Ways Of Training Boxer Puppies

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If you own a boxer, you may already know the importance of training boxer puppies. Although they are bred to be a very loving and friendly dog, they need the obedience training to keep that wonderful demeanor.

- Training boxer puppies takes a person who is willing to stay calm and be assertive when giving directions. You need to understand that boxers are very brilliant puppies do not respond to training methods that include yelling, screaming or hitting. While you need to be firm, you can still be loving. To help out, use treats.

- Until your puppy has reached 21 days old, it’s likely he/she won’t do much other sleep, eat and slight playtime. They will also find places to use the restroom away from play and rest areas. Take this time to introduce crate training.

- Eventually you can teach your boxer about the word “sit”. Every dog can learn this command. Your boxer may be ready to learn the command word “come” at this age. No matter the age of your dog, they love to learn. While it is a great experience for him/her, it should be for you as well.

- Set some training guidelines. Doing this keeps your puppy from getting confused. Make sure the entire household understands the guidelines too. When formal training is done, lessons are still being taught.

- Be consistent when training boxer puppies. When you are consistent in commands and actions, they end up learning quicker. Always use the same word for the same command. Make sure they follow your command so you know they are learning it.

- Punishing a boxer puppy doesn’t work. Instead use praise and treats. Punishments only backtrack the training.

- When training boxer puppies, keep sessions short. As they get older, then increase the sessions. Look for signs your puppy is no longer interested in learning.

- Remember to stay patient with your puppy because he/she will learn from that.

- Another guideline to follow is to use commands alone and not with sentences. Boxer puppies can be easily confused and are likely not to respond to what you are telling them.

- Your puppy should always respond right away to your commands. There should be no reason for you to repeat it more than once.

Training boxer puppies does take time but it is a very rewarding and wonderful experience for the both of you. Remember if you are calm when training and never get angry, you’ll see your boxer trying to please you.

Don’t forget to chech out the ‘Essential Boxer Dog Training Manual’ for more great tips and info on training your boxer puppy!

Jason

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How To Choose A Boxer Puppy To Buy

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Introduction

The boxer is a German breed which is characterized by stocky build, square muzzle and powerful jaws. The Boxer is a brachycephalic canine which means their skull is typically short and broad with the breadth being approximately 80% of the length. Boxers are bred from the English Bulldog and the Bullenbeisser and belong to the Molosser group. Brachycephalic dogs are more prone dehydration since they tend to be sensitive to high temperatures. This makes the choice of sleep crate extremely important. In the US, Boxers are the sixth most popular breed with around 34,000 new registrations every year. The boxer is renowned for its faithfulness and unconditional love to his master and the household. The boxer pup is friendly and bright when at play and equally brave and determined when provoked.

Traits to look for

People are generally advised to let a puppy choose you rather than you choosing you. This usually results in you picking the one that comes jumping to you at the pet store. These are bold and energetic ones while the gentle ones politely wait in back. Unfortunately, the hyper energetic puppies are the ones which are the most difficult to take care of. Sure they can be fun to be with for an hour or two at the breeder’s, but they will drive you insane if you have to live them 24/7. Take a good look at the litter as a whole, if two out of the three puppies are maddeningly running and woofing around then you can safely conclude that your visit is over.

Don’t let the breeder shrug off the timid nature of the puppies with an “Oh they just don’t have been handled much” assurance. If they haven’t been handled much then the breeder has been ignorant or plain lazy and you don’t want to take a puppy from an ignorant or lethargic breeder, chances are he might have messed up on more. Avoid boxer pups who shrink away from you and tuck their tails, no matter how hard you try they are not going to come out of their shells. Shy boxer pups grow up into shy dogs that have a tendency to snap defensively if anyone startles them. Normally boxer pups are a curious and trusty lot and mill around your legs, tugging at your shoelace and crawling into your lap. Look for a boxer pup which is neither bossy nor too timid, one which doesn’t growl nor bite but joins in and holds it’s own.

Looks

The boxer is basically a head breed and consequently the correctness of the skull is imperative to the dog’s look. The muzzle of the pup should be deep and broad; a bump above the nose is an indication of a good stop. A boxer with too shallow a stop will appear spoonfaced and unsymmetrical. The beauty of a boxer puppy is a fawn with the signature white marking not covering not more than one-third of the body. The full white boxer pups are more prone to deafness and blindness and are not allowed to be sold for breeding.

