Boxer Puppy Training
Congratulations! You have chosen a Boxer puppy as your new family addition. If you have researched your choice to any extent you know that Boxers have multiple positive traits. These include loyalty, intelligence and excitability.
They are often used as service dogs within police departments or equally used as therapy dogs. With these traits comes a commitment required to successfully be a Boxer owner. Being large, playful dogs training boxer puppies can be quite the task, and there is also the cost of food and energy needed to care properly for a such large dog.
Training Your Boxer Puppy
Common Boxer puppy behavior includes playfulness, an intense curiosity and an energy level beyond that of most other breeds.
They are know to become very attached to the other members of the family, and have a definite need for you to establish household rules and structure.
If you neglect this, your boxer puppy will gladly take over as the boss of your home.
Boxers are quite affectionate towards children and older adults. Most of them can recognize the necessity to be more patient and gentle with people who are of a more fragile nature. However, never risk the health or well being of someone just because ‘most’ boxers exude this quality.
Training Your Boxer puppy properly, with quality time and bonding together, puts you on the road to prepare him for lifetime companionship. Consistent commands, structure, praise and reward are all aspects needed to have your Boxer puppy consider you as the leader of the pack.
In addition to boxer puppy training basic commands like sit and stay through positive reinforcement training techniques it is important to immediately begin house training your boxer puppy.
Crate Training Your Boxer Pup
One of the best ways to go about this procedure is to use a crate that provides just enough room for your Boxer puppy to turn around and lie down. Growing to become quite large, you may consider buying an extra large crate from the start instead of having to buy multiple cages during your dog’s lifetime.
The general rule is that dogs will not do their business where they sleep. There are very easy ways to modify the amount of space available to your dog. Simply by inserting a piece of strong cardboard or a very well sanded piece of wood into the crate, you can minimize the space your Boxer has access to.
As he grows, move the cardboard or wood expanding the space he has until he does not need it anymore at all. The same applies if you choose to buy a wire cage instead of a crate. The only difference would be adding a thick or dark blanketed covering over the top of the cage to give it the feeling of being your Boxer’s ‘den’.
When start to crate train your Boxer, there are likely to be some episodes of whining and crying. Don’t let your Boxer out of its crate or cage until the crying has subsided and your dog is quiet.
This is a key element of training Boxer puppies. You can start crate training while being in the same room with your puppy, allowing yourself to be seen. Keep practicing this until there is no whining or barking coming from the cage.
Then it’s time to leave the room, or at least stay out of eyesight. Again, practice this until you are able to do it without tantrums from your Boxer. In no time at all, you will be able to leave your dog in its cage while you are away from the home, and you will actually find him heading to his crate all by himself if he feels the need to rest or get away from situations he feels uncomfortable in.
As soon as you open the crate, be at the ready with leash, clicker and treat, ready to take your puppy outside without having to wait too long. Be prepared before opening the cage or crate so as to not give your puppy time to find a different location to do his business.
You should use a ‘mark’ or cue word from the beginning to ensure your dog knows what to do when he gets outside. This can be any key phrase or word to be used consistently along with the Clicker system, such as ‘Go potty’ or something of your own choosing.
If you find your Boxer circling or sniffing the floor, take him immediately to his ‘potty place’. If he has not started to relieve himself inside (accidents do happen), there is no reason for reprimand, and the click and treat should still apply. If, however you find your puppy has already started to relieve himself inside, pick him up, with a firm voice say “NO!” and bring him directly outside.
When he does go potty outside, promptly praise and reward him so he knows he’s done something right. He’ll want to repeat the behavior to earn more treats. It is even recommended that you save the best treats for potty training so they work extra hard to earn them.
Although headstrong as Boxer puppies are, with love, patience and great consistence with training you will have a companion to enjoy for years to come. Check out our puppy training course which will ensure raising a well behaved dog.
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