We Loved Him Sooo Much

[box style=’info’]Story sent by Sandra Moreno[/box]

We had Chico for a short year he was such a good dog he was diagnosed with HOD were his bones grow fast and he was in pain through out his first year.

We tried. We loved him sooo much that when we took him to sleep the vet said that he had been in pain for a long time that he was holding off for us.

My Chicoli I still call him at night so his spirit can get on my bed.

Now I have Chico 2, his nephew. He is a good very active dog. We love him too but we keep in our hearts our Chico my baby and love. Below is Chico and Chico2.  Our loves.

[box style=’doc’]What is HOD?

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a bone disease that occurs in fast-growing large and giant breed dogs. The disorder is sometimes referred to as metaphyseal osteopathy, and typically first presents between the ages of 2 and 7 months. (source: wikipedia)

What is the cause?

Probably the most frustrating aspect of HOD is that even veterinarians and other animal experts are unsure of the origins of this condition. We may be inclined to think it’s an inherited or genetic condition, but there currently is no conclusive evidence to support this theory.

Is there a treatment?

The treatment for HOD is supportive. Anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers, such as buffered aspirin or carprofen (Rimadyl), are used to treat pain. In severe cases steroids may need to be given to control the pain. In addition, broad-spectrum antibiotics are often used. Strict rest on a comfortable, warm bed is recommended. A nutritious, highly palatable food will help to encourage some dogs to eat. Vitamin C is often supplemented though its benefit may be questionable. In severe cases, steroids may be used.

Many owners of large and giant breed puppies are feeding diets lower in fat and protein to encourage moderate steady growth instead of rapid growth.[/box]

Boxer Health

Chico 2

I Found Him in an Online Ad And Fell in Love

[box style=’info’]Story sent by Jo Anna Going[/box]

This is choco. I found him in an online ad and fell in love. We already had a girl boxer but I was convinced she needed a friend! So we loaded up in the car and went to meet him!

When we got there the people who ran the rescue told us his original owner had gone to prison for drugs. Choco looked pretty rough when the rescue got him he was thin and pooping and throwing up blood. But they had been nursing him back to health. We were told when he was a puppy he had been hit by a truck so his one eye is kinda off and his nose is crooked but it didn’t matter to me at all.  Also he had been in a fight with another dog at the rescue and decided to investigate a bee hive so he was covered in bee stings and scabs. We brought him home that day without a second thought.

choco and jemma

Choco and Jemma

How to Stop Dog Licking

ATTENTION: If you LOVE Boxer dog kisses just ignore this article and WATCH the video at the bottom 🙂

Being licked by your dog is often considered as sweet by owners. However, there are also those who see dog licking as an unsavory habit. The fact is that dog saliva can feel very disgusting, and some owners would rather forego the experience. Of course, that doesn’t mean they hate their dog – just the practice of licking. Fortunately, pets can be trained not to do this if you approach the problem properly.

What Causes Dog Licking

The first question is – why do dogs do this? The most common reason is happiness. Owners who just got home after work are often greeted by excessive licks from their pet. In some cases however, licking is a sign of nervousness from the pooch. Through constantly licking their owner, the dog is trying to handle their stress as much as possible.

How to Stop the Problem

In order to stop dog licks, owners must first find out the exact reason for the problem. As already mentioned, dog licking is a habit triggered when feeling specific emotions. As the owner, it is your goal to determine what emotion causes them to start licking uncontrollably. Once this is figured out, steps can be taken to train the dog against it. Following are some tips on how this can be done:

