There are various dog behaviors which are considered unacceptable, especially if the dog is kept as a house companion. One of the most concerning one is the biting habit. Some dogs might show their disagreement about some things through growls and barks, yet some others choose to bite. This dog habit is worrying and tends to create problems if there are children around the house, especially if the dog breed is big in size—bigger than those children. Hence, it is not surprising that biting boxers is considered troublesome.
Do boxers tend to be aggressive?
Boxers are classified as the fifth sturdiest guard dog breed compared to some others, such as the German shepherd, Rottweiler, Bullmastiff, and Doberman. Hence, boxer’s aggressiveness is indeed a part of its natural breed behavior. Despite this, aggressiveness in boxers—and other dog breeds might also be triggered by some external risk factors, such as:
- Insecure or submissive behavior, which is resulted from physical punishments, such as hitting and kicking.
- Lack of socialization to the outer world.
- The protective instinct toward their territories and owners.
- Sexual dominance toward the other dogs.
Why does my boxer bite me?
Some dogs tend to be calm, relaxed, and obedient. Yet, some others might be more destructive and at the same time aggressive. The latter commonly also has a tendency to growl and bite any objects, animals, and humans, causing worries and concerns. A biting boxer puppy is often neglected and not corrected, using a justification of it being “merely” an innocent puppy. Some dog owners might forget they are keeping a boxer, which is going to be big and powerful—their natural characteristics. Hence, biting should not be an unacceptable behavior for any boxer puppies and adults under any circumstances.
There are some reasons why your boxers tend to bite you—and other people.
- Your boxer is not socialized as puppies.
Socialization is important not only for humans but also dogs and other animals living in a group. If your boxer is never socialized to other dogs and human beings, she will develop the sense of fearing the unknown. She might be afraid and unsure about the other dogs and humans and as a result, your boxer shows this concern through aggressive behavior, such as biting.
- Your boxer has excessive protective instincts toward you and your property—and hence, her property.
Boxers, which are chained or caged, or simply trained as a watchdog tend to be more aggressive that those one kept inside the house as merely a home companion. They employ their sense of hearing as the most dominant one and hence, they tend to react aggressively by growling, barking, or even biting when startled. Aggressive boxers do not only bite animals, but also their fellow dogs, in order to defend their territory.
- Your boxer has too much energy.
If your boxer is kept inside and not trained as an aggressive watchdog, yet has a tendency of biting you and the other dogs, it is possible that the dog has too much energy without decent activities to do. As a result, the dog holds their energy, which when triggered by your reaction—both positive and negative can burst into some negative reactions.
- Your boxer puppy is separated from the mother before seven weeks of age.
You might do not realize that this issue matters. However, a boxer puppy which is separated from the mother within less than 7 weeks tends to have a hard-biting habit, since she does not experience her mother teaching how gentle the bites should be when playing with the siblings.
What to do about this?
Biting habit should be minimized if you decide to keep a boxer as a pet. Socializing the dog by exposing her to the “outer world” is essential in not only draining the energy but also making her familiar to the surrounding, so that aggressiveness can be minimized. Giving some toys for the dog to play is also beneficial in draining the energy, thus promoting calmer behavior, which excludes excessive barking, whining, and biting. Do this persistently and regularly until the biting habit subsides.