Huh. Our Boxer is wonderful with other dogs, and many of the people on my Boxer forums take their Boxers to doggie daycare, off leash dog parks, etc. Any problems seem to crop up in teenage hood (and Boxers take 2 years to mature physically, 3-4 mentally
), and when they are quickly nipped in the bud, no problem. An improperly socialized puppy can be a problem too, if he hasn't been exposed to other dogs, then he doesn't learn how to behave with other dogs. I've come across statements that say that some other dogs don't like Boxers, due to their rough, overexuberant play, and the set of their eyes is believed to bother other dogs (makes them look like they are giving a "dominant stare").
|despite the fact that "Alex" is systematically destroying their home, and insists on sleeping in bed with them and sitting on their laps.
I know you're going to think I'm a nut
, but this is a set up for problems in adolecence. Boxers are independent thinkers, as they were bred to be guardians of children (hence, being good with kids) and they will (like any dog, but probably with more stubborness
) try to establish themselves as the Alpha dog if no one else steps up. He should only be allowed to get in the bed when invited (as this is a higher place, reserved for the alpha dog
) and in their laps when invited. A book I've heard good reviews about is "Boxers for Dummies"
which addresses these things, so you can avoid the problems (house destroying too) you've talked about. Being such an energy filled, strong dog, training is really essential. Please don't take any of this wrong, I really just want your friends to end up with a Boxer they can enjoy.
And yes, my dog thinks she is a Yorkie