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Bringing puppy home, I recommend a setup similar to this above until puppy is completely house broken and trained not to chew household items. This process can take up to 18 months to 2 years sometimes depending on the consistency of training and the personality of your boxer. Always setup your puppy for success not failure. Don't give a new puppy the run of the house, too much freedom to soon is a recipe for disaster. Your puppy must prove to you that they have earned the privilege to hangout out in certain areas of your house gradually without chewing your things or having an accident. Start with an x-pen, then maybe a small room and gradually increase their space over time. X-Pens are excellent training tools, especially when you are busy and can't watch them constantly.

Also when setting up a potty area, I don't recommend potty pads (they resemble going inside the house). Use large flake pine shavings in a potty tray or a material that represents grass. 


I recommend using an x-pen with a potty box with large flake pine shavings until your puppy is old enough to hold it over night which typically is around 12-16 weeks of age. You should take your puppy outside every 2 to 3 hours to start house training. You can place the pine shavings in the desired part of your yard where you want your puppy to relieve himself. Give lots of praise and healthy treats as a reward when your puppy goes outside. I would purchase a 42 inch crate that comes with a divider that your puppy can grow into. You can place the crate inside the x-pen so puppy can get used to sleeping in his crate. Once your puppy can hold it over night then you can start closing the door to the crate. The x-pen is also handy if you need to leave your puppy for more than 3-4 hours and want them to not be confined just to a crate. Too much time in a crate isn't good for their health and could also cause behavioral problems. I use my crates for sleeping at night and a nap in the middle of the day after my boxers have been outside playing for about 4-6 hours. Then they get let out for a couple more hours in the evenings when it's cooled off outside.

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