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Old 12-03-2012, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thought I'd start a topic about obedience training. We just started tonight and it went pretty good. Just wanted to hear what kind of experiences anyone had with training and if they noticed a good technique for the boxer breed. Frankie's our first boxer and any help/advise is greatly appreciated


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Old 12-03-2012, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I took Georgie to puppy school at about 10 weeks old! I took her more to socialize with other puppies! We both learned and practiced commands and she did good!! It is definitely a good thing...

I'm glad you started this thread!! I am curious to see what kind of training others have done?! Treat based? Collar (shock, for lack of a better word?!)... Or something called "leash training (pulling on leash? It sounds rough to me)? I would like to go the route of treat/food training but I'm wondering if this is effective?!

I am very hesitant to use a collar with vibrations (though the trainers compare it to physical therapy vibrations)...

I also want to form a stronger bond with my puppy!!!

There are many options out there, so I'm confuses at which way to go...


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Old 12-03-2012, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We do treat rewards with the training we had at Petsmart. Not only when they do good do they get a treat but also verbal praise. We used a clicker as a way for them to know they did good but with 3 boys in the house, they just liked to click the thing so I gave that up. Poor Pheona was confused. LOL
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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OUr first night at training the trainer was looking over the dogs, got to Dixie, and said "ahhhh, the Boxer, best known as the clown of the arena"....halfway thru the first class I found out why. love that girl of mine!
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We went to a few classes before and the trainer was eccentric and all over the place I didn't think we learned anything from going there, I would like to do petsmart training someday but it gets expensive quickly when you have three that need training. For now I "home school" them I know how to teach them the basics sit, come, stay etc. they are all well behaved and very social, we get complements all the time at the dog park about how well trained they are ...little do they know how little formal training they've had.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:20 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I got Jaxon at 9 weeks. I had researched the breed and various training before I ever started looking for a Boxer. I started his training the day after I brought him home. I hired a personal trainer at about 16 weeks who came to my house and after the 2nd visit said "there isnt anything I can teach him right now you have done it all.", I took that as a good thing she not so much.

I used all positive treat training and at about 6 months I took him to a PetCo puppy class. Again we were way ahead of the others and it got boring for me and Jaxon. I did learn something each time. I started telling my trainer Jaxon was "doing" things to make her feel better. I realize now that wasn't the thing to do.

So in short basically I trained Jaxon and Baylee and each of the foster dogs I had here. I will say they were all very well behaved. Maybe I should quit nursing and become a boxer trainer.. LOL
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The class we went to is at petsmart and we got lucky, there's only one other puppy in the class a Doberman puppy named Gayle so we got lot of one on one time with the trainer. Frankie's only 10 wks well he'll be 11wks tomorrow lol. And I was so proud . He did so well and this morning we practiced and I think he's got sit down. He seems so eager to please. The training is treat based and they have the optional classes for the clicker but my trainer likes to use verbal commands and hand signals. I'd so excited to see how this goes. I'm very proud of my smart boy. At the end of the classes we let the two puppies play. Frankie was exhausted to say the least lol Puppy school-imageuploadedbypg-free1354627935.491771.jpg


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OMG Frankie is soooo cute! Love that pic!

We got a late start. Duke will be 7 months old when we get him in training but he already knows sit, lay down and shake. We have to work on stay, desperately! If we can get him to stay we can control him around our poor cat.

The trainer we signed on with uses positive reinforcement techniques but I'm not sure if they use treats, clicker, or what? My husband just signed him up yesterday and he doesn't tend to ask too many questions. lol We need something because he's entering his "rebellious teen" stage and testing our patience! lol
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We did Petsmart training with Pheona. Our instructor gave us hand outs each week with what we went over in class to so we'd continue to practice here at home. I have the sheets upstairs in a folder but also remember a lot of it. We started working with Murphy from day one. It's taken her a bit but she's learning quite a bit. She's walking on her leash a lot better too. What I like with Petsmart is if either you or the instructor doesn't think your dog is ready for the next class, you can retake the class at no cost. Pheona went through the intermediate class twice (we had finished it up & then my husband came home so retaking it gave him a chance to work with her and boy did they need the time to bond cause he had been gone & she would not listen to him) & she also took the advance class twice.
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I didn't know that you could take the class over if they weren't ready. That's awesome. I'm glad I started early. Usually I'm a procrastinator but I knew that Frankie would soon be so big that he could over power me so I figured I'd better start early. Lol he has a much better temperament then our two year old weenie Bogie. Bogie doesn't know what to think of Frankie at all. He's been an only child for so long. I think he keeps expecting Frankie to leave like he's just a visitor lol. Puppy school-imageuploadedbypg-free1354633287.082140.jpg


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