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|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 1:04pm PST |
Boxers are highly prone to both RG and DA, particularly SSA. I worked with a prominent Boxer rescue and it was just mind numbing, not only the incidences of these behaviors, but how many dogs ended up getting returned from good adoptive homes. It got to the point where they simply refused, it is now a policy, to adopt female dogs into homes with an existing female dog. Often, what you'd have is six months, a year of the two girls feeling things out and then *WHAM*, massive aggression between the two. So they just got to the point where they said "no more" and refuse an adoption that would place females together, no matter how dog friendly their foster seemed to be. RG also could lead to bites. Bear in mind the past history of Boxers....it may surprise some in this country but Boxers actually were/are police dogs, protection dogs, so they are quicker to bite than a lot of breeds. So couple that with the RG, and sometimes things get pretty ugly. Early work to avoid these things matters much.
So the first of the primary things is to avert the RG, which she is already showing a little of you say. So that is red flag territory for you right there. If she is showing now, she likely has that trend. My personal advices are to be sure there is a lot of behavior around the food bowl, and once you feel she's ready for it, really up her tolerances. Take her bowl away, in example, and give her a piece of liver. Condition her to being rubbed on while she eats. Things like this. While she is this young, she is tolerant, so build and condition amply. I would also incorporate a system....which I do as a puppy coach for all breeds that tend to be possessive....where she can have her toys, but they need to be given to her and when she is done have them placed away. Don't allow her, in other words, to have possessions. Ask if if she'd like a toy, make her sit, have her play with it, and when she is done put it away. As training progresses, you also should be sure she is getting off the couch pleasantly when asked. All of this very upbeat and happy, of course.
For the potential DA, of course socialize her extensively, and try to let her life be...not just now but in the future....keeping her around other dogs. Boxers are inherently great players....some of the very best players out there!....so this is a huge asset. But be warned, as players they are very pushy and vigorous, which may overwhelm other dogs, who in turn may snap and then you open up a whole can new can of worms with a bad experience. So playing is fantastic and keeps her happy socialized, but as she gets a bit older, she will get more vigorous and bold, and that's when you need to watch her playing more closely, and if it is looking as if she is overwhelming the other dog, pull her out.
As she gets a little older, energy will go *through the roof* I hope they like an energetic dog, because Boxers are that....they bounce all over the place. It's a funny aside, but one of the reasons I invested myself in Boxer rescue is that they drive me insane to live with, so I figured I'd never mind letting my fosters go
They by nature are very mouthy. She should HAVE a lot of good chew toys so she'll have something to do with that tendency. If not, she will chew something she is not supposed to. Expect some degree of mouthiness to challenge you...it is very typical.
Good stuff? Well firstly, they are the sweetest mushpots on earth. REALLY sweet. Prepare her people for the rather exasperating mix of trying one's patience...as they are these pushy, bouncey pockets of enthusiasm....with the fact that they are also very sensitive. They need a lot of attention. YOU, as it looks like you are at the helm of this in some way, need to understand that they love attention, and "mobbing" is common behavior. That is leaping and bounding all over you insanely. DO NOT tolerate this! They know what they are doing They really like being pests. So proper door behavior....meaning when someone comes in through the door, coming home....should be instilled early. The earlier you train, the better. They always mean well, but live in a world of "more is ALWAYS better" and really don't regard being a major time pest as a bad thing For some reason, this breed in particular shows a very high mobbing mentality. One thing I suggest is that when they come home, make her sit and then give her something to do, such as give her a toy. They need to put the energy somewhere, so giving it a more productive outlet and avoiding the classic Boxer stage is really smart stuff.
Boxers learn VERY fast and are major foodies....pigs with a tail They also love the ball, love tugs. They LOVE to play. In training, some food and some play is a good balance, as they can bore and are usually more training enthusiastic with some variety. Another way to combat the RG is to do a LOT of tug work....the sooner the better. This focusing on getting her to do a fast release so she can get the tug back. This is also very helpful in combatting RG. Don't forget enthusiastic praise....this is a very praise positive breed and means as much to them as the reinforcer, as they are all about the connection.
Boxers love, and I mean LOVE!!!!!, kids. They are one of the ultimate kid companions and gravitate to them like they're "their people." Don't know if they have kids in their backdrop, but socialize young and these dogs are ridiculously reliable and prefer to be around kids than anything else.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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