Boxer proofing your home - Preparing your home for your new boxer dog

You’ve found a great breeder, chosen your puppy, picked out a name and even made an appointment with the veterinarian, so what’s next? Well before you bring your new furry friend home there’s a few things you need to do to make your house safe and trouble proof for your new puppy.

Boxers are a very active and curious breed and like all puppies, they like to chew things. What kind of things you ask? Pretty much anything that’s not tied down and possibly some things that are. As long as it doesn’t taste disgusting there’s a chance they could try a nibble or two. As a general rule I would keep anything that’s small enough for them to pick up and play with out of their reach. (With the exception of their own chew toys of course.) They also seem to like anything that has your scent on it i.e.: your shoes, socks, and clothing. Puppies also seem to really favor electrical cords. I think it’s due to the fact that they’re narrow and round and fit between their teeth which probably feels great to a teething puppy. If your puppy chews through the insulating rubber of a cord it could receive a fatal electrical shock. So you should keep electrical cords out of reach if possible or better yet just unplug them. Another danger is household cleaning products. These products contain ingredients that could be harmful if ingested by your dog. Boxers are extremely smart dogs and may figure out how to open a cabinet door, so I would recommend using child proof locks on low lying cabinets where these products may be stored. Be careful using insecticides in your home especially those little ant and roach motels. They’re designed to taste good to insects so your boxer could possibly be attracted to them as well. If you’re going to use this type of product make sure it is totally out of reach of your dog. The best way to keep your boxer from chewing on the wrong thing is to make sure that it is well supervised when it’s loose in your home. This way when you observe your puppy chewing on something it shouldn’t you can correct it immediately. When your puppy is home by itself it needs to be in a crate. You can read my section on crate training by clicking here.

Don't forget to boxer proof your yard !

It is just as important to boxer proof the outside of your home also. You need to take a good look at the plants that are in your yard. Some plants can be harmful if ingested by your dog and if you have them you may want to consider removing them. In addition to plants, take a good look at any fertilizers or insecticides you may be putting on your lawn, plants, trees or shrubs. Many of these products contain warning labels pertaining to their use around animals and you should follow their instructions accordingly. If you plan on letting your boxer run loose in your yard you may want to consider installing a fence if you don’t already have one. Boxers are a very active breed and yours will be a lot happier having a nice safe fenced in yard to roam around in. If you’re going to let your boxer have the run of the backyard you would be well advised not to leave it unsupervised for too long. Boxers love companionship and if left alone it will soon get bored. The lonely dog will soon find things to pass the time while your gone like digging. Most boxers love to dig and trust me here folks as I am speaking from experience, one lonely boxer with a few hours of unsupervised time can make enough holes to make you think that a pack of gofers on steroids went crazy in your yard! So if your going to leave your dog unsupervised you would be well advised to put it in its crate.

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