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bnsmith928
02:40:10 Fri
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Just got a new boxer who is white... HELP!!

I have a wonderfully sweet boxer named Tyson is fawn with a few white markings. He will be 9 years old this April. He was a great puppy. So easy and charming and so well-mannered. He is very smart and has been simply the best dog I've ever had. I've always wanted another because I've had such a great experience. My husband and I recently moved out of state away from our family onto a 5-acre home. Perfect for another dog, right?

So I mentioned around at work that I was interested in another boxer and an associate of mine mention that a "friend of a friend" had a 4 month old all white boxer they needed to get rid of. I said give them my number and I'll talk to them about it. They came to my work that day and I took one look at this puppy....full of fleas and desperatley needing my love and care and I took him.

I admit looking back that it was not the best of decision. I just brought him home. It was irresponsible of me but I couldn't leave that dog in those people's care. I know that he would never make it. He was perfectly sweet on the ride home. Fortunately Tyson took right to him. They play great together. Tyson needs his breaks sometimes and I have to separate them but for the most part they live and play together very well.

Much to my dismay, this boxer is nothing like Tyson! He's so hyper, he's a drooler and he is very defiant. He is super smart but doesn't listen to me. He literally jumps on top of my car in the garage and has done a number of other destructive things. But all in all he is just a big lap dog. When we go to the vet it is a total nightmare. Even the vet said, "You've got your hands full with him!".

In addition to his behavioral training not going so well (he is 7 1/2 months now) he has a lot of health issues. I had read before that white boxers have sensitive skin and such but never dreamed it would be like this! Of course I took him to the vet as soon as I could and started his vaccinations. The pup had never even been before so I cringe at the thought of how his tail was docked. Naturally we also did flea and de-worming treatments. Within the first few days I noticed a sore coming up on the top of the head. I tried for about a week to treat it at home thinking he did it playing because he plays ROUGH and often has small abrasions on him where he dives into things... but it wouldn't get better only worse. I took him back to the vet to find out that he had a genetic form of the mange. Fortunately he couldn't give it to Tyson or our three cats. (Did I mention he also terrorizes the cats??) That was about a 12 week process of medication and successfully it is in remission. In the mean time we have been fighting skin allergies. I already used Tide FREE and all that sensitive skin stuff on him but it's terrible. He has been on steriods and anti-histamines since the beginning! I'm also concerend because he has had two severe ear infections. Even though my vet said we caught everything very early... I'm concerned that his hearing may eventually be impaired by the infections.

There is no issue of breeding him. My vet informed me that white boxers shouldn't be bred and why, not to mention the genetic mange issue. Besides, I've never been interested in showing or breeding...only loving them and spoling them!

Anyone have any advice for a new owner of a white boxer? Don't get me wrong, I adore him and wouldn't trade him for the world...even with his crazy, wild behavior. But I need training tips & health tips! Tyson was perfect in comparison...the easiest dog in the world.

Thanks!:hello:




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AZBOXER
20:56:46 Fri
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Do the dips the mange will go away and I'm sure with time he may get better with the kitties. I've had both kinds of boxers, hyper and calm. He will calm down, you may try some calming natural stuff or the doctor can prescribe an anti anxiety med if necessary. There is a lot of information on the web for training I researched greatly when I had foster boxers. Lots of info out there. You could also try your local humane society for training tips or classes and Petsmart has the classes also. Good Luck and he sounds/looks adorable and so does your older boy.

Exercise is also a great helper to get his behavior under control, wear him out if you can LOL...

  
bnsmith928
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Thanks for the tips. I plan on getting him into some classes. We try to wear him out the problem is he never stops and we get worn out. Haha! Our neighbor has a puppy who unfortunately they just let run outside all the time but he does come over and play with our puppy a lot. My older boxer seems to thouroghly enjoy this because he just watches and rests while they play. He wears him out to. I will say that he seems much more enegrized since the puppy arrived. Thanks, we think they are adorable also. He's just my wild man!

  
Jakes_mum
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He, He i know the feeling. My last boxer was quiet, docile and very little drool.....Heskey has been more of a typical boxer - bouncy, drooly and totally OTT!!!!! And guess what he bounced the cat too!

Believe me, it does get better and though he is still all of the above, wouldnt swap him for the world.

Liz
Ps the cat doesnt let him away with anything these days


  
bnsmith928
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Liz, you are right. Even with all of us "bad behaviors" I wouldn't trade him for the world. When he finally gets calmed down when I come home and all he wants to do is crawl in my lap and cuddle, I realize he is worth the trouble.... but in the mean time all I can say is PRAY FOR US!! :smile:

  
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Praying for you as we speak!!!!

