Housebreaking a Boxer

Housebreaking a Boxer

No owner wants their boxer pooping and peeing indoors so house-training is usually the top priority when it comes to boxer training.

A lot of people get frustrated with their dogs when they go potty inside the house and take their frustration out on their dogs. This is a big mistake because you can’t expect a puppy to know that going to the bathroom indoors your apartment is inappropriate.

The dog has never learned that going outside is the right thing to do and peeing indoors is wrong.

Don’t Give Him a Chance to Pee Indoors

This one can be a tough one considering the fact that young puppies can’t ‘hold it in’ for as long as an adult boxer can, but you have to make sure your puppy doesn’t get a chance to pee indoors.

You don’t want him getting used to going to the bathroom on your favorite carpet, instead you want him to think that the only place he can go potty is in your backyard (or on your neighbors front lawn if keeps parking his car in front of your driveway and blocking you off every morning)!!

If you catch your boxer peeing inside, don’t just stand and watch him go. If he notices that you are just watching him do it he will think you condone such behavior. That is the complete opposite of what you want him to think.

If your puppy is still young and you can pick him up, grab him and carry him outside to finish. I know it’s a bigger mess for you to clean up but at least your puppy will learn that going potty inside is NOT something you will let him do.

However if you have an adult boxer dog that likes to go potty inside, picking him up and carrying him outside is probably not a viable option. So you have to drag him outside.

Whatever you do, make sure you don’t just stand and watch. This will just reinforce the habit further and will make it more difficult to get rid of.

Never Punish Your Dog For an Accident

You should never punish your boxer pup for soiling your carpet, especially if you didn’t catch him in the act. Dogs don’t have the same recollection of past and present events as humans do and punishing the boxer for something he did hours ago will only confuse him.

Never “rub your dog’s nose in his own urine” or do anything ridicules like that. I can’t recall the exact name of the book that suggested that particular tactic for housebreaking dogs, but that is just plain abuse and I can’t believe people actually suggest doing that!

You should correct your dog when you catch him in the act by bringing him outside, but you should never hit, slap or do anything else as a way to “punish” your dog.

Crate Training Tips

A popular method to housetrain a boxer is to use a crate.

The idea behind crate training is that the puppy won’t want to pee in the same place where he sleeps so he will try to hold it out as long as he possibly can before he goes potty indoors.

This way whenever you need to leave your house, you can put them in the crate until you get back home.

Another positive to crate training a boxer puppy Is that your puppy won’t have the chance to pee on your furniture or carpet. If he does go potty indoors, it will be in the crate which will be much easier for you to clean up.

A problem with crate training is that puppies, especially boxer pups, hate staying still for more than five minutes. So when they are left in a crate for hours, they get bored quick and start barking or chewing on the cage.

A good idea is to leave them some chewable treats or toys in the crate so they have something to do while you are gone.

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6 Responses to “Housebreaking a Boxer”

  1. Tina says:

    I recently got a boxer that is 4 months old. The prior owner said that she was pretty much housetrained. The first few days she seemed to do we do crate her at night and when we are away, but now i will walk her and she will potty and then about ten minutes after she is back in the house, without any warning..she will pee on the carpet. Can anyone give me any advice as to what i can do..i really want to keep her in the house. Thanks

    • Anonymous says:

      We have always had boxers and I have house trained 4 of them. In my experience it really takes at least 6months to house train them sometimes up to a year. Just like potty training with a toddler, it’s takes practice, repitition, and yes expect to have accidents. He will get it though, you need to have patience. Also always remember they often will need to go out after playing or exercising, in the am 1st thing and in the afternoon when you get home and after meals. During training I put up the food and water bowls around 8pm and let them out twice before bed.

  2. Ronda says:

    I have to admit, when someone suggested a bell on the door, we laughed. However, our 7 month old boxer/beagle pup rings those bells every time she needs to go out. Shade has never gone #2 in the house and her #1 accidents came to a stop very quickly. We just hung the bells on the door handle and every time we took her out, we rang them or had her paw at them. Now it is no big deal. She rings them, we let her out. No accidents in my house and we can hear them bells everywhere in the house. Easiest potty training we ever had to do.

  3. Shanda says:

    We have a female boxer who will be 3 this month. She has been having “accidents” in her crate at least twice a week now for two months. She is not squatting acting like she needs to go to the restroom like she would have some type of infection. Any suggestions on how to get this to stop or what might be causing it?

  4. Linda says:

    I have a 4 month old female Boxer. She uses pee pads in the house and she will pee outside, but I cannot get her to poop outside. I can have her outside for a half an hour, she will pee and sniff around. As soon as I bring her in she poops either on on of the pee pads or the hard wood floors. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. One more question, she sits on our older dog all the time. The older dogs growls at her but she will not move until I move her. Is that just get showing her dominance over the older dog? I have never owned a Boxer before. She is a lovable and loves to cuddle. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks from Zuzu’s Mom.

    • Kathy says:

      I’m not sure if you got your answers but I have a 4 month old boxer that sits on our dogs head too. Having a terrible time potty training. I love her to pieces but am extremely frustrated.

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