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Old 10-28-2019, 12:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does your Boxer have any funny little things they do? Mine does two:

1) Sometimes she will become hyper and bark at me - and run into me nudging me with her head, and pawing at me. I think it's when she wants attention or food. The funny thing is she doesn't bark at or do this with anyone else, and she still responds to my commands so will Sit, Lay Down etc when I ask.

2) When on walks. Every time we see another dog coming the other way. She crouches down and stops.... waits until the other dog gets close enough - then suddenly pops up and punches the other dog on the top of their head before attempting to play!

I don't know what any of these behaviours mean, or if they are common?

Does your dog do anything similar?

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Old 10-28-2019, 01:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jax, our alpha brindle will bark and 'talk' to us when he's really excited and wants to be included or to play. If you don't know the dog or the breed, this can seem scary. I call it communicating. Jax will bring toys to you to play with him with, especially when he's excited. I can put my hand in his mouth when he's barking like this and he won't bite, he's not being aggressive, he's telling you he wants you to interact with him.

Bandit, our reverse brindle 'puppy', is a whiner, talker, barker... he's home with my husband all day, so he's his primary human. Bandit will bring a toy and come nudge you with it or climb on your leg to try to get you to play. If he wants something bad enough, he'll start growl-talking and his entire body wiggles while he does it. He may bark at you too, but his is more of a 'wah-wah, arrrrr, wah' than a bark.


For the pouncing, it's a boxer play thing that they will lower their front body down and then pounce on their playmate. I'm sure others will respond. I could be wrong, but I think if they were serious and mad, they would not lower themselves to the ground.
Their hind ends and numbs are usually wiggling too while they are in the crouched position and they are playing. Bandit is a master at it. LOL

He will do this on edge of the bed, ottoman, the ground....crouch down, growl a little (sometimes) and then pounce on the other boxer. It's usually Jax (they play together more), but sometimes Tundra. Bandit is about 2.5 years old, but all puppy!
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Zuke did the crouching thing for awhile when he was a pup. Pretty sure its a submissive stance, getting lower than the other dog, although some people see it as stalking. He will still do the low crouch when he is greeting some of his friends that are older than him.

I guess the one weird thing, which isn't really weird, but I have to tell him about 3 times to eat his food. He will just sit in front of his bowl and stare at me.I guess I was really strict when he was a pup that he doesn't go near his food till I said "ok". lol

And ever since he turned 2 he will only sleep on his back on the couch. Looks like an upside down superman

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Old 10-28-2019, 08:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My female will play with my male she does these crazy moves and he will sit still and watch her and she will bounce back and forth side to side like come on come on! It just like you see boxers in the ring its hysterical to watch my male sits there and is fascinated till he just jumps in the mix. My Vet said "who needs a TV when you got these two" They act like cats sometimes too they clean each others faces and ears they totally love each other.
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The "crouching and lowering the head ... is pretty much "Play Behavior." And if you happen to come across "The Right Dog's" on random ... Street encounters??? It's no big deal as the "other dog will interpret the other dog's intentions "Correctly!" But if he does not ... it's "Game On!" And "NOT" in a good way!

Some uh "goofy" behaviors you can let slide and some ... not so much?? Cuz that sounds like a "pretty typical ... Boxer kinda, Goofy thing?? So you know "apparently" the Euro's are so Goofy! So for me at least that question .. is now settled! If your good with it?? Then it's not an issue.

But my take on that?? And just to be clear. I tend to roll hard myself and I "Trust, No One or There dog!" And that got baked into my DNA way back in 2000, with my first Band Dawg. First dog as an adult with our first house. And as such I figured ... Dog Park here we come! But ... not so much??

I was a "Is your dog friendly??" Type person for a short while?? But really at the time, I did not know and neither do most owners, know about there dog's behavior?? So I did the nose to nose thing a couple times ... and note, that does not work with most dogs!!

And yeah it's was not gonna work so we'd move on. But I kept trying and it kept failing?? And when my Gunther did the nose to nose thing with a "Boxer Puppy" Gunther was 8 months at the time. And he sniffed ... pinned the "puppy" to the ground and went to grab him by the back??? I stepped in and protected the pup with my hand!! And Gunther felt my flesh and let go!! The Boxer puppy was most likely traumatized but otherwise unharmed??

I felt bad apologized and we moved own, lesson learned for me! And the guy had asked me ... "is your dog friendly??" And I did say ... "I don't know???"

After that Gunther went to a "Pro" for an evaluation and the "Pro" said "No he is not Dog Aggressive, he's just a "Dominate Male Dog." Well that was good enough for me and all I needed to know .. so screw it. No Dog Parks, No random, meet and greet with unknown dogs on random encounters.

Cuz you know, I cared about my dog's behaviors but other people ... "maybe not so much??" And in San Jose Ca, back in 2000, there were a lot of Band Dawg's out there!! And other owner's might not care about there dog's behavior as much as I did mine??

