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Boxer Genome Is Best in Show
May 30, 2003

And the winner is…the boxer. This breed has been selected by the US National Human Genome Research Institute for sequencing to begin next month.

Tasha is about to join humans, mice, and fruit flies in the world of sequenced genomes.
Courtesy NHGRI
After considering 60 breeds and 120 different dogs, a committee of NHGRI scientists chose Tasha, a boxer that lives in upstate New York. Unlike a dog show—in which grooming, obedience, and gait are prized—this contest was about genetic variation.
The Genome Institute wanted the dog with the least genetic variation in its genome, because this should make the assembly of the genome sequence easier. Compared to the other dogs, Tasha had the fewest variants.
Most of the biomedical research on dogs has been done on the beagle, but the researchers still chose the boxer.
“There was clearly a case for sequencing the beagle, but we’ve decided to sequence the dog that should give us the best readout and assembly,” says Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, who co-leads the project with Eric S. Lander at the Whitehead/MIT Center for Genome Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The scientists will also analyze regions of the genomes of 10 to 20 other breeds. These regions will be compared to Tasha’s complete genome—and to the human genome—as a way to identify genetic differences that may contribute to diseases in dog and man.
“We should know exactly what a boxer genome looks like and have a good sense of what other breeds look like too,” says Lindblad-Toh. Sequencing and assembly should take about a year.
In a separate effort, the Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) and Celera Genomics, both in Rockville, Maryland, have sequenced the genome of a standard poodle named Shadow.
Last September, the US National Human Genome Research Institute announced that the dog was a high-priority for sequencing, along with other animals such as the chicken and the chimp.
Tasha will follow on the heels of the chimp, whose genome sequencing should be completed in the next few weeks by the Whitehead Institute and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. The Whitehead Institute is also sequencing the genomes of a handful of fungi.
Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, expect to complete the genome of a second species of fruit fly in June and the honeybee genome in July. They are also sequencing the genome of the sea urchin.


Train Your Boxer Not to Bolt!

Door/Gate Training by Rozanne Lovell

I have no doubt the Click & Treat enthusiasts could come up with as good, or better, method for training one's dog not to bolt from a car door, through an opened gate, or out the opened door of one's home. This method, however, was taught to me some 25 years ago and has probably saved the life of each and every one of my Boxers since then.

Age of the dog is not a factor; any dog can and will learn it, given a loving and diligent owner. Like all training, consistency, praise, and frequency of training will determine how quickly one has success. One person can do this training; however two in attendance (at least for the initial training) will work better. Sharpen up your reflexes for this one!

Leash the dog (have your helper, if there is one, just behind the dog). Walk toward a door, begin to open it, and as the dog begins to bolt through the door, have the helper give a sudden, quick pop (jerk, if you will) on the leash -- enough to bring the dog up short. Simultaneously, you (at the door) issue the sharp/stern command, "WAIT!". Neither you nor your helper is to physically restrain the dog (i.e. place your hands on the dog's body) at any time during this exercise. When the dog suddenly stops (because he's been restrained by the leash!), quickly praise him lavishly; it makes no difference that he didn't think of stopping by himself!!

Do this exercise about 2 or 3 times only............then repeat the whole thing at another time during the day. Done twice daily (and always remember the praise for him), this should bring results within a week or so. Do not, however, trust him 100% for several months. Do not stop the training, just because he has learned not to bolt. Just change the training slightly....... and don't use your human helper, leaving the dog's lead loose on the floor.

When you're totally satisfied that your dog is not going to bolt through that door, move to another door and work at that one for a week or two. With the car, turn QUICKLY to face the dog as you exit your car door. Effectively block his escape with your body (again, do not restrain him by touching/holding onto his body!), while issuing the stern command, "WAIT!" Do this exercise over and over, until you feel that he will never, ever exit the car until given that release word of "OK" (or, whatever release word you've decided to use with him). Immediately, along with his release word, praise him lavishly!


Gate training is the last exercise in this series. One goes at it in exactly the same manner as with the door inside the house. And no matter when the dog received his gate training, it's always wise for the owner to refresh it at least once or twice weekly..........for the entire life of the dog. By the way, that life will be much longer if you only take the time and effort to do the training thoroughly! Good luck..........and as always, have fun with it!

Boxer Dog

Boxer dog

are a stocky, medium-sized, short haired dog with a smooth fawn or brindled coat and square muzzle. They have very strong jaws and a powerful bite but are generally soft mouthed(Editor. I had a large male boxer called Mutley when I was 20 and living in share accommodation.  One of my flat mates got a rambunctious kitten that would pounce on Mutley.  Now Mutley was a very large specimen, over 35 kilograms, yet he would play carefully with the naughty kitten, sometimes softly biting it, with half of the kitten’s body in his mouth!)

Boxers were developed in Germany in the mid-1800s by breeding several different breeds together including the ancestors of a Bulldog with the ancestors of the Great Dane. The name "Boxer" is derived from this breed of dog beginning a fight by standing on its two hind legs and "boxing" with its two front paws.


An adult boxer typically weighs between 25 and 32 kg (55 to 70 lb) and is between 53 and 63 cm (21 to 25 in) tall. Cropping of the tail and ears remains popular, although it is now prohibited in most European breed standards and is slowly becoming banned in many other countries.

Boxers are typically either fawn or brindled with a white underbelly and white on the front or all four feet. The whiteness, called 'flashiness,' often extends onto the shoulders or face, and some boxers are entirely white, though white boxers are occasionally deaf. Conversely, some brindled boxers are so dark as to appear black. In the UK , fawn boxers are typically richer in colour and are called "Red".

Boxers are a bright, energetic and playful breed and tend to be very good with children. They require training early as they will develop strong personalities.  They reach emotional maturity very late(3 years) for a shortish lived dog. They are not considered fully mature until age three, one of the longest times in dogdom, and thus need the early training to keep their high energy from wearing the owner out.

Boxers can develop skin cancers, heart murmurs, and ailments of the joints, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia. Although most good breeders test their breeding stock before breeding and the incidence is slowly decreasing.

