[box style=’info’]Story sent by Bill Westerman[/box]
I had to have my first Boxer put down about 8 years ago. I wasn’t in the mood to get another for a few years.
I started looking on petfinder 5 ½ years ago. I found a couple nice male Boxers on there that were being rescued by a local general dog rescue group. I was living with my dad at the time and would take his dog along to make sure the two would get along okay. My dad’s dog would become aggressive towards the first couple Boxers I went to see. I later found a female Boxer rescued by a Boxer rescue group a few miles south of us. We went to see her, they had brought Faith and another male Boxer with them, but brought Faith out first. Either my dad’s dog decided a female dog was okay or just gave up the fight against another dog. By the way, my dad’s dog was a small Skye Terrier.
I fell in love with Faith right away. She was a real sweetheart. Boxers R Us had gotten her out of a dog pound. Someone had dumped her off. The rescue group had to have a couple cancerous cysts removed from her. She has been in good health since. She did have a couple of her nipples hanging down so she may had recently had a litter. I am not sure.
I have had her for almost 5 ½ years now but she still seems scared I am going to leave her permanently. She hates it when I take her to PetSmart for a bath. She struggles with them to leave my side when I drop her off. If I take her to a park to run she never runs far from my side. If we are on a walk and she sees a squirrel she needs to run after and I begin to walk away, she immediately will run back to me.
She was 2½-3½ when adopted, according to the rescue group. I made her birthday the day I rescued her and went with 3 years old. She is now over 8 years old and in good health. She is in better health than my previous Boxer was at the same age. Also in better health than the Boxer my dad had previous to his Skye terrier and the Boxer my brother had before he passed away.
In the present global financial climate people feel the need to make savings anywhere they can. Although the monthly cost is an important variable there are other considerations you should do regarding pet health insurance. Here are some reasons your Boxer should have an health insurance:
1. Can You Cover Expenses In Case Of a Sudden Illness?
Most people opt not to health insurance their pet because it’s just another monthly bill to add the pile of expenses. But the real question you should be asking yourself is if in case of a sudden illness, would you be able to come up with the money to save your Boxer’s life?
For example, while pet insurance may possibly cost $20 to $50 monthly, depending on numerous variables, a case of Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat) could very well cost as much as $7,500 to treat.
2. Is the Risk High?
As a pure breed, Boxers are more vulnerable to genetic health problems than mixed breed dogs.
Here’s a table with the Boxer’s risk profile:
3. Do You Want Peace of Mind?
If you’ve have the financial means, to make the regular monthly payment, it might be worthwhile for the reassurance it offers. With insurance, you can make the most of the benefits of top quality care, protect against the unforeseen, and perhaps sleep a little bit better at night.
4. Will You Do Anything for Your Boxer?
Your Boxer is part of the family. Right? So, you probably should consider having them covered in case of an accident. If you and your family is the kind that could not bear to let your Boxer suffer at any cost or would fight a disease like cancer till the end, you’re a perfect candidate to have insurance.
Pet Insurance Reviews
The following table shows the overall customer satisfaction of the best rated pet insurance companies, measured by BBB, Pet Insurance Review and Yelp (based on reviews as of March 28th, 2013). To ensure it’s easy to compare it was used the A-F grading system.
Embrace Pet Insurance: The Best Option?
With no surprise Embrace got the better ratings. Aside from their policy of customer care and satisfaction, there are many more reasons why boxer parents choose Embrace for their dog’s insurance policy.
Customers are free to use any vet and do not have to stick with “in network” veterinary clinics.
Policies also cover genetic health conditions (a big issue with Boxers).
Outstanding customer service quality.
Claim refunds are made based on vet bills that are submitted rather than set amounts.
Customers can cater their pet’s policy to fit their pet’s needs and their financial budget.
Pets are protected for a lifetime with coverage of chronic health conditions.