IE," my dog's behavior is not my problem, it's your problem, not mine!" Well you know, screw that ... getting in between two battling Band Dawg's ... was not my idea of fun!

No other dog's then ... I will teach him to "ignore, other dog's" and got on with life. And it worked out fine! And after a year or so of learning to "Ignore" other dog's ... Gunther later on proved to be safe absolutely and erll under control uh by me???

He did scare the hell out of my wife once and a whole lot of people in a vet office! He got away from her and bum rushed a lab! But he just went nip,nip on the Lab's neck and did no harm! So yeah kinda rude but he did no harm.

Now he did prove to be a great puppy raiser after much work! And only got into one minor dust up with another dog, under my control also, on a walk in the desert. I had him Gunther and Struddell and our friends dogs on a walk.

Header dog's! And the male a (Border Collie) was actually a "Balanced Dog," neither Aggressive,timid or Dominate. But the female ... well she was also a "Dominate Dog!!"

So everybody is off leash and open space .. as far as the eye can see! And yet sure enough the two A-holes (Gunther and Molly) manage to hone in on the same spot and got into!! Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME!!!!! I grabbed the both of them by the scruff of the neck and told them to knock it off!! And that was the end off it!

Struddell and the Balanced Herder dog ... zero issues! They were "Dog Park Dog's!" The ale was and "apparently" Struddell could have been?? Molly and Gunther ... not so much. But with those owners Molly did go to the Dog Park, good luck with that I'd say. So that is a long way of saying "Random, meet and greet encounters is generally not a good idea?? You may know your dog ... but the other owner?? Maybe not so much??

So your dog's behavior with other dog's?? Considering my "background" that would not work for "ME." But I will grant that I am on the extreme scale of truly anal, no doubt! I taught all my dog's to "ignore other dog's!" On walks ... they paid no attention to other dog's at all! It's good enough for Seeing Eyes, LE dogs, PPD and Military Dog's. It's good enough for me!

Those dogs jobs is to focus on doing there job. And if they lose focus by caring about other dog's?? They get washed out!

My dog's job was uh being a "Pet." And they could not do that job well, if they were a hassle on walks because they focused on other dogs??


Good enough for those dog's it's good enough for me! And my dog's were good at there job! No one would have an issue with me or my dog's ... cuz on a walk ... we were like "smoke!"

We'd cross the street or step aside if we could not, cross the street?? No dog I did not know, came close enough to do them harm!

No dog I did not know ...ever touched my Struddell! And only one dog, manged to nip Rocky out of uh 15, some odd attempts?? And I messed up bad and made that one, happen! As I can't see "apparently" In pitch black darkness??? And even at that ... it took another "Working Line GSD ... Ex Drug Detection Dog to get past me!!!

Rocky behind me ... saw her circling! So she was smart enough to come from the front?? I was focusing on the multiple dog's behind the fence and she went on task to slip out of the yard!! Rocky saw her but I could not?? So she abandoned a rear attack and came from the front?? She pasted my stick and brushed my thigh as she went for him!

And I was trying to figure out where to grab as I heard the engagement??? In the darkness??? But hey ... GSD aren't stupid!! A quick nip and she got the hell out of Dodge!


Cuz I was pissed!!! And once she engaged ... she figured I knew where she was?? So after a quick nip she went back where she came from?? And you know ... GSD's are not stupid dogs!

I was pissed but Rocky was fine. My wife went to tell the owners what happened and talk to them ... cuz you know if I had tried, most likely there would have been LE enforcement involvement!!!

Aww, well kind of a wild tangent there and not exactly a "Street Meet and Greet Encounter??" But it is a part of where I came from him.

And then came "Bella" )My APBT/Boxer Mix) and "Dog Parks" and "unknown dog's??" And low Dog Park (as in one or two) random encounter's?? And I just don't know what to make of her?? Serious, barrier aggression! As in ... take you dog away, now please! But if she can't get to the gate first to stop them from entering?? She get's along fine and does play well with other's???

And if I can get her on leash, I can allow her to meet other dog's, that's happened twice, and the other dog's were both little and safe! And she was good with the leash, Zero, Leash Aggression??? I find it all a bit confusing???

So it's all to say ... while do I have input on the subject ... I'm not that objective, to be clear. So you have to take that into account.

And the barking in the face and being Goofy?? Struddell and Gunther never did that. And Rocky would not even thing about it??? But Bella ...sigh it's not uncommon?? It kinda ticks me off but Marilyn thinks it's funny and that is good enough for Marilyn. SO she distracts as I get ... :annoyed."

It's not really annoying enough to bother with so, I let it slide ....
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The first couple of times Jax barked at us I was not OK with it as I saw it as him trying to take control, which is not OK as we are the alpha's. Because he would still listen to our commands and not show any aggressive behavior when we either gave him a command, or we went near him, we learned that it's not a dominant thing, but more of a communication thing. Having had him since he was a puppy makes it easier to know and trust him too.
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The first couple of times Jax barked at us I was not OK with it as I saw it as him trying to take control, which is not OK as we are the alpha's. Because he would still listen to our commands and not show any aggressive behavior when we either gave him a command, or we went near him, we learned that it's not a dominant thing, but more of a communication thing. Having had him since he was a puppy makes it easier to know and trust him too.
Yes. This is exactly what happened with me. To anyone watching she looks as though she is being dominant, but I've realised she is trying to show or tell me something.

