Housebreaking Boxers: Practical Advice

Puppies are rather frail things... but for such frail things, they can also cause a great deal of mess. Boxer pups may not seem all that delicate, and may in fact be friskier and more aggressive than a lot of other puppy types, but at a very young age, even they are impressionable, easily confused, and easily hurt as well by your actions. A lot of effort and time should go into housebreaking boxers, and you as the owner should give just the same amount of care and consideration you would to any other pup.

If you're just looking into housebreaking boxers, make sure to get yourself a fun toy for the puppy to play with, and a bag of treats to reward the puppy with every time he does something well. Liberal praise for the puppy when he has managed to learn how to do his "thing" in proper places will lead to him learning faster that he is doing a good thing. "Praise" is not restricted to verbal praise, but also in the dispensation of puppy-safe cookies and playthings. Don't worry, he won't become dependent on treats or toys, which could become rather expensive - while he is still young and learning good habits quickly, you can wean him off this reward system. He'll soon learn how to do his "thing" outside the house without expecting treats or praise in return.

Purchasing a nice good crate would also be advisable; this is important for "crate training," which is a form of obedience training that may be handled in more ways than one. Some new owners may think that crates should be used for punishment, as in a puppy that has done something wrong must be locked up in her crate until she learns not to do it anymore - this is not so. Neither is a crate a place for the puppy to learn to defecate in; dogs usually don't defecate in places they frequently play, eat or sleep in, so when the crate becomes a familiar place for your pup, your little dog-to-be will learn to "hold it in" until she is released. When you release your puppy from her crate, open the door immediately so she will learn that she must go outside to relieve herself. This is the proper way to use a crate when housebreaking puppies.

A crate should only be large enough for the puppy to stand and turn around in. Some owners also believe the crate is a sort of cage, for keeping a hyperactive puppy in, for example. They believe this will teach the puppy not to be so frisky. No! A puppy should not be less frisky in the first place - it is natural for a young animal to be active, and besides your puppy will outgrow his need for extreme play soon enough. While young, he should only learn what to do and not to do while within a human household.

There are quite a few tips that can be found online for housebreaking boxers, and if you're serious about raising fine, obedient pups, the Internet should be the first place to look.

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