Raising Boxer Puppies

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Perhaps you have made the decision that a boxer is right for your family, and you have begun looking into sources from which to purchase boxer puppies.  Before you purchase your puppy, there are is some important information about boxer puppies that you should learn.  Knowing this information ahead of time will help to make sure that you and your family will have success in raising your boxer to be the dog that you want.

Important Times in the Lives of Boxer Puppies

You want your puppy to grow up to be well-adjusted, affectionate, protective—and well-disciplined.  In order to accomplish this, it is best to be aware of certain key periods of growth and adjustment in the lives of boxer puppies:

•    Up to 7 weeks of age:  This is a time of awareness and canine socialization.  It is crucial that boxer puppies remain with their mothers and littermates during this time period because they learn a great deal from being with them.  From their mothers, they also learn to accept discipline.

•    8 weeks to 10 weeks of age:  This is called the ‘fear imprint period.’  While most boxer puppies do make the transition from being with their mothers to being re-homed at this time, it is essential to try to avoid frightening the puppies.  Traumatic or painful experiences—being left outside alone, away from anyone, for an extended period of time or falling down the basement steps, for example—will have a much more profound effect on boxer puppies now than at any other time of their lives.

•    13 weeks to 16 weeks of age:  Many people call this ‘The Age of Cutting.’  Boxer puppies are both cutting their teeth at this time and cutting their apron strings, trying to be more independent (and testing out trying to be the pack leader of the home).  It is important to remember that biting is a sign of dominance, so do not allow boxer puppies to bite—no matter how playful or cute it seems.

At this time, it is appropriate—and recommended—that boxer puppies attend puppy training class.  This will help to establish leadership as well as teach socialization skills.

•    4 months to 8 months of age:  This it the time in the lives of boxer puppies when they have more of an instinct to play, chew, and run away from you (or at least not come when they are called).  Be sure to have either real raw bones or nylabones on hand for chewing (cooked bones can splinter, and rawhide is not recommended).  Try keeping puppies on leashes at this time in order to keep good handling of the puppies.

•    6 months to 14 months of age:  At this time, boxer puppies may be fearful of new situations and people.  Do not force the puppies into a new situation.  Additionally, do not pet or soothe frightened puppies—this is interpreted as being praised for being frightened.
These are the main important times in the lives of boxer puppies.  Keep this timeline in mind as you are raising your puppy, and you should have an easier time.

I hope this gives those of you that are frustrated trying to train your boxer puppies some tips to help you get started, let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment

Talk soon!

Jason

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3 Responses to “Raising Boxer Puppies”
  1. Boxer Puppy Training Says:

    Thanks for making note that it’s critical for dogs to remain with their mothers for at least up to 7 weeks. Too many people want to pull them away too early. Keep up the good work!

  2. Tenneil Says:

    Hi Jason, Just wondering i have a 12week old male boxer puppy and he’s at a very playful age and testing my and my boyfriends limits to what he can get away with although he’s a pretty good puppy so far we almost have the house training undercontrol, just the basic training of sit, come, stay, fench etc in your blog you said you recommend that they go to puppy classes but we live out in the country and its to far away for us to get to any. Just wondering what you recommend as another idea to help us train him?
    Thanks

  3. Keith Vanderweel Says:

    I really like reading your blog, the posts are generally extremely informative and just how you lay every thing out makes it simple to understand. I don’t usually comment but I decided I should at least say thank you for doing such a great job. Many thanks and keep up the fantastic work.

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