You’ve recently welcomed a gorgeous Boxer dog into your home. He’s energetic, brave and full of love. Everyone has a soft spot for him and you even catch your partner speaking to him in a baby voice when he thinks you’re not looking. One thing he’s not so good at though is following instructions. He thinks he runs the place so getting him to ‘sit’ or not jump on the furniture is challenging, to say the least. He’s also badly behaved on walks and jumps up at guests when they come over.
You know Boxers are supposed to be devoted and confident, but you didn’t realize how rule adverse they would be. Training him to be obedient is essential if you want a well-behaved dog. You can’t have a Boxer who’s strong and scary looking charging around without any boundaries.
Training any dog to be obedient can be difficult but Boxers, in particular, can throw you some curve balls. Because they’re so playful and energetic it’s difficult to get them focused and enforce any rules. Fortunately, you just need to find the right incentive. Tasty food and some of his favorite toys are an effective way to keep him on task. You’ll have to look at his routine and incorporate regular training into his daily life.
If he’s just a puppy, he should be a quick learner and you could see results in a couple of weeks. If your Boxer is older and been living like a king for many years then you may need a couple of months before you see consistent results. Get this training right though, and your life will be much easier. You won’t have to worry about him clambering up on the table to steal food, or pulling you on walks.
Before you get to work you’ll need to gather a few things. You’ll need a generous selection of treats or his favorite food broken into small chunks. You’ll also need a range of toys and clicker for one of the methods below.
You’ll need to set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Find a quiet room to practice in when noisy kids aren’t charging around playing.
Once you’ve got all of that you just need patience and a can-do attitude, then you can get to work!