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Old 09-23-2012, 03:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It sounds like he was trying to assert himself over you and be in charge over you. As already mentioned it sounds like you have to remind him that you are ultimately in charge. A lot of members have mentioned NILF -nothing in life is free, which means making them "work" for everything (i.e. responding and obeying commands before getting on furniture, going in and out of the house, feeding, etc.). He needs a refresher on his manners I think. Keep us posted on your progress. Transition time is always a bit hard.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I second NILIF (nothing in life is free)

You'll get lots of info if you google it.

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I too agree with tracilee...at the beginning of Aug we traveled down to north carolina to visit chris's parents. They have two boxers, Rocky 6yrs old(chris's first boxer that his mom "stole") and Lucy (2 in Oct). Wyatt was 3 months. Chris's mom warned me that Rocky would prob put Wyatt in his place and I was ready for it, however it was Lucy that put him in his place, within a half hour or less they were best of friends. However there were times when Lucy and Wyatt would be playing and Rocky didn't like it and would put Lucy in her place. When I say put in their place, I mean getting up in between them and growling. It showed that Rocky was the elder/packe leader. When we would leave to go out, all the dogs would get a treat, Rocky first, and Lucy and Wyatt at the same time. I didn't view this as awkward or weird or rude by anymeans. Let them know their pecking order. Rocky was very protective of Wyatt while we were there. When we would swim with Wyatt, Rocky watched him like a hawk to make sure he was ok and ALWAYS broke up and dispute over toys. Chris's sister had brought wyatt a bunch of toys and they had to go through Rocky, then Lucy then Wyatt. I thought that was a bit extreme at times, but if you think about kids, the oldest child was there first then this new "thing" comes along and you need to "share" mommy and daddy now. Sometimes its hard for kids to realize parents have to split their time between both kids...so i'm sure its just as hard if not harder for a dog to get this. I commend ALL of you with multiple dogs/pets...I don't think I could do it!!!!! Hope any of what I said made sense!!!
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:59 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I'm very careful about this with our daddy dog as he should rightfully be the pack leader. When I call them for food, treats, to play or even just to love on them, daddy dog always gets everything first. This helps in the pack's eyes to reinforce his position. He's much more confident for it and he rarely scolds the pups as a result. In fact, he dotes on them and cuddles with them all the time. He is secure in his position!


How old were you when you bred your dogs? Cause when I was 17 I thought I should breed my beautiful Joey. Then I did RESEARCH. BEFORE I did it. Radical I know... (sorry Frazier)
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:28 AM   #15 (permalink)
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I'm very careful about this with our daddy dog as he should rightfully be the pack leader. When I call them for food, treats, to play or even just to love on them, daddy dog always gets everything first. This helps in the pack's eyes to reinforce his position. He's much more confident for it and he rarely scolds the pups as a result. In fact, he dotes on them and cuddles with them all the time. He is secure in his position!


How old were you when you bred your dogs? Cause when I was 17 I thought I should breed my beautiful Joey. Then I did RESEARCH. BEFORE I did it. Radical I know... (sorry Frazier)
Not sure what I've said or done to deserve your ire but ...... (erased because I'm a better person than this.)


Lol, it's late at night or actually early morning for me so I almost fell into this out of pure exhaustion.

I have to say honestly that my first response to this was very negative. Brief and funny, maybe somewhat degrading on your behalf but in all honesty, so not worth it. Drive by insults just aren't productive and responding to them only serves to reinforce your sense of righteousness so I'm afraid I must decline.

I'm not perfect, I've made my mistakes, but I'm willing to acknowledge and learn from them. I will say though that just because I went about things incorrectly where breeding my dogs was concerned does not mean that everything else I do or how I personally choose to raise my own pack is wrong.

I'm most always careful to state that "this works for me but maybe not for others" or that it's "just my 2 cents" or even that "it's unconventional". I was unaware that everything posted here had to fit into a nice neat little package in order to be acceptable. In fact, that isn't what I get at all when I read the forum rules.

In the future, I would personally appreciate it if after you attack me you actually offer useful advice for further consideration since we all know that what's done is done and you can only move forward and try to improve.

Thank you and have a wonderful boxer day.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:23 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I'm very careful about this with our daddy dog as he should rightfully be the pack leader. When I call them for food, treats, to play or even just to love on them, daddy dog always gets everything first. This helps in the pack's eyes to reinforce his position. He's much more confident for it and he rarely scolds the pups as a result. In fact, he dotes on them and cuddles with them all the time. He is secure in his position!


How old were you when you bred your dogs? Cause when I was 17 I thought I should breed my beautiful Joey. Then I did RESEARCH. BEFORE I did it. Radical I know... (sorry Frazier)

Perhaps you had something constructive to say to the OP?

Just because now this has gotten off topic ... and personally, IMO was not needed... this thread had nothing to do with Tracilee...

To the OP... is there a behaviourist available to you? Perhaps you could look into to one on one training as well. NILIF training should help quite a bit though

Good luck!
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:10 PM   #17 (permalink)
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After adding a second boxer to our home, a trainer told us to get the dogs off the furniture completely. I am not an expert, but he said something about them staying in their rightful "place" and that it would help subordinate the dogs.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:05 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Sounds like you handled it very well. It's always hard to know the personality of an adult rescue dog and you always hope for the best. Sounds like he was exerting his alpha male side to the new female. It's good you corrected his behavior so he knows its not ok to growl at his humans. We had two males and one female boxer. The younger male funny enough exerted his alpha side to our older LARGER male...nothing like yours but he would "pick" on Winston bc he was so docile for a male. He passed away though. I introduced my male weenie dog to the boxers and bandit imidiatly excreted alpha male by playing super rough. It's a learning process just let him no its not ok to be aggressive like he was and if he continues I'd seek a trainer for advice or try obedient training.
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