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Old 12-05-2012, 12:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone

Am for the first time here and I have a problem...or at east I think so!
I have a boxer dog, male, 11 weeks old...that is great with people but with dogs he plays a bit dominant or agressive...and if its like that I would love to stop it before he get bigger!

So with other dogs, he makes so much sounds and growls alot, jumps on their back, punches their face...and bites the ear or the neck! Biting looks gentle but with the growling its not so cool to watch! Also today we saw a french bulldog and for the first time I saw him stalking :/ When he came to the other dog they started playing...
Another thing...in play he always goes to search for a thing...like a stick and when the other dog wants to take it he barks showing hes teeth.
For the first time im having a boxer...so please give me some advice

So is this normal for boxers, and should I stop it or leave it to the other dogs to socialize?

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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lol Yup, that's just the way boxers play. Here's a video of my Duke playing with my husband when he was about 16 weeks old.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fk7F...E&feature=plcp

He still makes these sounds but now they sound a lot scarier because he's bigger! But that's the thing, they are very vocal and loud and rough but it's mostly all play! I wouldn't intervene unless he's playing with someone's pup who isn't comfortable with it. The more you socialize him with other dogs, the better!

It does sound like he may be a bit toy possessive so I would keep an eye on that aspect.
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Uh tnx alot I fee a bit better now! Still to other dogs he shows his teeth too much...ah, I guess thats all part of the play!
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This is exactly how Zeus plays, and he stalks his big fur sister all the time. Like she cant see him ! AHAHHAA.. he is extremly vocal.. all bark no bite...
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well Khan bites...but gently (i think) coz the dogs he is playing with do that also...bite their ears and neck etc.
The thing is should I say "NO!" when he protects his thing (stick, toy etc.) or not?
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Old 12-05-2012, 02:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Give the other dogs a chance to correct him first. Dogs learn better from other dogs. If he persists, then remove him from playtime until he calms down.
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time out works wonders. when me and Zeus go to the dog park and he gets a little out of hand or ignores me... he is instantly told to sit and stay.. time out for a a minute or so until he calms down. I also make sure he makes eye contact with me before he goes about his play time.
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I would like to say it is important to keep him socialized around other dogs~very important~that is how they learn like WholeLottaBoxers pointed out
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:48 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Tnx alot all! Will do!
He is a great dog and Ill put some pics on so u can see him. Tnx one more time
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