New Puppy Tips
Training tips and information for the new puppy owner
by Mary L. Curl

Confinment * Grooming * Housetraining * Obedience training * Feeding * Worming * Vaccinations * Heartworm

Should he be confined? Ownership of any dog entails a definite responsibility. Do not let your Boxer run loose. Exercise in a fenced area or on lead eliminates the better than 50% chance of death by automobile or poison.

The Boxer should be considered an inside dog. He is usually sensitive to extremes in temperature. Be sensible and do not leave your dog out in extreme heat or cold for long periods of time.

It is advisable to have a large wire crate in a quiet spot where your puppy can see you. He can then retreat from possibly over enthusiastic children or company. A young puppy requires much rest. It is also an invaluable aid to housebreaking.

How much grooming does a Boxer require?

The Boxer requires very little grooming and if done daily will only take a few minutes of your time. A rubber curry comb or glove and a soft bristle brush or glove is all you need for his coat. Bathe your Boxer when he needs it with a gentle shampoo making sure that you rinse well, you may also use a cream rinse if you wish. Put cotton in his ears to prevent water from getting in. The ears need regular cleaning. Some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball will do the job. Trim the nails regularly, once a week to ensure good feet.

Housebreaking vs. House training.

The key to training the young puppy is to train yourself to a special timetable for the first few weeks, and to recognize the signs and signals your puppy gives you.

The very young puppy should be confined when you are unable to watch him, put him in his crate. A crate simulates the den of wild dogs and wolves and gives the pup security and a "place of his own". Young pups do not like to soil their beds and this lessens the chance of mistakes. House training need not be a time of trauma for pup or owner if you will only be consistent and conscientious.

The most common times for puppies to relieve themselves are after sleeping, eating and playing. Try to establish regular times to take the pup outside to relieve himself. Take him out every hour for the first few days, until you find out how often he needs to go. Increase the intervals as he gets older and can handle it. Only scold the pup for making a mistake if you catch him doing it. Tell him No and place him where you wish him to go, then praise him on that spot. Always praise him when he goes where you want him to. Take your pup to a specific spot in the yard. Give the pup a cue like "get busy", then praise him when he goes. This works well and comes in handy later when you need him to go in a hurry. You will then only have to give the cue word and he will go.

Another helpful hint is to hang some bells on a rope on the knob of the door you will use to take the pup out. ring these bells every time you take the pup out that door, sometimes bumping them with his nose or paw. It won't be long before your pup is ringing the bells when he needs out.

How about Obedience Training?

Definitely! Training helps eliminate problem dogs, usually those who have been given the freedom to do as they please when they please. A puppy needs to know his limits as a child does and will respect his owner far more if his limits are set early and adhered to. Proper Obedience training creates a bond between owner and dog and gives a great sense of accomplishment.

Feeding:

We recommend that you feed your pup as your breeder tells you in the fact sheets given to you at time of purchase.

Worming:

Your pup should have been wormed on at least two occasions prior to going to his new home. When you take him to your Vet for his booster shots you should take a stool sample to be tested in case he has picked up any new worms.

Vaccinations:

Your pup should have received at least one set of innoculations (dependant on the age of the pup) before you take him home. Vaccinations are essential to the health and longevity of your dog. Please keep them up to date.

Heartworm:

Please check with your Veterinarian regarding Heartworm in your area. All dogs should be check each year and steps taken to prevent infestation.

Ear Cropping:

Ear cropping is not essential. Now even uncropped Boxers may be shown in Canada. If you wish to show your Boxer uncropped it is preferable that he have the correct ear type. Whichever you decide be sure to keep the ears clean. If you opt for cropping be sure that it is done correctly and safely. Ears should be cropped between 7 1/2 and 10 weeks of age.

We hope that the foregoing information has been of help to you and that you and your puppy have a long and happy relationship.

Please remember that if you have any questions contact your breeder and please stay in touch as we like to know how our puppies are doing. Thank you.