When you bring your new Boxer home, you will need to get started with boxer dog training, obedience and potty training. For housebreaking, we strongly advise you use a crate. This should be set up in an area that is close to family but not in a busy area. Also, you want to make certain you have a fenced yard or a leash so when you first get up in the morning, throughout the day, and into the evening, the dog can go outside to do it's business.
When first getting started with boxer dog training, keep the crate door open so the puppy can go in and out when it pleases. After all, you want the crate to be a comfortable and safe place, not utilized for punishment. Then, during the day, you should lead your Boxer puppy back to the crate while providing a favorite toy or maybe a small treat.
The idea here is to teach your new puppy that the crate is a good place. Once the puppy goes inside, close the door and leave it shut for about five minutes. Over the course of days to weeks, you should increase this time.
Boxers are very bright dogs. They are eager to please the master and are very loyal. Just as with most breeds, the key to successful boxer dog training is using positive reinforcement rather than punishment. When your puppy does something right or on command, praise it and offer a small treat. Boxers can occasionally be shy and sensitive to training so it is crucial to be patient and loving during the process.
A common challenge linked with boxer dog training, especially where puppies are concerned, is whining. Normally, this behavior would take place at night while the dog is inside the crate.
The whining could be the dog's way of telling you that it needs to go outside, or it may merely be loneliness. Try to disregard the cries to see if the dog stops. If not, then react by taking it outside. Remember, when potty training your Boxer, anytime you spend outdoors early in the morning or late at night is not playtime but serious business.
If you find your Boxer puppy does not need to go potty, then attempt to dismiss the whining until it subsides. In this case, you want to avoid yelling at the dog, banging on the crate or anything else that might startle or scare it. The problem is that your dog may experience this for weeks before it ultimately realizes that everything is okay.
What you can do is go up to the crate and put your hand inside while providing a calm voice and reassurance.