Crate training your boxer

Most experts agree that the proper use of a crate is the quickest and easiest way to house train your boxer. 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. 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 they 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. 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 they 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.
Boxers are quick learners and by sticking to a few basic rules you should have your boxer house trained in no time flat.

Rule #1

Get your boxer comfortable being in its crate.

Your boxers crate should be a place that they know is their private space, where they are safe and comfortable, just like your home is to you. At first your boxer will probably not be happy being confined to its crate. They will most likely do a lot of whining and this will test your nerves to no end, but you must not give in to their crying. If you do give in they will soon figure out that this behavior is an easy way to earn their freedom and they will continue to use this tactic every time they’re put in the crate. Just ignore their objections and soon enough they will come to realize that whining is not working and they will quite down and relax. It is at this time that you should praise them for their good behavior either verbally or by giving them a small treat. Remember to always show your approval for good behavior. With some patients and persistence your boxer will soon become comfortable being in its crate.

Rule #2

When house training, try to keep your boxer confined to an area free from carpet if possible.

Even if you watch your boxer like a hawk it will still have accidents. When they pee or poop in your home you have to clean up the mess immediately with a cleaner designed to remove pet odor. If the accident happens on a carpet it absorbs the urine like a sponge and it just makes it that much harder to completely remove the odor. If your boxer can still sniff out this area they will think that this is the perfect spot to pee or poop again and again and again. If you keep your boxer confined to a hard surface flooring the clean up is a snap, the odor will be totally removed and you will probably have a lot easier time controlling your emotions. Be patient, remain calm (even when your boxer does have an accident in your home) getting upset or displaying anger is not going to help matters. Be persistent and always reward success with praise or a small treat.

Rule #3

Give your boxer plenty of opportunities to relieve it self.

Through the course of the day there are several times that your boxer puppy will need to relieve itself. You should always let your boxer outside the first thing in the morning and the last thing before bedding down for the night. In addition to these times you should also let your boxer outside about ten minutes after eating or drinking, after a period of heavy play and always immediately after leaving its crate. Also as a general rule about every 1 1/2 to 2 hours during the day. As you can see, house training your boxer will require a lot of your time. If you stick with the program you should have your boxer house trained in as little as 1 to 2 months.

Rule # 4

When your boxer has an accident in your home you must remain calm!

Let’s say you just came indoors from an hour of playing outside with your puppy. Your puppy is exhausted and quickly settles down to a nap on the floor. You decide to take advantage of this downtime by straightening up the house. You soon discover a spot on the carpet where your puppy had an accident earlier in the day. Most peoples normal reaction would be to display anger and frustration with the dog, but by doing this you are just confusing your boxer. They are not going to associate your anger with something that happened earlier. As far as they know they were just being a good dog by sleeping off a great time outdoors when all of a sudden here you come yelling and screaming for know apparent reason. Your boxer will only be thinking that there must be something wrong with sleeping on the floor and will now just be very confused. If you’re going to get mad it should be at yourself for not keeping a good enough watch on your dog while it was loose in your home. In this example you should remain calm, let the puppy continue sleeping and thoroughly clean up the mess with a product designed to neutralize pet odor.

If by chance you catch your boxer in the act of eliminating indoors you should just pick them up, remain calm, firmly say NO! and take the puppy outdoors to finish relieving itself. When it has gone outside praise your dog for doing so, give it a treat and then thoroughly clean up the spot that was left indoors. Remember; even if you watch your dog like a hawk it will still have an occasional accident. The quickest way to get through this period is to remain calm, never display anger, thoroughly clean up the mess and always give your puppy praise and a reward for eliminating outside.

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