  • Avoid them whenever they try to lick. Simply step away from your dog and tell them “no lick”. Use this command every time so that they can easily remember the phrase and associate it with no licking. It’s best to use a stern tone of voice so that the dog will understand that it’s not allowed. Don’t hit them or shout at them however, as this will only stress them out.
  • If the dog practices licking due to stress, it’s best to address the underlying problem. A good way to handle stress in dogs is to play with them. It’s likely that they’re feeling restless and can benefit greatly with a long walk outdoors. This will also leave them tired, allowing them to fall asleep immediately after getting home. Make sure to make these walks a daily habit so that the pooch can completely be diverted from the bad practice of licking.
  • Bond more with your dog and encourage other ways for them to show affection. For example, some dogs start licking after you get home from work. If you can find a way to direct that excitement, then you don’t have to worry about doggy saliva. Try going home and playing with them immediately to expend all that energy.
  • Inform friends, visitors and family about the licking ban. Keep in mind that dogs need constancy in their lives; otherwise it might leave them confused. If a friend encourages licking, then you have to advise them against it and explain why.

Licking is one of your dog’s ways to explore the world. Aside from smelling an item, they will most likely lick it to find out if the item is safe or not. Although this natural behavior may be OK for some items however, you can stress to the dog that any part of your body should not be licked.

If you LOVE Boxer kisses than just ignore this advices… And WATCH this video:

Left Behind…

[box style=’info’]Story sent by Jeff Smith[/box]

I adopted Promise from the Blue Grass Boxer rescue Aug. 13th 2007.

The first pic is when they found her in a home that the people were evicted and had left her chained inside with only a small amount of food and water.

Luckily not knowing how long she had been there a realtor came to open the house to show it and found her.

She could no longer stand on her own and as you see in the pic was covered with mange.

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Promise after being rescued

The last few pics were taken at a local park by an art student at Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tn. for fun and he sent them to me today, Promise as of 6/12/2013.  We are not sure of Promise’s exact age but she was approx: 1/12 to 2 when the first pic was taken.  She had also had a fractured pelvis from either a car or being kicked and a prolapsed uterus.



How to Curb Your Dog’s Digging Habits

There are plenty of reasons dogs, Boxers in particular, like burrowing the earth. For one, it is their innate nature. But there are other reasons that present opportunities for correction.

Dogs do not get enough or completely lack exercise

One of the top reasons some dogs seem to be connected with earth is that they do not get their much needed exercise. This is especially true for the hyper active dogs. Digging is their way of spending their nervous energy. When they cannot get you to walk them or play with them, they turn to the next best thing. In this case, it is embarking on an excavation mission involving your yard.

Your dog must be bored

When you fail to keep your dog’s schedule busy, he may get bored especially when you have a breed that cannot seem to bear the idea of lying around all day. Your dog may feel like he needs to do something. Apparently, digging can cure his boredom. This activity provides him a sense of purpose.

Your Boxer may be suffering from separation anxiety

This is a common issue among dogs especially when they are not used to missing your company. Suddenly, the yard is not a playground without you. To your beloved dog, it may seem like a confining location.

Your dog may just be an escape artist.

In some cases however, it is the dog’s nature to become curious. And more than the thought of getting a reward, it is the curiosity that feeds his digging habits.

How to Successfully Correct the Habit

Being informed about the causes of the digging habit, you may recognize windows of opportunities to correct the habit. Just to set proper expectation though, you cannot hope to erase the habit altogether. The best way to deal with this is to make a compromise like you normally would in any kind of relationship. That said here are some suggestions.

Give him enough exercise

In general, dogs need at least forty five minutes of vigorous walking a day. If that does not seem to be enough, try a full hour. To cure his boredom, give him toys. Or tire him out before you leave home. This way, he will spend the rest of the day sleeping.

Practice active supervision

When you do take him out the yard, be there with him. When you practice active supervision, he is less likely to dig.

Place obstacles for digging

Where the yard is soiled, your dog is not likely to even think about digging. They are instinctively clean and they do not like getting their paws or their coats get soiled. It does not mean however that we suggest scattering dog poop around the yard. That would not be pleasant for you either. But you will surely come up with something creative.

