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what is good punishment for when a dog misbehaves? ie, not coming when called, jumping up and knocking kids over, constant barking, going to a location in the house where he's not allowed, etc.

Generally our male (almost 7 month old) boxer, Fergus is reasonably well behaved and fully potty trained (no accidents inside for well over a month now!!! WOOOHOO!).  when treats are in view, he does numerous tricks on command.  

Sometimes he'll just start barking at either myself or my wife, and after several minutes of this, out of frustration we usually make him go in his crate.. which I know is not a good idea, because the crate is suppose to be his safe place, but putting him there.... fixes the situation (in the short term)

recently, when we let him out in the backyard, he's started eating his frozen poop treats he's left behind, and often will not come back in when called (maybe 50% of the time).  Either I leave him outside until he starts scratching at the door, or I have to go and try and chase him down.  My solution right now, is to put him on a rope to go outside, something I'd rather not do.

We try to to keep him in the downstairs part of the house, as the cat usually hangs out upstairs, plus during the day, we spend 95% of our time downstairs.  He always likes to try and sneak up stairs to go mess with the cat.

I'm well aware boxers are a very hyper breed, especially at such a young age, but if any of these habits can be corrected, I'd like to fix them.  He gets a 45-60min walk most days, plus play fighting, and tug/fetch games around the house, playing with our 2 and 5 year old, etc.

anyway.. any suggestions would be great.. I think I'm going to try focusing on "COME" more around the house and probably the hide and seek game.. but any other tips would be great.
 

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yeah.. all great stuff guys.. and the part about NOT punishing him for not coming, is something I know.. or knew.. something I needed to be reminded of thank you!! :)

tag game when he won't come, sounds good on one hand.. on the other.. I don't want that to become a habit, ya know.

ignore him when he barks! I love that thought.. makes so much sense. thanks

time outs, not in the crate, I had played with before.. we have a cupboard under the stairs I did that with him a few times, but now the garbage goes there, seeing as we couldn't keep him out of the garbage ;)

As for him playing with the kids and him jumping up.. I wouldn't say this is his normal behaviour.  nor is it ever in an agressive manor.  He's just playing around.. and gets too excited... and with my kids.. it's no wonder.. they are both pretty hyper, jumpy, LOUD playful kids. hehee.. in that respect.. Fergus is just fitting in status quo... DAMN IT!!! ;)  that's really not such a problem as the other issues I pointed out.  and extending on that.. g00dgirl mentioned about leashing him or wahtever until he calmed down.. which is something I do with friends and family when they come over.. cause he gets SOOO EXCITED to see new/different people.. but generally he is really good with the kids.. just gets too excited at times.
 
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