(Editor – their short muzzle tends make them snore, and they sure do fart)

Boxers make wonderful, friendly, lively companions and as such are often a family dog. They have also made appearances at dog agility trials and flyball. Before dog fighting was made illegal, Boxers were used in dog fights. These strong and intelligent animals have even been sometimes used as guide dogs for the blind and police dogs in K9 units in place of the typical German Shepherd.
A Happy Dog - How To Avoid Behavioural Difficulties In Dogs: by Kit Marsters
With dogs frequently in the media, most often in a bad light, it is easy to think of them as dangerous animals. When they bare their teeth and growl, it takes a brave person to not feel intimidated. Why did these dogs make the news for bad behaviour? Is it still safe to add a dog to the family? And what about the kids?
It is common knowledge that dogs are pack animals. As such, dogs need companionship and this helps make them such wonderful pets. They are sociable beings, perhaps even more so than the humans they easily accept as family.
If you have just adopted a dog, or are thinking of doing so, there are a few things to consider.
When you adopt a dog, you become the dog's family, his pack. Your dog will feel the need to be included in pack activities. One of the worst things you can do to a dog is to keep him away from human companionship. This will make the dog feel anxious and stressed, perhaps even jealous, which will make him more likely to bark and, in extreme cases, lash out.
Don't turn your dog into an outside pet. Keeping him chained in the backyard does not allow him to socialise. He won't learn what acceptable behaviour is, and he will feel lonely and excluded. This again can lead to frustration and even aggression.
You do not have to spend all day interacting with your dog but experts recommend allowing him access to at least the living space and a sleeping space in the house at night. It is easy enough to allow him near you when you are relaxing in front of the television, or working on the computer. Talk to him when you can, pet him, and let him know he is behaving well.
Train your dog. If you can, take him to a training and socialisation class. The best time to do this is when your dog is a puppy. This will help avoid undesirable behaviour early on. It also helps the pup to understand that you are the leader of the pack, which is important. If you have adopted an older dog, training him as soon as possible will help him fit in.
Take your time introducing the dog to each member of his new family. Instruct your children on how best to approach their new friend, and make sure that they know not to pull his tail or his ears. Most dogs are very tolerant of children. It seems that they know children are the human equivalent of puppies, and therefore they can get away with more. However, it is important to supervise any playtime between your children and your dog, allowing you to step in when needed.
A dog is constantly looking for cues as to how to behave and how to please you. Reward positive behaviour and discourage inappropriate behaviour. Avoid physical punishments - they will do more harm than good. If your dog is scared of you and becomes scared of humans, he is more likely to feel defensive. If you treat him with love and encourage him to be kind and happy, he will feel accepted and pleased with his place in the household. He will not have reason to be stressed and anxious.
Your dog needs exercise. The amount of exercise needed will depend on the breed. It is advisable to do a search online to find out as much about the breed as possible. Do take your dog for walks, and do allow for proper playing time. Most dogs will love you forever if you just throw that ball, or stick and allow him to fetch it a good few times. Other toys, such as squeaky bones, may seem annoying to you but can make for hours of fun for your pet.
Above all, allow your dog to be your friend. This is what he wants more than anything. Give him a chance, and together you will build many happy memories.

Misbehaving Dog - Doggy Obedience by Kelly Hughes
Misbehaving dogs can cause such stress in a home. You worry about them when you are home, you especially worry about them when you are gone. Misbehaving dogs aren't bad dogs, they just don't know how to behave, yet. There is a solution for all of the problems.
There are many different issues dog owners need help with. Some frequently asked questions and simple answers:
Q: Why does my dog repeatedly dig under the fence?
A: The dog is most likely bored or needs some exercise.
Q: What are some reasons for my dog's constant barking?
A: Loneliness can be an issue. There is a saying,"Never get a dog for a dog". So you don't want to go get another dog as a playmate. That won't help, it may just add to your stress level. Loneliness can be solved by setting a certain amount of time aside each day to walk or play with your dog. Another possibility for constant barking is due to the fact that dogs are territorial creatures and if anyone is on, or near, their turf, they are "warning" them.
Q: How do I get my dog to stop chewing?
A: This is along the same lines as digging. He or she is bored, and needs attention. There are also ways to help your dog to learn how to chew only on their chew-toys, rather than on your sofa. Misbehaving in any manner is the dog's way of getting attention. They are trying to tell their owner something. Getting your doggie obedience training is helpful with chewing issues before it becomes a very destructive habit.
Q: Why does my dog soil the carpet or furniture?
A: Male dogs will "mark" their territory by urinating on the property or furniture. Some dogs soil the area because they are excited, scared, or they may have a kidney/bladder infection or some other illness.
Q: How do I keep my dog from snapping or biting?
A: Aggressiveness is due to many reasons, but in this area, some training through a professional is necessary. It doesn't necessarily mean you must physically attend obedience training.
Q: Why does my dog insist on staying ahead of me on a walk while on a leash?
A: The simple answer is the dog hasn't been trained to heel. You must use a commanding voice, not yelling, and tell the dog to heel. He should be on your left side next to your leg.
Before you learn how to train your dog effectively, you may want to consider using a crate. Crates are like mini-kennels that you can use to keep your dog in during short periods of time in the beginning. There is a method to using crates, because you don't want to traumatize your dog by putting him in it, latching the door and leaving without preparing your dog to be crate trained. The crate is a safe haven for dogs after they have been slowly exposed to it through a precise method.

Boxer Dog Training: Using Crate Training For House Breaking by Roland Jefferson
If you are trying to find an effective way in which to house break your new boxer puppy, then you really should consider crate training. This type of boxer dog training is a very efficient and very effective way to train your puppy. This is because a boxer's natural instinct is to make their owners happy.
What You Should Know About Boxer Dog Training With Crates
The concept behind crate training is that your boxer will naturally strive to avoid soiling the area where it eats and sleeps. Whenever you place your boxer in the crate you are participating in a type of boxer dog training that will enhance this instinct. This is because your boxer will begin seeing the crate as its den and will try to avoid soiling the area.
The key to making this boxer dog training successful is establishing a good routine, which will encourage your puppy to do its business outside. Of course, every time this happens you will need to shower him with praise and whenever he fails to not show him your frustration or anger.
With this type of boxer dog training, it is important to only keep your puppy in his crate whenever you are not home. So, as soon as you get home you will want to take him out of his crate. From there, you will want to promptly take him to his toilet area. If you do not do this, you will only set back the process. For this reason, your puppy should be allowed to use the toilet every 45 minutes. Once outside, give him between 3 and 5 minutes to do his business. If he does not toilet during this time period, then you should immediately put him back into his create. On the other hand, if your puppy does his business, then you should reward him with praise, food, play, affection and either an extended walk or a period of play inside or outside of its crate.
While you are engaged in this boxer dog training you will also need to keep a daily diary of when your puppy does its business each day. This is because when you feed your puppy on a regular schedule, his toilet schedule will also be consistent. Once you have a good idea of when he needs to do his business each day, you will find this boxer dog training to be a lot easier.
Dealing With Accidents During Boxer Dog Training
You do not want to punish your puppy whenever it makes a mistake or has an accident while you are doing this boxer dog training. Instead, simply clean up the accident. It simply means that you have allowed your puppy to have unsupervised access to your house too quickly. You need to remember that you cannot allow your puppy to have unsupervised access to your home before you can actually trust her bathroom habits. When the mistake happens, make sure that you go back to your boxer dog training and take a few steps back to help move the process along.

