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Q: I can't house train my boxer

March 17, 2010 | By Dapelzer | 3 answers | Expired: 1575 days ago

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Dapelzer

I have a 5 month old boxer . Great dog I have owned him for 3.5 months. The second week we got him he got sick it was really contagious so we couldn't let him outside with the other 2 dogs. It took 2 weeks to start letting him out again. We have hardwood and tile floors. we can't get him to poop in the grass. when he poops in the house i rub his nose in it and spank him and throw him and the poop outside. but its not working i leave him outside the rest of the day let him in and 30 min later he will poop and pee in the house again. i am sick of woopin him and throwing him out. is their a better way to house train him? this isn't working. Also when he poops outside he will poop on the cement usually although I am starting to see some in the grass. Anyone have any idea's

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Debby
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Mar 17, 2010

A few major issues.. first of all you NEVER hit a dog. Rubbing his nose in it does nothing.. he knows what it smells like. Keep a leash on him at all times in the home and keep him with you. Take him out every two hours.. he is still a baby and doesn't know any better. After eating, drinking and playing you have to take a puppy outside. They will usually go potty. when he pee's or poo's outside tell him good pee or good poo.. let him learn the words and get the praise for a good job. YOU have to show him where to go not just let him outside. You can teach a boxer just about anything but it takes time and patience to teach a puppy anything.

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Jillian
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Mar 17, 2010

the method of rubbing their nose in it, spanking them, and tossing them outside is something passed down from generation to generation w/no real validity. i heard the same thing when i was a kid, but what it does is create insecurities in your dog about going to the bathroom as well as your connection w/them. that said, stop using that method first and foremost.
the most effective way to house train a dog is to take them out during key moments - after naps, after meals, after large drinks of water, and after vigorous exercise. at first it may take some practice to learn their schedule, but you can get it down to five times a day. go outside w/him and walk him around the yard, play w/him or run w/him if you have to. the exercise will stimulate his bowels and bladder. do not take him back in until he goes outside. be patient, he's still learning.
to make this whole process go faster, praise him when he goes outside. every single time. using praise for this teaches the dog that this behavior pleases you, and using positive association is what really works. negative association, like rubbing their nose in it or spanks, only causes damage b/c they don't know what they did wrong. to us, it seems obvious, but they wouldn't have done it if they knew that. dogs aim to please their owners. remember, he doesn't want to get in trouble.
boxers are extremely sensitive dogs so using negative association really bothers them. going outside can be a vulnerable thing for a dog, so these added insecurities don't help at all. when he does have an accident, unless you catch him in the act he will not know why you're upset. they live in the moment and don't connect the dots after the fact. if you do catch him, a simple "no" and a gentle trip outside is all that's needed. not even a mean "no". instead, keep your voice calm, but stern. they can tell by your facial expression that you're not happy.
avoid puppy pads and crating, both of these methods can be very confusing to dogs and will extend the process. be consistent w/what i told you and he'll be potty trained within a month, two tops.

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Deonk1
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Mar 17, 2010

I agree. definitely go with reward based. Trust me shoving thier nose will do nothing, my puppy used to eat his poo before we switched foods. I've had friends who had to teach thier dogs to stay away from thier poo.

I grid trained my boy, and now he goes anywhere. For future if you have a puppy that has to be kept in I recommend this. Get a shoe tray, place some papers in the bottom (or puppy pads for the first week only to get the scent). then purchase rubber grids that you put in the tray so that the mud and junk filters off shoes. put that on top of the papers, poo stays on top and pee sinks into papers. My dog was house trained at about 90% accuracy by 2 months. Now he goes outside or where ever I tell him to...

Which leads me to my second advice. Pick a cue word, and stick to it. Essentially what I did was say "bathroom break" every time he went on his tray and had a pile of toys and treats and yipped and cheered every time it went well... he got so excited he learned that going there pleased me. So just make sure the second they start to go you say the cue and throw a praise party. It goes much faster.

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