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How to Potty Train Boxer Puppies

By Patricia Arnett | Updated September 26, 2017

The boxer of the puppy on a green lawn image by Viacheslav Anyakin from Fotolia.com

Items you will need

  • Dog collar

  • Leash

  • Dog treats

  • Dog crate

Boxers are energetic and highly intelligent dogs. They strive for attention and love to please their owners. Although Boxers are quick learners, they tend to be stubborn when they do not want to do something. It is important to train Boxer puppies at an early age, as they can become hard to train and control. One of this first things you should do when you get your Boxer puppy home is to potty train it.

Begin potty training when the Boxer puppies are at least 7 weeks old as they are now able to walk and learn. Make sure to start training as soon as possible. If you start potty training when the puppies are over 12 weeks of age, it will be more difficult for them to learn. They will have developed bad habits that will be hard to break.

Choose a location in your yard where the Boxer puppy will go to the bathroom each time he goes outside. Always take the puppy to this one location when it is time to go potty. Do not confuse the puppy by taking him to a new location each time.

Say to the Boxer puppy, “let’s go potty.” Put the dog collar on the puppy and attach the leash to the collar. Use the leash to lead the puppy to the location that you had chosen in Step 2. Stay in this area until the puppy has gone potty.

Praise the puppy immediately by saying “good job” and give him a dog treat. Reward the puppy in this manner every time he has finished going to the bathroom.

Create a consistent routine. Take the Boxer puppy outside to use the bathroom at the same times everyday. The puppy will need to go to the bathroom after waking up from a night’s sleep, after playing for a long time, after eating, after drinking and before bedtime. Putting the Boxer puppy on a regular feeding schedule will help you predict when the puppy needs to go potty.

Repeat this process until the Boxer puppy is no longer going to the bathroom in the house. If you have a fenced-in yard, the puppy should be able to go to the bathroom on his own without a leash. This can take several weeks or more to accomplish.

Photo Credits

  • The boxer of the puppy on a green lawn image by Viacheslav Anyakin from Fotolia.com


Based in Ohio, Patricia Arnett has been a professional freelance writer since August 2009. She is knowledgeable in a wide range of fields and has written more than 80 articles that have been published on various online websites. Arnett also reviews and edits newsletters for the American Postal Workers Union.