If you are serious about training your Boxer puppy, and you should be, then basic training should begin the first week when your puppy is home. Boxer puppy training is easier than most other breeds as Boxers naturally are willing and positive reinforcement works wonders for them.
It is important that have all the necessary equipment such as a crate, food and water bowls, collar, leash and toys. You should also sit down with your family and decide on a training routine that is consistent and to also set out rules and responsibilities for each member.
First week of Boxer Puppy Training
The first week is very crucial for Boxer puppy training and development. It’s also the hardest! Take this scenario for example. You bring your puppy home and you and your family decide that he will be sleeping in his own bed or crate. You go by the rules for a few days and your puppy finally stops whining all night. One day you decide that you want her to sleep in your bed, just for the night. When you wake up you find that she has peed all over your bed. The next day you make the puppy sleep in her own bed again but she is not too happy and whines all night again!
This is not what your puppy needs during the first week at home with you. Remember that your puppy has just been taken away from mom and all its litter mates. The puppy needs a set of rules and routines to feel secure.
You should begin by setting up a small area for the next couple of months. This will be an area that the puppy can call her own. Place paper towels or newspapers all over the floor and also place her food and water bowls beside her bed in one corner.
First few months of Boxer Puppy Training
For the first few months, don’t lavish your puppy with too much attention and activity. When you play with her, play quietly and gently. If you notice that your puppy wants to nap, let her do so as puppies do need a lot of sleep. Routine is very important for a puppy and you need to get your puppy on the right start from the first few weeks she is with you. For example, if she is going to left alone for a while during the day, you need to get her accustomed to this now. If you want her to sleep in her crate later on, resist the urge to take her out of her crate if she whines and cries while in the crate now.
If your puppy does something wrong, don’t let her get away with it just because she is a puppy. It is important that you show her what kind of behavior is desirable immediately as to not confuse her later on when you suddenly want her to stop something that you let her get away with in the past.
Never use physical punishment as a source of training. A puppy doesn’t intentionally misbehave. They just do what comes naturally to them. For a young puppy this means exploring everything with her mouth and it is up to you to teach her not to. You can do this by providing her with a variety of toys that are fun and exciting. Show her how happy you are when she chews on them and not your other belongings.
If you catch your puppy chewing on you shoes or furniture, give a stern “OFF” command and show her to one of her toys. Encourage her to play with the toy and ones she does show her how happy you are by praising her. It is important to note that you can not correct a behavior if you don’t catch your puppy in the act. So if you don’t see your puppy chewing on you furniture and then later on you discover that it has been chewed up, you will have to let it go this time as anything you do to try to correct this will only confuse your puppy.
While your puppy does need to go outside for bathroom purposes, you should not take your puppy outside for a walk in the park until she is fully vaccinated. Young puppies can catch a variety of canine diseases so speak with you vet and make sure it’s OK for you to take her outside.
Boxer Puppy Training, New Born Puppy Care and Nail Clipping
If you don’t get your Boxer puppy used to nail clipping at an early stage, this will become very difficult as they age. Older dogs that were not trained this way do not like getting their nails clipped and it can become a struggle and even take two people to get it done.
One of the most important tips of Boxer puppy training, that many dog owners forget is getting them used to nail clipping. Start clipping your puppy’s nails nails as soon as you get them and be sure to never over cut, you don’t want them to see it as a painful process and it doesn’t have to be if done right. If your puppy’s nails are white, nail cutting is much easier as you just concentrate on the white tip and never the pink. Black nail cutting is harder as nerve endings are not easily seen so it is wise to just cut close to the tip.
Finally you need to start thinking about socialization. If you want your puppy to be a well rounded adult, she will need to be socialized with different people and other animals at an early age. This will prevent a puppy from becoming too shy or aggressive with strangers later on. She is especially important for larger dogs. Consider enrolling her in puppy socialization classes as this will give her the opportunity to get accustomed to strange environments.
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