How To Discipline Your Boxer Dog

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

How To Discipline Your Boxer Dog

Most would agree thatrepparttar day you bringrepparttar 125808 Boxer puppy home, you must already pickrepparttar 125809 direction in which you want to go with him.

Disciplining one is a matter of thinking and working a step ahead of your Boxer. Do it with love, gentleness but firmness as well.

Also, a Boxer that is well behaved today may not remain so forever. DogĂs behavior constantly changes; new problems can always develop and existing ones could get worse. So makerepparttar 125810 discipline constant.

Training your Boxer isrepparttar 125811 most important thing you will do for him and for yourself in order to have a much better relationship together.

A trained Boxer will listen and can safely be allowed freedom more than an untrained one.

A disciplined and well-trained Boxer is more confident and makes a wonderful companion that is smart, soulful, most people-oriented dog and blessed with boundless energy - a pleasure to live with.

A poorly trained dog can be a loud and destructive nuisance aroundrepparttar 125812 house that weighs on you more like a commitment and responsibility rather than a blessing.

Teach them young whenrepparttar 125813 Boxers donĂt know any better rather than stressing them out when they are older and more difficult to control.

It is not fair on your Boxer to let him pull onrepparttar 125814 leash when he is a small puppy and this doesnĂt hurt your hand, then to scold and shout at him if he doesrepparttar 125815 same when he is big and strong and makes your arms feel like falling offrepparttar 125816 joints. It is not fair onrepparttar 125817 dog and certainly not fair on you.

Startrepparttar 125818 training some place that is familiar to your Boxer, where there is minimum distraction.

But remember socialization is also an important part ofrepparttar 125819 training because you donĂt want to end up with a very shy Boxer.

So after both of you are skilled at several obedience commands, start taking him to different areas for practice, where there are increasing amount of distractions present. Examples are near a supermarket, busy parking lot and a busy park on Sundays. This may seems like starting all over again but youĂll have a superbly trained dog atrepparttar 125820 end of it. So it's worthrepparttar 125821 effort.

Keep in mind Boxers are intelligent. Being an intelligent dog has its own advantages and drawbacks.

They are quick to learn.

It also means Boxers have a mind of their own that would sometimes show up as stubbornness. Thus, they can be harder to train than most other dogs due to their independence.

Understand BoxerĂs intelligence/stubbornness, handle it well, and you can avoid problems in disciplining and training them.

As owners, you must maintain respect between you and your Boxers. Respect goes both ways.

Respect their intelligence. Love them. Setrepparttar 125822 rules for behavior. Trust them. There is no need for extreme measures to show Boxers that you arerepparttar 125823 top dog.

Handle their hard-headedness with patient and don't give up on their training.

And because they are stubborn, conventional obedience training may not berepparttar 125824 most effective way to get them to listen to you.

Utilize their high play drive for more effective obedience training.

Conduct "play training" where byrepparttar 125825 training tasks are made into fun games andrepparttar 125826 BoxerĂs high play drive is used as motivation. There are a lot of really good books available on this type of training.

Basically Boxers are intelligent and could be stubborn. So you have to outwit them!

While training your Boxer, you have to make him WANT to do what you want him to. You can't make him do stuff unless it is FUN. Otherwise you are wasting both your time and his.

Your Boxer's favorite activities should become training, so that training becomes his favorite activity.

Boxers LOVE to play! You will haverepparttar 125827 happiest Boxer inrepparttar 125828 world and most obedient if you will just spend some time, giving them your undivided attention everyday. Otherwise they feel ignored, bored and will tear or chew things up and will not listen to you.

Some tried and proven tactics you can use to make your Boxers listen to you more.

* When playing with your Boxer puppy, play at his level.

If play is encouraged at ground level, this builds your role asrepparttar 125829 dominant or top dog when you are standing and training your puppy. Ifrepparttar 125830 puppy is allowed to jump up and initiate play, then this can lead to unwanted jumping up asrepparttar 125831 Boxer gets older.

* Fromrepparttar 125832 very beginning, make sure your Boxers know you arerepparttar 125833 master.

How to Keep Your Boxer - or any Dog - Healthy

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

How to Keep Your Boxer - or any Dog - Healthy

Feed him a balanced diet.

Additional tips from owners include:

- Give an occasional yogurt treat - Ask your vet about giving Boxers calcium tablets as they could have some problems later on in life!

- Keep him comfortable so his immune system can remain strong.

- Boxers are shorthaired and sensitive to extreme elements ofrepparttar weather and thus must be kept a housedog. His shortened muzzle also makes hot and humid weather uncomfortable for him.

- Give Boxers lots of exercise and regularly.

- Remember that he is a big and strong breed and requires physical outlets for his boundless energy and high play/prey drive.

- Walk them three times a day or have play sessions. Provide plenty of space for them to bounce around. You want to keep their spirit up and not break it or they wonĂt berepparttar 125807 dogs you fall in love with inrepparttar 125808 first place. Healthy and happy Boxers are a joy to live with.

- Make a breeder your friend.

- Keep in touch withrepparttar 125809 breeder who sold yourepparttar 125810 Boxer. The breeder can advise you about care and health matters that are unique torepparttar 125811 breed. Any Boxer breeder, for that matter, can be an invaluable ally to you throughout your Boxer's life.

- Guard your Boxer from fleas.

- Your Boxer has fleas if you find black specks inrepparttar 125812 fur or fleabite marks onrepparttar 125813 skin. A tip given by an owner is to give your Boxer garlic daily to prevent fleas.

- Boxers catch fleas from other animals. It is an every day problem that, at some time or another, you can expect to encounter in your Boxer.

- The fleas only go torepparttar 125814 Boxer to feed on its blood.

- Fleas mostly live and multiply in your home. The comfortable living - central heating, double-glazing and, best of all,repparttar 125815 fitted carpet - we create for ourselves and our Boxers also work best forrepparttar 125816 fleas.

- De-worm your puppy every month and your adult Boxer, every six months.


Worms is another everyday problem in Boxers butrepparttar 125817 puppy is more likely to get sick from worms thanrepparttar 125818 grown up Boxer.

The sick one would lose weight and become weak, suffer from upset stomach, poor growth, listlessness or even lung trouble.

They may impede your puppyĂs growth and cause him to have a potbelly or be thin and have a shoddy-looking coat.

Your grown Boxer may not be showing any sign of worms but he could spread them more thanrepparttar 125819 sick puppy, through large amount of larvae or eggs passed out inrepparttar 125820 feces.

If your Boxer has tapeworms, he has fleas too because part ofrepparttar 125821 tapeworm life cycle occurs in flea asrepparttar 125822 host. As such, treatments against flea and tapeworm are normally prescribed together.

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