The Boxer originated in Germany as a medium-sized security dog. This breed was named for the manner in which it starts a fight; it makes motions with its front paws like a man when boxing. Without the proper nutrients (high in their fiber content) the Boxer has a tendency to bloat and produce intestinal gas. This is partly due to the size and length of the boxer's colon. Other causes of gastric bloating are associated with a gland in the boxer's digestive system. This gland, the pancreas, secretes digestive enzymes such as trypsin, amylase and lypase. Tests have revealed that the Boxer's pancreas produces these digestive enzymes at a markedly different rate than those produced by the pancreas of many other breeds in the same weight category.
Because of this digestive enzyme difference, an all-breed dog food may cause the Boxer to experience gastric problems not commonly found in other breeds of dogs. The primary food sources in the Boxer's native environment were whole oat, rye, pork, and poultry. I recommend a blend of these food sources as an ideal diet because they are high in fats, fiber, and trace minerals. Conversely, the worst blend would consist of fish, soy, rice, beet pulp and horse meat or its by-products.
As a boxer owner, you need to be aware of the treatments and dietary needs when caring for a Boxer that has such a disease. The common renal dysplasia is congenital and may show signs as early as one or two weeks after birth. X-rays will confirm any type of dysplasia in your puppy if you suspect it to have this problem. There are many speculations as to the cause of this disorder, all being linked to a gene. The autosomal dominate gene or the autosomal recessive gene contributes to the rental dysplasia in a Boxer.
Dr. Kenneth Bovee, DVM, researched a protein diet on the boxer and discusses that a low phosphorous level is a way to reduce the risk of kidney failure, whereas a higher level tends to speed up the affects of kidney failure in your beloved Boxer. To extend the life of your boxer it is essential that a well-balanced
low protein diet that contains low levels of phosphorous is strictly enforced. If your Boxer has juvenile renal disease, a veterinarian will prescribe a diet of three to four feedings a day as a prevention measurement. This way of feeding your dog cuts down on the risk of vomiting after consuming the lower protein diet.
Most owners including you will find the egg and potato diet healthy for the dog because of the low protein and phosphorous levels provided. The diet will consist of the daily-recommended sodium levels as well as potassium. When making a meal for your Boxer, you will mix a large cooked egg, three cups of boiled potatoes with the skin, and recommended vitamins together for the perfect meal. The vitamins may include
multiple mineral tablets, only half, two calcium tablets along with one teaspoon of chicken fat. This recommended meal fits the needs of a dog with renal failure.
Now don't' get me wrong, training your boxer still requires dedication, effort and patience but not knowing these 5 crucial steps is like trying to bake bread not knowing how to start a fire! Let me show you:
1. Get Your Dog's Attention
I often hear of people who try to train their boxers say things such as "but I cant even get my dogs attention let alone get him to listen to me" It amazes me how many people overlook this and try to train their boxer when it's not even paying attention to them to begin with. A simple way to do this is to simply reward your dog when its paying attention to you, a simple treat works wonders and you'll find you can have him paying attention to you in no time using this method.
2. Praise Your Boxer
One of the most effective, simplest and most overlooked methods to training your boxer is that of praise. Praising your boxer when he does something right is a way to help him associate your actions and the tone of your voice with what he has done whether good or bad. Give your dog plenty of praise when he does something right and you will notice a difference quicker than you think.
When it comes to successful and effective dog behavior training, giving a stern reprimand is just as important as offering plenty of praise as both are required to complete your dog's association between your tone of voice and his behavior. People come to me all the time with the issue that they just feel too horrible when they tell their dog off and they shy away from it. This is not good as if a dog is not told when he has done something wrong, then he will continue to do it knowing no different. You need to reprimand when needed to make all this work. Now, just to clear something up that is not always understood so well, to reprimand does not mean hitting your dog!
This is totally wrong and will not help your dog behavior training at all. Instead, any time your dog is engaging in bad behavior, use the opportunity to teach him the 'stop!' or 'no!' command. Using the 'stay!' command can also be effective in these situations and is a good example of a reprimand with a positive purpose.
4. The Correct Boxer Dog Behavior Training Tools
It's no good trying to train your dog if you don't have the necessary tools and supplies to do the job, you wouldn't really try to train a dog to obey your 'sit' commands without taking him out on a lead for a while would you? No, of course you wouldn't and it's another key factor in any successful dog behavior training
program. If you have a well behaved dog, then a 6 ft lead and a regular collar will easily suffice and will do the job nicely.
However if you have a boxer that is slightly more uncontrollable and unpredictable, then you should use a special training collar. You also need to make sure the collar is the right size (an uncomfortable dog is much less likely to play ball!) which you can do by measuring the dogs' neck and adding about 2 inches, this should give a pretty good estimate of which collar you need to buy for your dog.
5. Consistency Is Key
Don't rush training your boxer. Trying to fill a dog's head with too much information will more than likely end up working against you just in the same way a child would trying to learn the entirety of a subject in just one lesson, it doesn't work.
Teach your boxer one command at a time and don't move on until he gets it, keep at it and persistence will pay off. Well there we go, I have listed the 5 most important and most essential tips you will probably ever learn when it comes to successful dog behavior training. So please take them on board and make sure they are a firm part of your dog behavior training program today and you will see dramatic improvement in your dog's behavior and how quickly your dog's behavior training improves.