Training a Boxer Dog as an Attack Dog

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The boxer’s parent breeds, the Belgian Brabanter Bullenbeisser and the English bulldog are by no means gentle, cute dogs. Whereas the Bullenbeisser was specifically trained as hunting and attack dogs for many generations, the bulldog is known best for his abilities as a guard dog, but his massiveness and fierce look also recommend him as a great attack dog. Coming from such a tough family, it’s no wonder that boxer have the ability to make great attack dogs too, if given the right training.

Still, training a boxer as an attack dog is not necessarily easy. By nature, the boxer is a fun, playful, child-like dog that only reverts to aggressiveness if it’s mandatory. However, his fighter spirit is dormant inside him and only requires the right training to spark it.

Given a proper education in this sense, a boxer can grow up to becoming an attack dog as fierce as any. They are also extremely loyal and fearless dogs that never back out of a fight, despite the odds being unfavorable towards them. It’s these qualities that propelled boxers in many working categories that require both their wits, smarts and aggressiveness, such as police work, being used as an attack dog in World War 1 and 2, as guard dogs or as dog fighters in illegal tournaments.

Their physique is also impressive, their sturdy build, combined with their fierce looks helping a lot when training a boxer as an attack dog. That’s why it’s important to take care of this aspect during the training process, constantly giving the dog opportunities to exercise and build muscle as well as supporting this effort with a good diet. Raw food and nutritional supplements are recommended in this case of course.

It’s very important that you arouse a boxer’s aggressive side even since he is a pup. This is an aspect that most people forget when they begin training their boxers as attack dogs. It’s obviously easier for any dog to learn something as a pup rather than learn it during adulthood, when he already has some habits formed up so you should start a solid training program as soon as the age of 4-5 months. For more in-depth help with training your boxer you should check out this course

You should also check your pup’s health condition thoroughly before deciding if you want to train him as an attack dog or not. Some pups might be suffering (or might be prone to) conditions that will probably not recommend him as a good attack dog and it’s not worth wasting time in training him and at the same time it’s cruel towards the boxer dog to simply direct him to a field where he’s never going to excel or even fit in.

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That said, I hope you don’t misuse the above information while training your boxer as an attack dog. If you’re simply training him as an attack dog for protection, make sure you also teach him obedience or he will start biting everyone that gives you a corny look and jumping on anyone bumping in you on the street, since they are extremely loyal dogs.

Sometimes, loyalty and extreme aggressiveness don’t mix that well and incidents like the one I mentioned might cause you and the boxer some nasty problems (including having to take your dog to rehab training centers – in the best case – or having him euthanized – in the worst -).

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