Set up chicken wire to fence the yard

This may be a time consuming task but effective nonetheless. Take a roll of chicken wire and lay it underneath the frontline. Your dog will be convinced digging is pointless. He will figure that out soon enough.

Now, you can try any of the above suggestions or you can also allow his inner puppy to come out by giving him a spot where he can dig all he wants. If you do not have a space left to spare in the yard, get him a sandbox.

Rescued Boxer… Sort of…

[box style=’info’]This story was sent by Tonya Freeman from Winston, Georgia[/box]

Meet Harley. She wasn’t this beautiful when I got her so let me tell you the story.

For many years I was an AKC registered Boxer. I had always had beautiful well behaved dogs. Several years ago, I decided I would no longer breed. There was never any money made from our litters and we were lucky to break even, and we always fell in love with the puppies and keeping a few to many so my time for breeding had ended. At that time I had a Bindle male named Brutus, his fawn mother named Lacey, and my beautiful white female, Snowy.

One stormy night we had spent the night away from home. Brutus and Lacey were on a wireless fence system and when it would rain they would come around and sleep on the carport if we were not home. We arrived home the next morning to find several of my husband’s tools drug out in the driveway and the front porch and walls covered in blood but no Brutus or Lacey. Snowy was an inside dog, so inside she was a bungled bunch of nerves. Something horrible had happened! We searched high and low for Brutus and Lacey. They could not have went far with their fence collars on.

As we were looking our neighbor came out and he had Lacey. He said someone had shot Brutus and Brutus had wondered to their house as they came in very late that night. When he saw them he limped across the yard and collapsed and died. Heartbreaking as this was already, it was my son’s 16th birthday and Mother’s Day. We notified the police and they found an area where a bullet had entered the rock on the front porch. They told us to get the bullet they would have to remove the rock on the Front Porch. It was a rental house and the Landlord did not approve the removal. We never found out who did this. Lacey was very old. She lived only a few weeks after this. She had stopped eating and no matter what we or the vet tried to do we know she died from a broken heart. That was the last of the dogs I had from my champion male Tyson who had died many years before from old age. That night my son decided he would not rest without another Boxer and I went and purchased another beautiful fawn male and he was named Chevy after my son’s truck. We bought a house out in the country not long after that and moved.

So at this point I still have Snowy who was my soul mate and my very best friend from the day she was born in my kitchen floor. She was then 13 years old. She was white with one brindle ear and held the keys to my heart. I always gave my furbabies the best of care sparing no expense with them. Snowy developed breast cancer, and as we all know they have weak hearts anyway. With all the decisions laid before us the one that stuck out the most is that if we started the treatments, her heart may not handle it and we would lose her. We decided to allow her to live out the rest of her days comfortably. She never wanted me to see her hurt. When I was around she would play and run just as she did in her younger days, but I would hide and watch her and when she thought I wasn’t watching you could tell she had grown tired and was in pain. Soon she couldn’t hide the pain anymore and gave up being able to hold down her food and we knew it was time to stop her suffereing. In February of 2012 Snowy went to Doggy heaven. I never believed in cremation, but as my son pointed out, Snowy had never been outside in the rain so why would I bury her where she would be left in a storm. So Snowy is in a beautiful container on my fireplace. I was broken hearted and it killed me to not have her wake me up every morning and be ready to jump in the car to go wherever I was going.

As August rolled around I still woke up every morning with tears in my eyes, and my husband asked me if I had seen any white boxer puppies for sale. I told him I had heard there was a little in another town. There was no papers on the pups but the mom and dad were on sight. I didn’t care about the papers, she would be spayed and I was out of the breeding business. I contact the person and he said he had one female left and he wanted $100 for her. My son and I made arrangement to go see her.

