Aggressive Behavior in Boxers
There are many causes of aggressive behavior in Boxer dog breed. The Boxer by nature is not an aggressive or vicious breed but, when provoked, is a formidable guardian of any family or home and, like all dogs, requires socialization. Or it might be due to a Boxer temperament related issue, or it might be a trigger that was never properly dealt with from Boxer puppyhood – such as an attack by a different dogs. Whatever is causing your Boxer’s aggression, however, you need to address it as soon as possible. The results of prolonged aggression can be not only scary, but dangerous if not quickly taken to task. You need to get more knowledge about Boxer dog training and the best would be if you can take your Boxer puppy for training in his early life.
The Source of Aggressive Behavior in Boxers
Boxer breed aggression can start as young as 6 weeks of age, a crucial age when a puppy should be socialized with other dogs and given the necessary training that keeps them from biting other people. This period of socialization lasts until the Boxer turns 14 weeks of age and can extend even further beyond that.
This means several things. First, never take a Boxer puppy away from its litter before 8 weeks of age. Never use harsh discipline with the Boxer puppy between 8 and 10 weeks and make sure your little Boxer is very gently treated in that time. Hitting, yelling or other harsh punishments at a young age can breed aggressive behavior in Boxer dogs over time.
A Boxer needs to have been properly socialized with people and other Boxers by the time he reached 14 weeks to avoid any future aggression issues.
Actual aggression can be triggered by any number of factors. Heredity and genetics are certainly factors – some breeds can be more aggressive than others – but it is by no means a hard fast rule. Additionally, Boxer dogs that have not been neutered or spayed are more prone to aggressive tendencies.
By far, however, the most important factor in creating aggressive behavior in Boxer is its environment. A Boxer that has poor living conditions, harsh masters, no socialization, or that has been frightened or attacked by another dog is far more likely to be aggressive as it ages.
Aggression can grow from the need to establish a pack pecking order. Biting, posturing, and other aggressive tendencies are often the result of a dog testing for dominance. You’ll need to establish dominance at a young age and maintain that position throughout your Boxer’s adolescence to ensure it doesn’t get a chance to take control of the household.
Stopping and Controlling Aggressive Behavior in Boxer
If your Boxer exhibits aggressive behavior after 14 months of age, when it has reached sexual maturity, especially after it has been altered, you should address the problem immediately. First, make sure you have established yourself as the pack leader. Don’t reward your Boxer for aggressive behavior, even if it is scared (especially in this case).
Train your Boxer to respond to your commands, control feeding and walking times, and make sure the Boxer has a strong leader in the house. If you defer to the Boxer or allow it to take liberties in your home, it will exhibit stronger aggression toward others.
If your Boxer is defensive-aggressive, they may strike out at a person in fear. These Boxers may not have been properly socialized. Keep them away from small children (which they may see as direct threats) and attend a training session or behaviorist who can slowly acclimate the Boxer to a social atmosphere.
Aggressive behavior in your Boxer is a huge problem that many owners have, but it can be controlled, even as your Boxer gets older. If your aggression ever advances to violence, consider hiring a professional to intervene before someone gets hurt and your Boxer is held responsible.