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Do You Know The Secrets To Training a Boxer?

Regardless of the type of dog you are training, and there are several successful ways to train a dog.  By now, you probably know certain boxer dog traits (i.e., high energy, attention seeking, smart, etc.). These traits can often make it difficult for training. It is best to start training early but even if you haven't done that, your boxer can still be trained successfully. So here are the secrets...
  • Be consistent clear and concise. Use one word, signal, only once. For example if you want your boxer to sit; say the word "sit", pair it with a hand signal, and say it clearly one time. Say what you mean and mean what you say.
  • Reward and be cheerful. Rewards can be verbal (such as praise) or edible (treat).  When your boxer complies to a command, reward them -this is the part of the motivation for them to do it again later. Dogs respond to tones and happy voices so be cheerful when you praise them.
  • Be prepared and nonviolent. Boxers are smart, and they can outsmart you. Make sure that you have leashes and treats available and that you teach them in an area where you have control. Never hit your dog that teaches them that you cannot be trusted.
One of the biggest mistakes I see happen in training, is that people are not consistent. Once you let a behavior slide, your boxer is going to know it. They are very smart, don't underestimate them. Training goes on all the time, take teachable moments throughout the day and reinforce the behaviors you want to see in your boxer. Older boxers can focus longer but they're bored by repetition, so make sure you make it fun. Good luck, and make sure you let us know how you're training goes. Don't hesitate to email us any questions at Photo credit: (Florida Boxer Rescue)

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2 Responses to Do You Know The Secrets To Training a Boxer?

  1. Carol Gamez December 12, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    Hi there, i am so happy i found your blog. It has tons of information and help. I am the happy mother of a 1 year 7 months old female boxer -yuka- she is the light of my life. Me and my husband completely adore her, she is super sweet, kind of lazy but when is playtime she has plenty of energy. She is really amazing and i cant not see my life without her. We always wanted to have 2 boxers , and for sometime we were wondering about getting her a companion so she can have some company and a playmate. Two weeks ago the breeder who gave us yuka call us and told us her dog mom had another litter. We could not resist and went and got another female puppy very energetic and sweet. The first days was ok, then yuka got sick and now she cant even stand the new puppy, she snaps at her, moves to other place is the other one approaches, she looks completely depressed. Sometimes she is even rejecting me when i approach to pet her. I am not sure if this!is normal and i should wait some time for her to adjust or give the puppy to another family, i love both of them but yuka its my first and i just dont want her to be depressed. Do you have any advise, many thanks carol

    • Daisy February 19, 2017 at 1:26 am #

      There is definitely an adjustment time for everyone. Yuka was loving life and getting all the attention and now she is … sharing. Boxers love the attention and she may not want to be a parental figure yet (hehe) – no but on a serious note, it may take some time. Devote some special walks to Yuka and playtime without the new puppy and then gradually increase the time spent with both of them together. Please let us know how they are doing 🙂

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