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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Boxers are high energy and need more discipline when young (under 4). @ddnene can give some details.

    I do not like choke collars and i think the collet Lynn refers to is a martingale collar which can work for sure ... I would try that and if still issues there are other options
    Boxers are extremely HIGH energy, and they are considered puppies until they are about 3 years old. That being said they are wonderful dogs, they just seriously NEED to be worn out daily… very high energy. My hubby would actually run w/our girl to wear her out, and we put a tether ball for her to play with in the backyard. I didn't use a choke collar on her, but I did use a good harness… they also have those no pull leashes that attach from the front, I will try to find one for you online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    Boxers are extremely HIGH energy, and they are considered puppies until they are about 3 years old. That being said they are wonderful dogs, they just seriously NEED to be worn out daily… very high energy. My hubby would actually run w/our girl to wear her out, and we put a tether ball for her to play with in the backyard. I didn't use a choke collar on her, but I did use a good harness… they also have those no pull leashes that attach from the front, I will try to find one for you online.
    Thank you very much. I am doing my best to tire them out daily. I'm even taking Thor for 2 mile long walks by ourselves daily. We are used to our little fat EBD who wants to go outside and potty and come back in again!

    Any training suggestions? Or just wear him out and keep working with him, the rest will follow?


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    Quote Originally Posted by YHSublime View Post
    Thank you very much. I am doing my best to tire them out daily. I'm even taking Thor for 2 mile long walks by ourselves daily. We are used to our little fat EBD who wants to go outside and potty and come back in again!

    Any training suggestions? Or just wear him out and keep working with him, the rest will follow?


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    I actually hired a trainer to help me w/Roxie… she liked to run away if she got out the front door. My poor neighbors would see me bolt thru the subdivision in my jammies Training session will mentally tire them out, and that's a good thing… even playing hide/seek can keep them busy. My hubby even rode his bike and had Roxie run besides him… but be extremely careful doing this, boxers are a brac breed so they can over heart just like bullies do. A tired doggie is a better behaved doggie… plan short sessions throughout the day and see if the behavior improves.

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    Are you making him work for treats and food?
    Working for everything. NILIF!

    Quote Originally Posted by ddnene View Post
    I actually hired a trainer to help me w/Roxie… she liked to run away if she got out the front door. My poor neighbors would see me bolt thru the subdivision in my jammies Training session will mentally tire them out, and that's a good thing… even playing hide/seek can keep them busy. My hubby even rode his bike and had Roxie run besides him… but be extremely careful doing this, boxers are a brac breed so they can over heart just like bullies do. A tired doggie is a better behaved doggie… plan short sessions throughout the day and see if the behavior improves.
    That's a good plan. I wish I ran, but neither my wife nor I do. I try to take the guys out early, or later, so it's not so hot in the summer.

    Thor goes wild at the dog park, and he will run and run and run (so does Taco, but at a slower speed.) Unfortunately, I can't figure out why he decides to attack some dogs, and not others. It could be the same dog that he played with for an hour the day before, and he will run in and attack it the next day. We are getting a bad rep at the dog park, which is no bueno, because that's the easiest way to drain his energy out. If I could get him to fetch, that would be ideal, but the bringing back thing is a no go.

    I need to get some tasty treats to help motivate, I think that will be helpful.


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    Well, we are making progress. I think I was just frustrated the first couple of days. We are wearing him out, and exercising his mind as well, as much as possible. He's a great dog, just wasn't expecting to have to put in such an initial amount of time.

    We still have not solved his aggression issue with other dogs, but I don't think we will. I keep him leashed and sitting right by me (which he does obediently while other dogs romp around) until he's just with Taco, or dogs that he happens to get along with that day.

    Taco has been a real treat in the training process, as he just goes through the motions now, ie. I make them sit before they get invited into or out of the house, and Taco will be sitting and patiently waiting before I even give the command.


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    A quick update:

    I ended up getting two important things. Treats, and a crate. I guess we lucked out with Taco being the gentle giant that he is, and it's clear Thor will need a lot more work. We got a bark collar that sprays citronella if he barks, and he doesn't care for it. I quickly figured out, as did he, that he was very aware of the "if I do this, then the result is this..." making him an ideal candidate for clicker training.

    I've downloaded an app on my phone that tracks our walks, and I have been taking Thor our for an average of 4-5 miles a day. At the very least, we will do 2 miles.

