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Old 11-01-2010, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So a friend of mine cannot take care of his 8 month old boxer. He had asked if I would like to adopt him. The thing is my friend isn't the greatest with dogs, I don't know why he even got one.

I have had many experiences with dogs. So, I was wondering how hard would it be to train a 8 month old boxer who isn't really discipline and hasn't really been socialized? I haven't had any experience with boxers in the past, only pitbull, german shepards, and boston terriers.

I really want to adopt this dog because I feel sorry for him that he doesn't have the proper master who will always be there and train him. I however am looking to get a dog and he had just asked if I want to take his.

The bad: Dog isn't socialized much, always inside the house or out in the backyard. Does not go on walks much. Ran away the other day. Hyper when people come to the house.

Is it too late to fix all these problems guys?
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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in all honesty, it is never to late.Cant teach a old dog new ticks, BS, you most certainly can. ( 8 months is not old at all anyways ).

Id look at it this way, you have a dog that is as well trained as a pup ( meaning very little ) BUT is probably house broken already and has all his shots.

Id totally go for it.The only thing i would investigate is his background ( where the pup came from) just for my own sake to get a idea of future health risks. ( and even than of course there is no guarantee )

Alot of the negatives you just posted, hyper , excited etc etc is fixed with a proper routine and exercise witch he obviously is not getting.
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I rescued a year old pitbull who had never even been on a leash and definitely had zero manners. It took more time and patience but he got it, and when he did he was the best dog ever and so obedient. Just start training them the exact same way you would a puppy, basics first etc.... It is very rewarding! Best of luck to you, I hope you can give the dog a better home!
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Old 11-01-2010, 07:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just recently adopted a 11month old boxer, and it is very rewarding. He has his quirks that we are still working on, but I wouldnt trade him for the world. Obedience training is a must, but once you learn his triggers, and what he reacts positively to, he will bring laughter and companionship for many years to come. Patience and consistency are the key. If you have and want to spend alot of time with him, he will reward you tenfold.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It shouldn't be difficult at all. Mya's obedience class even has dogs close to 10 months(even eleven)

Boxers are indeed hyper. I used to have a German Shepard and its night and day when it comes to energy. They're alittle stubborde I think. I've also heard that the girl boxers (bitches) are more stubbord than males.

Mya who is now 5 months old is super hyper. She gets so excited that even on down sits...her tail wiggles so hard, she looks like shes about to take off for the moon!

So, I say with patience you can. Socializing shouldn't be problem as they are already friendly to begin with. I think the challenging part for you is to establish your dominance and rules rule rules are important. Worse cas scenario would be spending a lot on bitter apple! (Spray in mouth when being bad!)

Good luck and post pictures.
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Thanks everybody! I have done more research now and I believe I will adopt this dog. It will be a good challenge and I'm sure rewarding.

Nico @ 4months'ish and Chloe is my other dog. Not me in the pic lol...
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The pic of herand the boston is priceless!!there facesare hilarious! Lmao.
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The pic of herand the boston is priceless!!there facesare hilarious! Lmao.
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Old 11-02-2010, 02:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't think 8 mos is too old at all. Really serious training doesn't start much earlier. We found SuzyQ to be an extremely intelligent dog, perhaps requiring a little more firmness in her training than our german shepherds. We found them the easiest dogs to train. But she has learned everything we've wanted her to. If she is typical of boxers I would say she is a little more willful and hard headed than some others, but on the other hand she is extremely sensitive to even a raised voice, so it isn't hard to get her back on track if she has a little hissy fit. Just a firm SuzyQ and she usually calms down. I don't think you would be disappointed at all.
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Thanks everybody! I have done more research now and I believe I will adopt this dog. It will be a good challenge and I'm sure rewarding.

Nico @ 4months'ish and Chloe is my other dog. Not me in the pic lol...
She is so cute love the black eye patch!
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