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Old 01-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a boxer that just turned one. We did obediance classes and it worked a little bit but he just hyper and still jumps on everyone. He also doesn't play nice, he bites hard and not a play bite. When he goes outside, he won't come in. And he plays rough with my smaller dog. Any idea when he will mellow out?
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello and welcome from Texas.

Sounds to me like he needs some teaching on who is boss in the house. When he jumps turn away from him and ignore him until all four paws are on the floor. It's called 4 on the floor. It takes time but it does work if you do it everytime and make sure everyone you know does it too.

He is hyper becuase he is a Boxer. Is he getting enough exercise? They need a lot to wear them out. If not take him for walks or runs or bike rides or play ball in the yard until he tires out. Also mind games tires them quickly. Like learning a new trick or going through his obediance tasks.

As for biting that will take some time to correct. Give him a toy or something to occupy him when he does this. Make a loud correction noise. Like No or something of the sort. Again time and patience and consistancy.

As for the recall. Welcome to the stubborn boxer. LOL If he won't come in when you call him don't let him outside without a leash until he gets better. He needs to learn that he needs to do what you say when you say it. Never repeat "come" or whatever term you use. Only say it one time. If he doesn't do it go get him and bring him in. No scolding. You can use good treats and when he comes to you he gets a treat. You will need to do it everytime until he gets it. They learn fast. Also he is still young so it will take a bit of time until his recall is 100 percent or as close to that as possible. A long line will help too. If you call him and he doesn't come gently begin to pull him to you with the leash or rope. Again, no freedom until he earns it.

As for mellowing out my male Jaxon was a very stubborn boy. He just recently turned 3 and no problems with any of this stuff. He started to do better about 2 years of age.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I put him in a submissive position when he gets to mouthy and starts to get nasty.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I really wouldn't recommend doing that. One day he could turn around and bite you. I agree with jax and bays mom

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One round of training isnt gonna cut it. You need to continue to go doggie school until you have gained some control over your dog.

You also need to continue to practice what you have learned every day at home. Boxers's naturally play rough. I would teach him the easy command or gentle when he is getting a little out of control with your smaller dog.

Boxers "calm down" and I use those words loosely around 5 years old. I have dogs ranging from 2 yrs-9yrs in my house and I still do an 8 week obedience training program once a year with them as refresher course.
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