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How To Take Care Of A Boxer

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: August 20, 2018
How To Take Care Of A Boxer

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We all love the idea of adopting a new furry friend into our family, but we must make sure that that we are a good fit for them. When it comes to special breeds, like boxers, we must be sure that we know about the specific care that this breed requires. This is important to ensure that they live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Boxers are known to be an incredibly affectionate and playful breed and are a very well suited breed for children.

Here at AnimalWised, we will be discussing how to care for a boxer. We will be looking at their specific needs during the boxer puppy stage, adult feeding and general characteristics. Keep reading for more.

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How to care for a boxer puppy

Anyone who has ever shared a home with a boxer will know how tender, playful and loving they are. Boxers are known as "eternal babies" for their positivity and joy. Although, it is important to teach them basic obedience from an early age.

If you are hoping to adopt a boxer puppy, you must be sure that this time of adoption should not be before 8 weeks of the puppy’s life. If a boxer puppy is separated from its mother to early, it will struggle when it comes to socialization and might show signs of fear or aggression. Separating this breed from their mother too early can also result in learning deficiencies, such as lack of bite or urine inhibition.

A boxer puppy does not require more care than any other puppy breed when arriving to a new home. We recommend having a comfortable and warm bed, drinking fountain, toys and brushes all ready before the adoption.

What to teach a boxer puppy.

There are many things that a puppy should learn before a year old. Take a look at our list below to find out what you should teach your boxer puppy:

  • The puppy must continuously be socialize with their environment, dogs, cats and all kinds of people. Frequent contact will prevent them from acquiring fears or reacting aggressively in the future. Socialization must be thoroughly focused on until 21 weeks of life.
  • They should be accompanied at all times, an isolated and lonely puppy can present early behavioral problems.
  • You must allow the puppy to sleep for as many hours as it needs. When they puppy is awake, make sure that they are stimulated with toys, activities and affection.
  • Teach the puppy to urinate on a newspaper, which will later result in teaching the puppy to urinate in the street.
  • Begin to accustom your puppy to a collar and lead, by taking small walks in the house. This is done so that by the time the puppy has received all of the vaccinations needed, it would've already become accustomed to the lead.
  • Once fully vaccinated, you can begin to take your puppy to the street to socialize with other dogs. However, it is important to constantly keep watch over your puppy, making sure that the other dogs are not too rough.
  • Teach your puppy to control its bite, so that it acquires the well-known "soft mouth". A puppy needs to learn how to measure their own strength, especially when playing with other dogs and children.
  • Teach your puppy to be manipulated by all parts of their bodies. This training is fundamental so that in the future, your dog will accept manipulation from a veterinarian. With the same pattern: accustom your puppy to the bathroom, car and, in short, any other situations that may occur in the future.
  • In some cases, if you are finding it difficult to train your puppy at home, it may be advisable to go to puppy training classes.

As we are dealing with very curious and intelligent canines, you will notice that after 16 weeks of life: they will begin to explore the world themselves. They will start biting and playing with everything that they can get ahold of.

During the boxer puppy stage, it is important to make sure that your dog avoids any stressful or scary situations which can traumatize it. If stressed for example it can result in an aggressive and nervous dog in the future.

How To Take Care Of A Boxer - How to care for a boxer puppy

Feeding a boxer

A boxer’s feed will depend on what stage of life the dog is in. Ideally we recommend feeding your boxer according to "nutritionally complete" indications on the package. This feed will depend on the age and size of your boxer dog. If you notice that your boxer dog may have alternative eating specifications, we recommend consulting a doctor to decide on the best diet for your boxer.

One way of knowing whether your boxer is tolerating the specific offered food, is to keep watch over their feces. If you notice that your dog is experiencing diarrhea or constipation, consult your veterinarian immediately. Another option you can consider is feeding your boxer a homemade diet. This diet needs to be made from fresh and healthy ingredients. Do not forget that if you do opt for this diet, you should again, consult your veterinarian beforehand.

Finally, remember that the amount of food will vary according to the age or sex of the dog. It will also vary according to how much exercise your dog practices daily. Your aim is to make sure that you meet your dog’s nutritional needs, avoiding any nutrient deficiencies.

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Common health problems in Boxers

Boxers are susceptible to various hereditary diseases. However, with proper care and regular visits to the veterinarian, these can be detected quickly and treated accordingly.

The most common health problems in boxers include:

In order for your boxer dog, or any dog for that matter, to lead a healthy life: proper diet, preventative medicine and grooming need to be offered. We also recommend making sure that your boxer exercises during the cooler times of the day, to avoid heat stroke.

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