We have a fairly well behaved 3 year old child. Everyone kept telling us that Boxers were good around children, so we got one. She is not tempermental or anything, but she is so hyper and distructive in the house. People said she would calm down by the time she was a year old. Well that is right around the corner and "it aint happenin". So we are thinking about putting her outside and getting a smaller dog for in the house. Any suggestions about a small breed that might be good around children?
smaller breeds can be just as hyper and destructive in the homes as any larger breed of dog, it is your time and training that turns a destructive dogs of any size into a good family member. throwing a dog outside is not going to make them a better pet. in most cases it can make them a worse pet. boxers cannot live outdoors 24/7 for various reasons , one being their coat is not made to withstand extreme degrees of temperatures. i would suggest you take the money you have to buy a new dog and put it towards obediences lessons and a baby gate or two.
i have heard also that boxers are alittle loopy whether this is generally how they are i dont know..but before you get another pet please try and get some specialised help/classes and work with your boxer and try and sort the 'problem'. dont put your dog out in the pen and have another pet in the house..its a waste of a dog to keep them in a pen constantly..plus the dog cant withstand low temps because of there short coats..dont give up i know it must be distressing~it will be rewarding to see your dog take a positive turn in his/her behaviour..hang in there :-)
***Edited By: twinkletoes on 4/7/2005 9:14:44 AM*** Reason: .
Scout has it right, with their short coats and their mushed in noses, they don't tolerate heat or cold as well as other breeds do. Just because you have friends that keep their boxers outside doesnt' mean that it's good for the dog, regardless of how happy they seem. I can almost guarantee you the dogs would be prefer to be inside with the family than left outside and seen once or twice a day at feeding time, as happens with many outside dogs. The vast majority of dogs, including boxers, are far far happier when kept inside with the family (their pack) then when left outside. And it's just safer, in terms of both mental and physical health.
Have you taken your dog for obedience training? Tried keeping it on a leash in the house so you can easily control the dog's behavior and make it calm down when it's getting too rambunctious? What are you doing to try to calm him down? Have you tried crating her for 'time outs', or crating her when you are gone to prevent the destructive behavior? If she's destructive when you're gone, it's rpobably boredom. For her own safety, crate her. Boxers are very active dogs, and require a goodly amount of exercise.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 4/7/2005 10:33:15 AM*** Reason: add