxer Dog, when originally bred, were actually highly aggressive dogs. The breed is German and is a cross between the English bulldog and the Bullenbeisser. It was bred in order to fight and bait bulls. However, times changed and over the many years, the behavior of these animals also saw a great change. Today, they are highly adaptable dogs that make lovely pets. They are ideal for families and love the company of their owners, just like other dog breeds. It is interesting how these dogs were named Boxers. Apparently, they like ‘boxing’ or pawing things such as toys. They even punch food! This behavior is usually very funny and amusing. This is the reason why they were named Boxers. ( Dog Training )

If you adopt a boxer, you should know that it is very important to train him right. Once he is trained, he will be a great companion not just for you but also for your kids. However, one thing to know while training a Boxer dog is that these dogs are highly energetic. It is your job to channel that energy in the right direction. 

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Boxers are very beautiful animals. They are muscular and are very popular for this exact reason. Their ideal weight ranges from 66 to 70 pounds while their height ranges from 21 inches to 25 inches. They have a smooth, short, and shiny coat. They come in different colors including fawn, brindle, and white. Just like every other dog, they shed. However, because their coat is shorter, the shedding is not very noticeable. Know that there is nothing to be scared about adopting a Boxer dog. Even though their history says that they are highly ferocious, the present speaks otherwise. They are actually very friendly. They are playful and affectionate. They will indeed make excellent pets.

Before going to the training of these dogs, let me share some anecdotes about them. They are muscled and extremely powerful. Their build is compact and solid. Their necks are especially powerful. Among Boxers, you will find two major types and these include American type and the German type. The Boxer is easily distinguishable thanks tot eh make of its head. The best part about a Boxer is that he is very obedient and intelligent. Thus, training him will be relatively easy. You will be surprised at how eager these seemingly ferocious dogs are to please their owners. You will also be surprised by how well they will get along with little kids. Indeed, looks can be very deceiving and Boxers are the perfect example. One thing to remember here is that Boxers are highly boisterous. They tend to jump on people for fun. This behavior can scare people and that is why you have to train your dog to be calm when there are visitors at home.

Training your Boxer

Here are some essentials when it comes to training a Boxer. Again, remember that they are highly amusing and energetic dogs. You have to start training dog right from the beginning in order to make sure that they learn right and don’t pose problems later on. Basic training tips have been broken down into points to make things easier for you:

Potty Training: Just like every other dog, you should teach your Boxer where to go potty everyday. You have to start potty training him right from the day you bring him home so that he is not habituated to excreting in the wrong place. During his early days, while you are potty training him, make sure he is within your sight at all times. One moment of distraction and he will disappear from your sight to go potty where he is not supposed to. Positive reinforcement will do wonders for you. Remember that this breed is highly eager to please. When he does potty in the right place, praise him enthusiastically. If there is an accident, simply ignore him and clean up his mess. Don’t yell or beat him at any cost. When you ignore him, he will understand that he did something he was not supposed to. Here, consistency is the key. Spend as much time as possible with him so that you pay attention to his habits and teach him where to do his business.

Chewing and Gnawing: Again, like every other dog, your Boxer will gnaw anything and everything he finds. Buy him chew toys right from the beginning so that he is not attracted to other things. Let him spend time chewing on his toys so that he avoids other items in the house.

Barking Training: This is very important. If you don’t teach him when to be quiet and when to bark, he will be a nuisance. Teach him words such as Speak and Quiet so that he knows when it is okay to bark and when he should stay silent.

Calm Training: As aforementioned, this is vital. Your dog has to realize that it is not really okay to jump on people and greet them in overenthusiasm when they come to your house. Some people can get intimidated. The first thing to do would be to control your own enthusiasm when you see your dog jumping like that. You may find that endearing but you shouldn’t really encourage that behavior. Calm him down sweetly and teach him that sitting is the right way to greet people to the house. You may use a leash in the beginning so that he gets used to it and learns not to jump on people. After a while, the behavior will come naturally to him.

Possession Training: Boxers can get really possessive of their toys and food. You, the owner, should be able to take things away from your dog as and when you deem appropriate. To do this, use dog treats. Offer him nice treats when you successfully take something away. After a while, substitute that with praise. With time, he will learn not to snap at you when you take his possessions away.

Take your Boxer out on regular walks so that he channelizes his energy in the right direction. He needs a lot of exercise because Boxers are inherently very active dogs. If you don’t exercise them, they bubbling energy and lack of outlet can frustrate them. Also, teach your dog who the alpha leader is. Boxers are extremely strong willed and it is up to you to teach them that you are the owner. If he doesn’t view you as the alpha, he will become aggressive, out of control, and pushy. Avoid that.

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