My Boxer is 7 mts old, and a handful. We love him so much but I need some easy training tips for him, where should I sta
on Jun 1st 2012
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You can start with making him sit for everything he gets. Sit for meals, toys, treats, to go out. He does 't get anything until he sits. Nothing is for free. That worked great for Koby. Then you can move on to stay, wait, down, leave it, come, etc. Good luck!
Koby answered on 6/1/12. Helpful? / 1
Much of his behavior can be controled by making sure he gets lots of exercise.
Classes are a great way to learn how to communicate with your puppy. The mental exercise is great to tire the pup out also.
Pepper answered on 6/1/12. Helpful? / 1
Make him sit, down, stay ect before you give him food. Wrap him lead around your leg while still holding it when you take him for walks so he walks next to you instead of pulling ahead. If he barks at other dogs then take him to one side, sit him down and wait for the dog to pass and everytime he does something right, praise him and give him lots of cuddles!!!
Shadow answered on 6/2/12. Helpful? / 1
While the other answers are good... I would also enroll in a training class with him. Group classes are great for working on focus with distractions, getting a dog used to being in public and around other dogs, and of course actual obedience skills. Most chain pet stores (Petco, PetSmart, etc) have classes at very reasonable rates, as do many animal shelters. Look for a class that is based in positive reinforcement, not intimidation or punishment.
Also try your local library for training guides and videos, as well as the internet. Read as many books/websites as you can fit in, and find what methods work best for you. Don't get suckered by big-name trainers who promise to give you a "Perfect Dog" if you only buy their books/videos/etc ("only 49.95, with shipping and handling!) because there is no one method that works for EVERY dog and every owner.
Good luck, 7 months is a very trying age, but soon he'll grow up and find his brain, and you'll have a great dog if you work with him.
Bruno CGC answered on 6/3/12. Helpful? / 0