Probably the most common cause for allergies in dogs are fleas. Estimates reveal that 40% of all dogs are affected by flea allergies. Fifteen distinct components of flea’s saliva have been recognized as allergens. These components cause an allergic reaction in sensitive dogs. A sole flea bite may trigger an allergic reaction, and symptoms may last as long as 2 weeks. The dog skin will become itchy and irritated. The dog will continuously scratch the infected area attempting to get rid of the flea and relieve their suffering. Unfortunately, hair loss may start and is an indication for urgent treatment.
Giving your dog flea medications is the main factor to staying away from flea allergies. Prepare yourself with these advised remedies below.
The 2nd most common allergy type for dogs are atopic allergies. Approximately 15% of all dogs have atopic allergies. Atopy (also known as Atopic Dermatitis) is a common itchy skin allergy in dogs triggered by a dysfunction of the dog’s immune system. It’s an allergy to substances in the environment that the dog inhale. These allergens include:
Avoiding your dog from becoming exposed to these allergens is extremely hard. Therefore, trying to find the symptoms brought on by the allergens is crucial for treatment.
Signs of atopy in your dog can be found in the form of skin irritation or inflammation. This is known as allergic dermatitis or atopic dermatitis. Symptoms consist of itchiness, irritated skin, constant ear infections, skin chewing and bald spots.
How do you treat Atopic Dermatitis?
1. Frequent baths – This will alleviate them from being itchy and wash away allergens from their hair-coat and skin. Attention: ensure you use shampoo that is grain free or oatmeal free to relieve their skin problems.
2. Paws cleaning – Do this before your dog enters your home. This way you’re keeping the allergens outside. By doing this, you’re also avoiding your dog pet from ingesting allergens when they lick their paws. Use pet wipes and anti-lick paw spray.
3. Give your dog nutritional supplements – We recommend Quercetin in combination with Bromelain and Papain (Acetylator is a good option because it has both these two substances). Omega-3 fatty acids can also be use. All of these supplements have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. You should add these to your arsenal to fight and control atopic dermatitis.
4. Keep your pet well groomed – this way you guarantee that the allergens are not in their body. We recommend the FURminator tool.
[box style=’info’]Story sent by Kyle Tobolski.[/box]
Jake had a very unique personality for a dog. You would have thought that there was a person trapped inside his body.
He was like the nosey neighbor… We have a huge front window that he would lookout and watch who was coming in and out the the street. If jake didn’t get his daily walk around the block he would follow you and talk to you until you took him. Everyone in the neighborhood knew Jake and he walked very proud with his chest puffed out.
The exuberant nature of Boxers can be endearing until they are too big to handle which is why early training is critical. There are basically two problems that boxer owners need to watch out for in the process of training. These are submissive or excited urination and scent marking.
Characteristics of a Boxer with a Submissive Urination Problem
A dog that has a submissive urination problem cannot help but urinate either on the floor or even on itself. It is a problem that is common to puppies which can be carried on until adulthood if not corrected properly. Sensitive and shy puppies are prone to having this issue as well as those that may have suffered from abuse.
These dogs are quite fearful. The urination can happen at any time but it often occurs during playtime or when it gets overly excited. Loud noises as well as seeing new faces around the house can also make the dog nervous.
How to address this issue?
Correcting this problem can be more challenging if the dog has been used to the habit. But if you can start while it is still young, you can help your Boxer control his urination. Take note of the following tips.
Have the dog checked by a veterinarian. This is to ensure the issue is not related to any medical condition such as bladder infection or diabetes.
Monitor the dog’s water consumption. Limit the amount but not to the extent of depriving it of water.
Take the water bowl away when it gets too excited.
Always greet your dog in a calm manner. Do not feed his excitement further. A quick pat may be sufficient for greeting until it learns to control its bladder.
Keep in mind that the dog is unable to easily control its urination problem so do not be too harsh. Instead, be more sympathetic.
When you reprimand it for a bad behavior, be authoritative. Do not be too aggressive as it may worsen the urination problem when it gets too fearful of your methods.
Characteristics of a Boxer with Scent Marking Issue
Scent marking is done by a dog when it attempts to literally mark its territory. A dog with this problem usually urinates is much smaller amounts. Also, the urine is directed in a vertical surface and not directly on the floor. It is a common issue among unneutered male dogs as well as unspayed female dogs. The problem may worsen if there are other pets in the house which are neither neutered nor spayed.
