Training the Boxer Puppy

A solid education in obedience and leadership is essential to teach your Boxer the rules of his new human world.

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Never tell your dog to "Come" and then correct him for something he did wrong. He will think the correction is for coming to you. (Think like a dog, remember?) Always go to the dog to stop unwanted behavior (in the act, remember?)

Never hit or kick your dog or strike him with a newspaper or other object. Such abusive measures will only create fear and confusion in your dog and could provoke aggressive behavior down the road.

When praising or correcting, use your best doggie voice. Use a light and happy voice for praise, and a firm, sharp voice for warnings or corrections. A pleading, whiny No, No or "Drop that' will not sound too convincing, nor will a deep, gruff voice make your puppy feel like he's a good dog.

Your dog also will respond accordingly to family arguments. If theres a shouting match, he will think that he did something wrong and head for cover. So never argue in front of the kidsor the dog!

Despite the Boxers powerful appearance, he is a soft dog who will not respond to harsh training methods or corrections. Puppy kindergarten and continued lessons in obedience are the best course to combating the Boxer stubborn streak.

Next step: Games for Boxer Puppies

Reprinted from Breeders Best: Boxer © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.

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Charlie   Johnstown, PA

5/27/2010 2:04:05 PM

We have two Boxers, one white ( Fannie ) 6Yrs and One Brindle ( Samson ) 1 yrs. This info. was awesome and really helped a lot.There is no better breed than a Boxer. They are an all around everything dog !

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wanda   wagener, SC

7/6/2009 1:30:10 PM

i just got a 3yr old boxer really scared of storms. my husband sister had him since a puppy and she is also scared of storms. he is perfect in the house well trained on whinning at door when he needs to go out, but she left him and a storm came up and he tore up her house any suggestion on how to calm him during a storm!

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Connie   Chandler, AZ

3/12/2007 9:40:14 AM

I adoped my boxer girl when she was 14 months old.

she is fairly well behaved. Our issues are mouthing and barking at us which I think is just excitement, but needs to be corrected. Help me as I have not been successful. Thank you

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Cathy   Sac City, IA

11/7/2006 12:09:14 PM

A lot of good suggestions. Many can be very helpfuly ideas. My daughter has a Boxer, "Brody". She used several of these ideas when her dog was new to her home.

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