The boxer is a natural athlete. They require exercise in some form. However, it is a misconception that the boxer needs lots of open space. Adequate exercise can be achieved within a small fenced area or with daily walks. Remember, though, that due to their strength, they should not be left solely in the care of a young child or less-than-physically-fit adult.
Another great way to exercise a boxer is to have two! With two boxers, they can entertain each other. While it isn’t necessary to have two, it is certainly helpful to have another dog around that likes to play. Without a partner in crime for your dog, the humans of the house will need to be quick and ready on their feet for play.
Another option for the boxer craving person who only wants one dog is to adopt a mature companion. They certainly are still full of spunk, but they are not at the same level as the youngsters.
Keep in mind that all boxes will find a way to amuse themselves almost anywhere they go. That is why it is always important to find ways to keep them entertained. With their intelligence coupled with their power, they can be a handful for the unwitting home.
That’s food? I’ll decide what to eat.
Many new boxers owners have been heard to say, «My boxer won’t eat the kibble; she went three days without eating. I put some leftovers in her food and she finally ate, but she only ate the left-overs. The kibble was left in the bowl.»
The boxer will train the owner what to feed, if allowed. The Boxer do require a balanced diet, high in protein and fat. Many commercial dog foods do not meet the dietary needs.
Dig! Dig! Dig!
They have a natural tendency to dig and with awe you can watch them dig large craters in your yard. They might even find that sump pump leak, which was 3-4 feet under the ground. They have an instinct to dig which can be curbed to some extent but not eliminated.
Every stranger is just a friend they haven’t met yet.
The escape artist who up for any challenge.
The houdinis of the dog world.
They have the ability to squeeze through the smallest of holes, break or chew their way out of a tie-out orrun through an electric fences. Some will actually devise a plan for their escape route that you may have never even thought of.
8- The Socialite
It is always party time for these social butterflies.
Part of the pack.
These social butterflies are considered to be very pack oriented and gregarious. Whether their pack includes humans or other dogs, they easily become bonded with others. They are not meant to be left alone for long periods of time. They require the companionship of others, animal or human. If left with no others around to occupy him or her, either the howling begins, the escape route is started, or something you really liked is destroyed. For example, a pup could easily relieve boredom by turning your waterbed into a large pool. As they say, «idle paws are the devil’s workshop!»
Nomads by nature makes them never trustworthy off leash.
Nomads by nature.
This nomadic tendency, coupled with their innate curiosity, makes it extremely important to always have them confined or on a leash. With no fear of cars and no homing instinct, this nomadic tendency could easily leave them prey to hunger, injury, disease, or worse.