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She's about 9 pounds. She's very affectionate but she's constantly trying to cross my path to stop me from proceeding while barking and snapping at me. She does the same thing to my 4 years old small dog who is very peaceful. She's been with us for almost a week. I'm training her in my backyard to walk on a leash giving her treats when she walks by my side. However, she still tries to get in front of my feet to stop me. She does that even inside the house. I'm crate training her which she seems ok with it. She has lots of toys and a comfortable bed in the crate. The crate is for a medium size dog, so it's a bit too big for her. However, she only had 1 accident because I take her out on schedule. I just want her to stop snapping/nipping at me and my little dog. Any suggestions?
 

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This is Normal puppy behavior. She is a baby. The best thing is more play (which is what all this behavior is) and to divert her attention to toys.

So you need to stop thinking "how do J stop her from doing <insert behavior you don't like>" and start thinking "how do I teach her to do the behavior I want?"

The behavior you are describing is the puppy asking you to play. Boxers have a lot of energy and are smart. You need to fulfill her energy needs with play that helps her learn what you need. You also need to fulfill her mental needs with mentally stimulating games. This is often the same thing.

These games lead to a well trained dog.

I would be sure your other dog has time with you separate from the puppy and a place to go where there is no puppy. You also need to spend as much time as you can with the puppy without the older dog so the puppy bonds to you and not to your other dog.

Take a look at the book "How to Raise a Puppy You can Live With" How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live with: Rutherford, Clarice, Neil, David H: 9781617812446: Amazon.com: Books

I am sure others will jump on with other ideas and video links.
 

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This is Normal puppy behavior. She is a baby. The best thing is more play (which is what all this behavior is) and to divert her attention to toys.

So you need to stop thinking "how do J stop her from doing <insert behavior you don't like>" and start thinking "how do I teach her to do the behavior I want?"

The behavior you are describing is the puppy asking you to play. Boxers have a lot of energy and are smart. You need to fulfill her energy needs with play that helps her learn and you need. You need to fulfill her mental needs with mentally stimulating games. This is often the same thing.

These games lead to a well trained dog.

I would be sure your other dog has time with you separate from the puppy and a place to go where there is nk puppy. You also need to spend as much time as you can with the puppy without the older dog so the puppy bonds to you and not to your other dog.

Take a look at the book "How to Raise a Puppy You can Live With" How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live with: Rutherford, Clarice, Neil, David H: 9781617812446: Amazon.com: Books

I am sure others will jump on with other ideas and video links.
Thank you. Most of what you said I have been doing. I'm a retiree so I spent quality time alone with the puppy playing in the backyard with a ball and toys...etc. I follow the same routine with my older dog so she wouldn't feel a difference. Puppy and my older dog are together for only about 45 minutes a day while I'm playing with them both. I have been around dogs since I was a kid. I mean I raised a Rottweiler, a Chow and a German Shepherd. At that time I was working, so I didn't spend as much time with those puppies as I'm with this puppy. I have a big backyard, she runs/plays a lot. The funny thing is she's not interested to play ball. The puppy bonded with me and she's very affectionate as I mentioned in my original post. I guess I didn't have this issue with the other puppies...I just want to make sure it's only the puppy being playful...

As to the book, I will definitely check it out...
 

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I have a big backyard, she runs/plays a lot. The funny thing is she's not interested to play ball.
It's good that you've tried this. have you taught her to play tug?
And as well as these physical games, try more mental ones- find-the-treats, hide-and-seek, something like that.
 

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It's good that you've tried this. have you taught her to play tug?
And as well as these physical games, try more mental ones- find-the-treats, hide-and-seek, something like that.
I did play with her tug of war as a distraction so she wouldn't chase/jump on my small older dog. I tried to get my older dog to participate but she wouldn't. She sits next to me watching us play tug of war while wagging her tail. :) When I say "good girl" both wag their tails...lol
My older dog loves to play "where is my treat?" game. Believe it or not, I give her a hint by pointing my finger in the direction of the location where I hid the treat...she does go to search in that direction...she's extremely smart! My puppy doesn't have the patience to play that game. She's more interested in physical games than mental ones...she's also very smart.
 
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