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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9 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?
    Thanks!!

    • 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

  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.

  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?

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