How to solve this problem?
Scent marking is a behavioral problem. And you can try the following tips for training.
Have your Boxer spayed or neutered.
Thoroughly clean the soiled areas of the house. When cleaning, do not use solutions that resemble the smell of pee.
Redefine the marked areas by performing the grooming in the area.
Correct any rivalry issues among your dogs. Resolve the power struggle by declaring a dominant dog. Feed the dominant dog first before the others.
Patience is very important in training. It is a long and continuous process too. With the right methods, you can instill discipline in your dog.
With patience and persistence it will be easy to train your Boxer puppy. Meanwhile enjoy the adorable little clown you have. Here’s a video with the cutest Boxer puppy:
[box style=’info’]This story was sent by Carlos Cobos from Madrid, Spain[/box]
This is brief story of my friend Nico.
Like many other people in my country, Spain, the financial crisis meant a tough period for me. I was managing a newspaper, and after 2 years of suffering lack of cash even for paying salaries, the shareholders asked me to dismiss all the employers (40), and close the newspaper. As a result of that I was so sad, and mentally broken.
I have been always a boxer lover, and my first boxer have left us one year prior to that moment, so being at home I decided it was the right time to get a new puppy to my life. I search in boxer breeders near my town for a available puppy, and in one of the trips I found Nico. It was love at first sight!
Nico and his “brother” Hugo
He was so full of happiness that I loved it… Over the 5 months I was unemployed Nico filled my life with joy and fun.
We kept 24 hours together, and when I sat down in front of my computer for job opportunities, he always tried to sit above me!
After 4 years, every time I run my computer, he still tries to sit down like if he was a puppy !
Now I have 2 boxers at home, but that period that we spent together is unforgettable for both of us, our relationship is really special, and nothing will make this change…
As humans, dogs have to have stimulation to continue to keep their minds working and to stop them getting bored. So, if your dog is fed up of the same old ball and stick then it’s most likely time to try something new. Fortunately, you will find plenty of enjoyable dog puzzles and games on the market that make your doggie use his brain. Furthermore, dogs really like games and puzzles and joyfully take part in them. Therefore when you train, perhaps you should use what they already enjoy doing.
How do these dog puzzles work?
All these dog toys might be distinct but all of them have something in common: they each make your dog work to locate and reach the treats hidden inside. What’s particularly great about dog puzzles and games is that they’re extremely engaging. Dogs play with them more time than with average dog toys simply because not only is it fun, but the reward compensation is always there.
Is this type of puzzles suitable for all dogs?
All dog breeds of all ages will benefit from these interactive dog toys. Specially, puppies and old dogs will take advantage of some mental stimulation and a challenge that makes them work for a treat reward.
What should you look for in a puzzle for your dog?
Here are several aspects you should consider when looking for a interactive dog puzzle toy:
Look for games that only use the very best materials to guarantee that it is safe for your dog.
Easy to clean
These type of puzzles for dogs need to be easy to clean. Usually plastic games are very easy to clean, which is suggested for dogs that drool or are sick.
Rough and Intense Use
Wooden games are heavier and ideal to use for dog that are rough and intense
Level of Difficulty
You’ll find different levels of difficulty in these games and toys. Some are a bit less difficult and are great to start out with. Other games are a little more challenging, and some are more complex and are great to use for dogs that require additional mental stimulation.
So, for beginners, puppies, older dogs and dogs that are difficult to motivate choose a game low difficulty level game.
What are the benefits of dog puzzles?
These puzzles for dogs will certainly help:
1. exercise your dog’s body and mind.
2. prevent and reduce behavior problems.
3. prevent and reduce weight problems.
4. to build a better relationship between owner and pet.
5. learning commands, including sit, wait, watch and find.
6. prevent boredom.
