i have a 6th month old boxer girl..she is really just a big babe-in-arms and always needs attention...she doesn't bark at anything not even a squirrel! will she protect me? and does anybody own an idea when she will start barking??
Your dog just have a personality of her own. I have a Black and Tan Coonhound/German Shepherd mix and she very once in a blue moon barks, BUT, when something seriously upsets her, she will alert me to whatever it is. Her personality is probably in recent times very clingy and laid-back. Her not barking is probably nought to worry about.
lol -- all boxers are big babies ;) But I am almost positive that once she reaches readiness, she WILL protect you in a threatening situation. Just you wait. I have other wondered the same thing about my youngest boxer, a 1.5 yr feeble female -- just in the ending month or so, I'm finally beginning to see her "protective" side. If you asked me about her a month ago, I'd tell you that surrounded by the event of a break-in, she would for sure be hiding under the bed! LOL But now I'm pretty confident that she would stand her ground.
my dog also a large breed didn't bark at anything until he got to roughly speaking 11 months. at 6 months shes still a baby so the likely hood of protection is not so much but just lurk she will realize the world soon enough and will protect you. my dog 12 months now just started bark at people walking by our fence. but this is totally new. i cheer it since i'm not in a really good neighborhood.
You -don't- stipulation to take your dog to the vet to see why she isn't barking.
You just hold a passive good girl dog... most people would love to hold a dog that doesn't bark! She probably will protect you, dogs have that instinct and they are worrisome true to those, it's programed into their puppy minds to protect the ones they love.
whip the boxer to the vet and see if the dog is not barking because, he is board.
Answers: Dear Jackieam2,I too have Boxers,3, and respectively was as different as night and day growing up. Some be barkers,some not.I couldn't wait for the puppy stage to end.The training was sometime a chore next to each responding in different ways.But looking back I wouldn't trade those moments.Now elder,smarter and trained they are as you put it "big" babies but are protective but kind.Now is the time for you to become the alpha male and start training. A good book on canine training is by a long departed English woman Barbara Woodhouse. Her tricks of the trade are often employed by AKC champion handlers and trainers. I contribute this advice to my "customers". The new wave trainers see on TV are ok...but expensive and the training is short term. I see a lot of canines on a daily reason and can tell who ultilized the Woodhouse method.Very simple teqnics. but are instilled for the long haul.Also Jackie, your beloved pet needs exercise starting NOW.Not long walk, they are ok but benefits are minimal,but long runs and josting with other dogs. This will jump start your pets immune system and cardio...very impressive for the older Boxer.Find a dog friendly park and bring a frisbee or ball. Look at your girl as your new workout partner Jackie. You will both delight in this time togather.Good luck and give your girl a hug and pat for me.PS... make sure pets shots are up to date earlier taking her to public areas.