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Old 11-09-2019, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Since I posted in another thread, thought I’d introduce myself...or at least introduce my first Boxer. Have had dogs throughout my life and thought I was done with a 5 year old and 2 year old Staffy mixes from the shelter, since I’ll be in my seventies when they pass. First adopted in 2015 and second in October 2017 (I retired retired in January of 2017). These two get along great and I have plenty of time to exercise them. The 2 year old gets walked 3 mikes almost daily (56.4% Staffordshire Terrier, 15.6% Siberian Husky, 12.3% Rottweiler, 5.4% Golden Retriever, 5.3% German Shepherd Dog, 5.0% Great Pyrenees), the 5 year old alternates between 1 and 2 miles almost daily (50.0% Staffordshire Terrier, 18.7% Labrador Retriever, 13.9% American Bulldog, 17.4% Supermutt (Australian Cattle Dog, Cocker Spaniel, Rottweiler)).

The Boxer, Thor, was my daughters. Her soon to be ex-husband “surprised” her with it when it was 6 weeks old then did nothing ever with it. My daughter is a parole officer supervisor and works 10 hours on average a day, plus sometimes weekends. This is with a four year old as well. The dog was left in her house all day when she was at work (so not house trained). She asked her soon to be ex to find it a home, but he did that like everything else - he didn’t.

As a dog person, I knew this dog, in that environment, was destined to fail. Talked to the wife, talked to the daughter, and soon had a 6 mo old brindle boxer who is now 7 mo, 1 week. No papers, but Embark says 100% Boxer back three generations. And no health issues of the 172 Embark tests for.

Now 90% house trained (crated at night - I don’t consider my dogs house trained until I can leave them roam at night and he has a few months before we try that). Went on our third one mile walk today (lots of leash training to come), and my favorite trainer doesn’t have an obedience class until January. I can probably do it, but this dog is not socialized at all with other animals - I am fortunate it gets along with mine (all males, older two neutered, Thor will be at one year old). So the training class will be more for socialization.

I look forward to making Thor a full time member of our “pack”. Only second full breed dog I’ve had in my life (other was a black German Shepherd Dog back in the 1980s that didn’t work out, though I found him a great new home on a farm). Internet has helped greatly in my dog raising skills!

Anyway, I look forward to gleaning what knowledge I can here about my newest pack member and helping where I might be able.

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Since I posted in another thread, thought Iíd introduce myself...or at least introduce my first Boxer. Have had dogs throughout my life and thought I was done with a 5 year old and 2 year old Staffy mixes from the shelter, since Iíll be in my seventies when they pass. First adopted in 2015 and second in October 2017 (I retired retired in January of 2017). These two get along great and I have plenty of time to exercise them. The 2 year old gets walked 3 mikes almost daily (56.4% Staffordshire Terrier, 15.6% Siberian Husky, 12.3% Rottweiler, 5.4% Golden Retriever, 5.3% German Shepherd Dog, 5.0% Great Pyrenees), the 5 year old alternates between 1 and 2 miles almost daily (50.0% Staffordshire Terrier, 18.7% Labrador Retriever, 13.9% American Bulldog, 17.4% Supermutt (Australian Cattle Dog, Cocker Spaniel, Rottweiler)).

The Boxer, Thor, was my daughters. Her soon to be ex-husband ďsurprisedĒ her with it when it was 6 weeks old then did nothing ever with it. My daughter is a parole officer supervisor and works 10 hours on average a day, plus sometimes weekends. This is with a four year old as well. The dog was left in her house all day when she was at work (so not house trained). She asked her soon to be ex to find it a home, but he did that like everything else - he didnít.

As a dog person, I knew this dog, in that environment, was destined to fail. Talked to the wife, talked to the daughter, and soon had a 6 mo old brindle boxer who is now 7 mo, 1 week. No papers, but Embark says 100% Boxer back three generations. And no health issues of the 172 Embark tests for.

Now 90% house trained (crated at night - I donít consider my dogs house trained until I can leave them roam at night and he has a few months before we try that). Went on our third one mile walk today (lots of leash training to come), and my favorite trainer doesnít have an obedience class until January. I can probably do it, but this dog is not socialized at all with other animals - I am fortunate it gets along with mine (all males, older two neutered, Thor will be at one year old). So the training class will be more for socialization.

I look forward to making Thor a full time member of our ďpackĒ. Only second full breed dog Iíve had in my life (other was a black German Shepherd Dog back in the 1980s that didnít work out, though I found him a great new home on a farm). Internet has helped greatly in my dog raising skills!

