A powerful, courageous guard dog that was initially bred to protect livestock, the Presa Canario is a breed that generally requires a bit of extra training to become the loyal, gentle, and affectionate family pet they can be.
The Presa Canario is a large mastiff dog breed that’s fearless, powerful, and generally isn't too fond of strangers—whether it's humans, dogs, or any other animals. That’s why it's imperative that you properly train and socialize your Presa Canario in their puppy years, as it will help your dog avoid developing violent or aggressive behaviors later in life.
Though this particular breed isn’t recommended for first-time or inexperienced pet owners, there are some general rules of thumb to follow when it comes to training your Presa Canario puppy. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
1. Be The Leader, Get Your Presa To Listen To Your Commands.
The Presa Canario is a breed that demands calm yet assertive leadership. They will respond best to someone who exudes true leadership qualities and clearly lets their dog know that they are in control. That's why these dogs respond best to an experienced dog trainer, so don't hesitate to get help from a professional when bringing your pooch home.
2. Have Patience, Remember You Have A Puppy.
Some dog breeds are easier to train than others, and the Presa Canario happens to fall into the more difficult category. Though these dogs are well-known for their intelligence, they have a tendency to be stubborn—which means they will quickly learn the desired behaviors but may not always be so willing to do what you want. Training will require a great deal of consistency and patience, and always be sure to use positive reinforcement techniques--any forms of punishment will not be an effective training approach.
3. Play Time Is Crucial For Presa Canarios.
It’s crucial to ensure that your Presa Canario puppy gets as many opportunities to socialize as possible. The idea is that the more he or she interacts with other humans, dogs, and pets in puppyhood, the less likely it is that they’ll be seen as threats as your pooch gets older. Though socialization is important for all dogs, this breed in particular will need to be raised in an environment with a variety of people, animals, and surroundings from their earliest days of life.
It’s also why you should ensure you’re adopting your Presa Canario puppy from a responsible breeder who isn’t keeping the dogs separated from other humans or animals. You’ll, of course, want to ensure your dog has received its full round of shots from potentially deadly diseases before setting up those puppy playdates, but after that, consider puppy kindergarten classes (which offer both opportunities for socialization as well as basic obedience training), visits to the park, or invite friends and family over to play with your newest addition.
4. Presa Canarios Must Stay Active, Keep Them Busy.
The Presa Canario is not a dog that likes to be bored, and since puppies are already full of energy, you’ll want to be sure that your pup has lots to do to ensure optimal training success. That means taking your Presa Canario for walks and/or offering plenty of time to romp in the backyard, as well as ensuring your pet has ample physical stimulation at home, whether it's through puzzle toys or playtime with the kids.
5. Be Careful.
No matter how well trained your pooch is, owners of Presa Canarios should always be aware that their innate instincts are hard to completely eliminate. So if there’s ever any indication that their family is in danger, they will not hesitate to jump in and protect them. That’s why even if your Presa Canario has been properly trained and socialized, you’ll always want to behave in a way that lets your dog know that they are fully in control in any situation. And, of course, you should always take precautions and be on alert when introducing strangers to your dog.
Loving your Presa puppy and caring for them like you would your own child will result in a long and happy relationship between you and your Presa.