02-09-2018, 07:10 PM
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| | DS/CC or manage the issue to keep her under threshold
Some breeds are more-prone to same-sex aggro than others, such as Akita, Boston [Bull &] Terrier, APBT / AmStaff, JRT, M Scotties, etc.
To the BOMK, Boxers aren't among them - the original cross which produced Boxers was Engl Bulldog x Great Dane / German Mastiff [Deutsche Dogge], & neither parent breed is particularly prone to same-sex aggro.
Maybe yer dog has some Boston in her ancestry, or a pittie-mix, but it's also possible that she's just not F-friendly.
She may have had a bad past experience, & this isn't inherited, but learned behavior - who knows? Only the dog.
U can try to counter-condition it, & change her feelings about other Fs - or U can simply manage it, & avoid other Fs.
IF U want to counter-condition, i'd suggest a copy of 'Click to Calm' as a reliable-source DIY manual.
Used copies are sometimes available via Amazon, Libris, & other on-line booksellers, but it's not expensive new.
In the meantime, i'd do my best to keep her under threshold [not barking, not growling] by giving her sufficient distance from ALL dogs, on the presumption that unless they are recognized by U & known to be M, they're all F.
I'd also specifically teach her a happy, fluent EMERGENCY U-Turn to get away from dogs who appear suddenly inside her reactive distance [pat yer thigh on the dog's side, announce cheerily, "Let's go!", reverse course, & TROT, do not -walk-, away from the intruder].
Keep an eye out for escape routes as U walk: cross to the far side of the street when a dog approaches head-on on a narrow sidewalk, go up someone's driveway, or dodge into a public parking-lot & use a CAR to block her view of the other dog, AND that dog's view of her, etc.
A wide umbrella with a metal ferrule can be very helpful - pop it open as a sunshade on hot days, & simply swing it down between Ur Boxer & the current dog in view, to provide a visual barrier for both dogs, & reduce reactions.
WRAP Ur dog's *collar tags*, too, to silence them - wide rubber bands, such as those on asparagus bunches, work well; be prepared to replace them every few months, b/c the UV will wreck their molecular bonds. [Quiet Spot is a neoprene bag for tags that does the same useful trick, but it's more co$tly.]