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Old 11-26-2012, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 3 year old male boxer,inside dog and very spoilt. he is great with our 3 young children inside our home, and very obedient. Any stranger that comes to our home he wants to attack. when he is on the leash outside of our home he is very aggressive towards other dogs, regardless of size and towards older men. soon as he is back inside the house he is a total different dog. Im at my wits ends and i do hope i can change this behaviour as we all love him to bits. All info and opinions would be greatly appreciated
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouold get in contact with a trainer ASAP!!! Find a good, trustable trainer and work with him either one on one or in a class!!!
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Sounds like him being an "Inside Dog" and maybe not being socialized has led to this. It will take constant work! good luck
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's a territorial thing, I wouldn't worry. Our boxers are inside dogs and don't like strangers coming on the property. It's nothing to worry about.


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Old 11-30-2012, 08:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Are you certain that his behavior is "wanting to attack" - or is he very vocally being protective of his territory - something that is simply in the very nature of dogs to want to do. Such a response is a natural part of their genetic makeup.

If your dog is barring it's teeth & lunging at strangers for nothing more than someone knocking on your door, I do also recommend seeking the assistance of a well-recommended professional trainer or behaviorist, perhaps someone recommended by your vet.

If your dog is aggressively barking & perhaps "running" the length of his territory (your yard or what have you) that is normal. All dogs are territorial to some degree or another, especially certain breeds of dogs. Can you let people he has not previously met inside your home without him lunging or barring teeth? Does he calm down after they are in & proper introductions made? If so, again, no issues there.

Boxers were bred to be guardians and were originally used in their native Germany as police & patrol & militia dogs. They are not Golden Retrievers nor were they ever meant to be. One of their duties was protection work. However, your dog MUST defer to YOU to let him know if/when someone is an actual threat and when they are not. And if your dog is truly taking this matter into his own & seeking, in your best assessment, to inflict bites upon someone that you are looking to let into your home, then yes - a professional is in order - pronto.

Without actually seeing this behavior ourselves, it is impossible to know exactly what is happening here. Is there any chance for you to video this scenario & post it for us?
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When we are outside, he shows teeth and lunges. Inside he runs from corner to corner if anyone is close, me being paranoid thinks he is gunna jump the fence and attack ( he never has jumped before) If a stranger comes to the house i cant let them in or he lunges. However he is ok with family who he sees regularly or he knows the scent well enough to know they are no danger. He is very protective of us all.recently he has had a operation to remove his nuts.. Which turned into a major op as his second nut was deformed inside his belly which had turned cancerous. He has also had a shot of female hormones to settle his aggression and medication to make him more socialable if need be. Hopefully i can get his inside behaviour the same outside on the lead aswell cause he is a beautiful boy and definatly worth all the stress! Lol fingers crossed im on the right track


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When walking he will not lunge at someone unless they get to close to me or my children


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