A Boxer is a super energetic dog, a perpetual clown, and a great human companion. A pet of this breed will love you like crazy, wear you out during playtime, and safeguard your life by risking its own, whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Boxers are also strong and intelligent by nature. Therefore, you will see them in many assisting roles. Humans use them as service dogs, guard dogs, guide dogs, and even as therapy dogs.
In any role, they take their duties very seriously. In contrast to their serious looks, they are also quite playful by nature. In fact, they are more playful than other dog breeds out there.
Basically, they have all the good traits you would need in a good companion. With the right training and attention, they truly make great pets.
The fact that Boxers are decently strong and well-built, they are capable enough to cause some damage as well if they are not handled/coached properly.
The good news is that Boxers are quite trainable. So, you will find it easier than usual to teach them good manners and lessons on socialization and self-control. So, let’s look at some Boxer dog training tips.
Box Dog Training Tips:
By nature, Boxers are a smart breed. They often learn a lot by watching what’s going on around them. Like most dogs, they respond well to positive and scientific training methods.
They enjoy challenging activities, puzzles, and even games that require a fair deal of thinking. But then, you need to go slow and steady.
You can start with simple stuff, such as fetching a ball, along with basic commands like ‘sit,’ ‘come,’ ‘stay,’ and so on. To prepare the dog for training, we suggest that you follow the steps given below.
Before you even start your training, make sure that new puppies are addressed by their name. You should teach them their name first to ensure that they know that you are communicating with them. Let’s get to the training steps now.
Step 1: Exercise your Boxer
Step 2: Get rid of all the distractions
Step 3: Offer treats
Step 4: Socialize them
Step 5: Get a Crate
Step 1: (Exercise your Boxer)
Let’s explain the reasoning behind these steps. As you might already know, it’s difficult to expect undivided attention from a highly energetic creature.
Plus, puppies get distracted very easily. A semi-tired Boxer will be less distracted than usual.
By following step 1 (exercising the pet), you will burn off some of their energy and make them calmer in the process.
Of course, don’t exhaust your pet in an attempt to burn off the excess energy.
If all the energy is drained off, your Boxer won’t have the mental or physical power to follow your directions.
Step 2: (Eliminate Distractions)
For the dog to follow all your commands, you should eliminate all the things that can distract your pet.
For instance, Boxers like to chase a cat. If there is a cat around the training area, expect your pet to get easily distracted.
The key is to choose a training area with minimum distractions. So, choose a no-distraction room for training.
Yes, start training them at home or even your backyard before exposing them to the big wide world.
Step 3: (Offer Treats)
If the Boxer doesn’t feel that your commands are worth following, he/she won’t obey your instructions.
**So, make it a point to offer food treats during training. **
Of course, your dog should be able to relate the treat with a positive outcome. You can cut back on treats once your pet masters a given command.
Also, don’t forget to shower your dog with verbal praises to reward his/her good behavior. Always say that you are very proud of him/her. Boxers simply love praises.
Step 4: (Socialize Them)
Boxers like being around humans. They are not the loner-type dogs. So, their training should involve socialization with human beings.
If you fail to socialize with them on a regular basis, you will notice aggressive behavior in them, which can be, barking, chasing, or even biting people.
Step 5: (Get a Crate)
Boxers feel safer in their crates, which is why we recommend getting a crate. A crate will curb the instances of inappropriate pooping and peeing.
If you leave a Boxer in the house without a crate, you will see the dog create a mess. It will chew on unwanted things, lie on its own poop, and whatnot.
If you include some food and other play items in the crate before leaving the dog alone on its own, you will notice a dramatic difference in these behavioral issues.
How to stop your Boxer from Jumping on People?
As hinted earlier, Boxers love human companionship. Given their human-friendly characteristic, they tend to jump on people. It’s their unique way of getting attention/showing their excitement.
It looks cute when your pet is still a puppy. However, an adult Boxer jumping on people is not a pleasant sight, keeping in mind that an average adult Boxer can weigh anywhere between 50 to 70 pounds.
This means that a Boxer can easily knock off kids when greeting them. So, how do you stop this potentially problematic behavior? Ignorance is bliss, over here.
Yes, you should ignore this behavior. This is to say that you should avoid making eye-contact with your dog when it jumps on you. Ideally, you should showcase zero excitement too.
Try to turn to your side when the dog jumps on you and stop talking to him/her. Keep turning to the side and talk to your pet only once he/she settles down.
Shower him/her with praises for calming down. Keep repeating this until your dog realizes that you don’t appreciate him/her jumping on human beings.
Of course, get your whole family involved in the act. Everyone in the family should do the same for the dog to understand that his/her behavior needs correction.
If you feel that your Boxer is slow at learning things, don’t get mad at him/her. Keep in mind that the problem often lies with the training method/pet owner and not the dog.
If you think that you can’t do a good job at training your Boxer, don’t shy away from taking help from a dog expert or the dog’s vet.
Keep in mind that any type of negative treatment can backfire. Boxers don’t respond well to harsh corrections. So, be kind to them at all times.
Also, you will benefit if you start obedience training at an early age before they start developing bad habits. Ideally, you should start training Boxer puppies when they turn three weeks old.
Training aside, you should try to spend extra time with your Boxer to reassure your pet that you love him/her. Needless to say, he/she should feel like an important family member.
All the training will not only make your dog obedient, but it will also create a ‘special’ bond with your furry friend. Both of you will love each other more than ever before.