Housebreaking a Boxer Dog

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It must be said that housebreaking a boxer dog (or potty-training if you prefer) is a lot, and I mean way lot, easier than with most other breeds. Even as pups, when housebreaking training should begin, boxers show a keen sense of obedience, understanding and eagerness to learn. Still, don’t think of housebreaking your boxer dog as a simple walk in the park. At least not if you don’t prefer poop or sprayed urine on your carpet and furniture…

There are basically two ways to housebreak a boxer dog. One is by interdicting him access to the places he shouldn’t pee or defecate in, the other is by constantly allowing him access to the places he SHOULD pee or defecate in.

The second method is preferred, since it doesn’t require as much punishment and confinement, however you will need to keep a constant eye on your dog. Because if you let him run around freely, even taking your eyes off him for a few minutes, allowing him to pee in the house for example, will start a bad habit that will be hard to eliminate afterwards.

Confining your boxer and never allowing him to walk freely around the house can be done without you having to keep a constant eye on him. This method works best if you’re away from home for longer periods of time and there’s no one left to take care of the dog in the meantime.

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Housebreaking a boxer dog through confinement may have some negative effects on his future behavior, since he will be behind some form of “bars” for the most time. Make sure that while confined in his crate, or wherever you put him, he has a litterbox or a newspaper nearby (or whatever you want to teach him to poop in). This way, he will get used to littering in that specific potty instead of doing it wherever he is when nature calls, regardless if it’s your expensive rug, your neighbor’s foot or the cat’s food bowl.

If you have the time required for a “normal” housebreaking of your boxer dog, meaning one that doesn’t include any confinement, make sure that you have an eye on him whenever you’re not playing, feeding, training, or generally interacting with him. If you see him lifting his leg up, or getting ready to poop, stop him and take him outside, or to the litterbox you want him to get used to. For more on boxer housebreaking and other training issues you should check out this course.

It’s not a tragedy if you miss one of these poops and he does it in the middle of the house, but if he constantly does it, it will become a habit and you’ll have to spend extra hours on “de-training” him (which is often a lot harder than simply training a dog something).

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