Boxers have a short, tight fitting coat, so they do not require much grooming. Your boxer will need a full bath every few months with a mild dog shampoo. Bathing more frequently can cause dry skin and itching. Your boxer may get dirty in between baths, but usually a good wipe down with a wet washcloth will get him or her back into shape.
You will also need to clean your boxers ears. This keeps their ears looking and smelling nice, and it helps to avoid ear infections. You can purchase ear cleaning solution from your vet, and also at most pet supply stores. However a cotton ball soaked in room temperature green tea works just as well!
Clipping your boxers nails is another grooming task that you should be prepared for. If you are clipping your boxers nails yourself, be careful not to trim them too short, as you could cut the quick. The quick runs through the center of the nail, and if cut it will bleed. If you clip your dogs nails on a regular basis, the quick will not grow as far to the front of the nail, making them easier to cut! An alternative to clipping your boxers nails is to file them using a metal nail file with a rounded tip. You can also buy a tool called a dremmel to file your boxers nails. Most dogs like having their nails filed, and there is less chance of cutting the quick.
If you find that your boxer doesn’t like having their ears cleaned or their nails clipped, a good trick is have someone hold a spoonful of natural peanut butter over your boxers head. This will keep them distracted so you can take care of what you need to.
Brushing your boxers teeth is something that should be done every day. Periodontal disease can lead to serious illnesses in your boxer. Good dental hygiene has been shown to increase the lifespan of your dog by up to 2 years! You can purchase dog toothpaste (mmm, chicken flavored!) and a doggie toothbrush at most pet supply stores. If your dog is not used to having their teeth brushed, start by using a fingertip brush. This is a rubber brush that fits over your finger, and it is easier for your dog to get used to than a regular brush. Also, speak with your vet about having professional cleanings done as your dog starts to get older.