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Old 12-05-2012, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Going to be a new boxer owner. Picking up my puppy in a week when she will be 7 weeks old . She is a female reverse brindle. I currently live in a apartment on the third floor so house training is going to be a crazy experience for me and the new pup running down three flights of stairs everyday. In need of any kind of advice or help with her. I have been researching online to see what a good puppy food/brand would be but not to sure what really works for boxers. So if yall would help me i would be so appreciative.

The picture of her is when she was 4 weeks old, when i went to pick her out and reserve her.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum! She is a cutie!

You're bringing your puppy home at 7 weeks? Isn't that a little bit early?

As for dog food, if you're going to feed kibble, here's a good list of 5 star foods: Five Star Dry Dog Foods | Dog Food Advisor

In potty training, since you have to go up and down so many flights of stairs it would be best if you carried your puppy up and down the stairs for the first few months. All that up and down is hard on their little joints and since Boxers are prone to hip issues, it would be best to protect those little joints while they're growing.

This is a great place for information and I'm sure you'll get lots of it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We too live on the third story.. you should definitely carry the puppy up and down the stairs until she is much older. I have a 3.5 month old and i still carry him. Their bones and joints are very soft still (they aren't fully ''hard'' until 1.5 years). Obviously you can't be carrying a huge dog up stairs lol but def wait until she is older.
As for potty training it depends on whether or not you are going to crate train her - i don't as both my husband and i work from home. Puppy pads also didn't work for us (they just ate them). Do you have a balcony or anything? We have a designated ''area'' on ours for when we train them. You can buy grass for it (i am not sure of the brand in the usa but i know they have it). Puppies pee A LOT.. so just make sure that where ever you are training him to pee you take her out every 15-20 minutes also after any play, drink or food. We use a command like ''go pee pee'' or ''pee pee's outside'' (lol) and when they do it we praise and give them a treat. I have read that scolding them if they make a mistake inside does not help anything as dogs learn by praise not by scolding. Also, she is still very young and he should not be outside where other dogs have been until he has had all his shots as his immune system is still very weak. Boxers are pretty smart dogs and learn quick.. Buddha was brought home when he was 12 weeks and within 2 days he was doing all his poops outside and never pooped inside again.. peeing was a little more difficult, it is like they know but get lazy. He was fully fully trained at 5 months i would say.. and that was because if we went out he would make an accident- if we were in he would always go outside. Boss was 7 weeks when we brought him home (too young- there were complications with the mother though)- he is a bit harder to train and i think because he left his mother too soon, like Buddha getting him to pee outside is a lot more difficult.. but he is 3.5 months now and is just now starting to get it.
As for food.. the link in the previous post is very good. We tried various kibbles when we got Buddha but nothing was really cutting it- diarrhea, vomiting, A LOT of poop ya know.. so when we got Boss we switched to raw. You should read into it - there are a lot of amazing information on here about it. Some basic pros- no bad breath, dofter and skinier coats, more muscular, cleaner teeth, smaller and less poops and they LOVE it. I understand that it is not for everyone but i really believe it is the best you can do for them. Just make sure that at a young age they thoroughly chew through the bone.
Best of luck! Congrats - she is gorgeousss!!
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Rule of thumb for house training is the need out their age in months plus 1 so your pup HAS to get out every 3 hours max. Even less if he's only 7 wks. I think they should be with their mum until they are 8 wks. How come you are getting him so early?


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The breeder told me the mom was having some problems. So they would be ready to get at 7 weeks. I plan on crate training her. Are you suppose to put them in the crate at bed time as well? One of my friends just got a puppy golden retriever at 8 weeks old and from day 1 the puppy has slept in his bed with him and has never had an accident.
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It is up to you if you want her sleeping in the crate at night. We only crate Duke when we're not home. He sleeps in our bedroom on his doggie bed and most of the time at some point in the night he ends up in our bed. And I always said I'd never allow a dog in my bed... lol Time to buy a duvet with washable covers because I'm noticing some drool marks and eye goop spots on our comforter. Yuck! The only downside to having them sleep with you. lol
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Hi & Welcome to the forum. Your little one is so cute. Yes, you will want to carry her when you take her out for the first while. Puppies do potty a lot so make sure after eating, drinking or playing you will want to take her out. It all depends on the person if you want to kennel train at night or if you want your pup in bed with you. We personally kennel train at night till they are housebroken & then at that point, we start letting them sleep in the bedroom with us (Murphy has a kennel in our bedroom as well as in our living room). Pheona actually starts out at night sleeping under our bed (where she goes) but ends up in bed with us in the middle of the night. We feed Blue Buffalo, it was vet recommended to us when we had our first dog Maggie. This is the greatest place to come if you have questions.
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Thank you all so much for you help and advice , i will take any advice given and all of it helps.

I have read that its not good to have puppies around other puppies so i was wondering if it would be alright for my puppy boxer to play and hangout with my buddies 9 week old golden retriever, we really wanted them to grow up together.
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That comes down to the shots here. I was told by our vet to keep Murphy away from other dogs or even from outside areas shared by other dogs till all her puppy shots were given. Now some pup owners do take their pups around other dogs or common areas (you'll have to use common areas as you are in an apartment & don't have your own backyard). I was told by our trainer though as long as you know the other dog is current on shots, you are good to go.
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We didn't let either of ours outside (common areas) until 2 weeks after their 3rd shots- that was just what was recommended by our vets.
Also, crate training is totally up to you.. but really whatever you start with is going to be hard to break. It was cute having Buddha sleeping on our bed when he was only 11 weeks.. but now at 7 months he kind of takes over, not to mention now we have a 2nd.. it is getting quite ridiculous. Buddha refuses to sleep anywhere unless it is with me.. Boss kind of wanders from his bed to ours depending what mood he is in. Best of luck!
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