Boxers are too Smart to be Bored
Boxers are highly intelligent and need to have their minds kept busy in order for them to be happy and healthy. A Boxer who is bored is prone to destructive behaviors and mischief. If you haven’t exercised your Boxer or played games with him, don’t be surprised if you come home to your trash all over the kitchen or your new shoes shredded to bits. Keeping your Boxer busy can be fun for you and him. The Boxer breed is a working breed and really enjoys having to “work” for something. For example, instead of just giving him a treat, make him follow a command, such as “sit”. You can start out slowly with simple commands and then keep his mind more engaged by increasing the activity or command level.
Reinforcement-based training means rewarding your Boxer for what is desirable instead of punishing him for what you don’t want. It’s also an excellent way of keeping his Boxer brain busy. Reward your Boxer for good behavior with food, affection, games, and exercise. Boxers respond very well when they have to work for a treat or something else they want. A Boxer with a job to do, is a happy, well-behaved Boxer!
Entertainment When You’re Not Home
With their high-energy and smarts, Boxers can become bored very easily. This is why it’s very important to make sure your Boxer’s brain remains busy while you’re away from him. Toys that he has to work on in order to get treats are great at keeping his mind occupied and preventing misbehavior. If you have a deaf Boxer, it is especially important to make sure his mind is busy while you are gone since many deaf dogs suffer from separation anxiety when their owners leave them alone. Toys such as Kongs and others that hold treats which are only released with work, are good for distracting a Boxer’s active mind. Toys that your Boxer has to work on have also been shown to delay and prevent the onset of brain aging, keeping his mind sharp and fresh into his senior years.
If you have a Boxer with more energy than the average dog, you can’t go wrong crating him or putting him in one room of the house while you’re away. Deaf dogs with anxiety will do better if they’re crated when you’re not home because deafness combined with high-energy and anxiety can be a mischievous combination. Provide him with toys he has to manipulate for food in his crate or give him a bully stick or other type of durable chew that he won’t choke on and will keep him busy.
Boxers love to move, so get moving with him! Boxers excel at many canine sports, including agility, herding, retrieving, Frisbee, and fly ball – the possibilities are endless as long as you’re both having fun. These activities will make great use of your Boxer’s high energy. As most Boxer dog owners know, a tired Boxer is a good Boxer. Boxers whose minds and bodies are kept active and healthy through vigorous physical and mental activities have less tendencies toward destructive and undesirable behaviors.
Get a Boxer!
The warm months are here, which means it’s the perfect time to get a Boxer. There’s no better time than now to add endless joy and companionship to your life than by adopting a Boxer in need! Visit the websites of one of these excellent Boxer Rescues and adopt one today:
- New Jersey Boxer Rescue
- New Life Boxer Rescue
- PA Boxer Rescue
- Northeastern Boxer Rescue
- Adopt a Boxer Rescue
- Go Boxer Rescue
- Second Chance Boxer Rescue
- NorCal Boxer Rescue
- Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue