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Please suggest me what to do to correct my dog behaviour?

I have a boxer Dog (male) as soon as he sees a stray dog or a got or cow he becomes hyper & starts dragging like hell while on walk. please suggest me what to do to correct his behaviour
By Rahul · 20 Aug 2010 5:53 pm

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By Shalin · 20 Aug 2010 10:53 pm
i think you have to stop when and where he starts to pull you.pause for 5 - 10 seconds.then again start to walk if he does that that again then stop again.you have to show tremendous patience.dont ever get angry.
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By Rahul · 21 Aug 2010 6:55 am
Thanks Bro.
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By Dinkar Singh · 23 Aug 2010 9:54 am
U have not mentioned the age of ur dog. If its an adult u have not socialised it properly as a pup and if its a pup you need to socialise it. Always praise the behaviour u want and ignore undesirable behaviour.
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By Rahul · 23 Aug 2010 5:23 pm
He is 14 months old & please tell me what are the ways by which i can socialise him & can i socialise him at this age?
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By Dinkar Singh · 23 Aug 2010 5:40 pm
Its never too late. Although the sooner/ younger the better. Basically socialisation is getting the pup or dog used to different surroundings etc, which also includes different types of animals etc which he would encounter on a day to day basis. I cant explain it here, plus u will have to see which is the best method that helps at this age, but basically get him used to seeing things from far and then with time reduce the distance over time. May be take him on a drive in the car and let him see the dog etc from the car with the windows up so that u have control. A firm no and or making a clapping noise can help. Reward when he is quite and does not get excited etc. Plus read on the net and if u still cant, try a good trainer. But hurry as time is running out.
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By Shalin · 23 Aug 2010 11:18 pm
hey he is the same age as my boxer!!!!and same colour too!!!.but anyways dinkar is right.but i beg to differ on one point,though socialisation is very imp but i think dogs with high prey drive have this cant of temperament.but it can be controlled through proper socialization but i dont think it can be totally negated.
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By Dinkar Singh · 24 Aug 2010 10:26 am
Its all about the training, I feel. I got a pet boxer who was a male 6 months old and like a typical boxer was an energetic chap who would jump over most fences in my property and had a few people trying to catch him and the only way he used to be caught was when he would come inside the house exhausted and lay down in the bedroom. Having said that, I also had geese in my lawns which he used to chase in the begining but after proper socialisation etc he was perfectly fine. He is still with me and is 10 plus yrs old now.
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By Rahul · 24 Aug 2010 5:21 pm
Thanks shalin & Dinkar Sir, I just wanted to know that can i let him go nearer to other dogs without leash? I tried it some times he just wants to play with them but the other dogs tends to harm him or bite him. Please give me your suggestions.
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By Dinkar Singh · 24 Aug 2010 5:40 pm
It is not advisable with strays or unknown dogs as u dont know anything abt them, temperament, diseases, infections, etc.

Always introduce two dogs as per me on a leash, that is both dogs should be on a leash. Only leave ur dog open when u r 100% sure that the park etc is properly fenced and ur dogs cant escape keeping in mind that boxers can jump 6 odd feet. The last thing u want is a lost dog.

Another problem with unknown dogs is if they get into a fight, separating them specially when u males get into a fight. I have had incidents where my Rottweiler and boxer has got into a fight and even after the rottweiler has backed off and the boxer badly hurt, he has again attached the Rottweiler. So in my view its not a good idea to leave ur dog loose.
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By Rahul · 24 Aug 2010 5:58 pm
Thanks Dinkar Sir, will riwert back to you for suggestions.
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By Shalin · 24 Aug 2010 7:37 pm
boxers almost never start a fight but once they are challenged they never back off.you should always keep this in mind.your boxer is young and thus he has not matured fully.therefore he might not know the need to defend itself.they play the hard way that the other breed might not fully be able to cope with.unless the other dog and your dog know each other well it is not advisable to unleash your boxer.becoz boxer fights may get nasty.
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By Rahul · 25 Aug 2010 6:18 pm
Yes i agree with you shalin, please suggest me what should i feed him which is best for my dog,according to different seasons.
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By omme · 10 Mar 2011 11:16 pm
hello bro
I would recommend u to watch the dog whisperer episode in national geography.currently it is not featured but still you can watch it in nat geo site.Cesar Millan The Dog Whisperer not only teaches you how to train dog but even rehabilitates aggresive red zone dog.so watching all those videos you will know how to tackle with your boxer.Please reply after watching how much you are influenced by Cesar Millan.
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By sindhoor · 25 Mar 2011 3:25 pm
Taking a dog off leash is something you need to be VERY careful about and have a very good reason to do it. If the surrondings have stray dogs or possible motor vehicle movement, then its a BIG NO NO. I say this because I am still regretting the 5 seconds my little boxer had off the leash. A speeding car ran over her face and she is still battling the complications. It is NOT WORTH IT!

Having said that, there are 2 things you need to take care of:
1. Socialization: As Dinakar rightly points out, gradually expose your boxer to several different animals and people. Start at a distance and very gradually reduce distance. Socialization has to continue all through a dogs life. Actively seek out different situations you want to get your dog used to, and keep giving him controlled exposure
2. Loose leash walking: While walking him, if he pulls for ANY reason, Become a Tree. This means, stand still as a tree. Don't move anywhere. If you move, your dog will learn that he can pull you in the direction he wants to go. If you refuse to move, your dog will learn that when he pulls, walking stops. Just wait patiently till he either sits or reduces the tension on the leash. Then move forward. Initially, you might only be able to walk 2 steps before he pulls again. Don't lose hope. Just become a tree again. On your first walk, you might only manage to walk 200 meters or less. But gradually your dog will learn "oh! when I pull my walk stops. i should take it easy".

Boxers are energetic wonderful dogs that have a really short attention span and have play on their mind all the time. It might take you a while to teach him not to pull. But just laugh at his goofieness and his playful behaviour. This will help you to have patience, while he slowly learns his lesson. Once he does, he will be such a wonderful mate. Boxers are awesome!
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