Train Your Dog In One Evening: by William McRand
Following a few simple as well as easy to perform steps can considerably ease the task of dog toilet training. When you take your dog on the street, make him walk at heel.
Carefully place a small object, like an old glove, a leather wallet or the handle of a small basket, in your dog's mouth and flatter him with "Aren't you smart" Scratching his back will also help teach your dog to carry.
Never take things from your dog by pulling, when you want him to let go, take hold of the object with one hand and say "Out" If he won't give it up, surprise him with a little cuff on the nose with the free hand. When he drops what he is holding, praise him and pat him. Hold something to eat above your dog's head and teach him to dance. When he stands on his back legs to reach the food, say "Dance" and move your hand in a circle to make the dog pivot. After he turns, give him the food and praise him. Make your dog sit in front of a low bench. Place his front paws on the bench" and gently push his head down. At the same time, offer him food between his front legs.
Place a ball or a piece of dog biscuit on your dog's nose between his eyes. " After a moment or two tell him "O" and see if he can catch it.
This trick may take a lot of practice. Take advantage of your dog's natural ways to teach additional tricks.
When he stretches, say "Take a bow, When he barks or sniffles, put your finger in the air and say "Speak" It won't take long for your dog to learn that whenever he makes a noise he will get a reward.
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Guard Dog Training Will Make Your Dog Courageous. Guard Dog Training Will Make Your Dog Courageous. "Before you begin hunting dog training there are a few steps that need to be taken such as the trainer needing to provide to the dog a solid foundation that ensures the safety of the dog during a hunt.
Guard dog training is used to train dogs basically to stop unwanted guests. After your dog is trained to be a guard dog he will establish a long pattern and passion of protecting you and your family. Guard dog training is used to make your dog courageous, powerful and confident, as well as learning how to protect his family. Guard dog training should be done by a very competent trainer. These courses are usually an in-house training where the dog will be boarded for the duration of the course. These trainers can train dogs for the home, business, family, personal, car yard protection and property.
A protection dog is both a verbal and very visual threat to an unwanted intruder. These courses most generally have a lifetime guarantee. It is most important to get your guard dog training done the right way the first time.
It is an expensive training, as far as dog trainings go, and there is no need to have to repeat the course because the instructor was unable to train your dog. A good guard dog training course, and trainer, will train your dog properly the first time.
There are three different stages to guard dog training and you should decide which best fits your dogs intended use of training skills. The first stage is the basic guard dog training work. There will be a test for temperament and an alert of strangers and intrusions.
Outside yard work training is done with this training. The second stage is the advanced guard dog training work. This training involves the bite and attack training. The third level is the advanced guard dog training with muzzle police training. Family protection, Body guard training and stopping individuals is included in the third stage of this training.
Though some of these training components may sound viscous and a little scary, the dog will be trained to only use excessive force only if absolutely necessary. This is why some research needs to be done before venturing into guard dog training. The internet is a good place to research for a good trainer, as well as your veterinarian.
Major chain pet stores are another source of finding good trainers. Most of these chains offer training themselves, but guard dog training is a little too intense for them to do in-house. However, they do have a list of established, competent trainers Pets are their business, and it is only to their advantage to recommend the best trainers possible.
So You Think You Want A Boxer Dog? by Jay White
So you're looking at different dog breeds for pets and you're considering a Boxer dog is a definite possibility?
You're not alone. The Boxer has ranked in the top 10 of favorite purebreds by the American Kennel Club for many years now, with thousands of happy owners all across the U.S.
But before you invest a considerable amount of time and money into this 10-15 year venture, here's some things you need to consider.
Boxers Need Plenty Of Attention: If you are the type who leaves your dog on a chain for hours on end, than a Boxer dog is not for you.
Boxers require much of your love and companionship. Being chained in a backyard for days provides none of these whatsoever. This also applies if you work a lot of hours and can't spend a lot of time with your Boxer. They'll be miserable...and will cause you to be miserable as well.
Boxers need constant attention and love to be babied. Treat your Boxer as your best friend and play, play, play with him. Shower them with love, affection and attention as well as some treats and you'll keep them happy.
Boxers Can Be Destructive: If your Boxer is ignored and left to their own devices, they can become very destructive due to loneliness and boredom. I've heard of Boxer dogs jumping over 6-footer fences if the owner is gone for too long!
A Boxer dog can be too smart and strong for their own good. That is why obedience training is important, in order to prevent the destruction of too many of your belongings. Training makes a happier dog.
Boxers Can Be Overly Aggressive: One owner said: "I love my Boxer girl, but she can be a terror sometimes and could get really hyper to where she'd attack us. I'd hate to think what all she'd get into without any training at all!"
To help prevent any unfortunate accidents, opt for body harness when walking if you have a Boxer that pulls or strays. Your Boxer will never again slip out of the collar. The chain-harness combo looks good as well as trains the Boxer to walk without pulling or straying.
For the record, there are more accounts of aggression among female Boxers, especially towards other females. Please take this into consideration before purchasing two Boxer dogs for the same household.
Boxers Can Be Hyperactive: Boxers have high play drive and they need their exercise or they can easily get excitable and destructive.
Play, play and play with them. Give them extra space especially when you have to leave them alone for long period. Tire them out with long walks and play sessions but within a fenced area or on a leash.
Boxers Can Exhibit Extreme Shyness (not to be mistaken with independence):
It's critical to socialize your Boxers. When they are still puppies, take them to public places like a pet store so they won't be so shy.
Begin training in an area that is familiar to your Boxer, where there is minimum distraction. Once both of you are skilled at several obedience commands, take him to practice at different areas with increasing amount of distractions present.
This may seems like starting all over again, but it's worth the effort.
Finally, before adopting a Boxer, ask the breeder if the parent dogs have any of these undesirable traits before even looking at the puppies. It will save you a lot of headache and trouble in the future.
A Boxer dog can make a wonderful pet that kids and adults alike will thoroughly enjoy for years to come. But make sure you know what you're getting into before you buy!
Let's Look At A Boxer Dog Excretory System Health Problem: by Mandy Fain
The Boxer breed is native to Germany and originated over one hundred years ago. The white boxer makes up about twenty-five percent of the breed population, while the remaining seventy-five percent are brown to fawn in color. The muzzle is short and sort of square looking. The tail of the Boxer is docked at a young age of one to two weeks.
Boxer dog excretory health problem concerns many owners because it can cause the dog to have future problems walking and running. The juvenile renal disease and the congenital rental disease can make the dog very lame and in a great deal of pain. Proper prevention of breeding such dogs that are prone to this disease requires screening at an early age.
As a pet owner, you need to be aware of the treatments and diet when caring for a Boxer that has such a disease. The common renal dysplasia is congenital and may show signs as early one or two weeks after the birth of the puppy. If you have a puppy showing signs of this disease, x-rays will confirm any type of dysplasia. There are many speculations as to the cause of this disorder, all being linked to a gene. The autosomal dominate gene or the autosomal recessive gene contributes to the rental dysplasia in a Boxer.
Boxer Dog Excretory System Health Problem Treatments You as a dog owner realize the need for proper care and medical treatment when necessary. Your Boxer is like one of the family and requires nurturing and proper diagnosis, when attempting to treat a medical condition. Many veterinarians prescribe a low protein diet, which helps lower the production of uremic toxins, in turn making the dog feel better.
`Dr. Kenneth Bovee, DVM, did research on the Boxer and a protein diet and also goes on to discuss that a low phosphorous level is a way to reduce the risk of kidney failure, whereas a higher level speeds up the affects of kidney failure in your beloved Boxer. A well-balanced low protein diet with low levels of phosphorous will help extend the life of your Boxer.
Boxer Dog Excretory System Health Problem and a Prescribed Diet If your Boxer has juvenile renal disease, a veterinarian will prescribe a diet of three to four feedings a day as a prevention measurement. This way of feeding your dog cuts down on the risk of vomiting after consuming the lower protein diet.
Most owners including you will find the egg and potato diet healthy for the dog because of the low protein and phosphorous levels provided. The diet will consist of the daily-recommended sodium levels as well as potassium. When making a meal for your Boxer, you will mix a large cooked egg, three cups of boiled potatoes with the skin, and recommended vitamins together for the perfect meal. The vitamins may include multiple mineral tablets, only half, two calcium tablets along with one teaspoon of chicken fat. This recommended meal fits the needs of a dog with renal failure.

Boxer Dog Information Exposed: by Mark Singal
You are ready for a puppy, and are looking for a true companion. And the Boxer dog information you've uncovered tells you that the breed is consistently among the top ten in number of annual registrations with the American Kennel Club. Why, exactly, are there more than 35,000 Boxer puppies registered each year?
It could be because the list of Boxer breed characteristics reads more like those you would seek from a life partner, that it does Boxer dog information.
A hard-working breed which also loves to play, highly intelligent, fiercely loyal and protective, great with children, and prone to bending themselves in half with delight when they greet you, a well-trained Boxer can be one of life's true joys.
One bit of Boxer dog information you need is that Boxers remain puppy-rambunctious for up to four years, and what was winning behavior at fifteen or twenty pounds will not be when they are fully grown. That's why it's essential that you begin training a Boxer puppy as soon as it joins your family.
Your puppy will come to you with a protective instincts looking for a family to guard, and you'll need to help it distinguish what degree of protective behavior is appropriate. For instance, if one of your children is roughhousing with a friend, your Boxer may see a threat and go into guard dog mode. It would be best to socialize your Boxer with all friends to let them know who is "okay."
Another crucial piece of Boxer dog information is that Boxers, being short-haired, are not comfortable in weather extremes. So they will not do well as outdoor dogs.
At the same time, its abundant energy level and love of attention do mean that you will need to involve your Boxer in your activities as much as possible. It will need playtime, regular walking, and stimulating toys to stave off boredom when you're not around. And be sure to give your Boxer its own warm place to curl up. Boxers are almost catlike in their love of a comfy snoozing spot, and this bit of Boxer dog information will circumvent your Boxer's otherwise inevitable attempts to include itself in your sleeping arrangements. A dog bed or pile of pillows in a corner of your room will keep your Boxer close to you, where it wants to be, without letting it take over.
Some other Boxer dog information which may be useful regards their "personal habits". They are droolers, tend to flatulence, snore, and sometimes think they are lap dogs. And while they don't shed excessively, they DO shed.
You will have to supply the final piece to the Boxer dog information puzzle. Are you ready to spend the next four years of your life giving your Boxer all the exercise and loving "parenting" it needs to mature into the magnificent, intelligent, well-mannered dog it can become?
Boxer dog ownership requires a commitment. Thousands of Boxers end up either in pet shelters, or even worse, abandoned, every year. But if you know you are the kind of dog person a Boxer needs, get ready for the dog adventure of your life
Your Guide To Choosing Cool Boxer Dog Names:by Mark Singal
The day you bring a Boxer puppy into your home, you will be adding a family member with a personality distinctly its own. And dogs with character traits as strong as those of the Boxer breed deserved to have strong names as well.
That does not mean that you have to choose from Boxer dog names borrowed from the ranks of ancient German kings and queens, although Attila, Otto, Clovis, and Clothdile are certainly fitting.
And there are the names of the great legendary and operatic German figures, which as Boxer dog names would do justice to your fearless companion: Sigmund, Volund, Siegfried, or Fafner for your male puppy, or if you have a female, Brunhilde or Freya.
The physical characteristics of the Boxer breed, with its torso of solid muscle and the jaw strength to hold a charging bull do seem to lend themselves to an equally strong Boxer dog names.
But belying its strength and courage is the Boxer breed's fun-loving, sociable personality. Boxers, more than any other dogs, retain their puppy playfulness long after they have physically matured. So you might consider Boxer dog names reflecting your dog's comic side.
Martin Schneider is a German comedian best known for his large mouth and expressive face, characteristics he shares with every Boxer dog. So how about "Schneider"? You can easily find names and pictures of other German comedians, both male and female, and see if any of them are a good match for your canine clown.
Keeping in mind that, if your Boxer puppy lives its expected life span of ten to twelve years, you are likely to call it by name between thirty-five and forty thousand times, you might look for Boxer dog names that are easy to pronounce.
You may be an aviation fan, and really want to call your Boxer "Baron von Richtoffen" after the great World War I German fighter pilot. But if you do, the odds are that very soon your dog will be answering to "Baron" or "Ricky". "Baron" suggests a very dignified dog, while "Ricky" does not. So make sure that what you actually end up calling your boxer is as good a choice of Boxer dog names as the one you originally picked.
And if you intend to register your Boxer puppy, you will have to come up with a unique name which has no more than twenty-five characters. That means it will have to be different in some way from all the thousands of Boxer dog names belonging to previously registered animals.
So take time to get to know your Boxer puppy before letting it become attached to a name that does not really capture its spirit. Your Boxer's name should be as special as you dog!
Great Tips About White Boxer Dogs by Mark Singal
While looking for a Boxer dog, you may have been warned against getting a white one. If so, it's because white Boxer dogs have long been considered second-class members of the Boxer breed. Why?
Until 1925, white Boxer dogs had been regarded by their European breeders as the equals of their colored relatives. Boxer dogs, because of their intelligence, strength, and fearlessness, had been used during World War I as guard dogs along the German front lines.
They performed so well that, after the war, the German Boxer Club initiated an effort to have the German government recognize Boxers as police dogs. They succeeded, and in 1925, Boxers became official working police dogs for the Bavarian police force.
But there was a catch, and it doomed white Boxer dogs. Any boxer whose coat had significant white markings was too visible at night, and therefore not suitable for police work. So the Bavarian police force refused to register white Boxers dogs--those more than one-third white--as official police dogs, and from then until 2004, white Boxer dogs were excluded from registration in any of the world's Boxer breed standards.
The Bavarian Police force's decision to exclude white Boxer dogs from police work was a justifiable one, and it forced many breeders who were supplying Boxers as police animals to cull the white puppies from their litters, so that the others would get a larger share of the mother's milk and attention. But the reason for the culling seems to have been lost in history.
Kennel clubs ever since have attributed their decision to exclude white boxers to a predisposition to health defects associated with the white Boxer dog. But the only health defect associated with excessive white pigmentation--in both dogs and cats--is deafness.
And among dogs, white-colored connected deafness been scientifically linked only to Dalmatians carrying an extreme piebald gene; other breeds, including Boxers, have been tarred with the same brush. The deafness occurs when insufficient inner-ear pigmentation causes auditory nerve cells to die. But the American Boxer Club never carried out its own studies on White Boxer dogs, which carry a double dose of the same gene, to determine if it affects them the same way.
The ABC, instead, forbade in its Code of Ethics the registration, sale, or placement of white Boxers. Breeders could either euthanize their White boxer dogs, or keep them. And the Code did not change until 1985, when the ABC relented and allowed White Boxer dogs to be placed, but still forbade their registration or breeding.
And, while there have been no official studies supporting the claims that white Boxer dogs are susceptible to more health problems than colored Boxers, Hawkleigh Boxers of Australia did a private survey among breeders who indicated that their white Boxer dogs actually had fewer health issues.
The white Boxer dogs, according to the breeders surveyed, did experience more deafness and sunburn, but were less likely to suffer from digestive problems, skin diseases and tumors, and spinal disorders. But the American Boxer club's lack of interest in verifying any white Boxer dog health issues remains puzzling.
The ABC, in 2004, did relent a bit and change its Code of Ethics to let breeders offer limited AKC registration and refundable spay/neuter deposits, and to charge for medical expenses directly associated with their white Boxer puppies.
But these beautiful, intelligent, loving white Boxers, who offer all the best traits of their breed, are still a long way from overcoming the stigma unfairly given them because their police dog ancestors were too easily seen in the dark.

