How To Discipline Your Boxer Dog
Most would agree that day you bring Boxer puppy home, you must already pick 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 make discipline constant.
Training your Boxer is 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 around house that weighs on you more like a commitment and responsibility rather than a blessing.
Teach them young when 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 on leash when he is a small puppy and this doesnĂt hurt your hand, then to scold and shout at him if he does same when he is big and strong and makes your arms feel like falling off joints. It is not fair on dog and certainly not fair on you.
Start training some place that is familiar to your Boxer, where there is minimum distraction.
But remember socialization is also an important part of 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 at end of it. So it's worth 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. Set rules for behavior. Trust them. There is no need for extreme measures to show Boxers that you are 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 be most effective way to get them to listen to you.
Utilize their high play drive for more effective obedience training.
Conduct "play training" where by training tasks are made into fun games and 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 have happiest Boxer in 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 as dominant or top dog when you are standing and training your puppy. If puppy is allowed to jump up and initiate play, then this can lead to unwanted jumping up as Boxer gets older.
* From very beginning, make sure your Boxers know you are master.