Boxer Puppy Training

Boxer Puppy Training

So you finally brought home that adorable little rascal that you had your eye on for a while and are looking for some boxer puppy training information.

Well first of all let me congratulate you on your new puppy!

Despite the adorable looks and playful personality, boxer pups can be quite a hassle, especially when they become more confident in their new environment and feel a little more adventures/mischievous.

That’s the stage when they start to get into things they shouldn’t, chew and sharpen their teeth’s on things which are off limits and start to test your authority over them. Don’t worry; this is normal with all boxer puppies. They just need to be pointed in the right direction and the best way to do it is through boxer puppy training.

At What Age Should I Start Training My Puppy?

The truth is there is no right age to start training your boxer puppy. The training starts from the day you bring your puppy home.

Once your puppy first enters the home he will be learning from you what he can and cannot do. Your puppy will start exploring every corner of the house so make sure you correct him whenever he wonders into a room that you don’t want him to visit.

Remember that consistency is key when it comes to boxer puppy training. If you don’t want him to get on the furniture when your boxer pup gets older, then don’t let him do it while he is young. Suddenly changing the rules will only confuse him.

Remember that bad habits don’t form overnight. Start training your boxer puppy good behavior from an early age so when he gets older, he will already know the house rules and how to behave around others.

Training a Boxer Puppy New Tricks

When it comes to training your boxer puppy a new trick, you can start at age of three months. Don’t start off with anything complicated, stick to the basics for now, things like sit and come are good place to start.

For things like fetch, play dead or any other more complicated trick I suggest you wait until four to five months. You should move on to more complex commands only when your puppy grasps the basics commands first.

Training Tip – Keep Things Fun

You must already know that boxers are fun loving dogs even throughout their adulthood, so imagine what puppies are like!

If you make training sessions tedious and boring, your puppy will despise training and will always want to do something else that’s not training related.

Instead you should try to make it as fun for your pup as possible. Cheer him on as he first learns to come to you when called. Reward him with a treat whenever he completes a task.

It’s also a good idea to keep training sessions short. You don’t want tell him to sit 10 times in a row, he will get bored of it and will hate the command. Only make him do it a couple of times and if you see that you are losing his attention then stop the training session and resume at another time.

Keeping training fun and exciting is the best way to get your puppy wanting to learn instead of hating it.

Use Positive Reinforcement

Boxers learn best from positive reinforcement. They do not respond well to punishment or shouting. That kind of training only makes training more difficult and you will end up losing your dog’s trust.

Your goal is to earn your dog’s trust from an early age so he wants to listen to you to make you happy. It’s a lot easier than most people actually realize. The problem is most boxer owners don’t know how to achieve that kind of a relationship with their puppies.


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4 Responses to “Boxer Puppy Training”

  1. Rachel says:

    We just got home with our new brindle boxer puppy! I found this very helpful and we intend to start training Samo right away. Thank you Amy!

  2. Bobo's Mom says:

    We started training Bobo when he was just 4 months old. My husband used to have a dog as a kid so he knew a thing or two about teaching new tricks.

  3. Dana says:

    I have a boxer who will soon be 4 months old. She is not telling us she has to go potty we are just randomly taking her out sometime she goes and sometimes she don’t then we bring her in and she goes in the floor. We had a boxer and we broke her with bells hanging on the door and she broke so easy well this one just wants to play with the bells, so that hasn’t worked. I don’t even know how to start i get so discouraged and flustered because i think she is as confused as i am. help please i am at my wits end. she is in the kennel during the day and has had very few accidents and she has never pooped in the kennel (crate). I don’t know what to to do when we get home…Dana

    • Rhonda says:

      The nature of Boxers as being so playful, does not surprise me that your little one loves to play with the bells. Some things that work well for one, might not be so effective with others. I personally think you are doing the right things. Be consistent in taking your little one out just as soon as you arrive home. when you bring her inside, if she starts to squat, run her back outside. she will eventually get the concept that going inside is not acceptable, and that outside is where she needs to potty. As you already know, Boxers are very smart and want to please their human companions. Just love her, no punishment for going inside, just praise and playful loving when she does the right things outside! Keep faith in your little one – she will learn eventually. Your question and your concern show that you are a dedicated and loving puppy-parent. Keep up the good work and God bless your family.

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