If you obtained your boxer puppy at an early age, chances are you were a victim of his or her sharp little puppy teeth. It’s true; nearly everyone who comes in contact with boxer puppies has suffered from the fierce, yet adorable, puppy attacks. I constantly get emails asking me “Why does my boxer puppy always bite me?” or “How do I stop my boxer puppy from biting me?!” Boxer puppies are exceptionally cute but their constant biting and chewing can be a bit annoying. Lucky for you, there is a solution to this somewhat annoying behavior.
Just like with all dog training, identifying the source of the problem is the first step to a successful training of your dog from the biting little monster into a well behaved puppy. Boxer puppies have only one way to touch and feel things for themselves, and that is with their teeth. They don’t have two hands to pick up an object to figure out what it is. They can only pick it up with their mouths. Your new pants or those colorful socks look interesting to the little creatures so they latch on to them, biting you in the process.
I know what you are thinking right now but no, wearing same old boring socks everyday won’t end the biting spree. Biting is also a way that boxer pups play among themselves. So when you are bitten, it’s their way of saying “Tag you are it! Come play with me now!” To them biting is fun and playful and they do not see anything wrong with biting one another. Of course that is not how people play games with each other and since your puppy now lives with you, you have to get your boxer puppy to stop biting and play by your rules.
So now that we’ve identified the two major reasons behind the constant biting we can put a stop to it. Since you are the pack leader it is your responsibility to teach your boxer puppy that biting you or other people is not allowed, no matter how harmless it may seem.
The easiest way to do this is to give your boxer puppy something else to bite besides your feet and hands. So next time your puppy decides to bite you, simply stop him and give him a proper chewing toy instead.
With all the available chew toys for dogs, it’s hard to find which one would be the best for your boxer puppy. The best way to find out which your boxer will like to bite and chew on more is to buy several and see which one he or she plays with most. Rubbers toys like rubber balls or rubber bones are good to play with, and since they are made of more durable material they are much harder for your boxer puppy to destroy with his or her sharp teeth. You can also use these toys for other games, like fetch, whenever you want to play with your puppy.
There are other great toys to keep your puppies teeth off of you and have him busy for a while. For example, get the puppy a toy with a treat inside. The treat will have the boxer’s full attention and you won’t have to worry about the boxer biting your hands or feet. However, some of these toys do have a downside. Most of them make it too easy for the puppy to get the treat out and once he gotten the treat, he completely loses interest in it. You can always place a new treat inside the toy but giving your dog too many during the day is not recommended as it can seriously damage his diet. These toys are great to stop your boxer from biting you but use them in moderation.
Other great toys which are perfect for chewing and biting are rope toys. They fit perfectly in the puppy’s mouth and are usually tough so they can last a while before you need to buy a new one. However, as tempting as it might be, try to avoid playing “tug of war” with the boxer puppy. Harsh and violent games like the one mentioned above can lead to more biting. Any games that promote aggression tells the boxer puppy that it’s ok to fight and bite. If you don’t want your puppy biting you, play more peaceful games, like fetch.
You should also avoid toys that look like shoes or other household items which the boxer is not allowed to chew or bite on. If you want the boxer puppy to stop chewing on your shoes, don’t buy him a rubber toy which looks like one, because he will not be able to tell the different between the one that is okay to chew on and the one that is not.