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Boxer Dog Training - How A Dogs Nature Can Affect Training

Feb 14, 2008
The Boxer breed makes a great family pet but is often mistakenly thought to be slightly fussy and skittish at times. The reality is that they are a breed that needs lots of attention and only when they do not receive this do they become shy and skittish. Indeed, if you have a busy job and think you will not be home much then a boxer dog is not the right breed for you.

Having said that, if you do decide to get a Boxer then here are some facts about Boxer dogs. It will start by helping you select the best boxer puppy for your family.

It's prudent to do a bit of research before you go for a puppy. Good advice is to view the puppies parents if this is possible or at least get some information on them. You will gain an insight into their temperament and how the puppies may turn out in the future.

Another point to consider is to get a puppy from a non commercial breeder who does not see the process as a way to make money but has a respect and love for the breed. These types of breeders will care for the litter and parents with love and ensure that the puppies are social and well balanced animals.

According to the American Kennel Club the Boxer breed is in the top ten of purebred dogs in terms of popularity. They are a medium sized dog that are energetic and very inquisitive. Consequently they will require more attention and cost more than a small toy breed of dog.

Food costs and other expenses like treats and toys will be more for a Boxer than many other breeds. Although being a short haired dog you will not need to do much grooming. For some strange reason they are not keen on water either so that will make bathing a lot of fun !

Boxers are noted for being very social animals. They love living in a family unit and crave attention and affection. You should strive to keep them active and busy. Left alone they will become bored and lonely. This can lead to bad behavioral habits and quite destructive tendencies.

Space is important to a Boxer dog. It is not practical to keep a dog such a this in an apartment. It needs a home with an ample backyard where it can run around and tire itself out. You can plant dog treats in areas of the yard so that your pet will rummage around and be kept active. Get it lots of toys to keep it busy too. Boxers will spend many hours ragging toys and this fits their nature perfectly.

Over exuberance may make your pet hard to train for obedience. It is hard to keep the Boxer focused so positive reinforcement training is seen as the best method for obedience training because you demand the dog's attention each time and keep it focused.

Start the training early, when they are puppies. This includes socializing them with other family members and animals. A well adjusted dog is generally happier and more open to training methods.

Given their exuberant nature you may want to make the environment where the dog is trained quiet and distraction free. Thus your pet may not be the best pupil in a group obedience training class with lots of other pooches to distract it. Obedience training is a big task when it comes to any dog, let alone a Boxer but it is certainly worth making this commitment. They are an intelligent animal and love the close relationship with their owner that obedience training requires.
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