    I put him in the crate at night now, and that has helped us sleep. I got a cover for the crate, and I threw in one of my old sweaters, which he enjoys. He barked a few times the first couple of nights, but now he patiently waits till the morning. I feel bad, because Taco still sleeps in our room, but Taco will let us sleep, in fact, I have to get him up and moving in the mornings so I'm not late!

    Clicker training is hard because of the two dogs, but seemingly effective. I work with the dogs separately, but Thor has started associating sit with treat, vs. the click. I don't give him treats for sitting anymore, as it's all he will do. He got very excited when we first introduced treats. When we worked on associating the "click" with a treat, he would not forget there was a treat in my hand. Training I read, said that you should let the dog smell your hand while you're watching TV or reading a book if they are curious about the treat, but not give it till them until they give up. Well, Thor did not give up, we went two 45 min episodes of a show, and he still was trying to open my hand up and get a treat. I am not sure if he associates click with a treat, but I am clicking every time he gets one.

    I was about ready to give up a few days after working on making him sit before we go through doors, and waiting for me to invite him in. This is a big thing for me, because we live in a tightly knit, very nice complex, and having the dogs behave in the hallways and vestibules is key. I was getting ready to give up, and we went for a walk yesterday, and the little dude sat down after each door, and looked at me like he knew he had done something right. He's obviously super smart, and I'm the dummy for not being able to figure out how to wear out that little mind of his.

    Something makes me feel like this is going to make children a breeze!


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    Great work and dedication!! Stick to it-- slightest inch and he will plow through
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    Great work and dedication!! Stick to it-- slightest inch and he will plow through
    Dont I know it! It's exhausting.

    The hardest part is the aggression towards other dogs.

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    So this is my most recent battle. Becoming Alpha.

    We've had Taco for almost a year now,and he has been a model citizen. He knows I'm top dog in the house, and he's been great on the leash, and even off the leash. He listens when I call him, it's been good.

    Our recent introduction, Thor, has been a bit more of a challenge. I don't know if it's because I'm dealing with x2 now, or because I'm confident that he's 1/2 Boxer.



    Thor came to us from the same rescue we got Taco, and his family surrender him because he wasn't do well with the kids. I have had Thor and Taco with kids, supervised, and they do great. But that isn't even what this is about. I live a few yards away from a dog park at the bottom of my Apartment. Taco and Thor get along great, they play all day, they even play when they are by themselves in the dog park. Thor, however, will run right for certain dogs, and attack them. It could have been the same dog he has played with yesterday for 45 minutes. I started to realize that he thinks he's the alpha in our pack. He's first out the door, first in the door, doesn't listen when I call him in the dog park, etc.

    So here's what I've done to regain control. I've started making them both work for everything. I know the drill in this regard. I praise, and I act quick when disciplining, or correcting. I've been working on making them both walk besides me, vs. the in front. Taco is excellent, Thor is good AFTER we burn energy, but I will literally be almost dragging him with the tight leash by my side to keep him from running up ahead, there will be no slack. I have tried correcting with the leash (he's on a harness) and I've tried stopping and sitting as we go, and he still will try and pull ahead. I make them sit before we go out and I open the door and make them wait, same coming back in. Granted I have only been doing this for 5 or so days, and I have noticed improvements, but I'm wondering if there is something I can do to break him faster. He listens at home, and it's very clear I'm in charge, but it's outside that get's confusing.

    I've thought about getting a choke collar, I'm not sure what the consensuses on those are here, but I imagine probably not well received? I am open to any advice, tips or tricks, I feel like I'm on the right path, but it's going to be a long time till we get it right!

    Part of me is frustrated doing this with two dogs, I was hoping Taco's good habits would get picked up, but instead Taco is learning Thors bad ones!
    Hi There
    For Me it has always depended on the dog and there personality , Tilly was always a collar dog for anything walking especially, i have used chokers and know also how to use them seems in My memory they had to be used on the larger breeds Dobes and Roti,s and a couple of Siberian husky's, Odin is a Cane Corso and works, walks, everything well with a K9 harness yet is a pain in the rump to walk with a collar it seems he feels HE is in control, soon as the harness is on even without a lead on say on the property , he will not leave My side stops when i do ect ect
    I have two Chokers here and as i said have had to use them on certain dogs , I do not care what people think if I use them I know I have My dogs best interest at heart when i use them .
    The treat method works very well also all My guys love there treats lol
    YOU MIGHT BE A BULLDOG IF...

    ...everyone else in a room with you is pinching their noses
    ...you snore like a chain saw.
    ...it takes too much energy to beg
    ...your snore is louder than your bark
    ...you have never seen your tail...what is a tail anyways?
    ...you're the loudest snorer in the house.

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