Boxer dogs are popular family pets. They have fun, spirited personalities, are good with children and enjoy being around people. Boxers are also working dogs, which means they require regular activity and stimulation. They prefer to be around people most of the day if possible. If left alone too regularly they can develop destructive habits to entertain themselves and will be full of energy that is difficult to control when someone finally does come home. A boxer's owner or family must be willing to put in the time and energy necessary to train and exercise their dog.
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Start obedience training as early as possible. Boxer puppies should learn early to sit, especially when someone comes to your front door and when you come home. Boxers love people and can get excited in their greeting. They might jump up on people or rush at them. Control your own excitement at being welcomed home by your boxer by not reacting to its initial excitement. Pet it once you are inside the house and it is sitting. Train them to sit while waiting for their meals. Obedience training will also help to establish you as the dog's pack leader. This is important as boxer's have strong personalities and are quite independent. Owners need to be seen as the leader in the home as early as possible in order to better control a boxer's jovial personality.
Take your boxer on a daily walk. Whether you are home with your boxer all day or have to leave it alone for several hours, it is important for a boxer to get regular daily exercise. If your boxer seems to have too much energy and is difficult to calm down it is likely the dog is not getting enough exercise and attention during the day. Make time in your routine to include a walk, a romp at the park or play time in the backyard. If you have children, take family walks as boxers love to be with children.
Keep your boxer inside your home. Boxers do not make good backyard dogs and should not sleep outside in dog houses. Their need for constant human interaction means your boxer should spend evenings with the family. Many boxers are content to nap while the family watches a movie or kids finish homework. The dog simply wants to be around its people. Boxers who are regulated to the outdoors or who are not permitted to spend time with the family will be difficult to control and manage.
Tips and warnings
- If you have to leave your boxer alone for long periods of time consider hiring a dog walker to spend time with your dog in your absence. This will help your boxer to expend some of its energy before you get home and provides it with human companionship during the day.
- Boxers tend to stay puppy-like until they are 3 to 4 years old. Their temperament will then usually calm down noticeably. However, they will still require regular activity.
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