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Old 11-26-2012, 05:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I recommend you do a lot of reading on boxers and how stubborn they are. This will be one of many challenges for you and probably one of the easiest ones. I've spent many nights crying myself to sleep in the first few months. Boxers are unlike any other breed, and probably more stubborn than all breeds. Be patient, be consistent, and learn to enjoy them! Haha they are a handful but u also fall madly in love


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Old 11-26-2012, 06:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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What about puppy classes? Mine takes them at 10wks with age appropriate shots and it's great for socializing them with other dogs, bonding with them and learning the basics like playing with their feet, teeth and ears. They also address any issues you have. Nikki was wild in my house but first night in puppy class I was surprised she was frightened of the other pups. It didn't take long to be moved into the wild group though lol. I also only had small dog experience but Nikki is awesome! She's polite with little dogs and chases and wrestles with her size. She's only 9.5 months but I always have people commenting on how great she is. I really think I owe it all to training. I'm getting another boxer in February and am going to do the exact same classes with her. And a big bonus.... After class - she slept the entire night!!! :-)


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Old 11-26-2012, 06:25 PM   #13 (permalink)
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What about puppy classes? Mine takes them at 10wks with age appropriate shots and it's great for socializing them with other dogs, bonding with them and learning the basics like playing with their feet, teeth and ears.
Yep he starts puppy classes next Sunday morning at 11 weeks old.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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You'll really enjoy it! It's also nice to see its not just your puppy but other puppies are doing the same thing. Sometimes I'd think Nikki was horrible then I'd go to class and people had problems way worse than mine and my baby was an angel lol


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Old 11-26-2012, 06:44 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thanks again everyone. I guess I just needed to vent some frustration a bit and get some reassurance that we're seeing normal puppy behavior. Knowing that it's normal makes it easier to put up with for sure.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have been working with Sally for the past month to get her out of toe biting... and now she is finally coming around. When she starts to sniff our toes I tell her a firm "No" and then she will lay down, and try again, I say no again and she Sasses me (barking and chewbacca grumbling) but she will leave our feet alone after that.

The hands are the next thing to work on. I am already walking away if she gets too rough and I think she is catching on, cause I able to play with her longer and longer each day before she gets too rough. We were play boxing and wrestling for 20 minutes before she started nibbling too hard. (mind you she was under the bed for the whole play session and she only just fits under there!)
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:49 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Sorry I am laughing at this. I just remembered my sweetie pie Gracie being a furry chainsaw!! This will pass. Gracie stopped nipping at about 1. I still have marks from her puppy teeth on my hand and arms. She loved to attack my toes as well.
For us, yelping made it worse because it would excite her even more. Try redirecting her to a toy. And above all else be very patient. Your pupper will outgrow this.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:47 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I did the PetsMart training with Maggie. I'm assuming they all teach the same things and if so they are going to teach you a settle command in the puppy class that may help. There are two ways to do it. Lay her on her back in your arms (for now until she's too big and gently put pressure on her chest. Or, like I had to do with Maggie, gently push her down to the ground from the tips of her shoulders, hold her, and say settle while you are doing it. Over time, she calmed down when I did this, and now I can say settle and she will usually stop and lay down. The trainer said it helped establish dominance over them.


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Old 11-27-2012, 12:43 AM   #19 (permalink)
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You need to choose one method(the one that you feel is most effective thus far) and stick with it permanently. I found that yelping and then ignoring Horatio til he calmed down and then LOTS of praised worked best for him but it definitely took about 3 weeks to see substantial improvement. It will get better... Horatio almost never gets nippy now and he knows to stop as soon as I correct him.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:10 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Just wanted to report we've been having a lot more success the last few days and he is doing much better. I think I saw it mentioned in one of the replies early on that clapping the hands worked for someone to get the puppy's attention. Sure enough, works in our case too. I can clap my hands together and he'll look at me at at the same time I give an appropriately stern "no". Knowing now that his behavior is also totally normal for a boxer puppy has helped a lot too as I'm able to be much calmer feeling when he goes into that mode So thanks again to everyone for the advice.
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