I have an 8 month old boxer mix who is much more boxer in features and attitude then he is his other breed..which i'm quite thankful for. I've known other boxers but this is my first one that I have owned. I've had him since he was about 4 months old and since then we have been working hard and training him. He is doing very well with his training and retaining all that he has learned. My biggest worry with him is that though he loves people and always gets along with them he sometimes won't let a stranger touch him and he'll shy off next to me or my husband. He's ok with strangers touching him when he goes to them but if they initiate he wants nothing to do with it. I've tried techniques that i've been told about like letting strangers give him treats so he associates strangers with treats but it doesn't always work. I've also kept up on introducing him to strangers but he still will only let a stranger touch him if he initiates it. Any suggestions?
I know it's been a few weeks since this thread was originally posted, but I figure I'll give it a go anyhow... It's not unusal for Boxers to be wary of strangers. They are a working breed meant for guarding, and that characteristic is actually meantioned in the AKC breed standard. It is also mentioned that "affections honestly rendered" should prompt a friendly greeting. Sometimes, people bending down and over the dog can be scary. If you're concerned about how your dog is with strangers, have them kneel down and greet your dog at their level. It's much more friendly in doggy language.
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Sorry it took a while to get back. Thanks for responding! Treats are working better when strangers give them to him so I think our training is working in that area. I appreciate the knowledge you have shared. Oh and I just found out he's a boxer/ridgeback mix...His body type is like an extra muscular ridgeback but he has alot of the boxer traits including the cute socks :)