Top 5 Interactive Dog Puzzles
#1 Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel
The Hide-A-Squirrel presents a modern approach to playtime. The toy works as a reverse puzzle. Initially, hide out the squeaky squirrel pieces in the in the several openings in the plush tree trunk. After that, just relax and enjoy as dogs make use of their own problem solving abilities to collect them. Dogs really like to search, track, and catch the small “squeaky” victim. Toy inserts could be replaced repeatedly for unlimited amusement and fun!
Difficulty Level: Easy
Get it at Amazon (from $10.47… there are several sizes available)
#2 Nina Ottosson Wooden Treat Fighter
This well-known puzzle will certainly make your dog think. Treats are put underneath the wooden blocks, which your dog have to slide through the channel to be capable to take out. This interactive toy may be made more challenging with the inclusion of the 2 bigger pegs which may be utilized to block the channels. Your dog need to lift up the peg, retrieve a treat and after that move the block to the end of the channel to get the extra prize.
Nina Ottosson Dog Magic is a fairly simple interactive dog game where they need to shift bones to gain access to the concealed treats. You can decide to put treats underneath one, several or all of the bones to change the difficulty of the game. By changing the location of the treat you can encourage the dog to really concentrate and make use of his nose to look for hidden secrets.
In this game treats are concealed within the several compartments and are accessed by your dog as he or she opens the doors or rotates the central wheel. Letting you dog to practice his or her problem solving instincts with the Aikiou bowl is going to be fun for both you and your pet and might prevent undesirable behaviors.
The Dog Twister is a demanding and enjoyable game for you and your active pet. You conceal the treats in the depressions underneath the blocks and your dog locates them by shifting one block after another in a circular direction. By securing the blocks with the bone pegs you may add more difficulty.
Boxers are an incredibly curious breed, which means that they will gladly explore their new home upon arrival.
Although it is greatly encouraged for new owners to take their Boxer for a tour around the house, it’s also important to keep safety in mind. Remember that there are some areas of the house that might prove dangerous for the dog. That being said, the following are some tips in providing a safe environment for Boxers.
The kitchen is possibly the most dangerous part of the home for Boxers. They contain cleaning fluids, soaps and other items that may prove dangerous when ingested. In order to stop this from happening, owners are advised to:
Keep the cabinets containing these items locked
Make sure to store it properly after every use
Do not leave the items unattended and always keep the caps tightly sealed when not in use.
Remove insecticides or mouse baits. If possible, try putting them in locations that the dog will never reach.
The bathroom can be a disaster area for Boxers when not prepared correctly. Although most of the harmful items are usually kept in cabinets and therefore out of harm’s way, other danger-zones must be considered:
Put a lid on the trashcan, preferably something that can be locked. Boxers may get curious and start exploring and ingesting the insides of the garbage.
Make sure that tampons are properly wrapped, as most dogs can smell them.
All medications should be placed out of reach.
Baby locks should be used for lower cabinets.
Living Room or Family Room
The living room is usually the place where the family – and therefore the dog –hangs out. In order to make it more Boxer friendly, owners must keep some of these things in mind:
Make sure that the floor is clear of anything that the Boxer might chew or swallow.
Be aware of the Boxer’s reach. There’s always the possibility of the Boxer reaching anything on the living room table so make sure that the pooch is not left without supervision.
If there are any electronics in the living room, make sure that they are properly covered to prevent chewing.
Boxers love the outdoors and are always happy to explore under the sun. Prior to letting them out to the yard though, following are some safety precautions to keep in mind:
Make sure that the fences are tightly installed. Loose boards and gaps should be fixed as the pooch can wriggle out of them.
Punch in any protruding nails or boards that might scrap the Boxer.
Know what type of plants is in the yard and whether they’re safe. The Animal Poison Control website by ASPCA should provide ample information about this.
Block crawl spaces that the Boxer can wander into.
Pools should have ample fencing to prevent Boxers from testing the waters. If no fencing is available, it’s important to always supervise the dog when near a body of water.
With the right precautions and proper training, Boxer owners should rest easy knowing that their pooch is safe.
Here’s an AMAZING video with several Boxer’s Three-day-old puppies… They’re so adorable. WATCH: