Trusting your Boxer to come when called is a great step to knowing your energetic dog can listen and obey when you ask. Setting expectations with your Boxer will help keep him safe and build trust between you both. Your Boxer is friendly and eager to meet new people. He’d love to play with children and entertain guests. This could potentially also put him in a position of curiosity and trouble. Though this is a behavior-based training, you’ll want to keep your precious Boxer safe and secure while you are out and about. Should your Boxer get away from you because he’s curious about the world and things around him like little rabbits who run across his path, he needs to know the importance of coming back to you when called. Training your dog to come is a recall command which should bring your Boxer back to your side as you expect.
You do not want to train your Boxer that saying the command word over and over is what he should expect, so be sure you focus your training on getting him to recall back to you without repeating your command several times. Before you train your Boxer to come, he should have basic obedience commands down and know his name. You do not have to use the ‘come’ command. You can use his name with an expectation he should return to your side as well.
A puppy going through obedience training will be more eager to learn this command than an older Boxer being retrained, but both ages can be taught to come on command. Have patience with your Boxer during this training. Be sure to go get your dog when and if it’s necessary during training to avoid repeating the command word over and over. This repetition will only train him that he needs to hear the word several times before he needs to bother moving toward you.
To get started on training your Boxer to come, have your leash and lots of treats handy. You may want to have the leash on your Boxer for some of these methods so you can grab him easily if necessary. Keep your training sessions short and motivations high when training your Boxer to come to you. Treats he will want to work for might include meat and cheese.