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Harley Grown

She is now a year old and her name is Harley. She is beautiful and I am trying hard to make her be at least close to what my Snowy was. All my other Boxers were always high dollar dogs and I never had any behavior problem with them. This one is a little different. At this time I can say she has probably done about $1500 worth of damage around our house chewing and playing rough and the amount of money I have spent in chew toys, bones, and vet bills surpasses anything I have ever spent on any of my other boxers. But none of that matters, so instead of thinking I bought a sick dog to start with I prefer to think I rescued her from the depths of puppy hell she was in and have brought out the most beautiful dog, and to think those people were thinking about keeping her when I first contacted them. We work hard in training her, she is a lot more hyper than any of the other boxers I have had, but that is okay, as I have decided to take better care of myself, and she gives me a reason to get out and run. So in a way she has rescued me from my heart break over Snowy.

Oh and the story on her tail. She swung it with such force through the house that it caused problems, so when I had her spayed at 6 months under anesthesia, our vet went ahead and docked her tail. She had no pain from it, it healed quickly and she never missed it. She is my beautiful Angel!

And that is my rescue story. The first picture of her as a baby was taken in the car on the way home the day I purchased her. The second is what she looks like now and the third is her and her big brother Chevy.

I Will Always Love and Miss Him

[box style=’info’]Story sent by Linda Slade from Morehouse, MO.[/box]

I live in a very small town in S.E. Missouri, and have 2 boxers.

A few years ago we had the worst ice storm in 100 yrs, we lost power and water for almost 3 weeks. A friend’s daughter came to tell me that there was a boxer that had been picked up by the city, she actually thought maybe one of mine had gotten loose. We drove over in her 4 wheel drive, so that I could see it. It was the most heartbreaking thing I had ever seen, the poor dog was shivering in our towns so-called kennel, where they keep the strays in until sent to the Semo Humane Society, usually within a few days.

Our town had a lot going on due to this storm, but this poor emaciated dog was sitting in this cage, on a slab of ice, with no food, water or even hay to make it comfortable at least. I called the city and asked them if I could please take the dog home as a foster, either until he was sent to Semo, or his owners were located, and was told no, that the dog was aggressive when they caught it. I told them, I had already seen the dog, and it was NOT aggressive, I also told them someone had better get over there and do something about the conditions the dog was in, and I was assured that the matter would be handled, and that he would be going to Semo in a couple of days.

I am not gonna lie, I had my hands very full taking care of my elderly parents during this severe ice storm, and taking care of my own two boxers, so I assumed he was in Semo. Some weeks went by, when I was informed that this poor dog was STILL in the city’s cages, so I called the city and they confirmed that this poor baby was still there due to the storm Semo couldn’t take in any more animals, but they did not want me to go to the cages to see him.

The city worker told me to call our towns Marshall, who told me he had nothing to do with the situation, but that I could leave our Mayor a message. So instead I called the mayor and finally got permission to go see this boxer again. So I rushed over to the cages and what I saw made me furious. He was so sick and malnourished that he could barely even stand.

The city worker had escorted me to see the dog, told me they had been feeding him regularly but he wouldn’t gain weight. I called the mayor right then and told him I wanted this dog RIGHT NOW !!! That he was dying, and that I would call the local news, humane society, PETA… whoever I could call that would help if he didn’t release him to me. I FINALLY got this poor baby out of there !!!

I had to carry this dog because he was so weak. We got home, and this poor baby was so full of worms that he was literally starving to death. I called and got him into the vet the very next day, he was heartworm positive, along with having a severe worm infestation. After taking him actually to two vets, one of them, a farm vet, felt sorry for us, and gave me a 3 month supply of medications that would help “Chance”, as he was named, to prepare for heartworm treatment for just $50.00. Poor Chance was still very sick due to the heartworms, one night I thought he was dying, so I placed him in my bed, and just held him, I just wanted him to know that if he died there in my arms, that someone cared about him. We had many scary days and nights of this.