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Feeding A Boxer Puppy During Growth And Beyond

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Typically by the time an owner brings home a puppy they should have already been started on a premium, high quality kibble. Dry food is always recommended over wet or semi-moist foods for several reasons. Dry food is better for the Boxers digestive system, is more nutritionally balanced, and is also important in dental care as the food scrapes the plaque and tartar build up off the teeth and gums while the dog is chewing. Canned or semi-moist foods must be fed in very high quantities to match the nutritional needs of the Boxer plus they can contribute to digestive problems, allergic reactions to the preservatives as well as other nutritional imbalances.

WHAT TYPES OF FOODS ARE BEST?

Many Boxer breeders feed a BARF diet or Bones and Raw Foods diet. This is a good alternative although it does require additional attention to ensure that the diet is balanced and it will take time for the puppy to adjust. During the change from dry food to BARF diets expect additional flatulence, digestive problems and possibly additional problems with housetraining as the dog’s system adjusts to the difference in food. Some Boxer breeders strongly recommend the BARF diet for the breed, as they believe that is helps many of the digest problems that are common with Boxers. Usually these breeders will have already started the puppy on a BARF diet so there will be no transition problems when he or she arrives at your home.

High quality premium kibble that is designed for active growing puppies is always a good choice. Talk to your vet or breeder about their recommendations, then carefully follow all label information on feeding. The food should contain at least two sources of meat products, not meat by-products, in the first five ingredients on the label and grains should be brown rice or ground grains, not corn or any corn type products.

The first five ingredients should not contain corn or wheat, as these are high in gluten which can be a real problem for the Boxer to digest and can be a cause of food allergies. Dogs do need vegetables in their diet and also enjoy some fruits such as apples, so be sure to provide a variety of foods for the dog; you may be surprised at the vegetables that your dog will enjoy.

Meaty knuckle and joint bones are a great option for a Boxer that is kept outdoors, but they tend to be very messy inside. Always remove the bones when they begin to splinter or become small enough that the dog may swallow them and possibly choke.

WHAT FOODS TO AVOID

Since Boxers are prone to food allergies and digestive upsets, there are several rules that should be put in place immediately upon bringing your Boxer home. The first rule should be absolutely no table scraps at all. Many owners love to give their dog a bite or two or all the leftovers from the human dinner, but this can really cause problems for the Boxer both with regards to food allergies and digestive problems.

In addition Boxers - like any other dogs - can have severe and fatal reactions to different types of foods. Some of the foods that must be strictly avoided in the Boxer’s diet include chocolate, raisins, grapes, raw fish, large quantities of raw eggs, onions and garlic, gluten containing items such as breads or pastas, corn products, macadamia nuts, any type of yeast dough that is uncooked, tomatoes or any type of alcohol or tobacco products. Any foods with high amounts of sugars or caffeine should also be avoided. Artificial sweeteners or candies or sodas with artificial sweeteners should be stored well out of the reach of the dog or puppy.

HOW MUCH TO FEED

Between the ages of eight and sixteen weeks the Boxer puppy should have at least three small meals a day and ideally spreading this out to four meals can help the puppy and reduce hunger and gulping food. Feeding is done by weight of the puppy or by age, and depending on the type, brand and preparation of the food that you are feeding the actual amount will vary.

;Follow the manufacturers suggested feeding schedule that should be clearly provided on the side panel or the back panel of the dog food. Do not overfeed a puppy or feed too high of a carb or protein diet as this can affect bone growth and development and lead to both short and long term health problems.

After 16 weeks of age the Boxer can drop down to morning and evening feedings. Always feed at least one hour before any strenuous exercise and avoid feeding just before bed, as there is a greater risk for accidents in the house with this type of schedule. In some cases Boxers may be provided free choice food after they are fully matured, but this will only work if you are feeding dry food and if the dog will control food intake. In houses with multiple dogs free choice feeding can be a problem if one dog “guards” the food and prevents the other dogs from accessing it.

With their high energy and activity level adult Boxers are not prone to obesity problems; however it is important to monitor their weight and adjust their food intake accordingly. Any dramatic changes in weight, eating patterns or energy level should be checked by a vet immediately, as these are key indicators of several metabolic health conditions that can be problematic for a Boxer.

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