Stop Boxer Dog Aggression

Stop Boxer Dog Aggression

Aggression in boxer dogs is a common type of behavior mostly seen in untrained dogs of misinformed owners. This type of behavior is a long foreseen manifestation that, if not picked up by the owner and corrected, could turn ugly. Rarely does aggression in boxer dogs just burst out of nowhere without showing some of the many signs that each owner should be aware of. It’s vital for all boxer puppy owners to eliminate any potential for aggression or dominance long before it occurs. Failure to do so can result in a dominant, aggressive, and a very disobedient dog that will take months to correct.

Early Signs of Dominant Behavior

Aggression is a result of dominance and are closely linked together. What may seem to be just “normal dog behavior”, such as your dog giving you a little growl when you push your puppy off the furniture, is in fact a sign of aggression that you need to look out for.

The following are just some of the early signs of aggression you need to look out for:

The food bowl aggression – Have you ever noticed that your puppy is protective of his food bowl? In an attempt to add more food or take the food bowl away your dog may growl, clearly showing you he’s the boss of it.

Constantly begging for food – By instinct, pack members know that the alpha eats first. If your dog is begging for food, he may view himself as the alpha, thinking he reserves the right to eat first.

Rough playing can often mean that your puppy is becoming dominant. If, during play, your puppy exhibits growling, yelping, and other forms of sounds, it could mean that the puppy has a dominant issue and is not willing to submit to you.

Pulling on leash – In the wild the pack leader walks first and all other pack members follow. Although the majority of the time your puppy is pulling on the leash because he is excited, your mistake is letting him do it, which is why at some point he will develop dominance, assuming that he is the pack leader (since you’re the one that follows HIM!).

boxer dog agressionIf your boxer puppy is protective of his toys this could just as well be early signs of dominance that you should watch out for. Remember, never let your boxer puppy have all the toys at once (so he doesn’t get bored and doesn’t become dominant over them). Rotate them every few days and make sure to praise him for giving them back.

A clear definite point that your boxer developed dominance is when you’re giving him commands that he already knows yet he refuses to carry them out. Small amounts of aggression will become visible and will soon enough turn into violent responses for simple things like making him get off the couch.

What to Do About It

There are many ways to deal with boxer dog aggression and it also depends on the intensity. The bottom line is that if your puppy shows aggression then he thinks he’s the alpha dog. In this situation you have to make him understand that you’re in charge and that you’re not going to take it from him.

It’s important to be careful with an overtly aggressive dog and hire a professional dog trainer in extreme situations. However, in most situations, the owner is capable of solving dominance and aggression problems without hiring a dog trainer.

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25 Responses to “Stop Boxer Dog Aggression”

  1. susan says:

    How do you train him not to attack the old dog that that constantly growls at him?
    old dog 13. boxer 2 yrs.

    • Amy says:

      Hey Susan,

      Since it’s not your boxer that is actually starting the initial aggression, I would have to say that you have to work with the older dog first to stop the growling.

  2. Brian says:

    My boxer is a 13 week old pup, who has a tendency to bark quite a bit when we are just hanging around the house. When someone stands up after sitting and listening to the dog bark, she’ll run around the house a bit and go to another spot, put her paws and her face down and keep her butt in the air. Is she just telling us she wants to play? Or is she being agressive?

    • Amy says:

      It definitely sounds like she thinks you guys are playing with her. So it doesn’t sound like you have an aggression problem, but the constant barking could become a little troublesome once she is older.

  3. Kali Cue says:

    Hey!I have a boxer named Dani,and Dani just wont mind..she barks at nebours and wont mind.HELP!!!
    (she is 1,we try going to doggy class,and she nipps at teachers!)

  4. delessa says:

    i have a 8 month old female boxer and she has grown up at the dog park. she is social and is great with kids and people but does domanice play with dogs at the part that are either little dogs or submissive dogs ppinning the barking and growling..she has also done this to a few neighbor dogs that got loose. we dont know what to do we love her but we are not sure on how to fix this problem

    • Beckham says:

      I know this was years ago that you posted but I’m having the same problem with my 7 month old boxer. Shes great with people and children but after taking her to dog park since 4 months shes all of the sudden showing dominance, The last two times I’ve brought her. Do you have any advice? thanks

  5. thumper says:

    I have a newly adopted female boxer, 3 yrs old. She came from avery loving family. She’s done very well with us, other than maybe some seperation anxiety. We visited friends who have a male yellow lab, recently. The dogs got along and played together fine for close to 6 hours. At the end of the evening, a fight broke out. We’re not sure what happened, but our Boxer was being very aggressive toward the lab all of the sudden. We ended up leaving as she would not stop, and even attacked the lab a second time. Not sure why this happened, but now we’re a little apprehensive of trying it again. Now she is just kinda moping about the house and seems sad…………

  6. Priscilla says:

    We just got an 18 month old boxer from a lady who couldn’t care for her anymore. As far as we know her first owner left her in an abandoned house, the 2nd owner found her and bred her, she was then given to the 3rd owner and they didn’t want her anymore because she would chew too much, so we took her from them. We also have a 12 year old italian greyhound and the boxer is showing a lot of food aggression towards our other dog. The boxer, Roxy will block the door where the dog food bowls are and if my other dog comes near the door, Roxy will growl. We were feeding the dogs tonight and my older dog finished her food and all she did was walk past Roxy and Roxy attacked her. It took all of my husband’s strength to get her off of our other dog. We are afraid that Roxy is going to kill our older dog. We do not have the money to hire a trainer. Is there anything we can do? If not then we may have to try to find her a new home, somewhere without other dogs.

