Alphas VS Beta and How This Pertains to Listening
To a dog, his family is his pack and the house in which everyone lives is their den. Every pack has a leader. This is the Alpha. It can be no other way. In households with more than 1 adult human, there can be shared leaders. Those that fall under the Alpha are the Betas. When a Boxer dog understands proper hierarchy, he is a Beta. And as such, due to strong canine instinct, that Boxer will always listen to his human.
However, there are many things that can go wrong. Proper hierarchy, with the dog listening to his human is not a given. You may assume that you are the leader and deserve this level of respect and obedience; however, even small mistakes can inadvertently ‘teach’ your Boxer that either he himself is the leader or that he has a chance of taking on that role (if he perceives the leadership as being weak).
In either of these 2 cases, the Boxer will not listen to his owners. He may appear to listen some of the time; however, do not let this food you… in these cases, it is often a matter of the Boxer taking action when he feels like it, which happens to correspond to the human’s command coincidentally.
Notes Regarding Age
Before you take on the training needed so that your Boxer will start listening to you, it is important to take note of some age related scenarios.
Puppies– Teaching hierarchy takes time and you cannot expect a new puppy to understand his place during his first couple of months in the house. Most puppies have limited focus, bouncing from one thing to another. Curiosity and exploration is high. Memory is limited.