Effective training is an essential part of responsible Boxer ownership. Living with a well trained Boxer will be a joy; but living with an untrained dog can be a thankless and frustrating task. Training a Boxer starts from day one, and the quicker you lay down the ground rules the better.
Without good training your new puppy will not understand how to please you, and will struggle to know what is expected of him. It is typical for dogs to revert to their canine instincts in uncertainty, because they know no better. Developing a good bond early on is very important, and the tips below will give you a good foundation to build on.
Step by step success
You should make it easy for your Boxer puppy to achieve the goals you set for him, and develop the skills and behavioral traits you are trying to teach him. Take things one at a time and allow him to accomplish each one before moving onto the next. The dog will gain more enthusiasm as he pleases you by completing each task you set for him, and you risk confusion if you try to overload him with too many objectives all at once.
A consistent training method
Training a Boxer is much more effective if you choose one particular method, and stick to it. Implement your training method as soon as you bring the puppy home and always stick to the same philosophy; it will stop your dog from becoming confused, and help them to learn gradually.
Switching between different training methods is not good for a puppy’s development; he may become confused by the change in what is expected if him, and this can lead to behavioural problems. Some owners become frustrated with their dogs if they appear to lose previously learnt skills, but often the problem actually lies in the change in training methods.
Some dogs take to training immediately, while others are slow learners and seem to pick up skills much slower. Training a Boxer is not an exact science, every dog is different and as an owner you must show plenty of patience and allow your puppy to develop at his own pace.
If you find you are starting to get frustrated by the dogs lack of response or failure to pick up new skills, don’t let the dog know this. You will create anxiety which will often lead to even poorer performance. It is better to cut short your training than to become angry with the dog, or show any negative emotion.
Selecting a good training guide is also important; you should look for one that is specific to training a Boxer, and that has tried and tested methods used to train Boxer puppies in the past. Ultimately the training of your puppy is pivotal to the development and behavior of your dog in the future.