Chance was doing better and better, but I could not afford the heartworm treatments. I contacted numerous rescue orgs, but was always told they didn’t take dogs from personnel people, only shelters etc… finally found a group in Kentucky, I drove the hour over to meet them and release Chance into their care, I cried all the way home…. and even almost turned around to go back and get him, I had fallen in love with him. But I knew he was better off, because he would finally get the treatment he needed so bad. I received a call eventually, and he had made it through treatment and was adopted to a retired military family. I hope Chance will have many happy, healthy years, but I will always love and miss him. And by the way, little bottle fed Hope made it too, and to this day thinks I’m her momma, LOL.

Recommended reading:

Dog Is My Copilot

Dog Is My Copilot: Rescue Tales of Flying Dogs, Second Chances, and the Hero Who Might Live Next Door

How to Train Your Boxer: Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is one of the most common problems found in Boxers – especially the younger ones. It is characterized by a panic feeling in dogs whenever they are separated from their owners. This may happen when you leave the house for work or go to sleep at night, leaving the pooch to sleep in his own bed.

When suffering from separation anxiety, the dog may cry non-stop, have uncontrollable peeing problems and destroy the furnishings in the home. In some cases, the dog may even choose to harm themselves through obsessive licking.

Why They Do This

Keep in mind that Boxers are social animals. They prefer to have company at all times, especially if they have never been left alone in their entire lives. Puppies may feel separation anxiety because they have always been used to their littermates and suddenly feeling alone is a drastic change.

Adopted dogs on the other hand, may have a bad experience with their past owners, making them wary of being left alone. Regardless of the reason, separation anxiety is something you must deal with in a proper manner.

Fixing Separation Anxiety in Dogs

  • If you are aware that you will need to be away for long stretches of time, it’s important to choose a dog that is not genetically inclined to separation anxiety. The fact is that some breeds may suffer from this problem more often so talk with a vet before making a decision. A few dog breeds with this characteristic include German Shepherds, Spaniels, Springer and Airedales.
  • Another indicator of separation anxiety is the dog’s obsessive excitement when their owner returns. Although all dogs are happy to see their masters, Boxers with separation anxiety often drag the welcome wagon, lasting to one minute or more. Some owners fail to see this as a symptom and egg on their dogs to stand, play, jump and get even more excited. This is actually the wrong way to address the problem because it validates your dog’s belief that you coming back is the best part of their day.
  • Exercise your Boxer as much as possible. Like with humans, exercise helps uplift the dog’s mood and make them more amiable when it comes to changes. More importantly, exercises can tire out the dog which leads to sleep instead of just pining and whining for you the whole day. If you’re going to be gone for more than 8 hours, it’s best to schedule a dog walker for your pup. This will give them something to do so that they don’t dwell on your absence.
  • When you leave for work, make sure to prepare them for it. A good way to do this is to serve them up some treats a few minutes before getting out of the house. This will keep them occupied while at the same time leaving the dog in a good mood. Rest assured, your Boxer knows if you’re leaving based on some routines (taking the keys, putting on a coat etc.). By giving them treats, you are introducing a new ritual that can actually make your separation seem like a good thing.

Of course, those are just few of the techniques you can use. Keep in mind that the best treatment for separation anxiety is loving and caring for your Boxer as best as you can.

Recommended Resources

dog separation anxiety

Don’t Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety by Nicole Wilde (Nov 11, 2010)

I’ll be Home Soon: How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety by Patricia B. McConnell Ph.D.

Training Your Boxer Dog Not to Jump on Furniture

Boxers are naturally hyperactive dogs, and it takes dedication and determination to have one as a pet.

Due to a dog’s hyperactive and dominant behavior, it is inevitable that owners would find their dogs jumping on their furniture.

While it is true that it could be a sign of the owner’s closeness with his pet, it is still important to teach dogs not to jump on any furniture in the home, especially on beds and couches.

Having a dog as big as boxers proves to be more than problematic in this case.

Why You Shouldn’t Allow Jumping on Furniture

Access to furniture in the home is an important factor that shouldn’t be ignored by dog owners.

