Post # 1
My husband and I just recently made the big decision to put a deposit down on our new Boxer puppy! We spent months hunting/applying for rescue & pound pups and kept missing out. Apparently we were always too slow to discover available dogs and ended up second in line and of course, the first person in line would end up wanting to keep the dog. So after many let-down’s we made the decision to work with a breeder. Now we will be bringing home our flashy brindle boxer puppy in June! We are so excited!
That being said, my husband grew up around cats and my family always had Doberman Pinschers or Brittany Spaniels so I’m wondering if any Boxer owners out there have any special or fun advice for us? Also, I haven’t had a puppy in my household for a while now so any puppy advice in general is appreciated 🙂
Here is a picture of our baby girl:
Post # 3
Boxers are really really energetic. My dad takes ours on his runs (5miles) and she loves that. We also have a big fenced yard for her to play in. If you don’t have an area like that to let her expend her energy make sure you are able to take her on a lot of walks.
Post # 4
Boxers have been known to have some serious seperation anxiety. So make sure you take that into account. If they are sleeping in a kennel, put it next to the bed so they can smell you all night which will help when they are dealing with seperation from their litter mates at night.
My guy is only half boxer but he still had that problem. And of course now that we’ve replaced his litter he freaks out when we leave instead. Otherwise just be ready, they are very energetic!
Post # 5
I grew up with a Boxer. As PP’s have mentioned, they are very energetic, especially as puppies! Just make you sure you give her plenty of time to run and play or she may become destructive.
My Boxer was the best dog I ever had. 🙂 Sadly, he passed a few years back but after a long, wonderful life.
Also, she is insanely stinkin’ cute! Do you have a name for her yet?
Post # 6
Ahhhh, I mean seriously….awwwwwwwww!
Boxers are great there are a few in my circle of friends. I have noticed they are high on the energy side so they will require a great deal of exercise and attention from you, this cannot be ignored. When ignored most of the boxers I know are quite destructive (hide all tv remotes).
Did I mention how freaking cute she is????
Post # 7
@asscherlover: Yup. Get ready to exercise.
Post # 8
Thanks for the advice so far you guys! Our Dobies were all kinda lazy, but the Brittany’s I grew up with were very high energy and I used to run them, so I feel like I should *hopefully* be prepared for the energy factor haha. Then again, I’m not in as good of shape as I used to be so I’m sure it’ll be a challenge at first once she starts getting bigger!
@Future Mrs. W: Thank you, I haven’t heard much about boxers and separation anxiety so that’s good to know! We’re planning to crate the puppy in our bedroom at night, so hopefully it won’t be too bad.
@RahlyRah: We’re thinking Ruby, but we’re still playing with different names. I’m guessing we probably won’t decide until she’s actually at home with us 🙂
@Treejewel19: Heheh thank you! So far, I’ve jokingly been told to prepare for destruction and gas haha.
Post # 9
@indyJEEP: Actually the reason boxers can be so destructive is often their seperation anxiety. They go hand in hand. Of course my guy knows when I am supposed to be home from work and if I am even 10 minutes late, he has destroyed something of mine. I’ve lost countless pairs of shoes to him. Of course he can’t ever destroy both shoes from the same pair just to make it a little less annoying! 🙂
And Ruby is such a cute name!!!
Post # 10
Lots and lots and lots of exercise! They are crazy energetic, even well into being 8, 9, 10 years old. Also, lots of training and socialization – the last thing you need is a crazy energetic untrained or fearful/aggressive boxer! They can be difficult to handle.
Other than that, boxers are amazing. Have fun with your new family member! And enjoy their little “woo woo” whine they do, it’s so freaking cute.
Post # 11
Awe, puppy face!!
I’ve always (in my long 31 years, ha) crate trained dogs. Our Golden just goes in her kennel and sleeps all days while we’re at work – she doesn’t get locked in it unless she’s sick or bad (and even then it isn’t much punishment).
Other than that – just have fun! You’ve had dogs, so you know… be consistent, teach good manners early. Mom thinks I’m a little crazy for not spoiling our dog rotten, but she’s still a beggar and she’s a big face to see in your plate on the couch – not going to happen! 🙂
Post # 12
My boxer has horrible separation anxiety, so definitely be prepared to hide anything you love when you leave her alone. He never chewed shoes or anything like that, but he once at an amber necklace I bought in Poland and I woke up once to find him gnawing on the corner of the dresser. He’s grown out of stuff like that. He does make a mess when we leave him in the house by himself though. Mine isn’t so crazy energetic as I expected, he’s pretty lazy and snuggly. He likes to curl up and sleep on my face too.
Post # 13
No advice other than whats already been given but, I just want to say how cute! And I love the name Ruby 🙂
Post # 14
I love her. 🙂 My advice is to post lots of pictures on here. Seriously, we have a female Boxer but she’s on the low end of the energy scale (Boxer-wise). She usually gets 3 walks a day (not terribly long). And no separation anxiety although she does love people. She was a rescue so not sure about her history but I’d suggest socializing her with other dogs. Ours is kind of hit-and-miss in that department. And I’m a fan of crate training. Ours is a sweetie. Good luck with yours!
Post # 15
@candicemcc: Hehe, I love that advice! I’ll definitely be posting the updates as I get them 🙂 I just can’t wait until we can bring her home! I’m glad to hear that not EVERY single boxer is a hyper maniac also haha, but I’m totally expecting a little bundle of energy. We’re lucking out in a way because my mom’s cat is having kittens soon and so we’ll be able to socialize our puppy with her and the kittens for a bit before they go to their forever homes. I’m happy about that because my husband is allergic to cats and so we wouldn’t really have another way of socializing her with cats that I can think of. Most of our friends have dogs, so I feel like we’ll be able to regularly socialize her with other dogs.
Thank you all for the advice so far 🙂
The only things I’m actually feeling nervous about at the moment are 1. puppy-proofing as much as possible before she gets here and 2. maintaining consistency in training between my husband and I…… I know I’m going to be more of the disciplinarian, so I’m worried about ‘training’ my husband to keep up with it also.
OH and names update: the top 2 choices at the moment are Ruby and Zoey. We shall see! I’d love name ideas if you guys have any 🙂
Post # 16
Hello, my boxer puppy is amazing! She is by far the best dog either of us have ever had. She has the funniest personality (which boxers are known for). My biggest advice would be to crate train your boxer. It was hard to stick with it! But you sure will be glad when you know your house and dog are safe when you work or have to go out. She loves her crate now, she goes in if shes tired to sleep on her own now. We try to do lots of socializing with other dogs too which i think is important for any dog really. Best of luck!!! 🙂