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HenrysSister
00:58:11 Thu
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Help with a young male boxer

Hi
I was wondering if anyone has had this problem.

I have a 20 month old white male boxer, Henry who is really excitable he pees if someone new comes into the house. He can be really boistrous when you are playing with him. Also when you give him a telling off if hes done something wrong he will bark back at you. His new thing now is when he is out with the dog walker once he sees another dog he is off like a shot and ignores any commands to come back.

I know they go through a stage when they are at this age where they try to show you whos boss but we need to nip this in the bud

Any ideas ?

  
luvnmylillynchilibean
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never had a male before so im not sure about hte peeing.....i know my lillypie, when i reprimand her she will talk back...she talks at other times too like when she needs to go potty. they are VERY vocal dogs.....when i take lilly out i have to hold tight as shell try to eat other dogs or cats. if she gets out, she wont come back unless we have a treat for her......

  
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Gixer used to bark back at me i would try a VERY stern no and if that didn't work I would turn my back on him and ignore him until he stopped. this did seem to do the trick and will still work now when he forgets himself. I think he was about 2ish then. Never had a problem with peeing so can't help. The ignoring commands try turning your back saying "bye" and running in the opposite direction - it worked for Gixer he used to come charging back I've even been known to hide behind a tree after saying "bye" when he's been really stubborn and he's been quite worried. I think they know you won't leave them so they think 2yeah right" when they have more interesting things to do so if they think you might leave them they will come back. Gixer now watches my every move although occasionally goes deaf. Hope some of this helps



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My Tizzy is 4 and will still pee if she meets another dog that she is scared of, which is very embarrassing in the vets lol.

She also always barks at things when she is out, but ONLY if she is on the lead. I guess it's because she knows she has back up. If she is out on her own, she keeps very quiet!

I agree with Georgie about the returning. When we ask the girls to come, Sasha will stand still and wait for us to catch up with her and Tizzy will run ahead to see what we want her to come back from - she's such a pain. If it's lead time, Tizzy will bolt, so we turn round and say bye and she comes running.

With the telling off, if you shout at him, you are barking at him, so he just barks back. Remember, he doesnt actually understand what you are saying particularly, more just the tone of your voice. Again, I agree with Georgie, one firm no and then just walk away - bit like arguing with a toddler. In fact, if you think "what would I do if this was a naughty 5 year old" you wont be going far wrong!

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Jakes_mum
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We had a Doberman bitch who would pee with excitment/anxiety when new people came to the house! Fortunately she did grow out of it. With regards the running off thing - Heskey still does it! If you find out how to stop it let me know!!

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Submissive wetting is very common in young dogs and although your boy is big he is still only half mature for a Boxer! The good news is it does stop - as to when well they are all different. I had a bitch do it until she was nearly 3 and then it just stopped.

When people come to your house tell them to ignore the dog, dont look at him at all, pretend he is not there and this will remove some of the anxiety which is also coupled with excitment - all Boxers adore people. Dont make a fuss, just clean it up as if nothing had happened

Once he has calmed down when folk visit ask him to sit and treat him but still get your visitors to ignore.

Running off into the distance is also common with young dogs and Boxers are well known for having selective hearing. I always attached a long trailing training line when ours were younger. You need to be careful though as if the dog is running full on and it comes to the end of the lead, the resultant jerk could have you flat on your face

Best way to deal with this is on lead walks, when another dog approaches ask him to sit and treat. The idea is that eventually he will come to think that you are more interesting than the other dog. Call him in your house and garden to sit and treat - it can be a foodie treat or a toy treat. After you have treated make a small fuss of him telling him how good he is. You may say he is very good in the house/garden and on lead walks but he is still learning and Boxers are intelligent.

As for barking at you, some of them do do this espeically when young. You can ignore or walk away or \ and you can call him to you, ask him to sit - show him his treat during this exercise and treat and quietly tell him he is good. Then send him away from [saying "go free"] you by throwing his toy or treat. For the first number of times he will probably revert to barking - this is what he wants, your attention and you to play:thumbs: Again call him to you - sometimes you have to be very patient, keep calling his name eg "Rolo come" showing the treat, ask him to sit/lie whatever he knows and then treat. Never ever give the treat unless he does what you ask him. Chicken or cheese cubes are handy. I have always found that Boxers are very ball orientated

You can hide treats round the house + garden, first few times let him see where you are hiding them, so that he gets the idea and tell him to "find them". Then try hiding them under the edge of a mat etc. Let him smell/scent your hand first so that he knows what he is looking for, stay with him as he searches saying "Find it Rolo, find it". When he finds the goodie tell him how good he is

This is a bonding process and also letting him see that to stay interested in you is a good thing. Encourage your dog walker to take treats out with him/her. If he/she uses a long trailing line tell them to bring him back after 8-10 foot or so calling his name and treating him especially when other dogs are in sight

The first time I let Katie off her lead on the beach she took off until she was just a speck in the distance and we had our older dog with us. I had to send Rosie to fetch her back!

You can get the long trailing lines off ebay and PAH do them as well.




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luvnmylillynchilibean
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when we were training chilibean, our trainer used a piece of hotdog....we didnt give it to her tho but let her sample it...lick it n get a taste so she knew there was a goodie when she did the right thing.....until it became all slimy n gross from slobber.....

  
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Hi,i have a brindle 3yr old boy and you have just described him!! honestly,he used to pee (a lot) and run off and ignore you but he has grown out of most of it now.Sure he has his moments when he doesnt want to come back cause he has found something interesting to sniff at but i always turn and walk off whilst making a daft high pitched noise and that usually works! As for the peeing you just have to tell people to ignore him when they 1st come in and let him calm down,Bobby still does it occasionaly now,i just mop up and say nothing.
Bobby used to be very dominant towards me but i just had to stop being a walkover! If i do tell him off its a firm NO and i walk away,there is no point standing there telling him off as he hasnt got a clue what your saying and he will just shout back at you which is excactly what bobby used to do with me.You will learn what works and what doesnt it just takes patience!
Hope it all works out
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