Boxer Puppies, A Guide From Purchase to Adulthood.
There aren't many things cuter than boxer puppies. They are adorable little balls of energy, who can bring joy to any home they go to. As they grow up they become one of the most fun, loving, and intelligent dogs there are.
This doesn't mean getting a boxer puppy is something you should enter into lightly. It's a big responsibility and there are quite a few factor you should consider first.
Is the boxer breed right for you.
Boxer are fairly big dogs and they can be very strong. They are extremely energetic and require a lot of exercise. They tend to be sort of permanent puppies, who don't really settle down til later in their lives. They have a very big and friendly personality.
They are short haired dogs and they can't handle extreme temperatures (hot or cold). This means they need to be inside dogs. They're very social dogs and don't thrive if left alone. They do best if they have constant human companionship. This makes them an excellent family dog.
They are very intelligent and independent dogs. This can make them difficult to train. Proper obedience training needs to bedone early on. It will take serious time and effort on your part. Once they are properly trained they are however very well behaved dogs.
Although there short-haired they can shed during changes of weather, will need you to brush them every day. Also some boxers are prone to drooling and snoring.
Overall their are tremendous upsides to getting a boxer dog, if you can handle taking care of them properly.
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Boxer Puppies Breeders
There are three kinds of breeders generally:
- The average dog owner who doesn't really know what their doing.
- The puppymill breeders who are just it it for profit and can be downright cruel.
-The professional or hobby breeder.
The last one is who you should be looking for. These are the people who truly care about the breed and the dogs in their care. Their goal is breeding healthier boxers with the right temperament.
They are willing to spend money on the proper medical testing, nutritional supplements, and training. Few responsible breeders actually turn a big profit. More likely there in the business because they love boxers.
To find out if your dealing with a responsible breeder make sure you visit them. Ask to see the parents of the puppy. Observe how the dogs in their care act. Are they friendly or do they stay away. Do you homework and check them out. Ask around at a local kenell club or and obedience training school. Maybe even contact some pet owners who've done business with them.
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Boxer Puppies Rescue
Boxer rescues are non profit organizations that help lost or abandoned boxer dogs find a good home. They generally deal with older dogs, but they sometimes have puppies too.
So if you'd like to do a good deed and give a home to a dog that's down on their luck, you should consider rescuing a boxer.
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Bringing Your Boxer Puppy Home
When you first bring your boxer puppy home (should be at 7-8 weeks old) make sure you or someone else is home as much as possible. It's scary for a new pup getting used to a new home and having company around will make it much easier. In addition to this there are some other preparations you can make. You should have:
-Water and food bowls
-Some chew toys
-A collar and lead
-Flea and tick treatments
-Plenty of cleaning products and rags.
It's generally a good idea to continue to feed your puppy whatever the breeder was feeding them. This will help prevent any problems with an upset stomach. Eventually you can wean them on to other food, but make you do it slowly. Also a puppyshould be fed twice daily and have plenty of water available.
Pet Health Insurance
Over a lifetime the health care costs for boxer puppies can be very expensive. You may want consider getting some kind of pet insurance early on to offset the costs.
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Boxer's are most comfortable with temperatures around seventy degrees. They can't handle extreme hot or cold temperatures.
In winter many boxer owners counteract this by getting clothing for their dog. Others like using a small space heater that your boxer can curl up next to.
Boxer Puppy Names
Boxer owners can be very creative when their naming their dogs. Always popular is using the first or last name of a famous professional boxer. Generally though people pick names that represent the strong, athletic, and playful nature of boxer dogs.
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Boxer Puppy Training
Typically you want to start training your boxer puppy at 7-12 weeks of age. They are like little sponges at this age and can learn new things very quickly. What they learn is also permanent so be consistent and avoid bad habits. So lets go over some of the important aspects of puppy training.
A dog crate is a great training device and a important tool to keep your puppy safe. If done right the crate becomes a safe haven for your boxer, somewhere they feel very comfortable. Doing it wrong and keeping them locked up all the time can be very cruel.
Initially you just want to get them used to the crate. Get themto go in with a toy or treat as bait. Then praise them profusely when they do. Play with them and give lots of attention while their in the crate.
Eventually they will start to go to the crate on their own. This is when you start closing the door for short periods of time. Then slowly work your way up to longer periods of time. If they they cry or whine to get out ignore it, as this will only reinforce that behavior.
Your puppy has a very small bladder and at this age they don't really know how to control it. The best course of action is to take them outside as often as possible, every 1-2 hours if you can. When they do go to bathroom outside praise them or give them a treat.
Repeat the same phrase every time you take them out, like "time to go" or "let's go outside". This repetition and positive reinforcement will eventually catch on with them. Avoid scolding or yelling if they go inside the house. This likely will just result in a scared and confused puppy.
To avoid damage to your home you may want to create a "safe area" for them to play. Lay down lots of newspaper and put their crate nearby.
Socialization is the process of introducing your puppy to new people, animals, places, and experiences. This is vital to making your puppy a well adjusted and well behaved dog.
Start out small with this. Take them on walks around area you live in. Introduce them to friends and relatives of yours. Eventually take them to more exotic locations (from your boxer puppies perspective). Try places like a farm, a forest area, or a crowded public place.
Do not try to comfort or pet them if they get scared. This will only reinforce that being scared is a good thing. Just be calm and relaxed. If they calm down after being scared, then you can praise them.
At 10-16 weeks you should try to get them into a puppy kindergarten class. This will allow them to socialize and play with other puppies in a controlled environment. In addition some basic training commands and the opportunity to meet new people can be very helpful.
Beyond this is more complicated training like commands and correcting bad behaviors. You may want consider one of the excellent courses on dog training to educate yourself.
Boxer Puppy Pictures
This is what your really here for, right? To see some cute boxer puppies. We have pictures of boxers of all ages here.
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