Everything You Need To Know About Heart Failure In Dogs: by John Edwards
Heart failure in dogs occur when any kind of heart disease becomes so severe that a dog's heart is unable to circulate enough blood to meet all the needs of his body tissues. As a result of associated blood-pressure abnormalities, fluid may begin to pool in some of his tissues, and the blood supply decreases to those body tissues that are furthest away from the heart.
What can cause heart failure?
Any form of heart disease can cause this condition. A dog may be born with a defect that leads on to heart failure - such as a hole in the heart or a major blood vessel positioned wrongly - but in most cases heart failure is associated with an underlying heart disease that is not present at birth. These diseases include the following:
* Long-term disease of the major internal heart valves, making the valves ineffective as seals. * Diseases of the heart muscle. * An infestation of heartworms. * Diseases of the tissues that surround the heart, leading to a build-up of fluid. * Electrical disorders of the heart, affecting its beat rhythm and rate. * Bacterial infections of the interior lining of the heart. * Tumors of the heart.
Heart failure is obviously a very serious; life-threatening condition. For instance, heart-valve disorders are most common in middle-aged and older dogs, and in toy, miniature arid small breeds, especially the Cavalier King Charles spaniel, chihuahua, cocker spaniel, poodle and Yorkshire terrier. Heart-muscle disorders most commonly affect the boxer, cocker spaniel and doberman pinscher, as well as giant breeds, especially the Great Dane, Irish wolfhound, St Bernard and Newfoundland.
Early stages of heart failure: In the earliest stages of heart failure a dog may not show any symptoms, because changes that occur in his body will help to compensate for his failing heart. However, heart disease may still be detectable by a vet at an early stage. As the condition progresses, the dog will begin to exhibit symptoms. At first, this may only happen when his heart is under stress, such as on exercise, but later on his quality of life will deteriorate as he develops symptoms that are obvious on mild exercise or even at rest. Typical symptoms are mainly due to the build-up of fluid in the lungs and/or abdomen, to an increase in the size of the heart as it tries to compensate for its own failure, and to the inefficient pumping of blood around the body.
They may include the following: Exhaustion on exercise, Coughing, An increased breathing rate, Abdominal swelling, Weakness and lethargy, Cold extremities, Pale gums, Fainting, Weightloss, Reluctance to eat, and last but not least, Depression.
5 Things You Didn't Know About A Boxer Dog by Richard Cussons
5 Things You Didn't Know About The Boxer Dog:
Before purchasing a Boxer--or any dog--you should consider various aspects to decide if this is the right breed for you. The worse thing you can do as a dog owner is not research the potential dog. If you don't, you may find yourself surprised, or overwhelmed and unable to work with the breed. Boxers have their own set of challenges so it is important to understand them.
One: grooming. With its short coat, the Boxer is an extremely easy breed to groom. This is a low maintenance dog that only requires a quick brushing every day; bathing need only occur when necessary. Also, Boxers are fastidious creatures that will clean themselves, like cats. For those looking for an easy to care for pet, the Boxer ranks high.
Two: exercise. The Boxer is an active breed so those looking for just a house dog should reconsider. Though this dog will want to be in the house with you, it will want plenty of time outdoors for play. Boxers, being very energetic, respond well to structured ctivities like games of fetch or frisbee. They do not do well by just lying around the house. If you are not able to spend the time with them, this is not the breed for you.
Three: health concerns. Larger dogs always have certain health risks and the Boxer is no different. This breed runs the chance of: cardiomyopathy, sub-aortic stenosis or hip dysphasia. Also, after the age of eight, this breed is more likely to develop tumors than other dogs. This is why you must buy your Boxer from an experienced breeder. With these potential risks, all dogs must be properly screened, and regular trips to the Vet should be planned.
Four: temperament. The Boxer's temperament is both its greatest advantage and its potential downfall. This is a highly playful, spirited dog that becomes greatly attached to its owners. This is also a dog that suffers from mischievous instincts (such as the need to chew) and separation anxiety. When you own a Boxer, be prepared to find a devoted, though sometimes stubborn, breed that will want to go everywhere with you.
Five: protection. Many assume that, because of the Boxer's sturdy frame, it makes an excellent protector. This is both correct and not so. The Boxer is, generally, a friendly pet that will welcome strangers. But, if it feels its family is threatened, it will take down an intruder. What you must take note of is: some areas require that you register larger breeds, like Boxers, and will charge money for their presence. While you can use a Boxer as protection, you must be careful--many cities will fine you for any suspected offense.

