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How to Train a Boxer Dog
Few dogs have the presence and personality of a Boxer. In addition to being one of the most majestic dog breeds, they are also working dogs that generally enjoy activity and learning. They are boisterous and energetic, and therefore can be difficult to get them to focus on the task in hand. However, Boxers are extremely smart and athletic, and they are very versatile animals.
Understanding Dog Training
Learn about dog training.Educate yourself so you can teach your dog properly and avoid common training mistakes. The basic process of dog training is to reward behavior that you like and to make sure that behavior you don't like isn't rewarded.Each dog is unique, however, so learning the basics of dog behavior and basic dog training will provide you with the proper foundation for understanding the process of training your pet. No one method is “perfect,” so your research will help you decide which approach to use.
- There are methods of dog training based on only positive training techniques, versus techniques that balance positive and negative reinforcement. You may try a method and find that you are not getting the results and decide want and decide to try another. An experienced dog trainer will be able to help you troubleshoot roadblocks.
- Read dog training books and watch videos of training techniques. There are a lot of dog training videos on the internet and lots of dog training books in print, so make sure that the videos and books you choose are from experts in dog training.
Learn about the Boxer breed.Boxers are descended from hunting companion dogs, so they are active dogs that like a lot of time to jump, leap, and bound about.These dogs need exercise and stimulation every day or they might get bored, so stimulation is key to keeping them happy and obedient.
- You will need to keep your dog's temperament in mind when training them. You can't expect the same kind of behavior from every dog. When training a Boxer, you need to keep their high energy level and intelligence in mind.
Talk to other Boxer owners and trainers.Go to dog shows and watch how owners and trainers interact with their dogs. In addition, pay attention to how Boxers respond to stimuli and commands.
- Visit dog trainers and ask if you can watch a few classes. You will learn a lot watching other people when you don’t have a dog of your own.
- See if you like the way the trainer works with the people and the dogs. You and your dog will learn better if you have a good learning relationship with your trainer. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers website is an excellent reference and place to start looking for a dog trainer to coach you and your pup.
Training a Boxer Puppy
Use food and praise as motivators.Food is a powerful motivator for most dogs. Praise, in addition to a reward that is valuable to your dog, can be used to communicate to your dog that they have performed well.
- The timing of the reward is extremely important. Your praise and reward will need to come within two to three seconds of the behavior you are reinforcing. If the dog does something else in between the desired behavior and the reward, you are rewarding the last thing that the dog performed.
- Treats should be small and tasty. Consider three types: Low-, medium- and high-value treats. Keep these in your arsenal to help your dog learn commands.
Give your dog chew toys to avoid naughty chewing.This includes rawhide bones as well as soft toys. By alternating toys you give your dog different textures to experience and hopefully keep your household items and trash safe from being chewed on or ingested.
- You can also use toys as a motivator for other kinds of training. Dogs with a high prey drive respond well to toys as a reward.
Spend short bursts of time training your puppy.This means only about five to 10 minutes at a time. Multiple shorter training session are generally more effective than one long one, particularly for puppies under six months of age. Their attention span is short and puppies get tired; your patience will be worn thin trying to train an over tired puppy.
Keep training positive.Training has to be upbeat and happy in order to get the maximum response from the dog. Play with the puppy in between and help them understand that people are fun and not all about “school” all the time.
Begin potty training your Boxer puppy.Potty training a puppy requires a consistent bathroom schedule. Praise your puppy every time they go to the bathroom outside.
- If there is a potty accident in the house and you catch the puppy in the act, let them know that it's not good behavior by saying "no." Then take your pup outside until they potty.
- Take the puppy out every 20 to 30 minutes to increase the chance of their going outside. Then reward this behavior with a treat. The ideal situation is to take the puppy out after every nap; however, no matter how much you take them outside, your pup will probably still have messes inside the house.
- Keep your dog close to you during the months of potty training. Do not let the dog have run of the house because if you are not paying attention, your dog can sneak off and do their bathroom business without you noticing.
Training an Adult Boxer
Begin with dog training basics.Training should really start from day one when the Boxer is still a puppy. If possible, don't wait until the dog is adult to start training or they will already have bad habits. With that in mind, Boxers are not necessarily any different than other dogs when it comes to basic training. If your dog does not know simple commands, such as sit and heel, then start with those. It is important to begin training by building trust between you and your dog. Keep training sessions happy and short and give the dog a break in between lessons for play and a drink.
- For example, rid your dog of barking issues by training them when to speak and when to be silent. You can do this by praising them for barking, reinforcing the word "speak," and giving the animal a treat. Later when the dog is barking, teach them the word "quiet," and reinforce the command when they become silent with a treat or a silent rub.
