These strong, intelligent, animals have also been used as service dogs, guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs, police dogs in K9 units, and even herding cattle or sheep. The versatility of Boxers was recognized early on by the military, which has used them as valuable messenger dogs, pack carriers, and attack and guard dogs in times of war.
Training Boxer Dogs shouldn?t be based on punishing bad behavior. Boxer Dogs, like other animals (and children for that matter), respond much better to positive reinforcement techniques such as clicker training, which gives the dog a choice to think independently and to problem-solve.
So instead of telling your dog off when they do something wrong you ignore that behavior and only reward the ?good? behavior. The name comes from the little ?clickers? that you need to use at the exact time when they do well and then reward (with food normally) to associate the clicker noise with food. It?s using the ?Pavlov?s dog? principle to help your dog learn in a positive way rather than a negative one.
Boxer Dogs are generally happier with companionship, either with human or other dogs. Despite their looks the Boxer by nature is not an aggressive or vicious breed, but like other dogs its much better behaved if brought up in company without too much time left alone. Boxers are generally patient with smaller dogs and puppies, but sometimes they can challenge larger adult dogs, especially those of the same sex, may occur.
It would be a good thing to walk your Boxer Dog every day, even if he has a yard. Boxers are energetic and enjoy being active, playing games and participating in physical activities.
These dogs need exercise and hate being bored. Like a lot of other dogs they don?t like being left on their own during the day and so wouldn?t be a good choice of pet if you need to go off to work and leave the dog alone for most of the day.
Boxer Dogs came out of Germany, as a cross between an English Bulldog and a now extinct German breed they are a stocky, medium-sized, short-haired dog. The coat is smooth and fawn or a darker brindled (Brown and Black), with or without white markings. They normally live to around 9 ? 11 years but can live up to 15 years old.