Boxer Dog 101 – Feeding, Training, Grooming & Health Care of a Boxer Dog

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Boxers are smart, athletic and a medium-sized breed. American kennel club place them in
working dogs category. Boxers have a short square shaped muzzle and strong jaws. The
acceptable colors are fawn, brindle, and white.par par
Boxers were developed in Germany in the late 19th century. They were produced by cross-breeding
between Bullenbeisser and English bulldog. par
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boxerrquote s weight, health, metabolism, and activity level. It also has a longer impact
on your boxerrquote s life expectancy.par par
par tab Food is available in the market according
to dogrquote s age and breed type. Boxer is a medium-size breed so select the food
formulated for medium size breed. Make sure you buy puppy food for your boxer puppy and
not adult boxerrquote s food. par Make sure the food you are buying meets the
requirements set by ldblquote Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO)rdblquote
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label. Dogs are carnivores (Meat eaters: Write this only in slide), so the first & main thing
on ingredient list should be meat in the form of chicken, fish, beep etc. other main ingredients
on the food label should be fats and fibers.par Avoid food products that contain fillers (Wheat,
corn.. Only in slide), preservatives or chemical flavoring.par
par Treats are a part of your boxerrquote s food
and consider them too while measuring your boxerrquote s daily food amount. par
par There is a complete list of human foods that
can make your boxer become sick or even prove fatal for him. These are chocolates, onions,
garlic, raw eggs etc. it is better to consult a vet or search on the internet before giving
your boxer any random food.par par
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Boxers are considered as clean dogs and they need occasional grooming. They have a cat
like licking skills and can take care of themselves.par par
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over their skin. they shed throughout the year so regular brushing is required. Brush
them at least once a week with a firm bristle brush to remove loose hairs. Brushing stimulates
blood supply to hair follicles and spreads natural oils to the skin.par
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Boxers have short hairs and they donrquote t need bath frequently. par
Cover their ears with cotton swabs during bath.par
Use warm water for bath.par Donrquote t use human shampoo since dogs
are allergic to them.par Select a good day when the weather is not
harsh. par In winters, give them bath inside in a heated
environment.par par
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par Trim your boxerrquote s nails after every
two weeks or when they become very long. Trimming avoids splitting and cracking of their nails.par
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par Boxerrquote s ears need to be checked weekly
for any kind of discharge, debris or wax accumulation. Cover their ears with cotton balls during
the bath. Use a soft cloth to remove the dirt from the outer surface of ears. Donrquote
t use Q tips or you will damage his ear canal.par par
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Brush your boxerrquote s teeth daily or several times in a week to protect from tartar and
gum diseases. Use a dog toothbrush. Donrquote t use human toothpaste since the fluoride
found in human toothpaste is toxic to dogs.par par
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dogs. Training is important to socialize them and make them an active part of family.par
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Your boxer needs to learn some basic obedience commands before learning other training techniques.
Some important basic commands are come, sit, stay, stand etc. these are foundation commands
and the first thing which your boxer learns, so it may take more time.par
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Dogs are naturally den animals and they can easily associate the crate with a den. A crate
is a place where he can relax and feel safe. Make sure the crate is large enough for a
boxer to stand, turn around and lie down easily. Make the crate a desirable place and put soft
blankets and treats inside. par par
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If your boxer is sniffing the floor or walking in a circle, then most probably he needs to
potty.par par
use a specific command for eliminating such as ldblquote pottyrdblquote or ldblquote
Toiletrdblquote .par Choose a good place which boxer dog should
use for potty. Make sure it is a suitable place for rain and all weathers.par
Take him for potty at specific times of the day. in the morning, twenty minutes after
meal, before bed.par par
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Keep the training sessions short.par Make sure your boxer enjoy the time. par
Give 10 to 15 minutes of training twice a day. par
Choose a place for training where there is no distraction.par
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Majority of boxers are healthy dogs but there are some breed specific issues which your
boxer may encounter. par par
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par This condition is also called as Gastric dilatation-volvulus
(GDV) or Torsion. This is a fatal condition which is more common in deep-chested dogs
like boxers. In this condition, boxerrquote s stomach expands in size because of air or
food. The boxer is unable to get rid of this excess stuff in his stomach which ultimately
slows down the blood supply to the heart. par
par Some common symptoms are: Swollen stomach,
restlessness, retching, trying to vomit, salivating excessively etc.par
par Main Causes of bloating are: par
If exercised quickly after a meal, par when fed one large meal in a day instead of
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stress etc.par par
if you notice any symptom of bloating, take your boxer immediately to a vet.par
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Cancer accounts for 38% of total boxer deaths according to UK kennel club. Brain tumor,
lymphoma, and mast cell tumor are common cancer types in a boxer. Early detection will increase
the chances of survival. par par
-tab Besides these. boxers are also susceptible to many other health problems like arthritis.
allergies. hip dysplasia. seizures etc. par -tab taking your boxer to a vet for regular
checkup will help to detect any potential health problems. If you notice any change
in your boxer routine like discomfort. eating disorder. sleeping excessively. reluctant
to do exercise etc then take him to a vet for a checkup. par
-tab vaccinations help to prevent diseases. Make sure your boxer has completed all his
vaccination course. par par
par Boxers have an athletic and playful nature.
They need regular exercise to keep in shape and to prevent any behavioral and health issues.
par Take them for Half an hour walk twice a day.par
Play different games with them like playing fetch. tug of war etc.par
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-tab Provide your boxer some dog toys. These toys will mentally stimulate him. These will
be helpful to keep your boxer entertained when he is alone.par
par – tab your boxer will put anything into his
mouth and chew to check what is it? Remove anything that is poisonous or harmful like
needles. Electric cords. razors. pills etc.par par
-tab boxers have short noses and short hairs, which make them unfit for extreme weather
conditions. par par
In summer: take them for a walk in the morning and in the evening. par
In winter: Take them outside when there is no wind. Keep them covered with a cloth if
weather is harsh.par par
par -if you are going to adopt a boxer puppy,
adopt from a good and reputed breeder. Ask for certain health certificates like:par
-tab Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for hip dysplasia.par
-tab Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) for eyes.par
-tab certificates for elbow dysplasia. hypothyroidism etc. par
-tab A good breeder is supposed to genetically test the puppy parents for any kind of genetic
disease before breeding. par par

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