As the proud new owner of a Boxer, you will find that Boxer training is relatively easy. This breed is an intelligent, fun loving family dog. This breed is normally good with children and other pets with the exception of some male dogs. These males have not been neutered and may become aggressive to other male dogs.
Boxer Training – The Basics
When you pick up your new puppy, have a name in mind with which to familiarize your dog. Teaching your dog to respond to its name is the first step in your dogs training program. When structured training begins, bring a positive attitude and some edible treats. Positive reinforcement means that only praise and treats are used to train the dog. Fear, and physical pain should never be used when training your boxer.
Take your dog to someplace either inside or outside the home where there are little to no distractions. Show your dog a treat and vocalize the command in a clear and concise voice. Repeat the command and show the dog what you are looking for it to accomplish when you give the command. When your dog completes the task successfully, surrender the treat and give the dog praise.
Boxers are an intelligent, dynamic and fun breed and they are usually excellent with children. They’re energetic and extremely powerful dogs which demand sufficient physical and mental exercise in order to prevent boredom-related behaviors like chewing and digging.
- Boxers have acquired a reputation for being a bit headstrong, which is often linked to improper Boxer training. Due to their particular intelligence and strength, training based upon corrections is generally not well suited for this breed. Boxers generally respond much better to positive reinforcement strategies like clicker training. Be aware that Boxers can actually be resistant to punishment-based or repetitive training techniques and avoid them whenever possible. Skilled dog trainers who make use of reward-based, positive reinforcement techniques will discover that Boxers are intelligent and hard working.
- The Boxer dog is not, by nature, aggressive or vicious however, if they are provoked they can be a powerful protector of their owner or home. They enjoy the companionship of both people and other dogs but should be socialized as early as possible. Boxers are usually tolerant of puppies and smaller dogs, but once they have themselves reached maturity, they may be aggressive toward other adult dogs, especially adult dogs of the same gender. Female boxers generally do not get along with other adult female boxers, and male boxers may be aggressive toward other adult male dogs.
- Boxers may suffer from a variety of health issues including but not limited to cancer and heart conditions such as “Boxer Cardiomyopathy,” and Aortic Stenosis. They are also susceptible to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, and hypothyroidism. Boxers which have white coloration over 1/3 or more of their bodies are considered white boxers and are genetically predisposed to deafness in one or both ears. White boxers should not be bred and are generally disqualified from show.
While you will find that every Boxer is different, once you have trained your boxer you will see that in general, Boxer training is relatively easy and stress free.
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