The Boxer breed is a fantastic dog that often has a mistaken perception as being a fussy and slightly skittish animal. In fact this is far from the truth, by nature they need a great amount of attention and love and without this they become skittish. Indeed, if you lead a very active lifestyle that means you will have to spend a lot of time away from the home then you are probably wise not to get a Boxer dog.
With that said, here are some facts and figures about the Boxer breed and how you may go about obedience training one. First it will cover picking the right puppy. It pays to do a bit of research before you select a puppy. It is often suggested that you view the puppies parents before selecting one from a litter. This will give you an idea on the temperament of the animals and what you can expect the puppy to turn out like. It is also a good idea to find a boxer from a non commercial breeder who does it for the love of it rather than to make money.
This means the dogs are likely to be well cared for and be more sociable. The American Kennel Club claims that the Boxer is one of the most popular breeds to own currently in America. They are a large to medium sized dog that have an endless supply of energy and are naturally curious of the world around them and intelligent.
They will be more costly than a smaller dog and require more space to keep happy. You should factor in greater expenses for food, dog treats and toys. However they are short haired dogs so grooming will be straightforward and simple.
They seem to have an aversion to water too so bath time will be fun. Boxers are noted for being very social animals. They love living in a family unit and crave attention and affection. You should strive to keep them active and busy. Left alone they will become bored and lonely.
This can lead to bad behavioral habits and quite destructive tendencies. A Boxer needs room to move. It is not wise to keep such a breed in an apartment. It should have a back yard where it can move around and keep itself busy.
You can also hide treats in the yard so that it will hunt around and keep busy. Plenty of toys will also keep it busy. They love to play and toys appeal to that part of their nature. Over exuberance may make your pet hard to train for obedience.
It is hard to keep the Boxer focused so positive reinforcement training is seen as the best method for obedience training because you demand the dog's attention each time and keep it focused. You should begin the training as soon as possible, preferably when they are puppies. This includes socializing them with other family members so that they know their status within the family. A well adjusted dog is more content and will respond better to obedience training. Given their exuberant nature you may want to limit the distractions when obedience training your pet. This means they may not be best suited to group obedience training classes where distractions abound.
Whilst it might seem like a big task obedience training your Boxer dog, it is certainly worth the effort. They are an intelligent animal that will respond well to the proper obedience training and develop a stronger bond with their owner throughout the training.
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