    • kathy says:

      Hi my heart goes out to you. I have always had
      Boxers. I now have one who is 15 months old. Your boxer has had such a bad start. they are so loyal. Try to stick with it. Im sure it will all turn good.

    • Jo Ellen Williams says:

      I have an aggressive male. Love him to death. We stay aware of his aggression and keep him away from other dogs and only introduce him when he is at our house. For some reason the trainer figured that out – to socialize him there. Certain things like fences with dogs behind them set him off. We have two other dogs and everyone eats at the same time when I tell them they can eat and when Reggie (boxer) is done, he has to go to his bed because he is a terd and will try to take the other dogs food. Remember, with a strong willed dog, nothing is free. We just anticipate him and his tendencies and control everything, or else he will try to bully the rest of the dogs.

  7. bowen says:

    I am planning to have a third dog to the household (I already have an adorable pair of bassets). My concern might be that the pup might develop the alpha male personality as his/her playmates would be two docile and gentle basset hounds. Would the gentleness of my basset hounds contribute to the development of the alpha male personality in the boxer pup?

  8. Armando Pantoja says:

    i just got a beautiful puppy he’s 10 weeks old, he seems little anxious or sad, I’m not sure if he misses his dog family. at times he’s playful and other’s he seems little aggressive, he does not like the leash much he walks for short periods of time, I don’t know how to get him used to the leash without forcing him to walk with the leash

  9. rhonda says:

    we just got a boxer male 2 years old from the shelter. he is fine with us very loving, but when a stranger (or neighbor) comes close his hair raises and he growls he was changed to a tree at his other home not here, inside dog he adapted well. any suggestions how to break this aggression

    • Jen says:

      We just adopted a boxer and we are in the same situation as your where in. what did you do about it now being almost a year later. thanks!

  10. Amanda Proffitt says:

    My boxer just turned 5, when we are walking him in public and around other dogs he is fine. However, we have a hard time with him when people come visit. He growls barks and snaps. He has never bit anyone, but, we are afraid he will. He is otherwise very loving with the family, and well behaved. The only problem we have is his aggression towards people entering the house.

  11. Roy cox says:

    I have a boxer he’s 6 years old and my landlord has a older lab and he tries to play rough or a playful growl and she thinks he’s gonna attack him how do I go about getting them to like each other.

  12. Jay Garmon says:

    My wife and I adopted a 3 yr OLD male and his 5yr old mother boxer, things are great for me and the dogs but for my wife every time she leaves the house or comes home the male boxer is very aggressive with my wife and even nips at her, what can she/we do to stop this behaviour?

  13. McKani says:

    I have a 2-3 year old boxer we were told when we got him from are local shelter that he came from a bad home were he was neglected at first (we’ve had him for about 2 weeks) he was very sweet and loving, but we are watching a relatives dog (medium size beagle mix) and out of no where he has been attacking her ( standing over top of her, nipping at her ( he draw blood from her ear once) and growling) we don’t think its because it’s because of food because it only happened twice around food ( it’s happened a total of 5 times) but we don’t know what to do and how to get him to understand that he can’t do that because we’ve tried everything. We are call our shelter to see if they have any tips but if this does not stop we are going to give him back to the shelter because he need to be able to be with my relatives dog or we can’t keep him. How do we stop him from acting out I really don’t want to give him back?

  14. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I have a 2 year old female boxer, about when she turned 2 she started attacking the other dogs in our household, she just had a litter of puppies, but before she had them she would attack my other dogs more and more often. She just jumps on them randomly just for simply walking by her. What should I do to stop this? She stays in a kennel now with her puppies most of the time, but wants out and seems ok for a minute and then attacks a dog again. I don’t know what to do to help this and I feel bad leaving her in the kennel all the time. What can I do? She’s going to end up killing one of the old dogs one day 🙁 any suggestions?

  15. Kacie says:

    I have 2 three year old boxers both females. They have been together for 3 years. One is deaf. In the past 3 days they have fought pretty bad, I have got bit trying to break them up. This is the first time they have done this. Any suggestions on why or how to stop this from happening. They have always been loving to one another, they sleep together, play together. Neither has ever shown signs of aggression before.

  16. Iain trotter says:

    Hi, my boxer puppy was 9 weeks old yesterday
    And towards my girlfriend and mother when playing
    He starts lunging at them barking and growling.
    I play fight with him all the time he tries to grab my hand
    Etc but he now tries to do this with everyone even
    When they are just clapping him, is this normal
    And how do I calm him down and stop this? He doesn’t
    Bark at me only them.

  17. stephanie says:

    Hi, I got a male boxer puppie (around 2.5 months old) from the refuge. He was thrown out of the car and was abonded in the street and then the refuge people rescued him. I adopted him a few days ago and sometimes he is very sweet and calm and loving but the rest of the time he is very aggressive with me. He bites me a lot. He jumps on me and he bites. I give him chewable toys but he prefers my hands and legs and feet. His teet are very sharp. I firmly say “No” to him but because I am a bit afraid and feel sorry for him my friends tell me that I do not convince him that I am the leader. I do not know what else to do. Other times when he bites I just carry him to another room and close the door and leave him there until he calms down but neither this stops him. What can I do? He only attacks me, not my visiting friends

  18. lori says:

    Hi I have a male boxer just turned 2 he was snapped at a few times in training by a small dog and then he attacked a small dog in the street after the owner tried to pick there dog up out his way he’s well behave otherwise but now doesn’t get on with other dogs how can I help him so he can play with other dogs instead of try to eat them this behaviour only started at around 18 month and the trainer offered no advice but instead wanted a one on one training plan at a pricey cost but could offer no advice before hand so decided she wouldn’t be the best option

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