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I have an 8 month boxer baby boy. And a 1 year old baby (human!) girl. She is just learning to walk. We have had Ace (the dog) since last summer, so he has been around her for awhile. She has always crawled up to him and poked/picked/pet/ try to stick her paci in his ear. And he has always been gentle and loving. Now that she is walking he does this herding thing to her. He get behinds her and kinda pushes her around, which of course knocks her over. When she cries b/c of it he gets all worried and starts licking her all over and paws at her, only making her more upset :? ! I don't know how to get him to leave her alone and let her walk?! Spray bottles and the obvious no, do not get through to him. I have tried to get Ava(the baby) to just ignore him, since it's not actually hurting her. No luck. Any advice? :wink:
 

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I would give him a job to do as he is a "working" dog breed. Have him do a sit and then a nice sit/stay when she is rambling around.
 

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Oh he is such a big tedy bear! I know he only means well but he is like a bull in a China shop! I might try the sit/stay thing. That might work. If not then he may just have to go play outside or in another while she learns. The spray bottle thing has NEVER worked for him! He just licks it up! It's so funny how doting he is on her and not my 3 other older kids.
 
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he sounds like a sweet boy...what a loving dog...I hope my two are as sweet and caring to my future babies when they come along...my two will be much older than 8 months though (I hope to have kids in about 5 years)....I hope you can work something out...or she gets her balance quicker than most kids, lol!
 

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Lol, ya b/c of Ace she ought to be an excellant walker. Or, I'm sure he'd like to thank himself for that one anyways! Poor baby. I nee to figure this out fast though. He knocked her over today so I was telling him no (kinda loud) and he got scared, backed up and sat down right on her head! Makig Ava only more frustrated that she couldn't get away from him! Lol, I live in a house full of stooges!!
 

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that is so cute and funny, but I can see how it would frustrating too ha ha, maybe while she is "exercising" someone can play with him in a different part of the room? or I remember reading somewhere about this "open bar" thing where you just give them treats the entire time there is a distraction, that way it keeps his attention on you.  I have no kids and am a pretty new boxer owner so my advice is pretty worthless lol but good luck and do keep us posted, maybe even with pictures :)
 

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Lol, ya b/c of Ace she ought to be an excellant walker. Or, I'm sure he'd like to thank himself for that one anyways! Poor baby. I nee to figure this out fast though. He knocked her over today so I was telling him no (kinda loud) and he got scared, backed up and sat down right on her head! Makig Ava only more frustrated that she couldn't get away from him! Lol, I live in a house full of stooges!!
LOL He sounds just like Odin... sweet, means well, but clumsy! He plows through Sarah sometimes... when he's SUPER HYPER! It's so funny cuz' if he comes running in a room she immediately stops, closes her eyes, pushes out her hands and opens her mouth (I guess ready to say OHHHH). LOL But she's 2 1/2 and learned to walk before we got Odin. I think you've been given great advice. The sit/stay... down/stay works well with Odin. Or even just telling him "No!" he calms down. Though Odin's problem is excitement, not herding. Good luck! Keep us posted!
 

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I read somewhere that some people use boxers for herding out in Montana.  I would never have guessed that they made good herding dogs but apparently some do, just like yours!

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Just thought I'd update...

We are making -little- progress! He is just a big 'ol hyper mess! I have been trying the sit/stay thing and giving him treats for leaving her alone. And it is helping some. Well, now that I think about it, he is getting quite a bit better. Poor thing though, you can just see a look in his eyes when I make him stop messing with her. He just looks so eager and antsy! If he is sitting his little butt just wiggles away!

So...now that he has to leave the baby alone he has fixated on playing with my 5 year old son! At least I don't have to worry about him as much  :roll: My son just pushes him off...as best as he can anyways! Ace just has to be messing with one of the kids at all times it seems like!!
 

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Patch does this with our friends baby (14mo old). He keeps the baby from going where he shouldn't but then the baby gets mad at him.. I just redirect Patch to do something else and it seems to work.
 
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