Even if you make sure that your dog gets bathed a few times a week, it is not always a matter of whether your furniture would get muddy stains and paw prints.

Big dogs, like boxers, take up too much space when you find them snuggled up on your bed or on your couch.

On worst case scenarios, they even refuse to move or even budge even when you tell them.

As a home owner, it is a lot inconvenient if you have to put up a big fight just to be able to lie in bed or sit on your couch without your pet dog occupying most of the space.

If your dog refuses to give up the space they are occupying, this might only mean one thing: they think they are above you.

If a dog owner allows his pet dog to have unimpeded access to the furniture, it could lead the dog to think that it is the alpha of the home.

Furniture access is not only a matter of territory, but it also strongly leans towards dominance.

Dogs who love leaping on beds and couches tend to think that they are in the same rank as you are.

As a result, they do not realize that they are already crossing boundaries by attempting to share space with you even during times when you need to have the space all to yourself.

How to Successfully Prevent This Behavior

In order to teach your dog not to jump on furniture, you must take note of the following pointers:

  • Apply consistency at all times: If you plan on correcting your dog’s behavior, make sure that you are consistent in showing your disapproval. Do not reprimand them the first time and then allow the behavior the second time. If you want them to stay off the furniture, don’t allow them to do so at all times. Also, make sure the people who live with you will not tolerate this behavior as well.
  • Impose limits: Should you want to teach your dog that jumping on furniture is wrong, but you still want it to sit or lie beside you occasionally, then you should impose limits on when it is okay for them to be up on your furniture. For example, teach them not to go up on the couch unless you invite them to.
  • Provide an attractive reward or alternative: If your dog listens to you and goes off your couch or bed on your command, make sure to reward them.  Give them their favorite treats as soon as they are back down on the floor.

If your dog prefers to sleep on the couch, it might be because he finds it more comfortable on the couch than on the cold, hard floor.

Make him his own bed or buy a dog bed from your local pet store (one that is big enough and comfortable enough).

Why It Is Not Advisable to Use Physical Restraint

Using physical restraint (like leading your dog away by grasping the collar) is not abuse.

K-9 units often do so when training their dogs.

However, it is not recommended as it might lead the dog to openly display his refusal against your commands.

Pulling him by the collar might make him dig his paws on the ground or pull away in restraint.

The best type of physical restraint is sliding your hand under your dog’s rear and gently lifting it.

Pry him gently off the bed or couch.

A dog finds it uncomfortable whenever his rear end gets lifted, and this might lead him to get off your furniture on his own accord.

Further Reading

For additional info on dog psychology and behavioral issues, take a look at The Online Dog Trainer.

It is an absolute goldmine of priceless details and guidance for the responsible dog-owner, and addresses nearly every single matter you could ever need to raise a joyful, healthful, well-adjusted dog – everything from obedience work to fixing challenging behaviors to dog-whispering to teaching ‘tricks’ is included in full detail.

You may take a look at The Online Dog Trainer by clicking on the link below:


Sunshine, a Leader From Quebec!

This is Sunshine. She lives in Canada, with her dad, Bruno Rivera (owner), her mother Harley and her sister Apache.

Bruno is one of our most active fans! He posts images almost daily on our Facebook fan page!! Thanks, Bruno 🙂

SunshineLet’s get to know Sunshine a little better:

1. What’s the owner’s name? Bruno Rivard

2. What’s her name? Sunshine

3. What’s old is she? She’s 10 months

4. Where does she live? She lives in Quebec

6. Is she pure or mixed breed? Pure breed

7. What’s her weight? 22 Kg

8. What’s her biggest virtue? She’s a leader!

9. What’s her biggest “flaw”? She has no flaw 🙂

“Sunshine lives with her mother Harley (5 years old) and her big sister Apache (2 years old). I love these 3 boxers. They are my life!” – Bruno Rivard

Sunshine, Harley & Apache

Awesome Black & White photo of Sunshine!

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