The Boxer - A Courageous Clown? by Charles Kassotis

The Boxer has a very distinctive personality that makes them extremely good family pets. They're antics can seem almost clownish at times, though they tend to be very protective when their territory is being invaded. The heavy jowls, doleful eyes and perky ears are among the physical features you'll notice about a Boxer, while the tendency toward joyful greetings and playfulness are the personality traits that tend to be most evident.
The Boxer, sometimes called the German Boxer, originated in Germany as the result of breeding two German dogs that seem to be closely related to the mastiff. Bulldogs were later introduced into the line to produce the Boxer we know today. Until early in the 1900s, the Boxer lines were rather loose with breeding practices left solely to those raising these dogs. The standard today calls for a fawn, brindle and/or red coat, a squared off body and thick neck, among other features. Depending on the breeder and the statutes of the region in which the breeder resides, tails may be docked and ears clipped.
There were several purposes for the breed when it was being originated. One of the most-often cited was the use of Boxers as bull bait, but Boxers were also used as hunting dogs. The heavy body of the Boxer also made it ideal for pulling and some Boxers were put into service pulling carts for various purposes. Somewhere during the history of the Boxer, someone discovered that these dogs could also be trained to herd, and they became fairly widely recognized as a herding dog.
The same natural intelligence that made these multi-purpose dogs popular a century ago makes them excellent family pets today. They're quick to learn, though they do sometimes have a willful streak and may even sneak around in an effort to get their own way. Patience will typically be rewarded with this breed and the Boxer is a quick study. That's made them coveted family pets, but also sought-after canines for obedience competition and even some rescue operations.
Boxers tend to be rather large dogs and may weigh in at somewhere around 70 pounds. Their size, natural tendency toward protectiveness and their ability to learn quickly make them excellent choices as watchdogs. They can be very vocal, alerting your family of potential danger and anyone (or anything) presenting a threat of the potential to be tackled by a Boxer!
Despite their size, these dogs can stay very agile and playful for many years. As a rule, they love to play games and will usually be willing to play long after their people have tired out. The beauty is that they're usually willing to play anything - ball, Frisbee, fetch, tag or whatever game you can devise.
The personality of this dog just can't be pent up. You'll find the he shows off all sorts of antics with no prompting, sometimes to convey a message ('I want to go outside to play') and other times simply to garner some attention. Those clownish acts are just one more way the Boxer will endear himself to his family.
The Fearless and Friendly Boxer Dog: by M.
It is hard to imagine that a dog breed descended from the mastiff-type dogs of war and one whose progenitors were used for bull and bear baiting, is now one of the most popular family-oriented breeds in the world.
The popular Boxer dog is a playful clown that continues to display youthful exuberance from its puppy stage to its senior years. Boxers are a courageous, good-natured, friendly, energetic, loyal, fun-loving, and family-oriented dog breed. Boxers love children and will suffer all sorts of child inflicted indignities with stoicism. However toddlers and young children should be carefully supervised with excited adolescent and young Boxers who can accidentally knock them over. The boxer is a large and strong dog that must be socialized thoroughly and obedience trained while a puppy and that training must be continued through adolescence to control its exuberance. The Boxer can be overly protective of the children in the family when roughhousing with friends and must be thoroughly socialized and trained to minimize any aggressive tendencies. The breed is naturally suspicious of strangers and usually makes a good watchdog. The Boxer is fairly intelligent and eager to please and can be trained to higher levels for obedience competitions and even for agility competitions. Additional information on activities for dogs can be found in my article: Fun Dog Activities . Unfortunately the Boxer has a stubborn streak that will show up from time to time. He will suddenly refuse to entertain commands that he has been obeying for years and look at you with an inquisitive or even a mischievous expression. However the endless hours of fun and entertainment provided by the Boxer, more than compensate for the stubborn streak.
The Boxer is a medium- to large-sized muscular dog with a blunt and expressive face and a docked tail. Male Boxers stand 22 to 25 inches tall at shoulder height and weigh from 65 to 70 pounds. Females are slightly smaller at 21 to 23.5 inches tall and weigh 55 to 65 pounds. The Boxers ears are generally cropped in the U.S. and Canada but left uncropped in England and some European countries. The Boxer's short, smooth and shiny coat is usually red, fawn or brindle in color. Some Boxers have white markings on their coats but too much white color has been discouraged. The Boxer's coat is easy to care for and requires only an occasional brushing with a soft brush and a rub down with a chamois cloth. This dog breed is a low to moderate shedder.
The early ancestors of the Boxer are thought to be the large and courageous dogs of war that were used in ancient Greek and Roman times. These ancient dogs were later called Molossians after the modern Albanian city of Molossis. When these Molossians spread across Europe they became the ancestors of many modern dog breeds including the British Mastiff, the Swiss Saint Bernard, and the German Bullenbeiser. The Bullenbeiser was a large and strong hunting dog that the aristocracy developed to hunt bears, wild boar and other large game. Later the fearless Bullenbeisers were used as guard dogs and unfortunately also for the cruel sports of dog fighting, bear baiting and bull baiting. Eventually two lines evolved - the larger Danzigers and the smaller Brabanters. The Brabanter was crossed with an early version of the English Bulldog to produce the modern Boxer. The first Boxer was registered in Germany in 1895 and the breed's numbers increased rapidly until World War I. The British Boxer Club was established in 1936 and despite the outbreak of World War II, the bloodlines survived in both Germany and Britain. The Boxer was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1915. The line has continued to evolve and most of the aggressive tendencies have been bred out of the modern Boxer. Today's Boxer has become a very popular family dog and is ranked 7th out of 154 dog breeds in 2004 AKC registrations.
Boxers need regular exercise and do best with an active family. They like lots of attention and can become somewhat destructive if bored. Boxers do not like inclement weather and are sensitive to heat and humidity and shouldn't be taken jogging or cycling during hot summer days. Boxers, being intelligent animals, like to remain in the shade or inside in air conditioned comfort on hot days. Boxers can even adapt to apartment living if they are exercised regularly.
Boxers are normally a fairly healthy dog breed that can be expected to live for 9 to 11 years. Boxers, like most short-muzzled dogs, may snore and suffer from flatulence. Common inherited health problems include: hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; corneal dystrophy eye disorders; cardiomyopathy and sub aortic stenosis (SAS) heart diseases; and bloat. Information on these inherited diseases and ways to help control bloat can be found in my article: Hereditary Diseases. Before you buy a Boxer puppy make sure you ask the breeder for the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) results for hip dysplasia and thyroid and the Canine Eye Registry (CERF) recent ophthalmologists report for both the sire and dam.
If you are seriously interested in acquiring a Boxer then you should check with your national pure-bred dog organizations such as the American ( ) or Canadian Kennel ( ) Clubs to look for conformation shows in your area. Make sure you talk to owners and breeders at these shows to see if your lifestyle is really suited to this breed. Additional information on Boxers and on specific shows and competitions in your area can be found by checking with the national Boxer clubs which are The American Boxer Club in the US and The Boxer Club of Canada in Canada. Both of these umbrella organizations will point you to the local chapter closest to your home that may be able to provide you with information on reputable breeders. They should also provide you with information on Boxer rescue organizations in case you wish to obtain an adult dog.

Choosing your Boxer: by John Ancona
An easier and more pleasant journey with your chosen Boxer starts with checking out the parent dogs for unbecoming traits like aggression, hyperactive and extreme shyness.
This is easier to do when you get your Boxer from a reputable breeder or from a pet shop that get their animals only from known breeders.
Exercise prudence if you are getting your Boxer puppy from pet stores, which often get their supply from breeders of unknown reputation.
These "puppy mills" as they are called are not known to put much emphasis on the quality and health of pups they are producing.
Reputable breeders would adhere to the accepted standards for Boxers in terms of uniformity in the breed, good health, temperament, size and color.
Reputable breeders would be able to show the pedigree and registration papers and/or pictures of the parent dogs that may reside somewhere else.
Professional breeders are also there to produce dog show champions or prospects.
Even if you are not looking to raise a show champion Boxer, known breeders can provide you with some "best buy" puppies because not all the puppies in a litter are show prospect/champion materials.
But the full litter would have had benefited from the same proven bloodlines, nutrition and medical care. So you can choose from among the good-looking brothers or sisters of potential champion for a bargain.
Your other source option is animal shelters that in the US alone receive up to 12 million homeless dogs and cats every year, and about 25% of them are purebred. Paying the adoption fee is a lot cheaper than the price you will pay to a breeder or pet store, and you will be saving a life.
The definition of good stock or purebred must include beauty, and in a Boxer good look means the coat is fawn and brindle, with the white markings or "flash" covering not more than one-third of the entire coat.
Sometimes the distribution of the "flash" alone may make the difference between a show champion and just a pet Boxer.
The all-white Boxer or "check" is prone to blindness and deafness, and the American Boxer Club members are not to register, sell or use the "whites" for breeding.
When it comes to choosing male or female Boxers, there are not much clear-cut differences in their personalities.
At times, the male is calmer, more tolerant of other dogs, willing to hold still for those hugs than the female. But at other times, the female can be so. One owner said the female Boxer is hyper and more aggressive especially toward other females, and that the aggression has increased as the female gets older.

