Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Orange Park, FL
Cute choices. I have always loved bully breeds especially boxers, but I would seriously try to weed out the dogs who don't seem very focused on you. A female boxer is more likely to go off on her own and possibly go after other people on the trail, other dogs, etc. The pit mix would probably be your best choice and the least likely to be adopted by others and the most trainable. Start off at a dog park with very very good meat tidbits. Call your dog with a specific whistle and treat with the meat. Then send him off on the trail and recall him. When he's super close, you can use the command, closer and then give a treat. Start off around the ranching a closed pen and whistle and ask him to come closer, then toss treats. He will soon learn to make sure he's close enough to not miss out on the treats. Eventually you can add a down stay to your routine when you are mounted on your horse. My boxers used to travel miles with us on the trail, lay by my horse if we stopped in a store and were welcomed by the community. A good down stay was a life saver and made other people we encountered feel good about them being off leash with us. Also, the command leave it is helpful when asking your dog not to investigate another dog, person, squirrel, etc.