Boxers are wonderful family dog, which are good with both adults and children. This dog breed has a high intelligence, yet playful personality. Their physical appearance is also handsome and neat, making boxer a perfect family companion. Despite this, boxers can also be an excellent guard dog for those who need their help in keeping the house safe. In fact, this dog breed has an acute hearing and are always alert to any suspicious activities, which support them to be an excellent safety dogs. Yet, as boxers tend to develop their long puppy age and thus, stick to the clownish personality, it needs bigger efforts to make your boxer an efficient guard dog.
What kind of guard dog will a boxer be?
When compared with some other guard dogs, boxers are quite reliable one. There are some characteristics of boxers, which make the dog an effective guard dog, such as:
- Suspicion of strangers
As a sturdy dog breed with tough personality, boxers are often employed in military tasks. Their strength also makes them a great service dogs, guide dogs for the blinds, and therapy dogs. Boxer’s owners, however, also train the dog to be a guard dog, which keeps the residence safe from robbers and trespassers. Basically, boxers are hearing guard dogs. This means they give alerts to the owners through the noises and extraordinary sounds they might hear. When comes into physical aggressiveness, however, boxers might not be as aggressive as those German shepherd, Rottweiler, and Doberman. Despite this, sufficient training might make your boxer a great, trustworthy guard dog to keep your property safe.
Training a boxer puppy to be a guard dog
There are some information to consider when you decide to train your boxer puppy to be a guard dog.
- The training should be started when the puppy reaches three weeks of age. At this age, it is able to hear and interpret simple commands which are essential for further obedience training.
- Boxers tend to be very protective to any individuals in the house, so that training will not be fully required. However, some people think that training a boxer puppy into a guard dog can be done by “breaking” the dog and returns the self into their aggressiveness.
- If you insist the boxer to be trained as a guard dog, they can make a good watch dog. To train a puppy boxer to become a watch dog, consider some of the things:
- Do not try to dismiss the barks. Boxers tend to bark to give the owner a sign of unwanted guest around the residence. However, when they bark without any reasons, minimize it by doing correction consistently.
- When the boxer barks, immediately check around the house and yard. If you find something, such as the neighbor doing something outside, or a squirrel is messing with your trash can, give the dog a compliment. She will learn that this type of bark is appreciated.
- Teach them to be territorial. Put their food and water in a place which is quite with less foot traffic. Do not disturb them while drinking or eating.
- Invite them to play tugs with their toys. This will raise their level of aggressiveness, but in the healthy one. Playing with any toys—and dog toys are not only for puppies, will teach the dogs to be socialize, yet maintaining their instinct of preying. Choose toys which are in similar size with your dog and play run after and fetch occasionally. However, do not give them any access to your family members’ belongings, as they can be attached to it.
- Since boxers are not good at “harming” and “hurting” people, it might be ineffective to make them cashing dogs. However, if trained well in a young age, boxer puppies will likely make a very good, trustworthy watch dogs. A properly barking boxer will tell you about trespassing strangers around your property and thus, keep your residence and belonging safe.
- Do not over train your puppy. Make it a good balance of exercise, training, and affection.