Boxers as Watch/Guard Dogs
Boxers are known more for their bully-breed look than anything else. Boxers aren’t aggressive. In fact, they’re some of the most loyal and loving to their families. However, if you want your boxer pup to be a good watchdog then you’re in for a treat. These dogs are indeed protectors. The important thing to do is to train your pup to know how to be the right type of watchdog to minimize accidents and maximize safety.
You want to socialize your boxer with children from the start. This is especially true if you want your pup to have a healthy sense of stranger-danger for protective purposes. If a child sticks its finger through the fence, your pup shouldn’t want to bite it. You want children to handle the pup from early on. This should happen inside the home, right outside of the home, and all around town. They should fully understand that children are innocent and never the enemy.
Socialize Your Boxer Outside the Home
Boxers are great dogs to take around town, and should be socialized to not have an unhealthy fear of people. Take the dog to parks, the pet store, and dog parks. Allow others to pet your pup. This will not take away from its ability to not want unwelcomed strangers in your home. And, it’s very healthy for your pup. You don’t want your pup to be afraid of people in general. That’s unhealthy and typically leads to a timid pup and accidents.
Socialize Your Pup In the Home
You also don’t want your pup to be wary of the people you welcome into your home. Even if you seldom have houseguests, you’re bound to have a repairman or pizza guy come to your door at some point. For this reason you want to have guests over. Boxers who are socialized well outside of the home and not socialized inside the home will be aggressive to strangers. You need to purposefully have new faces over to reaffirm to your boxer that it’s okay for you to welcome people into your home.
How Will He Pick Up on The Unwelcomed Stranger
If you want your boxer to feel authority toward unwelcomed strangers then you need to simply develop a routine for welcomed guests. You want to have your boxer step away from the door and sit and stay when there’s a knock or ring at the doorbell. Then, you want to let the boxer see you invite the person in. Try to give your houseguests hugs or handshakes. Use high pitched happy tones of voice that your boxer will recognize from praise. This will let the boxer know it’s a light-hearted situation and there’s no threat.
You do not train your boxer to expect or know what a threatening situation looks like. This will create paranoia. You don't want your pup to be paranoid whenever there’s a knock on the door, but rather calmly observant from a safe distance, and simply around if something should go wrong. Be careful to build a routine. The boxer will naturally notice if the routine breaks and someone forces himself or herself into the home. Then the boxer will react accordingly. It’s up to you to be careful in these situations. You want to avoid getting into an argument with your friend or someone you trust, whom the boxer may not recognize, close to the door, for instance. You also want to always bring your houseguests in the same door. These are simple rules if you want your boxer to be friendly to guests, but aware that things work a certain way. Be aware that your boxer may interpret breaks in the routine incorrectly and react. Be ready when a break in routine is occurring so you can intercept. The boxer will naturally start with a warning bark, which will give you time to give it the command to calm down. Always be present when a houseguest enters your home, and always be present when your boxer first sees a houseguest.