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    I am hoping to take my boxer Comrade to Puppy School soon but am starting little things with him myself. One thing that he has picked up really quickly is 'Sit' actually I think he does it naturally. I get him to sit at the lights while we wait to the lights to change or when a bike needs to pass us while we are walking etc and he does so easily as I give him a doggy treat each time... Anyway he is getting to smart and tries to sit down during the walk (when I haven't asked him to) and looks up for a treat. I have to pull on his lead (which is attached to a harness) to get him to keep going.
    I would like to reward him for walking beside me well as he does most the time but haven't figured out a way to to that besides verbally. Any suggestions?
    Hope all that made sence! LOL

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    He sounds like he's enjoying the verbal rewards, especially if he's looking up at your face too.
    If he responds so well to verbal praise he shouldn't need more than a very occasional treat. After all, he's doing what you ask him because he's loving you and enjoying making you happy.
    This is what training is all about really! Well done.

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    Yeah ok fair enough that makes sence. I just felt bad that I was rewarding him (with a treat for sitting on command) but not for walking beside me well... but I do praise him so I guess that will be enough. I am just so lucky that he is so well behaved. I am not sure if it just a boxer thing or I am lucky as hes been great from the beginning... I do think that I got him at 12weeks (breeder couldn't part with him until then) he had extra time with his mum so learnt some manners in that time.
    Anyway I very happy with him

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    Hi BoxerMum,

    Have you tried imediately changing the direction of your walk once he looks like he is about to sit during his walk? Hope that makes sense...

    'Clicker' training is great, google clicker training for further info.

    Nic

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerMum View Post
    Yeah ok fair enough that makes sence. I just felt bad that I was rewarding him (with a treat for sitting on command) but not for walking beside me well... but I do praise him so I guess that will be enough. I am just so lucky that he is so well behaved. I am not sure if it just a boxer thing or I am lucky as hes been great from the beginning... I do think that I got him at 12weeks (breeder couldn't part with him until then) he had extra time with his mum so learnt some manners in that time.
    Anyway I very happy with him

    One thing when I have my next puppy is that I will NOT teach sit as the first command. I will teach stand. it is far more useful, as is drop.

    You just wait - boxers or notorious in dog training clubs lol - they jus want to be a part of everything.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I will look up clicker training thanks Billy.

    Are boxers 'notorious' in a good or bad way in training Occy? And why have you found 'stand' a more useful command? I am teaching Comrade 'drop' now and he is doing pretty well... not as well as sit tho yet.

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    Boxers tend to be social dogs which can make them difficult to train in a dog school environment.

    Stand is a great command - you have a dog that is bolting into traffic - either STOP or stand - and the dog stops on the street edge. Stop is actually the best and most valuable command you will ever teach. Stopped my dog being hit by a car

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxerMum View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. I will look up clicker training thanks Billy.

    Are boxers 'notorious' in a good or bad way in training Occy? And why have you found 'stand' a more useful command? I am teaching Comrade 'drop' now and he is doing pretty well... not as well as sit tho yet.
    Don't forget that Boxers are notorious for late maturing. Don't expect him to behave much like an adult until at least 18 months, or maybe older.

    The wait is worth it...

    And great idea from Occy - STAND! or even DROP!! is a great way to avoid disaster if they ever get loose. It has to be second nature to work though...
    Last edited by Nattylou; 03-17-2009 at 08:11 PM.

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    Thanks Occy and Nattylou for your comments. I have noticed that Boxers are high spirited and playful in the past which is one of the reasons I love them. They are total goofballs LOL... but most of all I love the devotion and patience that they show especially with kids. I have been a boxer admirer for ages and am so very happy with my little boy. Hes a Gem.

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