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3 Tips to Training Your Boxer Dog

There are several techniques used to train dogs in general. However, it is always best to choose a combination of  training methods to ensure that your dog is receiving the best training. Training can start when a boxer is as young as five weeks old. Early age training is essential for every dog, especially the one that belongs to a bigger breed like the boxer.

boxer puppy training

Clicker Training

This is one of the most effective training techniques for a boxer in which you get to mark your dog’s good behavior using a clicker. Clicker is a small device which makes a short and clear clicking sound. This sound acts as a way of communication between you and the dog. So, whenever your dog shows good conduct or performs a desirable action, you click on the button and offer your dog a treat. This training method is a branch of positive reinforcement training, which is thought to be the most effective training methods for dogs.

Positive Reinforcement Training

If you think training your boxer with aggression will turn it into a well-behaved dog, then you are sadly mistaken. Dogs in general don’t like being scolded. Therefore, it is best to train them with love and compassion. The positive reinforcement technique involves lots of treats and praises for the dog. Whenever your dog follows your command, you praise it or offer a treat to mark its good behavior. By repeating this training technique and encouraging your boxer, you can train it to perform desirable actions.

 boxer dog training

Corrective Training

Before we go any further, let’s talk about what Corrective Training is not. Corrective Training is not:

  • hitting your dog
  • kicking your dog
  • screaming at your dog
  • any other physical or mental attack on your dog

The point I’m trying to make here is that Corrective Training should never be painful physically or mentally. The only thing you are doing when you hurt your dog, is that you’re teaching him that he can’t trust you.

Corrective Training is showing your dog that their behaviour is not acceptable by using the tone of your voice (again, not screaming or yelling) or by tactile cues.

For example, my Boxer Buddy is extremely scent driven. So much so, that at times, he goes off in his own little “Sniff World” and completely forgets about me or anything around him. We live near a heavily populated area with lots of vehicle traffic so this can cause a bit of concern. I wouldn’t want him following a scent out into traffic and risk him getting injured or worse.

So when he enters “Sniff World,” I follow this progression to regain his attention:

  1. Call his name in normal tone
  2. Call his name with a deeper, longer tone – this would be as if I was trying to sound more authoritative.
  3. Close the distance between us by walking towards him and call his name with a snarled tone – imagine making yourself sound like a lion. This is usually where he snaps out of “Sniff World.” You see when his head snaps back around, his ears tilt back and he looks at you as if to say, “Oh yeah! Sorry!”
  4. If I still can’t get his attention and I have walked right up to him, I’ll take my hand, make a shape as if I’m holding a baseball with my fingers pointing outwards, and calmly but firmly place it just in front of his back hip. Again, as stated above, this is NOT a striking motion. This is more of a tap on the shoulder type of movement to gain your dogs attention.

The idea behind this type of training is to make your dog understand that its undesired behaviour is not acceptable.

Boxer dogs are extremely intelligent and smart. If trained properly, consistently, and patiently, these dogs can turn out to be the most loyal pets.

Boxer Training

3 Tips to Handle Aggression Problems of Your Boxer Dog

There are certain breeds of dogs that tend to show aggression problems including the boxer. These dogs are lovable but can become quite troubling if handled the wrong way. An aggressive boxer can be extremely challenging to handle and to be honest very dangerous. Boxers are muscular dogs with a broad head and a strong built. It is not funny to see such a dog charging right at you. Therefore, you need to know the tricks to avoid such behavioral problems in boxers. To put a stop to a boxer’s aggression, you need to work more on yourself than your dog.

boxer dog on leash

Train Your Dog to be Sociable

A boxer dog’s natural instinctual behavior is to be strong, powerful, and the leader of the pack. Therefore, if you did not socialize the dog as a puppy, then there is a high chance that it can start to show signs of aggression.

Boxer dogs need socialization training starting at a very young age. They are naturally friendly, so if they are introduced to other people and pets as puppies, you are increasing the odds that they will turn out to be the friendliest pets.

Practice Focused Attention Exercise

Boxer dogs show aggression mostly when they feel threatened by something. However, if you establish yourself as the leader and a trustable figure, the dog will not bark or bite at strangers or other dogs that pass by it. A great way to establish a bond of trust with the dog is to use the focused attention exercise method.

In this training method, you will need to take your dog in a safe place where it cannot harm anyone. You will also need to take lots of treats with you but make sure the treats are hidden from the dog. This training method makes use of treats, verbal commands, and eye-contact.

First, you will need to call your dog’s name and quickly turn around. It is okay to use other voice commands. Now, if your dog looks at you or follows you, you take out a treat to praise its action. However, make sure that you make eye contact with the dog before giving it the treat.

After one successful attempt, you will need to repeat the same practice several times until your dog learns to stay focused at you at your command. Once the dog has learned the exercise, you will need to continue it in other places with more distractions. This way, your dog will learn to respond to you every time you call its name, which will be helpful in controlling its aggression. However, using a muzzle or a head halter is a great way to ensure everyone’s safety.

Use a Muzzle

When a boxer is barking and growling at a stranger, it doesn’t mean that it wants to harm them. Boxers tend to hide their fear behind aggression. Therefore, if your dog is showing aggression to a stranger, it might be feeling threatened. However, it may not safe to leave an aggressive boxer free. You can make use of a muzzle to keep everyone around the dog safe. Muzzles are extremely useful in controlling the boxers that bite when angry. Just be sure that when buying a muzzle, you need to make sure that it is a perfect fit for your dog’s mouth. If the muzzle does not fit properly, it can injure your boxer.

If your boxer is being aggressive to strangers and pets, then you need to adopt intense training techniques or, hire a professional to let it know that the behavior is not appreciated. You can also make use of a leash or a collar to control the dog’s aggression. In the end, it all depends on the way you train your boxer.