Help 11 week boxer
by Jake candelria
I have had the boxer for a week and 2 days.
he sits and comes whenever i say it but not all the time. what is wrong?
He also isn't learning how to lay down. he is a stubborn boxer.
Also if i take him for a walk he will just sit until i drag him a little bit.
From what you've said, there's nothing wrong with your puppy - you're just expecting too much from him.
It's important to remember that he is very young, just a baby, and he's actually doing very, very well to have learned the basics of 'sit' and 'come' in just over a week.
Puppies have very short attention spans and need lots of short training sessions, with lots of repetition. You need to give him tons of praise and rewards (petting, treats, toys etc.) when he's successful. A positive, upbeat attitude is best and make the training sessions fun for him so that he enjoys learning. Don't scold or punish, you will scare your pup and he will not want to practice, and always end the session on a positive note, when he's succeeded at something. So, if you're having trouble with the 'down', end the session with a 'sit' that he CAN do well, that way he'll be eager next time.
Your puppy WANTS to please you, if he's not learning something it's because he doesn't understand it, or is overloaded or stressed. The 'down' command is more difficult than the 'sit' and often takes longer to learn, so don't worry.
Leash training can also be a challenge. Let your pup get used to wearing his leash around the house, and then let him lead you around the rooms while wearing it so that he feels comfortable.
Then take him outside and try 'walking' him, don't expect a 'heel' position, if he'll follow you or come along with you that's great. If not, get a tasty treat and hold it at knee-level (your knee!) and entice him to follow. When he's gone a few paces with you, give him the treat, praise him and repeat it all over again. Gradually lengthen the distance he walks before getting his treat.
For a really stubborn pup who has sat down and refuses to budge - try a long leash, walk a few paces back behind him and then jog forward, past him, calling his name in an excited, happy voice. Chances are he will get up and follow you, then give him his reward.
Training a puppy takes lots of time and patience, and it's a process of building a relationship between you. As soon as your puppy has had all his vaccinations I would recommend enrolling him in a Puppy Obedience Class. A good dog obedience school, with qualified instructors, will be able to help you overcome any difficulties, and will be a great socialization experience for your puppy.
There are several pages on my site devoted to training your puppy, check out the following pages for lots more tips and advice.
Best of luck with your little guy!