Basic Boxer Dog Supplies
When it comes to walking and training your boxer, you’re going to need a good collar. There are several types of collars on the market today. You have your standard adjustable buckle or snap type made of nylon, leather or cotton. Your choke chains or slip collars that tighten when pulled. Your harness or halter type that actually wrap around the chest and mid-section instead of the neck and the pinch or prong collar which puts extreme pressure on the dogs neck when pulled. The choices are numerous but the right choice is simple. The best choice would be your standard adjustable collar. The main reason being that your puppy is going to grow fast and will most likely need several collars before its full grown. Having the adjustable will not only cut down on how many you’ll have to buy, but it can also be easily adjusted to just the right fit for your dog at all times. The proper fit would be one that you could fit two fingers between the collar and the dogs neck. I do not recommend a choke or pinch collar for your puppy as they could cause severe injury to the puppy’s neck or spine.
There are two types of leashes to choose from. Your standard leash which is a specific size and the retractable leash that can adjust from 1’ up to 30’. I personally like having one of each. The standard leash in a 6’ length is excellent for training and teaching your boxer to walk at your side. The retractable leash is always nice to have if you’re walking your boxer in a large open area and you want your dog to have a little freedom to explore. You also want to avoid any leash made of chain as they could easily get wrapped around you or your dog’s leg and if yanked hard enough could cause serious injury to you or your pet.
A must have for any boxer owner is a good quality crate. They’re an essential safe haven for your boxer when they have to be left at home alone. They are also a great tool in helping to house-train your puppy. Puppies don’t like to pee or poop where they sleep so keeping them in a crate when not supervised will help in speeding up the house-training process. Crates come in two types of construction; wire and molded plastic. The wire crates come with a metal floor pan which you can line with newspapers when they are little or a soft pad when they get a little older and less likely to chew it. The wire cage is also collapsible which makes for easy storage or transport. The molded plastic crates are a lot lighter than the wire variety which makes them ideal for air travel, but hey are not collapsible and are a bit more confining than the wire. A good size crate would be one where your dog could stand, turn around, and lie down in comfortably. Some crates can be purchased with a divider so you can make the size smaller when they are little and adjust the size accordingly as the grow up This can be an advantage when house-training as you don’t want the crate to be so big that they could have an accident in there and still get far enough away from it to still feel comfortable. Regardless of which crate you choose, you should not leave your dog in the crate for more than 10 hours in a 24 hour period.
Any reputable breeder will have their puppies either micro chipped or tattooed for identification purposes. Make sure you ask your breeder if they do this. Like I said most do, but if they don’t or if you’re adopting an adult boxer I highly recommend having this low cost procedure performed. The micro chip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under the skin. Most shelters or pounds have scanners on hand and will always check a new dog when they are brought in. Tattoos are a relatively painless procedure. They are usually placed on the underside of the hind leg where there is less hair to hide it. In addition to checking for micro chips the shelters will also look for tattoos.Unfortunately many people on the street know nothing about these identification methods so therefore, I would also recommend that you keep a collar on your boxer with an ID tag containing the dogs name, address, and phone number. By having at least the tag and either the micro chip or tattoo you have a much better chance of getting your pet back. If the collar was somehow torn off you would still at least have one of the other two methods of identification.
Food and Water bowls
When it comes to boxer dogs and bowls there’s only one good choice. You see, boxers are called boxers because they like to use their paws, and one thing they love to paw at is their food and water bowls. I would highly recommend buying non tip stainless steel bowls. These bowls will cost you a few bucks, but at least you’ll save a lot of time not having to sweep and mop your floor. You can also weigh in the fact that their heavy and made of stainless steel which will prevent your pooch from picking them up with their mouth and really making a mess of your place. I bought two stainless steel bowls for my boxer 12 years ago and they still look brand new. Their virtually indestructible!
Don’t forget the dog toys
Now comes the fun part, shopping for toys. Boxers are a very active breed and when it comes to play time they just don’t know when to quit. A good healthy round of play time on a daily basis is essential in developing a boxer that will grow up to be a physically strong and mentally well adjusted companion for you and your family. If you don’t play with them they will soon get bored and they will start to entertain themselves. This could lead to destructive behavior. This is one of the main reasons you see a lot of boxers in rescues. So make sure you set aside some time everyday to play with your pup. You will need some fetching toys (tennis balls seem to work well here – they’re virtually indestructible). Be careful with some of the squeaky type of toys as they have small parts inside that your dog could swallow. Boxers have very powerful jaws and will make short work of these types of toys. If you insist on buying them just use caution and discard any of these toys as soon as they start showing any sign of wear. You’ll also want to get some of the rope toys which are great for playing tug-o-war with your boxer. All boxer pups and most adults will want to chew on something and if you don’t want that something to be your favorite pair of slippers then I would suggest buying a few chew bones. Make sure they’re a good size to begin with and discard them as soon as they start getting small enough to swallow.
Good news!!! Boxers have short hair and therefore they don’t require much in the way of grooming. A good grooming brush, some shampoo, and a pair of nail clippers with a file should be enough to get you started.
Pet Stain and Odor Remover
Accidents are going to happen and if you don’t remove the scent they will happen again, and again, and again. These products are great at removing the stain and odor. You can find them at most pet and grocery stores.
When house-training your puppy it might be a good idea to keep them confined to an area with a hard surface flooring (if possible). This will make for a lot easier clean up should an accident occur. A baby gate is great to have to close off a doorway into another room in your home. They have come a long way in the last few years and some can cover an area as wide as 8’.
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