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Experts suggest that, when adopting a Boxer, you should at least check parent dogs for these undesirable traits before even looking at puppies.
One owner said: "I love my Boxer girl, but she can be a terror sometimes and could get really hyper to where sheÆd attack us. I'd hate to think what all she'd get into without any training at all!"
By way, there are more accounts, from owners, of aggression among their female Boxers, especially towards other female.
Boxers have high play drive and they need their exercise or theyÆd get excitable and destructive.
Play, play and play with them. Give them extra space especially when you have to leave them alone for long period. Tire them out with long walks and play sessions but within a fenced area or on a leash.
When going for their walks, opt for body harness if you have a Boxer that pulls or strays. Harness is answer to Boxer slipping out of collar. The chain-harness combo looks good as well as trains Boxer to walk without pulling or straying.
Extreme shyness (not to be mistaken with independence)
It's critical to socialize your Boxers. When they are still puppies, take them to public places like a pet store so they wonÆt be so shy.
Begin training in an area that is familiar to your Boxer, where there is minimum distraction. Once both of you are skilled at several obedience commands, take him to practice at different areas with increasing amount of distractions present.
This may seems like starting all over again, but it's worth effort. One family took theirs to local mini-mart and practiced obedience training right outside, where there were distractions from people.
"Strangers came over and petted him and gave him treats. He met all kinds of people and learned to follow commands despite distractions, and is a better dog today."
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