New to this forum and can't really seem to find much about this...
I have a 4 1/2 month old boxer puppy, female and super energetic. I decided to get this breed because I wanted an active dog, so I am very much prepared for the exercise she needs. What I like to know though is: is it normal for my boxer to be jumping like mad?? She does it all the time, when I carry her food out, when she's excited to go for walk or play and most of all when visitors come she goes nuts. And I mean NUTS. I have read a lot about dog behaviour and I know that in these situations it is important to stay calm and ignore the bad behaviour. This works most the time as she calms down fairly quickly, but not in the case of visitors.
Yesterday, my SIL came to visit, she has dogs herself and understands a little. However, Stella (my boxer puppy) would not stop jumping on her. We both tried to ignore as best as possible but she wouldn't stop. I ended up taking her away outside to teach her that this behaviour is not tolerated.
Am I too worried and will she just grow out of that phase, being that she is still so young? Is she just a play freak? I don't want her to be a jumping-on-every-visitor kind of dog. When I come home I completely ignore her and she never jumps on me.
Are any boxer owners in this forum that may have some advice?
Also, I have a really nice old lady as a neighbour, she loves Stella and greets her everyday (even if I don't see it I'm sure she does). I notice she puts her hand over the fence to pat Stella, and Stella just leaps every time. Is it rude to ask her nicely to not pat her over the fence?? I am worried she will jump it one day, it is only a short backyard fence (3ft or something).
Thanks!! Any good feedback is appreciated.