Train your Boxer to avoid breed-specific problems.For instance, you will want to train your dog to avoid jumping up on people. Begin training by walking away backward and telling your dog the key phrase of "off" or "down." Only praise or reward your dog when all of their feet are back on the ground. You might consider teaching your dog to sit to greet newcomers as a substitute behavior for their jumping.
- You can also train your Boxer to "give." This will help you ward off any guarding behavior later. You, as a dog parent, should be able to take any possession or food away from your dog. But in order to teach that to a dog, start out by doing an exchange. Offer a reward at first every time the dog gives you what you are trying to take away.
- Then eventually begin substituting food with praise until eventually all it takes is a little praise to motivate the dog.
Consider crate training your Boxer.Crate training is recommended for Boxers as a means of housebreaking the dog while you are away. Teach your Boxer to kennel by making sure that the crate becomes your dog's safe place. This draws on a dog's natural instinct to have a den.It should not be a punishment area, but instead work with your dog to make it a fun area by associating the word "kennel" or "go to bed" or something similar with the act of kenneling up. Be consistent with your phrasing, and use treats as needed to initially entice the animal into the pen. Make sure that your Boxer's crate makes them feel comfortable and does not become a source of anxiety for the dog.Here are the basic steps to crate training:
- Leave the door open and stock the crate with treats so the dog discovers them and thinks what a great place the crate is.
- Praise the dog when they go in of their own accord.
- Feed the dog in the crate so they associate it with good things.
- The first time you shut the door, praise the dog when they are quiet and only close the door for a minute. Gradually extend the time the door is closed, until they accept it as a great thing because they get a reward afterwards.
QuestionI've had my boxer pup for about 3 weeks. She's still going pee and poop in the house, even though I've been taking her out frequently. Have I failed already?
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsExpert AnswerNo, not at all. Each puppy is an individual and some understand what's expected quickly, others take more time. Just be sure to watch her like a hawk when she's indoors, and at the first sign of sniffing to toilet pop her straight out. Don't leave her unattended indoors, but use a crate for those times when you can't be with her. Also, take her out often, but stay with her so you're there to make a big fuss when she does go toilet outside.Thanks!
QuestionMy son's 11-month old Boxer visits and charges at our 8-year-old Lab. How can we stop this behavior?
Veterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsVeterinarian, Royal College of Veterinary SurgeonsExpert AnswerBoxers are extremely boisterous and playful by nature, so this sounds entirely normal (if unwelcome) behavior. Get your son to practice "Sit" and "Look" commands every day at home. When he brings the dog to visit, have him exercise the Boxer well first to burn off excess energy. When the Boxer goes to dive bomb the Lab, distract him by squeaking a favorite toy, then have him Sit and Look at you to break his attention away from the Lab. Avoid merely shouting at the Boxer to stop, as this is rewarding the behavior rather than preventing it. To this end, consider a longline in the house so you can control him without shouting.Thanks!
QuestionMy male boxer keeps nipping at our ankles and hands. How do we stop him from doing this? Everything we have tried excites him more and we end up getting hurt. He thinks it's a game.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStop him by grabbing his collar and pull him up short, gently but firmly. If you yank too hard, it could hurt him or excite him further. Say "no" firmly.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I make my dog listen?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to bribe him with treats or his favorite toy. Every time he shows the least bit of interest in you or shows signs of listening, reward him with the treat/toy. It may be frustrating at first, but your patience will pay off in the end. If this doesn't work, consider taking the dog to obedience classes.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you train a boxer not to jump on people?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSay no to your dog when it jumps. Every time it listens to you, give it a treat.Thanks!
QuestionWe are days away from getting a 9-week-old boxer. You mention training with treats. Are treats okay to give a pup this young? If so, which are best?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, treats are okay to give to a pup this young, but you want to make sure that the treats you give him or her are soft. I recommend Zuke's Mini Naturals Healthy Moist Training Treats and/or Pet Botanics Training Rewards Treats. Just make sure the treats you get are soft.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I train my adult boxer to be okay with being left alone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf your dog doesn't like being left alone without company, it is probably separation anxiety. The way to stop this is to start by going out for a couple of minutes and then rewarding him when you get back. Don't give your dog too much fuss, as he may see it as a big thing. Gradually build the minutes up until you can leave him for as long as you need to. If you need more advice, there are plenty of videos online, so just take a look. There are a couple of good trainers that have videos, like Victoria Stilwell.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I train a boxer dog who is aggressive?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGet qualified professional help immediately. The first order of business should be a full physical examination including a full thyroid panel. Be sure to tell your vet about their aggressive behavior. Low thyroid can contribute to aggressive behavior, as can other medical conditions. If everything comes back fine, your next stop should be professional trainer who specializes in behavioral issues.Thanks!
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