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Boxer Dog Training

The boxer is a breed of dog that was developed in Germany in the late 19th century.

It was developed by crossing the Bullenbeisser, a Mastiff breed that is now extinct, with the English Bulldog. Boxers are medium-sized, stocky dogs with short, broad skulls, a square muzzle, and powerful jaws. Another distinctive feature of the boxer is the underbite.

Boxers are short-haired dogs, and their coats are usually fawn or brindle, sometimes with white markings. This breed is today among the most popular across the world, especially in the US, but training a boxer dog is a concern for many people considering the breed.

Boxers are powerful and energetic dogs, but they are usually at the same time rather calm and mild-natured.

They also tend to be highly intelligent, and have a reputation for being strong-willed. The combination of these two traits can make them more difficult to train, but it can of course also make the training and the entire relationship more rewarding. The school of training known as positive reinforcement works best on boxers, and has in fact been widely accepted today as the best method to train any animal, from a dog to a killer whale.

Positive dog training methods are essentially reward-based. The dog is encouraged to understand and think, and is rewarded when it responds correctly. Desired dog behavior is rewarded with food, toys, and/or praise, and undesirable behavior is either ignored or corrected. Punishment is considered harmful and counterproductive, and is in fact entirely unnecessary, as the focus is on building a good relationship between pet and owner, so that the dog willingly does what is asked of it. By using such techniques, boxer dog obedience training can show highly impressive results.

As with any other breed, socialization is an important part of the training process. It is important that you introduce your boxer to as many creatures and experiences as possible in the initial months. Puppies that meet other dogs, puppies, and people, and have experienced a variety of sounds, smells, shapes, and places rarely grow up to have issues with nervousness or aggression. With powerful dogs such as the boxer, it is particularly important to avoid any such problems, as the dog could be difficult to control. There are numerous resources available both online and in bookstores that can provide you with boxer dog training tips, and you can ask your veterinarian to recommend a few.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010