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I have a 7 month old fawn boxer. His name is Rylee and he is a registered AKC boxer. I met both of his parents and they were calm and very attentive to the owner. He is not championship blood or anything like that but seems to come from a good set of parents. ANYWAY... heres the deal he is the most hyper dog i have ever seen. my parents had a Yorkie and i thought it was hyper he makes the Yorkie look good. No matter how much i walk him run him play with him hes hyper 24/7. He listens and knows when I'm upset. He sits and stays well.. but when people come around he goes ABSOLUTELY nuts.. he is around various people ALL the time its not like he is not socialized. There seems to be nothing i can do to calm him down. And the worst of everything.... He is house trained..... actually very well we bell trained him and it worked out great.. but since we have had him he has not went #2 in the house. BUT he pees in the house almost DAILY... and its not like he does it out of spite.... he will just be walking or running around and going at the same time... without warning... for instance he just went.... he was bringing his toy to me so i could throw it and he went all the way across the living room as he was walking towards me like he didn't even know he was doing it. and at that sometimes its almost like he does it out of spite... Its not like he doesn't get let out or treated well... I'm at a loss and on the edge of calling it quits. I contacted the vet and he asked if his pee stinks or if he has anything out of the ordinary there... and he doesn't and his pee doesn't stink either. I really hope someone can help me or at least point me in the right direction.

He is 7 months old and weighs approximately 65lbs. and he has not been cut either. As the vet said that it may calm him down but would not help the indoor peeing situation.

thanks TONS

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Neutering WILL help him!! The peeing in the house...........I cant think of much because I dont have a male just a female.....but I would take him into the vet and get him checked out for a UTI!! Just to be on the safe side. Also around this age my girl went through a stage when she peed when she got excited and never even noticed it! She did grow out of it! Im sorry Im not much help but dont give up on him! Hes still a puppy!
 

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well... he does pee when he is excited... but that is getting better... the vet has told me that neutering will not help the peeing... just calm him down. thanks for the help it is a little reassuring.

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Since I'm asking questions about him i figured i would put a picture up too. that was just over 2 months old...





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Boxers are a very energetic breed by nature.  You can help him learn to "settle" as I call it and relax himself.  He will eventually mellow out but they need help doing so.  This is a good way to do it.  Put on a six foot leash and let him drag it around the house.  When he gets whipped up, such as when company comes, you can hang on to it and limit his motion.  He can also do a nice "settle" when you are watching t.v. or cooking in the kitchen for an extended period of time.  Tell him "settle" and step on the leash giving him about 2 -3 feet of loose leash so you are not strangling him, make sure you are only using a flat collar on him when doing this..  He will learn to settle down by sitting or laying down.  He will work out on his own that he only has a few feet of leash to do his jumping, etc on.  

On the peeing, I think you need to just take him out a little more often, like before you play a game in the house or company comes over.  It works best with my dogs to have them in the kennel when company comes and let them settle down in there for a half hour or so after they arrive.  Then make sure the guests are seated before letting your dog out to say "hi" to them.  Tell them to just let the dog come up and sniff them but to not speak to the dog for the first 10 minutes. This is very hard for my guest to do, but I always try to remember to request that they not speak to do for the first 10 minutes and just ignore him and KEEP their hands STILL.  Boxers are very hearing oriented and they do better if they are not spoken to in an excited high voice.

Try these tips and keep working on it and you will get there.  I have had Boxers for 26 years so I have learned these things all by experience and neither my dogs nor I are perfect yet, nor will we ever be.

Good luck,

Nano

PS do you use a crate?  You can have a time out for rowdy behavior.  I also use the term "mellow it out" for behavior that is getting too wild.
 

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Thank you. His looks are very deceiving he acts nothing like he looks! I got a urine sample from him today... not much fun.. and im dropping it off at the vet tom. so we will see if he has a uti. We do use the cage but it only seems to amplify his energy when we let him out. Im not really sure what his ordeal is. He is a very intelligent dog, VERY athletic and MUCH smarter then what he acts. For instance when we started bell training him he realized that anytime he rang the bell that meant we would let him out. It was bad, he was ringing the bell 4-5 times an hour. Then we started giving him SMALL treats when he went outside and he realized that immediately so he would go out and just SQUEEZE a drip out just for a treat. Then we only gave him a treat if he went both, same result he squeezed both ways just enough to know he got a treat. So we stopped that and got rid of the bells.. but he comes and gets us when he has to go out, just goes on the way out or on the way to get us. Also he can be at the back door while im unlocking it and go right there too... And sometimes he'll go outside and come in and about 2 min later go in the house while he is walking like he doesn't know hes doing it. Dont really know were to place all this but it seems like he has good days and bad days. I KNOW he can hold it, he has been left in his cage for 3 hours (just once usually only an hour or two at a time) and didnt go and made it all the way outside. The only thing i have noticed that is very strange.. he will drink as much water as you give him...i mean ALOT. and if you dont give it to him he acts like hes dying of thrust... panting making choking sounds... and if the doors are left unlatched to the restroom he will lift the lid of the toilet and drink out of it if we dont give him water.. quite remarkable but very annoying and disgusting. kinda lost here all the restrooms doors have to be latched at all times and it seems like i dont give him enough water, when in reality i give him probably twice as much as he needs for his size.. any thoughts?