Anyway, I look forward to gleaning what knowledge I can here about my newest pack member and helping where I might be able.
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Welcome aboard and thats great you took in your daughters boxer especially with two dogs of your own already.
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Welcome aboard and thats great you took in your daughters boxer especially with two dogs of your own already.
Thanks. It helps to be retired and in decent enough shape to properly exercise them all. I thank 28 years in the military for being in shape in my 60s. Big yard for them helps too.
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Since I posted in another thread, thought Iíd introduce myself...or at least introduce my first Boxer. Have had dogs throughout my life and thought I was done with a 5 year old and 2 year old Staffy mixes from the shelter, since Iíll be in my seventies when they pass. First adopted in 2015 and second in October 2017 (I retired retired in January of 2017). These two get along great and I have plenty of time to exercise them. The 2 year old gets walked 3 mikes almost daily (56.4% Staffordshire Terrier, 15.6% Siberian Husky, 12.3% Rottweiler, 5.4% Golden Retriever, 5.3% German Shepherd Dog, 5.0% Great Pyrenees), the 5 year old alternates between 1 and 2 miles almost daily (50.0% Staffordshire Terrier, 18.7% Labrador Retriever, 13.9% American Bulldog, 17.4% Supermutt (Australian Cattle Dog, Cocker Spaniel, Rottweiler)).

The Boxer, Thor, was my daughters. Her soon to be ex-husband ďsurprisedĒ her with it when it was 6 weeks old then did nothing ever with it. My daughter is a parole officer supervisor and works 10 hours on average a day, plus sometimes weekends. This is with a four year old as well. The dog was left in her house all day when she was at work (so not house trained). She asked her soon to be ex to find it a home, but he did that like everything else - he didnít.

As a dog person, I knew this dog, in that environment, was destined to fail. Talked to the wife, talked to the daughter, and soon had a 6 mo old brindle boxer who is now 7 mo, 1 week. No papers, but Embark says 100% Boxer back three generations. And no health issues of the 172 Embark tests for.

Now 90% house trained (crated at night - I donít consider my dogs house trained until I can leave them roam at night and he has a few months before we try that). Went on our third one mile walk today (lots of leash training to come), and my favorite trainer doesnít have an obedience class until January. I can probably do it, but this dog is not socialized at all with other animals - I am fortunate it gets along with mine (all males, older two neutered, Thor will be at one year old). So the training class will be more for socialization.

I look forward to making Thor a full time member of our ďpackĒ. Only second full breed dog Iíve had in my life (other was a black German Shepherd Dog back in the 1980s that didnít work out, though I found him a great new home on a farm). Internet has helped greatly in my dog raising skills!

Anyway, I look forward to gleaning what knowledge I can here about my newest pack member and helping where I might be able.
LOL ... Black German Shepard ... that was not working out??? I'm sorry it's mostly years to late to have helped you out with that?? But that "particular" Breed and Color??" Is how I became me!!


But you know you have a Boxer now and I'll say thank you for saving him! Cuz, you were right about his prior situation! And Welcome Aboard!
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LOL ... Black German Shepard ... that was not working out??? I'm sorry it's mostly years to late to have helped you out with that?? But that "particular" Breed and Color??" Is how I became me!!


But you know you have a Boxer now and I'll say thank you for saving him! Cuz, you were right about his prior situation! And Welcome Aboard!
Lol, would have been hard to help, wife and I were both active duty, different shifts. The day I went to work at 2, she came home at 5, and he had dragged the couch and love seat from the living room to the hall, destroying 5 cushions in the process, kind of knew I (we) didnít have time to properly care for him. He WAS fun to exercise run with, though. Plus he and my then 5 year daughter were kind of a mismatch. No regrets.
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Thanks. It helps to be retired and in decent enough shape to properly exercise them all. I thank 28 years in the military for being in shape in my 60s. Big yard for them helps too.
Thanks for your service.

My brother just retired after 30 years
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for your service. I think its great you took this pup in and will provide a good home for him. Since you can't get him into the class you desire right now you could just take him places on leash. I'd get his normal walk in then for instance one day take him to a Home Depot or petsmart any big box store and just walk him around the parking lot. As he adapts walk him thru the store. I'd go to parks where he can see other people too. I wouldn't necessarily allow him to interact, just to ignore and to stay focused on you. I'd progress to a dog park (though I don't believe anthem) I'd walk around the perimeter to allow him to see all the dogs playing and running and again teach him to ignore. By the time you get him walking well and focusing maybe your class will open up and you an go further from there. Again thank you for being one of the good guys!
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Dog on left is Zee, the 5 year old, dog on right is Blaze, the 2 year old, and Thor, my first Boxer, in the center with the “quit inhaling food” bowl...that used to belong to Blaze. Have better pictures, just can’t figure out how to post them in proper orientation.


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Welcome! It is so great of you to step up & be there for your boxer (& your other 2 dogs as well!).

Thank you for your service.

It sounds like you have a lot of experience with dogs already but like many of us (myself included) it can be very valuable to hear from other boxer owners regarding training & behavior (& behavior modification) so you have found a great place with a knowledgeable group of regulars who have helpful training tips & experiences to share.
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