Dogs do speak. But only to those who know how to listen.

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The first couple of times Jax barked at us I was not OK with it as I saw it as him trying to take control, which is not OK as we are the alpha's. Because he would still listen to our commands and not show any aggressive behavior when we either gave him a command, or we went near him, we learned that it's not a dominant thing, but more of a communication thing. Having had him since he was a puppy makes it easier to know and trust him too.
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Yes. This is exactly what happened with me. To anyone watching she looks as though she is being dominant, but I've realized she is trying to show or tell me something.

Dogs do speak. But only to those who know how to listen.
LOL, well yeah ... I don't recall getting much of that kinda crap with my Struddell?? But with my new Boxer/APBT sigh a female, I do! And frankly it kinda ticks me off at times!

But sigh ... same as the other's have said, it's not "Dominance" exactly, it's just a way of saying ... I want "more" attention! Still, it can be uh "annoying!" And "NO" with her ... does not seem to work?? However what does work is "PLACE!"

But one of my stupid freaking cat's, seems to like to pee on her "bed!!" And I don't really like to tell her "Place" without a "specific" location?? And once trained that command can work by pointing ... but it's not really what I tend to do??

I'm gonna get another scat mat and when I nail down the "specif cat!" I will keep him off her "space" by dropping him on it" (the scat mat) and blasting his nut's off!!! Cuz I know it's one of the two boy's doing it!!

And yeah, most likely not cool but I bet it will work! I know it's one out of two ... and I'm pretty sure I know who it is!!! But if you train "Place." You can stop "the in face" with out rising your blood pressure. You just say "place" and they just go, oh OK and default to what they know.
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But one of my stupid freaking cat's, seems to like to pee on her "bed!!" And I don't really like to tell her "Place" without a "specific" location?? And once trained that command can work by pointing ... but it's not really what I tend to do.

Poor Bella. With their sense of smell that must be pungent. I had to google scat mat, never heard of it before. Interesting.

One of our Boxers created his own magic rug. He expects to get a treat when he sits on the small rug in front of the kitchen sink. LOL. It works for my husband, but not so much for me. You know boxers, if it's not consistent, then it's not a rule....and so, we have a magic rug that works sometimes.
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Poor Bella. With their sense of smell that must be pungent. I had to google scat mat, never heard of it before. Interesting.

One of our Boxers created his own magic rug. He expects to get a treat when he sits on the small rug in front of the kitchen sink. LOL. It works for my husband, but not so much for me. You know boxers, if it's not consistent, then it's not a rule....and so, we have a magic rug that works sometimes.
LOL, well yeah they do like to make there own rules!! And get out of the kitchen!! Is one where they tend to Luv, doing that!

And I saw that with my first Boxer/APBT mix Stewie! That was a small kitchen and it had a door way. I would say ... Stewie, get out of the kitchen! And he would spin around go to the other side of the threshold and sit quietly?? Not exactly what I expected?? But hey "Good enough!" So that was how we rolled.

But your "Magic Rug??" LOL yeah in front of the sink would be a "PIA!" But ... your missing an "Opportunity," you could take advantage of!! Cuz that "IS" Place!! And he is doing it himself!

It's just not convenient and it has no name as a "Command." But that is how it works in essence. Stay there dog and don't be a PIA! But right now ... it has no name??

Read my thread, :
https://www.boxerforums.com/training...e-command.html

And you'll see what I mean. And for your Boxer, since he is doing it "anyway" and gets away with it for your husband ... have him keep doing whatever and start to say "Place!" Now once you say "Place" the dog should not move from Place, until you say so! But if you start using it as Command, he will know what it means and where he is supposed to be.

Give that a week and then get a new rug for the kitchen sink and put "his rug" in a near by but not underfoot location and then point to it there, and say "Place!" And he should go to the "new location" without issue???

Now I don't "know" that will work?? But it makes sense to me. And I did try it with Bella. Sigh, but yet again the same stupid cat messed that up!!! I put a bath mat in the kitchen out of the way and the same Stupid cat said ... "Hey this looks like a great spot to Pee!!!

I hate that stupid cat ... but he's cool looking and cross eyed and dumb as a freaking brick!!! If I let him outside like the other two back yard cat's..He becomes to stupid and scared to find his way back inside!!!! He's quite handsome and an awesome cat. But he is dumb as a freaking brick! So I can't let him out.

Sigh I should have "passed him on" 12 years ago?? But I did not so you know ... suck it up and deal with it!! But I will be dropping his butt on a scat mat, on Bella's spots! And from there I should be able to use "Dummy Mat's" to keep him away from Bella's spots!!

That's my master cat rehab plan away ... I'll see how it goes??
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