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You might want to do some blood work.
 

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we should wait on his results the weeing and water sound like a urine infection but the energy is just that hes a boxer,a lot of 7-12mth dogs end up in rescue because ppl didnt realise they were like that ,things will get better try training classes to take his mind off being bored keep in touch please  :lol:
 

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[quote="nano\";p=\"3165":39hre14o]You might want to do some blood work.
 

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Well i should know tom or wednesday on his urine test. If its negative hes goin to see the vet friday. I knew when i got him boxers were/are hyper but, i have several friends with boxers and he makes them look like bull dogs. His energy is INSANE and he is the nosiest dog i have EVER seen.
 

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Boxers are very nosey and they are definetly active dogs.  They come from the Working Group and they were bred for those things.  They are not shrinking violets nor sofa pillows.  Some are more mellow and some take more time.  Patience is a great virtue for a Boxer owner and I must say mine sometimes is very thin.  You have to be very dedicated to your dog and he will learn if you are clear and consistant about what you want and expect from him.  Puppy behavior is frustrating but you need to let him know how he is to behave towards things.  Get to that obedience class and when you finish it continue your training with him. Try to find a class other than one given by a Pet store if possible. Then when you can afford another class take it again.  Most of the dogs and owners in the basic obedience classes I teach need to come take it three times to get the most benefit from it. That is because most of the dogs in there are the very active ones and the owners need to learn and understand and it just takes time.

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I know I'm a little late in coming to this discussion, but I would neuter him personally. It will definitely calm him down some & it will possibly help with the peeing situation too. With un-neutered males, they tend to save some pee for marking their territory. Sounds funny, but if you watch intact males, their peeing seems never ending! *haha* I don't know if this is the case w/your boy, but it's something that came to mind. A friend of ours has an intact Chocolate Lab & we babysit him every now & again - he did the exact same thing. He'd sit there looking at you & just go. And I mean, GO - a LOT! *haha* Needless to say, I said either get your boy fixed or we can't watch him anymore (I'll also add that they aren't studding him out, so there's no need not to have him fixed). He's a great dog, but seriously our kitchen didn't smell the same for weeks. *ugh*

Good luck w/your boy - he's adorable!!
 

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I am late as well on this conversation, but i was wondering what the status was on the pup. How did things end up?
 

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Rylee, I feel your pain, I really do!  Tink is generally very well behaved and obedient, but when you take her out for a walk - OH MY GOD.  Complete and utter nightmare.  There have been days where I've had to cut the walk short and bring her home because she's behaivng so badly - pulling on the lead, jumping up at it, running in circles around me... and if she sees another dog, forget it.  She goes ballistic.  Tuesday just gone was the worst I've ever seen - never in my life have I been so tempted to give someone a kick up the arse!  Needless to say, I didn't, but boy was my patience tested!  I'm currently waiting for the next obedience course my vet recommended to start, and it can't come quick enough as far as I'm concerned!

But at the end of the day, that's what having a Boxer is all about, and it's completely worthwhile - I can't imagine life without her!
 

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I somehow missed this, not sure how,, Oh well...Your baby sounds pretty typical actually..That energy is enuf to wear anyone out....I have a 10 yr old and an 18 mo old..Angel we have just had for a couple weeks and it's been a long time since I have had a pup..Lord this girl is oozing energy...Boxers are considered still in the puppy stage til they are 3, so keep that in mind....

Ruling out the health issues, I would definitely work on some basic obedience..That's what we have done with Angel. If she starts getting out of hand, out comes the lead and she is tethered to me til she calms down...Then I also divert her from unwanted behavior, a quick obedience lesson works wonders. Work on the "long sit", then a "sit and wait". 15 minutes of that and you have a calm boxer...Make him work for treats, rewards etc...Keeping their minds occupied with something to do goes a long way...Try stuffing a Kong with some peanut butter and banana, freeze it for a few hours and that will keep him occupied and make him work too..With visitors, Nano had some great ideas and I would recomend following them..Boxers don't like that high pitched "baby talk" voice that some people use when greeting a dog, I personally detest that...So definitely, get your visitors trained to help with you..Lol.....

Hope this helps and let us know how things go....
 
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