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Old 09-22-2008, 11:11 PM   #11
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I'm sorry, I've always called a crate a kennel. Yes, it's recommended that you don't get a huge kennel for a small dog but a boxer will get big very fast. I'm using one for my puppy and it's rather large for his size but he's never had an accident in it. Of course, he's only in it at night or on the rare occasion we all have to be out of the house. He actually loves his kennel and goes to it when he gets tired at night.

I haven't ever used a litter box but I know people who use pads and papers, etc. and it works for them. The only reason I never used them is that there has always been someone home to walk our puppy every couple of hours. Otherwise we'd have to use one, too!
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:12 PM   #12
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I'm a big believer in NOT training a dog to "potty" inside. Dog litterboxes might have their place and purpose, like maybe an 80 year old person with a Pomeranian in a high rise.... in a place where they get 84 inches od snow every winter..., but if someone can be home all day or check on the pup and let it out every four hours, there is no need for litterboxes or puppy pads. IMO.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:17 PM   #13
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kinda like using a litter box for a horse. dogs need to go out, exercise is very necessary for a healthy dog.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:17 PM   #14
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Our Violet is part boxer and part border collie. She has the strength (and slobbering) of the boxer. The big problem is they are strong dogs and sometimes don't realize just how strong they are. We taught her "gentle" from the day we got her and at 4 she is such a sweetie. She is wonderful around kids. Keep us posted, Dina!
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:29 PM   #15
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I sure hope you aren't planning on having a boxer as an "indoor dog".
You will not have a house left.
HUGE amounts of energy. MUST have good amounts of exercise... daily.
And you will need to be a strong alpha owner.. and I recommend good,
dedicated TRAINING.
Boxers are superb hounds, but they take a lot of work and time.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:48 PM   #16
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My daughter and I just went to Petco and WalMart to check on essentials for the pup.
Dina, if you've been to Wal-Mart and Petco "just looking" you've already decided and you know it-Good for you!! All kids should have a dog.

Have you picked out a name yet? I think "Smoke King" or "Bob" are both fine names.

Be sure and let us know how it turns out!!
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:45 AM   #17
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"Smoke King" .....lol
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:58 AM   #18
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Make sure to posts pics if you do pick it up. Dogs are a lot of work but are worth it
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:29 AM   #19
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Dina they are great wonderful family pets. Very playful and happy.
I just wish their life span was longer. They have an extremely high
cancer rate. Max was only about 9 when we lost him.
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Thyroid problems, too.
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