As soon as your Boxer pup opens their mouth to take a nice bite out of your sofa or wants to gnaw on your hand, you must immediately say "No!" with a strong and firm voice. The tone of your voice is very important. If "No!" is said in a playful or amused tone, your dog will not understand the true meaning of this word.
This command word will be one of great importance that is used in countless situations. Your dog must understand from the tone and the actions that you make that you mean business when you say this!
After saying the command word to your dog:
- If he already has an object in his mouth - take the object away. Do not allow your puppy to engage you in a game of tug-of-war. A puppy will see that as fun and try to provoke this game as often as they can. As soon as you have the non-approved object away from your pup, immediately give him one of the approved chewing and teething dog toys. Say "Here's your toy" in a happy and excited tone. As your Boxer begins to chew on it, praise him for being a good dog.
- If your puppy is just about to grab onto an un-approved object, distract him. Say his name loudly to get your dog's attention. Then, immediately give your dog 1 of his chewing and teething dog toys. Again, say "Here's your toy" in a very pleasant tone and praise him for using it.
- If your Boxer puppy
nips and gnaws on you, try to resist the urge to swat at him. A dog does not learn very much from an owner hitting him; even if the swat is a light one. All this will do is teach your Boxer to be afraid of you and it does not show very much will power on your side. If you want your dog to have control over his behavior, so must an owner. The correct training method is to say "No!" very loudly and firmly. Then, immediately give him his dog teething toy.
Correct Chewing & Teething Toys
Not all dog toys are the same. Some are colorful pieces of rubber that are basically worthless. Owners are attracted to them because of the colors or perhaps because of the fun and amusing names of them. However, to truly help your Boxer puppy with the teething stage, a puppy must have a large supply of proper dog toys that are designed to help him.
What are the perfect types of teething toys for your puppy? They will have 3 characteristics:
They will be able to be put into a freezer. Many of these will be filled with water, thus allowing the freezing method to work very well. Chewing on a cold object will help tremendously.
The dog toy must be very sturdy, it will be used continually throughout this time
3) The dog toy will be a solid object with thinner and longer elements that protrude from the base. It must be shaped in a way that allows your dog to use it to get right onto the gum that is in between teeth and to reach any area that is causing discomfort.
What If I am Not Home?
Just as you must plan for house training your Boxer
, even at times that you are not home, you must allow prepare for this. A Boxer puppy can be put into a gated area. However, that area should contain plenty of proper dog toys. To leave your puppy without resources to soothe itchiness and sore gums is just plain cruel.
Along with chews should be water in a dispenser, food (if you will be gone during meal time), a comfortable area to rest/sleep (canine bed or pillow) and an area for a pee pad.
How long is too long to stay home alone? A 4 month old puppy, if going into the gated off area immediately after eliminating, can only hold on for 4 hours. An hour is added for each month your puppy grows older.