Boxer's and Heartworms: by je Dunn
It is surprising how many people are still confused about heartworms and the effects that a heartworm can have on your Boxer.
First lets look at what heartworms are and how your dog can become infected.
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes into the dog's blood stream. The immature heartworms called microfilaria travel through the blood stream.
The microfilaria settle into the heart chambers and major pulmonary blood vessels. This causes a blockage of the blood flow and pathological changes to the surrounding tissues.
This blockage happens when the larvae grow into adult worms. An adult female heartworm can grow up to fourteen inches and can live as long as five years.
A female heartworm can produce thousands of microfilariae, which is transmitted into a mosquito when it bites an infected dog, and subsequently injected into the next dog that that mosquito dines on.
What Are The Signs That A Dog May Have Heartworms?
Usually the first system is weight loss. The dogs' hair may become dull and brittle.
The infected dog also may tier easily.
A persistent coughs and or labored breathing.
In more progressed cases victims may vomit blood from ruptured lungs.
If the disease is not prevented or caught in time the result will be a slow painful death from congestive heart failure.
What Do I Do If My Boxer Is Infected?
Treatment is available but it can cost hundreds of dollars, and may be ineffective depending on the degree of infestation.
The best defense against heartworms is routine checkups with your vet. Giving your dog heartworm medication once a month easily prevents heartworms.
Warning: You Must Have Your Dog Tested For Heartworms Before Starting Heartworm Medication!
Dog Too Spoiled To Walk On Leash: by Adam G. Katz
Dear Mr. Katz:
I have a 4 month old female pup, AmStaff/Boxer (we think - she was a rescue). She responds well to all training, EXCEPT for walking and heeling.
We've practiced the loose-leash "turning on a dime" technique described in your book and audio tape at length, but she refuses to cooperate.
It's not a matter of distraction - when I attempt to train her in this style, she pulls back with all her strength. When the loose leash is snapped, she sits, paws braced, or lays down on her back. These responses are immediate.
I've tried instantly righting her, and continuing the training, but she responds as above just as quickly. This can go on indefinitely. I've tried correcting her with a low "No," and praising her if she responds correctly for even an instant. I've tried using treats to get her to at least walk with me briefly...... all to no success.
What else should I try? Thanks, Geoff
Dear Geoff,
It's a good question you've asked.
First, you DO NOT want to work the dog around distractions at this point in the game.
Second, you should not be telling the dog, "No!" and jerking the leash for this behavior. Instead, you need to simply glue the leash to your belt and keep walking.
Now here's where your problem will arise: You've already inadvertently taught your dog that if she kicks and screams long enough (or rolls on her back and throws a tantrum)... that eventually you will stop walking and come to see what's wrong.
The only problem is... NOTHING IS WRONG!
It's like if I take you in a helicopter and drop you off in the middle of the desert and tell you that I'm going to leave you there, but will eventually come back and pick you up in half an hour (or 2 hours, or a whole day!!!) ... you will simply sit there and not attempt to remedy your situation, as you know that I'm coming back to pick you up. Eventually, this situation will end and I'll come back and your problems will be over.
However, if I instead drop you off in the middle of the desert and tell you that I'm never coming back... then all of the sudden you're in a position where you MUST START TRYING DIFFERENT THINGS TO BETTER YOUR SITUATION.
Maybe you start to look for some twigs you can start a smoke fire with, to draw the attention of an airplane overhead.
Or perhaps you climb on top of a rock, to look for a nearby highway so that you can hitch hike to a nearby pay phone.
But the point is... you start actively looking for a solution because you IMMEDIATELY REALIZE THAT YOUR SITUATION WILL NOT SIMPLY END BY ITSELF.
And this is the same thing you need to teach your dog. And it's a lesson that will extend beyond this one exercise. Your dog must learn that just because she does not want to do something DOES NOT mean that you will give in and let her not do the exercise.
So... what should you do? The answer is really quite simple. Just keep walking. No matter how much the dog kicks and screams and throws a tantrum, remember: You're not asking her to do anything she cannot do if she chooses. We're asking her to SIMPLY WALK WITH YOU.
Now, in light of everything you've already taught her (remember, every action you do teaches your dog something)... you may have to keep walking a quarter of a mile before she finally realizes that you're not stopping and that it's easier to walk alongside you than it is to be dragged on her rump.
Trust me... it won't be a pretty scene for your neighbors to look out their window and see you dragging your dog on her rump down the street.
But when you will be able to take that same dog out for a casual stroll later that evening, your neighbors will wonder if you didn't trade your dog in for a different one and will gasp at how well she walks alongside you on the leash.
To read more of my dog training ramblings, read about my book (click below): Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!

Aggression in Boxers: by Nancy Richards
There are certain breeds of dogs that tend to be more aggressive than others. We all have heard stories of pit bulls, chow-chows, and boxers that show aggressive behavior, growling, snarling, and even biting people and other animals. Signs of hostility in a dog include bared teeth, flattened ears, erect tail, stiff legs, and bristling back hair; the dog may growl or bark. If you see these behaviors, you should keep your arms at your sides and slowly back away, while firmly saying "No." Why do certain breeds tend to be aggressive? Let's look at boxers as one breed that can behave aggressively under certain circumstances.
Why do boxers tend to be aggressive?
Sometimes Boxers are aggressive just because it is part of the breed's specific instinctual behavior. It is not learned, but inbred over time. Boxers also tend to become aggressive when they have not been socialized adequately as puppies. A lack of exposure to "the world," including other animals and people causes boxers to fear the unknown. They show aggression toward other animals and people because they are unsure and afraid. Boxers are strong-willed dogs; they have minds of their own and they don't hesitate to act on their own. Boxers need confident owners who can take charge of the animal, train properly, and maintain control at all times. Be aware that sometimes aggression can be caused by thyroid problems. Always have your dog checked by a vet when it shows aggression to rule out medical problems.
Understanding Your Boxer
Sometimes Boxers are aggressive just because it is part of the breed's specific instinctual behavior. It is not learned, but inbred over time. Boxers also tend to become aggressive when they have not been socialized adequately as puppies. A lack of exposure to "the world," including other animals and people causes boxers to fear the unknown. They show aggression toward other animals and people because they are unsure and afraid. Boxers are strong-willed dogs; they have minds of their own and they don't hesitate to act on their own. Boxers need confident owners who can take charge of the animal, train properly, and maintain control at all times. Be aware that sometimes aggression can be caused by thyroid problems. Always have your dog checked by a vet when it shows aggression to rule out medical problems.
Understanding Your Boxer
Many Boxers have protective instincts toward their owners when strangers are near. They need extensive exposure to friendly people so they learn to recognize the normal, non-threatening behavior of family members, friends, and neighbors. Then they are able to recognize the differences when someone acts threatening. Without extensive socialization from an early age, they are suspicious of everyone, which can lead to biting, snarling, growling, and aggressiveness or are so fearful of being harmed that they become aggressive in their own defense.
Many Boxers are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex. Some have strong instincts to chase and kill cats and other animals. If anything goes wrong in the breeding, socializing, training, or care of this breed, it is capable of injuring or killing other animals.
If a Boxer puppy is removed from its mother before seven weeks of age, it will not learn canine social signals such as bite inhibition, which are taught by the mother dog and siblings during this time. The puppy will be "mouthy" and nip, resist being handled, and act aggressively and fearfully toward other animals. Conversely, if a puppy lives with its mother or siblings for more than 12 weeks, his position in the "pecking order" may be so ingrained that he will always act dominant (if he was at the top) or submissive (if he was at the bottom) toward people or other dogs.
How to Control Aggressive Boxers?
Socializing Boxers
The best way to begin socializing your Boxer is to bring him home at seven or eight weeks of age and get him out into the world daily. Yes, daily is what it takes to establish a strong bond with your dog so that he will trust, respect, and obey you. This is "socializing" your dog, i.e.; getting him used to people, other dogs, other animals, and the world. This has an incredible impact on your dog's behavior as he grows into adulthood.
It's also crucial to socialize your adolescent dog, between the ages of six and nine months old to three years old. This is a difficult time of life for dogs; they are changing physically and learning constantly. They must be taught how to behave around people and other animals.
Continuing to socialize your Boxer during adulthood will not change the attitudes your dog has developed as a puppy, but can help to control his behavior so that he doesn't act afraid or aggressive.
Socializing begins early and continues throughout your Boxer's life. Take him for rides in the car. Take him to pet stores and other stores that allow dogs. Expose him to other animals at dog parks and as you take walks. Visit friends with him and have friends come to your home. Teach the dog to greet visitors. Use praise, praise, praise and affection constantly to encourage good behavior. Build a strong relationship with your Boxer; you are the leader and as the leader you must be calm, strong, loving, and consistent.
Touching has a powerful emotional effect on many dogs. It is part of the bonding process between the owner and the dog. Your dog must be willing to accept touching so that you can groom him, care for injuries, and put leashes and collars on him. Also, touch will help develop a strong, loving relationship between you, leading to his desire to please you. A daily "touch" session of five minutes or so is invaluable.
Training Boxers
Most puppies are ready to begin obedience lessons at six to eight months of age. The first lessons should be brief, 10 to 15 minutes a day (in addition to socialization activities), and gradually increase to 30 minutes. Training works best with lots of praise and a stern "no" for corrections.
The trainer should always be consistent in reinforcing good behavior and correcting bad behavior and should never strike a dog. Many trainers use a leash and chain-link collar, known as a choke collar. In spite of its name, the collar is never meant to choke a dog, but is used to deliver quick snaps to gain a dog's attention. This training collar is useful in teaching basic obedience commands, such as sit, stay, heel, come, and down.
You must establish yourself as the leader of the dog's pack. If you don't, you will never have your dog under control. You must be strong, calm, firm, and respectful of the dog. Your behavior will determine whether your dog will obey you and respect you. The well-trained dog isn't ultimately trained by treats, collars, or demands; he is trained by his love and respect for you.
In training Boxers to be non-aggressive, the owner must commit to daily socialization and training sessions for the duration of the dog's life. The respectful and loving relationship between the Boxer and the owner is the most important factor in the Boxer's acceptance of and non-aggression toward people and other animals. The owner must be the pack leader - firm, loving, consistent, and in control at all times.
Can You Handle a Pet Boxer Dog? by Amy Howells
The answer is "no" if you are the type who mostly leave your dog on a chain. Boxers require much of your love, attention and companionship although they are easy to take care of. One Boxer-lover even said to never get one as pet if you work full time!
Another point to consider is that the costs for food, training, grooming, medical care, toys and other supplies do add up. Still, for many years now, the Boxer has ranked in the top 10 of favorite purebreds by the American Kennel Club, numbering about 35,000 Boxers registered in 2003.
Boxers Crave Attention Boxers need constant attention and love to be babied. Treat your Boxer as your best friend and play, play, play with him. One three-month old Boxer loves her bath more when the owner sings to her. Be it playing, talking or singing to them or taking them for a walk, Boxers simply love the attention. Shower them with love, affection and attention as well as some treats.
These keep Boxers happy. Left to their own devices, Boxers can become very destructive when lonely, bored and ignored. One is known to jump over 6-footer fences if the owner is gone for too long. Give extra space when you have to leave Boxers alone over extended period. They don´t like to be locked in a room. One owner gives a 4-year old male Boxer the run of the hall stairs, landing and its own bedroom and the dog is much happier and not destructive at all. When you have to leave Boxers alone, you better make sure they have a toy they really like or they'll find something to do that you probably really won't like.
Destructive Streak in Boxers Boxers are too smart and strong for their own good, and if they're bored and undisciplined they can be a disaster in the house. That is why obedience training is important, in order to prevent the destruction of too many of your belongings. Training makes a happier dog.
The accepted temperament for Boxers rules out aggression, hyperactivity and extreme shyness in the breed. You want to have these under control in your pet.
Experts suggest that, when adopting a Boxer, you should at least check the parent dogs for these undesirable traits before even looking at the puppies.
Aggression One owner said: "I love my Boxer girl, but she can be a terror sometimes and could get really hyper to where she´d attack us. I'd hate to think what all she'd get into without any training at all!" By the way, there are more accounts, from owners, of aggression among their female Boxers, especially towards other female.
Hyperactive Boxers have high play drive and they need their exercise or they´d get excitable and destructive.
Play, play and play with them. Give them extra space especially when you have to leave them alone for long period. Tire them out with long walks and play sessions but within a fenced area or on a leash. When going for their walks, opt for body harness if you have a Boxer that pulls or strays.
Harness is the answer to the Boxer slipping out of the collar. The chain-harness combo looks good as well as trains the Boxer to walk without pulling or straying.
Extreme shyness (not to be mistaken with independence) It's critical to socialize your Boxers. When they are still puppies, take them to public places like a pet store so they won´t be so shy. Begin training in an area that is familiar to your Boxer, where there is minimum distraction. Once both of you are skilled at several obedience commands, take him to practice at different areas with increasing amount of distractions present.
This may seems like starting all over again, but it's worth the effort. One family took theirs to the local mini-mart and practiced obedience training right outside, where there were distractions from people.
"Strangers came over and petted him and gave him treats. He met all kinds of people and learned to follow commands despite the distractions, and is a better dog today."