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Old 06-30-2015, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all, we adopted a boxer (about 2yr old) and we brought her home on Sat June 12th. She is just starting to get acclimated to her new surroundings and she is absolutely amazing and well mannered.

She just started taking treats and she is sitting, but on her own. As she is doing it, I say sit and give a treat. I guess that's better than nothing. Now that she is more comfortable, any tips on training? It's our first dog as owners and I am just looking for tips. She is a bit stubborn and wasn't sitting when I was presenting a treat (even gently putting pressure on her hind quarters. How stern should I be or how long should I try to follow through? While she is getting better and more comfortable, she still doesn't want to play with toys. Should I give her a little more time before I start with more complex obedience ? Any thoughts would be great. I just don't want to push her too soon
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Since she's a rescue, I would go with the flow for now. You've had her for 2 1/2 weeks... I would give her another week or two.

She may just be one of those dogs that isn't interested in toys! Or she just may need a little bit more time to really feel comfortable and at home. Do you know how many homes she had before coming to you?

The training can wait for now. Boxers can be stubborn sometimes! But since she is still adjusting to her new home, I would cut her some slack. I would wait at least a month and then enroll her in basic obedience classes. It makes a world of difference! And it will allow you to bond with her.

Sounds like she's doing well and you're doing a great job!
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Since she's a rescue, I would go with the flow for now. You've had her for 2 1/2 weeks... I would give her another week or two.
Yeah, I haven't really been pushing it. We see more personality every day. She is just so awesome.


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She may just be one of those dogs that isn't interested in toys! Or she just may need a little bit more time to really feel comfortable and at home. Do you know how many homes she had before coming to you?
She was at the puppy mill for about 12-14months and with a large rescue foster for about 8 months (with ~140 other dogs)

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The training can wait for now. Boxers can be stubborn sometimes! But since she is still adjusting to her new home, I would cut her some slack. I would wait at least a month and then enroll her in basic obedience classes. It makes a world of difference! And it will allow you to bond with her.

Sounds like she's doing well and you're doing a great job!
Yeah, I've heard they are stubborn. I just didn't want her to get in the habit of ignoring our requests. Giving her time is what I will do. Thanks for the help!
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Yeah, I haven't really been pushing it. We see more personality every day. She is just so awesome.



She was at the puppy mill for about 12-14months and with a large rescue foster for about 8 months (with ~140 other dogs)



Yeah, I've heard they are stubborn. I just didn't want her to get in the habit of ignoring our requests. Giving her time is what I will do. Thanks for the help!

Did she play with toys at her foster home? If so, then she probably just needs more time with you to really come out of her shell

Yes, they are too smart for their own good! They will try your patience sometimes too! But the love they give you will be so much more!

I would give her a couple more weeks and then most definitely get her into basic training. It really will make a world of difference!
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I'm a believer of having a dog follow your rules from day 1 although with basic commands. For me I would have her sit before giving her meals. Wa;king I would give her a bit of lead and just gently keep[ her at my side, and when you stop, sit....YOu kind of need to figure her out some, get an idea of her basic personality. I would be firm but not overly so, its kind of difficult for me to explain. I guess what I'm trying to say I would let her settle in but at the same time implement some simple commands as long as she isn't shy and tucking her tail. She may not play with toys being older and very possible never had any. I'm sure though her foster can give you some better insight in how to handle her. I would talk with them if at all possible, just to get some basic ideas.
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Do a search on you tube and you might find some videos on teaching basic commands to an older dog vs a puppy. It might help. Add in a lot of patience and love and she'll do fine. Some dogs don't do toys, others are obsessed with them - others so - so. You'll figure out which one she is.
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I can tell ya one thing, do not enroll in the Pet Smart training program. I did, and it was a waste of time and money.

Learned more from this site, other online blogs, sites, and books.
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I'm a believer of having a dog follow your rules from day 1 although with basic commands. For me I would have her sit before giving her meals. Wa;king I would give her a bit of lead and just gently keep[ her at my side, and when you stop, sit....YOu kind of need to figure her out some, get an idea of her basic personality. I would be firm but not overly so, its kind of difficult for me to explain. I guess what I'm trying to say I would let her settle in but at the same time implement some simple commands as long as she isn't shy and tucking her tail. She may not play with toys being older and very possible never had any. I'm sure though her foster can give you some better insight in how to handle her. I would talk with them if at all possible, just to get some basic ideas.
Great advice Linda!
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I can tell ya one thing, do not enroll in the Pet Smart training program. I did, and it was a waste of time and money.

Learned more from this site, other online blogs, sites, and books.
I wouldn't recommend Pet Smart either. Bailey was jumped by 2 German Shepherds in the training enclosure. Good thing she wasn't hurt but she does have leash anxiety when encountering other dogs while on a leash.
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If you read the OPs posts, she is only two years old but she came from a puppy mill. Normal rules may not really apply in her case since she's re-learning acceptable behaviours. She is just learning how to be a normal dog and pet. Obviously she shouldn't be allowed to get away with murder, but a little more patience will be needed as she learns our human rules.
Definitely contact the rescue you got her from for some advice and a referral to a qualified trainer. Petsmart and Petco in training classes are hit and miss. You may luck out and get a good trainer or not! We got a referral from our veterinarian. That might be another place you can ask.
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