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Here is our second training subject. With so many new pups I hope the information will be useful

Crate training is a great aid for housebreaking your new Boxer and giving your Boxer a safe, quiet place to rest and relax.

It takes advantage of the fact that dogs do not like to sleep where they have soiled, enhancing bladder and bowel control by encouraging them wait until they are out of the crate to relieve themselves.

Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or as a means to keep your Boxer from chewing up your furniture.  If you crate you Boxer for long periods during the day, you WILL have a crazed dog when you get home and let him out!!!  If your Boxer is going to be crated for more than 4 hours during the day, you sould have someone come into your home and let your Boxer out and play with them to help burn off energy.  Make sure your Boxer has access to PLENTY of water!!!

The crate should be large enough for your puppy to stand-up, tun around, and lay down comfortable.  If you have a puppy, you can still buy a crate large enough for when they are full grown.  If you do this, make sure you buy a divider as well so that you can adjust the amount of room in the crate that your puppy has.  To much space equals the pssibility of accidents in the crate.

Getting your Boxer used to the crate:

**It will take a few days for your Boxer to get used to the crate.  Go at his pace and be patient, but don't let your Boxer fool you.**

At first, let your Boxer go in and thoroughly explore the crate.  When your Boxer has thoroughly explored the crate, close the crate door for a moment then promptly open it, giving lots of praise.  Tos a treat into the crate allowing your Boxer to retrieve it, then close the crate door for 30-45 seconds.  Open the crate door and praise him.  Repeat this exercise until your pup is comfortable spending five minutes in his crate.  Once you hit the five minute mark, leave the crate door open (so that your Boxer may come and go from the crate as he pleases) and begin again the next day.

Slowly you will get your Boxer to where they will go ain and out of the crate by themselves and will be in the crate happilt, whether the door is closed or not.

If you are crate training a puppy, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PUPPY IN THE CRATE FOR LONGER THAN THREE HOUR (4 HOURS FOR AN ADULT DOG)!!  Your Boxer may choos to be in the crate longer on his own with the door open, rather than with it closed.  Some do not take to being crated and will become anxious when in the crate.

Excessive whining, barking, scraping, relieving themselves, chewing on wire, etc...etc..., should tell you that the crate is not a good tool to use for this particular dog.  It doesn't mean that your Boxer won't become housetrained, it just means that you need to find a different method to do so.

Hope this helps...

Liz and Lilly
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