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Old 12-03-2012, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm a new mommy to a 10 week old little boxer boy named Frankie. I've never owned a boxer before and had a few questions. First off he's way to smart for his own good and has already figured out how to climb over 2 pet different pet gates lol. Any suggestions on keeping him separate from the rest of the house while I do chores without having to kennel him? My next concern is he pees like every 5 minutes it seems. I never had this with any other dog I've owned and was wondering if I should worry about an infection or something. Lastly I noticed the past few days he's been favoring his back right leg. It doesn't seem to hurt him and he runs and plays fine but after a bit he lifts it an limps a little. Any help with any of these issues would greatly be appreciated. Thanks so much!



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Old 12-03-2012, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forums! Your pup is adorable!

Puppies tend to go potty a lot, especially when there this young. Are you have issues with accidents in the house or just concerned with the amount he goes? If it's accidents, maybe increase the number of times you take him outside. When house breaking my puppies I brought them outside every 15-20 minutes, right away after meal times, and right after they wake up from naps. It helps to watch their body language too. Sometimes they'll give you a subtle cue that they're looking for a place to go. Another thing is to teach them a word to associate with going potty to train them. I've always taught mine "go potty". I say it over and over and when they go I say "good potty" and reward them with lavish praise and/or a treat. It just helps to give them that word so they know what you're asking them to do.

On the gate thing, boxer puppies are very smart and they will figure most anything out. I would recommend crate training if you haven't already. If he's never been exposed to crates before he may bark, whine, and cry for a little while, but eventually he'll get used to being in the crate. Crating him would keep him safe as well as your house when you're not right there to supervise.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advise. He's been going good outside as well as in so I guess I'll just have to take him out more often I plan on crating him but wonder if he's to young to do so? I also have a little weenie dog and I don't remember when I started crating him. I do need to get him trained though before he gets to big lol


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I think that the sooner you start crating him, the better. We got Duke when he was 16 weeks old and thankfully didn't have an issue crating him. He was in the crate sleeping within an hour of introducing him to it. However, some dogs have issues with the crate so the sooner you get him used to it the better. Also, make sure to limit his space in the crate using the divider so that he doesn't go potty in there since dogs tend not to potty where they sleep.

As for his many potty incidents, like already mentioned he's still a puppy so they do tend to go a LOT! It should improve as he gets older.

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Honestly, he's at the perfect age for crate training. The earlier the better!
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Awesome thanks. I'll let you know how it
goes. Love my little guy so much already. He's so smart

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Is his right front leg brown or that a shadow? He's super cute!!
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Oh and the issue you mentioned with the rear leg - could it be there is something in his paw? Have you checked if there are any sores or cuts on it?
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His legs are all white. I did look at his paw. I just hope it's not anything to worry about. He's a doll. I wish I would've discovered the breed early in my life.

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He is so cute!!! Hopefully the leg thing is just his wiggle bum walk. Duke sometimes looks like he's favouring a leg if he's been laying down for a while and gets up. But mostly I think it's just the way the boxers wiggle when they walk. I wasn't used to that since I've had GSDs and mutts most of my life! lol
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