While they have a large and intimidating stature as adults, Boxer puppies are some of the cutest and playful dog breeds out there. Of course, everybody is able to recognize a Boxer nowadays – they just can’t pass by unnoticed.
However, in order to get your little puppy to grow into a strong and fierce – not actually – Boxer, you need to take care of the pet properly. This means giving the pup just the food he or she needs and introducing your furry companion to the wonders of the world.
That’s why, in the following paragraphs, we will tell you how to take care for a Boxer puppy, along with some tips and tricks that can make you and your dog happier. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Bringing your pup home
First of all, it’s worth mentioning that the puppy you are going to buy or adopt should be at least 8 weeks old. It is strongly advised that the puppies stay with and are fed by their mother until they are eight weeks old — and in some areas, it might also be illegal to own a younger puppy.
As you bring the puppy into his or her new home, everything should be planned ahead carefully. They require a calm and friendly atmosphere, and this excludes all of your relatives’ petting, kissing, and smothering. While we may be familiar with dogs and puppies in general, for your Boxer puppy, this is just the start of something new. So keep your voice warm and treat the pup gently until your pet gets accustomed to your house and family members.
Getting the pup used to everything also means showing him around. Just walk with the pet through your house and teach the animal where the meals are going to be served, where he or she is going to sleep, and where he or she can get water from. You’ll want your puppy to be a little independent, so that your Fido knows the way around the new home.
Moreover, as the Boxer is just a little fragile pup, you should always be careful where you are stepping – and you should inform the other people living in your house to do so, as well. While accidental most of the times, stepping on a puppy could cause trauma which can, in the end, be fatal. Until he is one year old, you should be extremely aware of where your pup is hiding.
Keeping his or her belly full and the smile wide
Naturally, the first thing we are going to talk about when it comes to the health of your Boxer puppy is the food you are going to feed him or her. Feeding your dog the proper puppy food for Boxers will ensure a steady and natural growth. When he or she is around 8 weeks old – probably the time when you are going to adopt or buy the puppy -, solid food is something the pooch should already be accustomed to.
At this time you should also set up a feeding schedule for your puppy. This means around three or four meals a day. You should avoid free feeding him or her as a routine will make your dog a better behaved one. When it comes to specific meals, it’s clear that most of the food that you are going to feed to your puppy has to have meat in it.
You also have the possibility to choose between commercial and homemade food. While feeding the puppy with commercial food may prove itself quite time-saving, this may contain fillers, with zero calories and nutrients that don’t benefit your dog at all. However, choosing to cook for your puppy, a thing that is very rewarding, comes with some advice you should follow.
If homemade, the meal should include meat in a percentage of at least 40% and vegetables in at least 30%. Real meat should be used, such as white breast chicken, turkey, lamb, and veggies that can be raw or steamed – potatoes, sweet peas, carrots, broccoli.
Furthermore, pasta is a great food to feed your Boxer puppy, because it has nutrients that can provide him or her with energy and health. Fruits, as well as a vitamin and mineral supplement, should be added to his or her diet to ensure that the puppy gets the most out of everything.
Comfort fit for a King or Queen
A lot of toys – these are the keywords you are looking for. A boxer puppy needs many toys, the necessary space to play with them, and of course, lots of love. You can never go wrong with a puppy if love is supplied on a daily basis.
In addition, you should properly contribute to the emotional growth of the puppy, as well – not only to his belly’s growth. You’ll need plenty of patience because these puppies are very playful and active; they will bounce, jump, run, sprint, and do almost everything you’d expect an energy-infused puppy to do.
Don’t raise your voice when he or she is just a puppy – and clearly don’t hit the little dog. By doing so you will get a pet that’s going to be afraid of you. Be positive!
Vaccinations and Health
As soon or even before taking your puppy home, you should get the animal to a veterinarian that will perform a full check on him or her and also plan the following required vaccinations. This is crucial to your puppy’s health because you’ll be provided with the Heartworm prevention medication that’s required for your dog.
There are also some things that should make you take the puppy to the vet as soon as possible. For example, excessive discharge from the eyes that – should always be bright and clear – is a sign that something is wrong. Discharge from the ears and nose should also prompt you to take him to the veterinarian.
When it comes to breathing, it should be always easy and very clear. Coughing, forced breathing or wheezing mean that you should take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible in order to avoid any serious health issues.
This is how you basically take care of a Boxer puppy. Provide him or her with all the required facilities, such as proper food and plenty of toys – never forget the toys -, as well as with lots of love, and you will soon have a strong Boxer cuddling with you in your arms.