When coming to keeping a puppy as a home pet, biting is the most unacceptable behavior. However, some puppies have their tendency of not only barking loudly but biting both the strangers and their owners. This behavior will inevitably be a handful as soon as the puppy grows older and big—as big as the boxers. Biting boxers will be scary and worrying, not to mention a source of transmittable diseases. Hence, training boxer puppies to control their aggressiveness, including biting habit is essential.
Training a boxer puppy to control their bite
Test her bite by playing with her
Puppies, when playing with other puppies tend to bite one another, yet very lightly. This is what you need to teach them—controlling their power when playing bites—with your hands or their toys.
- Let the boxer puppy mouth on your hand—lightly. Anything painful and startling should not be allowed.
- Immediately react if the dog bites you hard. This is to send a message that the behavior is unacceptable.
- Use a distinctive sound to let the puppy know your reaction.
- Do not react by hitting or throwing your dog. This is aggression, and the dog might get the wrong message which makes her submissive and afraid of you instead of obeying you.
- Take your hand away and do not give the puppy eye contact. Boxer puppy should soon realize that this kind of behavior is strictly prohibited.
- Compliment the puppy if she stops biting your hand hard. You can do this with either food or toy treats to pass the message to the pup.
- Repeat the process—playing, correcting, and complimenting the puppy as frequent as possible, until the puppy does not have any intention of biting anymore.
Training a boxer puppy not to bite
- Replace the hand—or any objects you don’t want them to chew on toys. There are many kinds of toys for puppies. However, put in mind that toys are not necessarily for puppies. Even bigger boxers need toys to control their aggressions. Give them sturdy ones, so that they will not chew and accidentally eat the toys. Be aware of some toys which can be choking hazards for boxers, as they are quite big in size to gulp most tiny toys.
- Use deterrents around the house. You can make a homemade spray deterrent from bitter apple juice contained in a spray bottle. Spray it on your hand to prevent the puppy from biting it. Regular training using this deterrent will send the boxer puppy a correct message of no hand-biting.
- Drain her energy. Boxers are active and their energy is limitless. When this energy is not used properly, it changes into aggressions and anxiety. Hence, bring your boxer puppy out for some energy-draining activities, such as fetching games or simply sprint running. Help her releasing the energy to save her from the biting habit.
- Keep her entertained and challenged at the same time. You can use the rubber KONG toy to perform this. Do these to get her focused on the toy:
- Buy a rubber KONG dog toy with a center hole to put in some treats or snacks.
- Put whatever puppy-safe snacks you prefer inside the KONG.
- Seal the bottom hole with peanut butter and give it to the puppy.
- She will try to get the treats by removing the peanut butter from the bottom opening. This will need some time and during the time, your boxer is kept entertained while draining her energy, so that she can minimize her intention of biting.
- Give her compliments as soon as she is able to focus on her toys more than human skin—including your fingers, hands, furniture, slippers, and other non-bite objects.
- Repeat all the training, treat-giving, energy-draining, and toy-focusing activities with your boxer puppy.
Do not hit your puppy if she accidentally bites your hand hard. Instead, take the hand away and give her an assertive eye contact to correct the behavior. She will determine to hit as playing and thus, will even try to bite you more.