Liz

  
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LOL!! (in the nicest way possible) My baby Gixer was lovely till he hit about 7 months when he suddenly realised he was a Boxer!!! 2sky remotes, 2 dvd remotes, books, 1 3 peice suite and I've lost count of the bras he's eaten later he is gettin gbetter. I will never use the word calm with gixer he is very intelligent but stubborn and has a great sense of fun and humour - A Boxer!!! We won't change him for the world he stopped eating stuff at about 2 yrs but he is still bouncy. He loves life and we never have a dull moment. He is 4 on Feb 2nd and at least now I don't have to worry about my bras lol. Boxers! - wouldn't have any other breed.



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I think part of the hardships of raising a boxer, especially my Tucker, is they are so intelligent and so stubborn. It's frustrating because I know that he KNOWS what I want him to do he just refuses until he is ready to do it. Tyson is much more mindful to me but he was a little like that as pup, just not as much as Tucker.

I had to board them over the weekend. I use a great family owned kennel who has a small operation and treats them as their own. They enjoy going there and love the owners. We unfortunately have to board them because we don't have any family here to help us out since we recently moved. Anyway, I went to pick them up and I said "How were my boys?" The owner replied.... "Tyson was great! He is always great". I quickly said, "What did my problem child do??" Tucker is good for the most part but acts out a lot like a child seeking any form of attention, positive or negative. Tyson just hangs out and relaxes and watches.

Tucker has never done this at home but at the kennel at night he will potty on his bed and the roll around in it all night. They have to give him a bath every morning!!

  
KatieKate
23:30:05 Thu
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I can sympathise with you, we have our first ever boxer who is 10 months old now, and up until a couple of months ago he was so chilled but recently he is just hyper as anything. I've now started to take him on longer walks and making sure I spend a lot more time playing with him at home and this worked in chilling him out a little bit more.

Strangley enough we have also had to change his food which seems to have worked in calming him down.

As for the behavioural training - I took Snoop to a 'normal' puppy class and it just didnt work at all! He was just too playful, strong willed, and hyper to fit in. I have since read up training tips on the net and been speaking to local boxer owners and have been doing more 'boxer focused' training and its working wonders. Just stick it out and I'm sure you'll do fine!!!

All the best.

Katie and Snoop!



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Katiesnowflake
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People there is something that helps all those Boxer pups dogs and bitches alike. It wont happen overnight, can take up to 12 weeks but mostly you see a difference within 3-6 weeks.

Start your pups off on

one 500mg evening primrose oil capsule a day for a week
two 500mg evening primrose oil capsules a day for a week
three 500mg eve primrosie oil capsules a day for a week

Keep them on 3 a day for 3 months. At the end of the 3 months you can try dropping one capsule if you want, personally I would not bother. It is completely harmless and natural, it helps the skin as an added bonus and give the coat a lovely gloss, although harder to see on whites. It is not a cure and only works so long as you give it to them.

I have my older girl on 2000mg a day and the two youngersters on 1000mg a day. It is very good for them and you too. It helps correct anything that is wrong or helps control it.

It really makes no difference what colour your Boxer is as to whether they have skin allergies or not. The very worst Boxer with skin problems I have ever had was a dark brindle.

Now look very carefully at what you feed your boy. Look at the list of ingredients on his food, most of these Boxers prone to skin problems are allergic to any type of maize, rice [only found out about rice myself recently], wheat, oats, barley, corn etc Not only that but if the food is irritating him enough to bring out skin allergies, think what its doing "inside". Like a hyper child allergic or sensitive to "E" additives, what ever he may be allergic to in his food could be making him hyper too. What is the protein level in the food you are feeding? Ideally Boxers do better on foods no higher than 20% protein and even better at 18%.

I posted photos of before and after in another post on health section here - we had our Katie on a hyperallergenic sensitive diet and she was miserable - we had tried quite a few foods for her to no avail. In the end we took her off dog food and are cooking for her.

Our eldest dog was very hyper - at 8 months I took her off the high protein food she was on and put her onto a lower protein food and the difference was amazing.

Is it like "spots" your boy has on his head? If so it is most likely to be acne, Katie has that too. They also get acne under their chin. I will add Katies before and after pics here too, save you searching.

Katie with her wee sore swollen face. You can see where she had been tearing at the left side of her nose looking at the pic. You can see how miserable she looks. This was on a hypoallergenic sensitive food.


4-5 days on a home cooked diet



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bnsmith928
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Since the mange is finally completely gone his areas that tend to itch the most is his chest area. It stays sensitive and raw. I am doing a weekly ear wash that seems to be making a huge difference with his ears. We've not had any more trouble yet. The itching has decrease quite a bit with the anti-histamine he is on but if he goes too long without one the runny nose and eyes starts again. He has also been having a cough the past few days......

  

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