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Boxer Chewing and Teething Issues

Overview

A boxer puppy will have 28 temporary puppy teeth.  As a pup grows, works their way through the teething process and becomes an adult dog, they will have 42 permanent adult canine teeth.  A puppy will begin to lose his or her temporary teeth at the age of 4 months. 

Beside from losing them, new ones will be growing in as well.  The back molars will begin to poke through the gums at the approximate age of 6 months. 

Learn how to help your puppy get through this stage of discomfort and pain.  A dog will chew just about anything to help relieve the negative sensations.  However, with some planning ahead of time and some easy training, your puppy will not destroy your home and you will be able to help your puppy cope.

 

Boxer teething time can be one of the largest hurdles that you and your puppy will overcome; fortunately this phase is temporary!!

Teething and chewing problems can occur if an owner does not know how to help their puppy cope with them. When a puppy is teething, without planning and training, they will chew on just about anything they can get their mouths on.  The urge to chew and gnaw is quite strong. 

As a boxer owner, it will be your job to;                

**train your puppy what is not appropriate to chew on.               

**offer the correct alternatives, so that the puppy has plenty of choices for other objects to chew on.

 

Training

 

Patience and consistency will always be the 2 most important elements when training a dog to do anything, this is included.  Your dog has no idea that they are not supposed to chew on your favorite shoes; they are just trying to relieve their pain. 

A careful eye must be kept on your puppy so that you can stop them the moment they even think about chewing on something other than your pre-planned and purchased chew toys.

As soon as your boxer pup opens their mouth to take a nice bite out of your sofa or wants to gnaw on your hand, you must immediately say “No!” with a strong and firm voice. 

The tone of your voice is important. 

If “No!” is said in a playful or amused tone, your dog will not understand the meaning of this word.  This command word will be one of great importance that is used in countless situations. 

Your dog must understand from the tone and the actions you make that you mean business when you say this!!

After saying the command word to your dog;

 

                *if they already have an object in their mouth-take the object away.  Do not allow the boxer to engage you in a game of tug-o-war.  A puppy will see that as fun and try to provoke this game as often as they can. 

                 *As soon as you have the non-approved object away from your pup, immediately give them one of the approved chewing and teething dog toys.  Say “Here is your toy” in a happy and excited tone.  As your pup begins chewing on it, praise them for being a good dog.

                *if your puppy is just about to grab onto an un-approved object, distract them.  Say their name loudly to get your dog’s attention.  Then, immediately give your boxer on of their chewing and teething dog toys.  Again, say “Here’s your toy” in a very pleasant tone and praise them for using it.

                *if your boxer puppy nips and gnaws on you, try to resist the urge to swat at them.  A dog does not learn very much from an owner hitting them; even if the swat is a light one.  All this will do is teach your boxer to be afraid of you and it does not show very much will power on your side. 

If you want your dog to have control over their behavior, so must an owner.  The correct training method is to say “No!” very loudly and firmly.  Then, immediately give them their dog teething toy.

 

Adult chewing

Your boxer will stop teething at approximately 7 months of age. 

However, chewing may not stop if your dog has not been taught to use his or her toys in certain situations.  When an adult dog chews this is usually caused by;

 

                                Boredom

                                Anxiety

 

As a medium breed dog, a boxer may be kept outside at certain times, given that the environment and temperature is safe and correct. 

However, a dog left alone for too long outside will make for a very bored dog.  If your dog is bored outside and chews on grass, tree branches and other, they will not know how that differs from chewing on the leg of your coffee table.