Boxers are a high energy breed, one that is very good-natured, loves to please, and is fun to live with--as long as they are properly trained. Trying to live with an untrained Boxer can be a very unpleasant experience. Your guests certainly aren't going to appreciate suddenly having a 70-pound "lap dog" jump in their lap. Many believe Boxers to be hard to train, however, this simply isn't true. The trick is you need to keep your pup interested in what you are trying to teach him. If he gets bored, he will simply start ignoring you.
Bear in mind that Boxers do not respond well to negative training methods, in fact, if you try to go this route, you may find your pup can out-stubborn you. Your best bet is to use positive training and reinforcement methods, take your time, work at your pup's pace, and, most of all, work with your pup to make the process fun.
To a dog in the wild, a cave becomes a den. Somewhere he can stay out of the weather, he can hide from danger, or go to when he is sick. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to teach your Boxer that the crate you put in the living room for him is his den. You would think this should be easy and that your dog would instantly want his own den. Unfortunately, while this might be the case of a wild dog, domesticated dogs only retain the memory, not the built-in strong desire.
Essentially, what you will be doing is bringing this natural instinct back to the surface and using it to train your dog to stay in his crate when you are at work or at night when you are asleep. Keep in mind that you need to take his collar off when you put him in the crate to avoid injury. Crate training can protect your home and your guests as well as give your pup his very own safe place to sleep.
When crate training any breed of dog, it's important to select a crate that is the right size, right now. For a puppy, you may need to start small and upgrade to a bigger crate in time, or choose a crate that will be suited to his full-grown size but that can be partitioned into smaller sections for now. Your dog should have enough space in his crate to stand up and turn around, but not enough extra space to be tempted to create his own separate sleeping and potty areas.
You need the stuff to make the crate comfy, rug to cover the floor, a bed, a water bottle, and some toys. You may also need a few extras as part of the training process, including:
It is going to take plenty of time and dedication to crate train your Boxer. Be patient, calm, and relaxed, the time will come when he falls in love with his new den and will enjoy spending time there.