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Boxer Tips

Crate training

I strongly recommend crate training. It is a lot safer for your boxer and can save you a lot of grief and annoyance. Crates should be used to keep your puppy in during times that you are away from home, sleeping, or preoccupied with something which stops you from being able to completely supervise your new puppy. Some people think that securing your new puppy is cruel. I personally believe that this will make you and your puppy much happier. When you arrive home from work or just being out you will come home to a house that has not been peed through or have any personal items destroyed. Crating your puppy allows you to go about your required business knowing that your puppy is safe and sound until you can once again return to him/her.

Since I feel so strongly about crate training, all puppy's here leave with a crate for a small additional fee of $60.00 Crate training is not only useful for keeping your puppy and your home safe, crate training aids in house training your puppy and training against unwanted chewing. It is also the best way to keep your puppy safe while traveling in a vehicle, and it is a wonderful way to keep your puppy quiet following spay and neuter surgery As well, the crate can become a private place for your puppy where there are children involved, and it is quite simple to instill the rule that when puppy is in his/her crate, the puppy is left alone.

This is valuable in giving young pups the much needed rest time, and teaches the youngsters to respect this time. When your puppy is in the crate, it cannot chew on things it shouldn't. Boxer puppies chew for a lot of reasons, i.e. boredom, teething, exploring, or just because. If your puppy is properly supervised, you can teach it what is allowable chewing (i.e. their own toys) and what is bad chewing (your family heirloom, the poisonous houseplant, etc. The bottom line is, boxers don't mind there crates. Their crate becomes their little space where they can rest and spend time comfortably.

How to Crate Train A Boxer

When you first bring your puppy home you will already have your crate. Set it up in an area central to the family, but not in heavy traffic areas of your home; we recommend in your kitchen near a door leading to a fenced yard where puppy will go out to relieve him/herself; it helps to leave the crate in one location The day you get your new puppy home let it explore the crate put a doggy biscuit and/or an interesting toy into the crate. Let the pup wander in and out of the crate (you may have to coerce it to go in a couple of times) at first leaving the door open. Several times through the day, take your puppy back to where the crate is and repeat the toy/cookie routine. Praise your puppy for going into the crate in a quiet, happy voice. Praise your puppy for playing in the crate. After your pup has entered the crate a few times, put a brand-new exciting toy into the crate, lure your pup in and close the door. Just for a few minutes.

If the puppy whines you can talk to him/her, put your fingers through the door and touch him/her, but do not take the pup out until s/he settles. Then give lots of praise and open the door Patience is the key to the effective crate training of your new puppy! We do not recommend feeding your puppy in the crate. As well, do not provide water in the crate, as food and water will cause the puppy to have pee and pooh you can leave the pup with a safe toy or two (nylabone, Kong, rope toy). Do not put your boxer in the crate wearing a collar, or put rawhide, pig's ears or squeaky toys. Remember, you want them to be safe.

The number one question asked is "how long can a dog be crated for When you first get your new puppy s/he will be 8-10 weeks of age. At this age it is advisable to have your pup in the crate for no longer than about three hours before letting him/her out to relieve themselves, have a little play. Once your pup reaches 12-16 weeks, about four hours is the rule. It is not advisable to leave your puppy in its crate for longer than 5-6 hours regardless of age once your get past the 16-week mark. Should you find you must leave your pup for longer than this, then be kind and have a neighbour or relative come in and let your puppy out and spend a little time with him/her. With respect to what age you will need to crate your puppy, there is no exact age. I personally keep my dogs all crated when I go out and when I am home the door on the crates stay open, and I find that all my dogs will go in them when they want to rest or get away from the children.

If you want to test your dog to see if it is all right when left alone, leave him out for very short periods of time when you are preoccupied. Watch what he does. Then increase the time spent out until he stays out while you are sleeping. If he shows himself trustworthy, then you can begin to "test" him when you go out. Only ten minutes at first. Then an hour, then two or three. Do not rush to getting your boxer "crate-free" as bad habits can still be formed. Crate training can be accomplished in several days, or may take several weeks, depending on the age, temperament, and previous experiences your dog has had. You should keep two things in mind while training your dog to a crate. First, the crate should always be associated with something pleasant for the dog, and second, training should take place in a series of small steps - don't try to do too much too fast.

Whining

If your dog whines or cries while in the crate at night, it may be difficult to decide whether he is whining to be let out of the crate, or whether he needs to be let outside to eliminate. If you followed the training procedures, your dog should not have been reinforced in the past for whining by being released from his crate. Initially you can ignore the whining. Your dog may stop if he is just testing you. Yelling at him or pounding on the crate may only increase his vocalizations. If the whining continues after you have ignored it for several minutes you can repeat the phrase your dog has associated with going outside to eliminate. If he responds and becomes excited, take him outside. This should be a trip with a purpose - not playtime.

If you are convinced that your dog does not need to eliminate, the best response is to ignore the whining until it stops. Most attempts at punishing the behaviour actually end up inadvertently reinforcing it because the dog is getting attention from you. During the process of ignoring the whining, expect it to get worse before it gets better. You cannot give in. Otherwise, you will have taught your dog that he must whine loud and long to get what he wants! If you have progressed very gradually through the training steps and have not attempted to hurry the process and cut corners, you will not be likely to encounter this problem. If the problem becomes unmanageable, you may need to restart the crate training process from the very beginning.