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Did the dog rescue group lie to me and is my boxer (mix) really an American pitbull?

HelloWorld asked:

The rescue group I went through said my dog I was getting was a Boxer mix, but he clearly looks and acts like a pitbull. He is a 85 lbs sweetheat LOVES children and loves everybody he meets. He has a tail that acts like a whip when people come to the door. He is black and white, although up close you can see a little bit of brindle coloring in him. Everyone that sees him, including me and my wife look at him as a pure pitbull. I love him anyway, but Im just curious to see if its likely that a rescue group would pass a “pitbull” as a boxer mix to help get him adopted. Here is a link to a picture of him so you all can judge for yourself..
He does bark at night when he hears people outside or when he hears sounds coming from the woods so he does have some guarding instinct which may come from a Boxer breed. The rescue lady said that she thought he was Boxer/ Mastiff mix cause he has really big paws. She even said that she didnt think he was part pitbull, not that I would even care but I just always wanted a boxer and am wondering if he even has any boxer in him. What do you all think he looks like? I just dont see any boxer in him and I feel that he is indeed an American Pitbull Terrier. Either way, he is indeed an awesome pup!

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Are you sick and tired of your dog jumping up on everyone?  One of the most annoying dog behavior problems has to be a canine that jumps in people’s faces.  There are several reasons for this bad dog habit, so it’s important to deal with the underlying issue to stop dog jumping completely.  But the first order of business is to get your dog to stop jumping before he scares a child or knocks someone down.

Stop This Dog Behavior Quickly

Shouting “no” at your pup usually doesn’t work, and may even get him more excited.  Here’s an easy way to stop this behavior quickly.

When he starts to jump up on you, turn sideways.  Now either step forward into his space, or lean over and block him with your hip.  The idea is that you don’t want him to even get one paw on you because if he does, he’s gotten what he wanted, which was to jump on you.

Once all four feet are on the floor, tell him to “sit.”  When he obeys, get down on his eye level and then give him attention.  He’ll learn that this is the way to get your attention, not by jumping.

If he’s managed to ambush you unexpectedly and got his paws on you, don’t say “no” or push him away.  He’ll think this is a fun game.  Turn on your heel and walk away, without saying a thing.  Again, once all his feet are on the floor, say “sit” and reward him when he obeys.

Dealing With The Reasons For Jumping

Canines jump for three reasons:  they’re overexcited, they’re showing dominance, or they’re being rewarded for this behavior.  

A bored dog is at the root of most dog behavior problems.  If he’s left alone all day with nothing to do, he’ll be tense and agitated because he has no way to burn off all that extra energy.  When you finally come home, he jumps because he’s overexcited that something is finally happening, not because he’s happy to see you.  Make certain your pup gets at least an hour and a half of exercise every day, along with providing toys and a digging area for him to play in while you’re gone.

Dominance issues often come into play with a jumping canine.  Again, when your pet jumps on you it’s not because he’s happy to see you.  He’s asserting his dominance over you.  In a pack, a subordinate canine would NEVER jump on the pack leader.  The leader would stop this instantly, and you should, too, or you’re confirming that he’s the leader, not you.

If you yell and jump around and wave your arms when your pet jumps on you, you’re rewarding him with a lot of attention.  Plus he probably thinks this is a fun game, too.  The best way to handle it is to block him as mentioned above, and then ignore him until he gets down.

Dog Obedience Tips

Spend time training your pet every day.  You’ve be amazed at the difference even ten minutes a day will make in her behavior.  A good dog training course will be very helpful in avoiding training mistakes.  

Here’s some food for thought.  Consistency is the key.  Everyone in your family needs to be doing the same thing with her and using the same commands.  By using these tips, you’ll be able to get your dog to stop jumping quickly.

By: Darlene Norris

About the Author:

Darlene Norris has worked at a vet clinic and an animal shelter, and has had lots of experience with dogs. If you need to stop dog jumping, and solve other dog behavior problems, visit No More Bad Dogs at http://NoMoreBadDogs.com to learn about a dog training course that will work wonders!