Activities For Dogo Canarios

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Introduction

The Dogo Canario is a large dog breed that dates back to the 1800s when it was used as a farm dog. Typically, they were used to catch the cattle that tried to get away and for hunting wild boars. They are still a very strong canine today and will need a consistent, firm, but kind upbringing. This is still such a rare breed that there are not enough registered to be recognized by the American Kennel Club. But, you know how challenging and how much fun having a Dogo Canario is and want to find some activities that you can both do together. We have come up with a few that you may enjoy.

Scootering

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 - 45 min
Items needed
Harness
Gang line
Helmet
Scooter
Treats
Activity description

Your Dogo Canario is a strong dog that can pull about 200-300 pounds, so maybe scootering would be a good choice for you two. The whole idea of scootering is for you and your pooch to spend time together while you both get a bit of exercise. Just because your pupper is pulling you on the scooter does not mean that you can just hold on and do nothing. It is best if you help do some of the pushing rather than having your dog do it all. Otherwise, you are not going to get much exercise, and your pup may get worn out. You will want to stick to nice days for this sport as it is not safe to go scootering in the rain or snow. Make sure the place where you are scootering is safe for your dog’s paws as well. Some of the expenses you will have are a harness, gangline, helmet, and of course, the scooter itself. You also need to bring a first aid kit and dog booties for your fur buddy in case they get a boo-boo. 

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Commands
Teaching your Dogo Canario how to pull starts with learning the commands. This usually takes just about 30 to 45 minutes a day for several days. All dogs are able to learn these commands and they are not hard to teach with simple commands and a pocketful of treats. Just teach them a word for go, right, left, and stop. Most often used are hike for go, haw for left, gee for right, and whoa for stop but you can use whatever words you choose.
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Getting comfortable
Let your buddy get used to the scooter by taking the scooter along on your walks with your dog every day. Your Dogo Canario also needs to get used to the harness. You can put it on and let them wear it for a few hours a day until your dog is comfortable with it. Then, attach the gangline to it and let your pal run around like that. Play some fetch while wearing the harness and gangline.
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Get on your scooter and drive
The best way to train your dog to pull a scooter is to just get on there and let them pull you around. Make a game of it. Try tossing a ball or toy for your Dogo Canario to chase to get them going. Once they get going, they probably won’t want to stop. It may take a few weeks of just doing a little bit each day to get your dog’s paws used to pulling but once they get the hang of it, you may have a hard time getting them to leave you alone.
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Agility Training

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Kiddie Tunnel
A-frame
Tires
Weave Poles
Treats
Activity description

Agility trials are fun for dogs, and even if they look a bit like work to us, your dog is having a blast. Even with the rules and regulations that you have to follow, your Dogo Canario just thinks they are playing at the park, and they really enjoy every minute of it. The agility course usually includes about 10 to 15 different stations with obstacles such as the A-frame, dog-walk, seesaw, tunnels, crossover, hurdles, tire jump, weave poles, and pause table. Because agility is usually done outdoors, it is best to do on nice days, but if you have agility equipment inside, you can practice any day indoors. If you plan on buying your own agility equipment, the costs for this activity will be pretty high. But, you can always go to the park or make your own equipment out of what you have at home. About the only things you will need to buy for this are treats to give to your pooch when they do something right. This will encourage them to continue doing what they’re doing. 

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The basic commands
When you take your dog to a park with agility obstacles, you don’t really have to teach them how to use them, do you? Well, dogs are pretty smart when it comes to this and they will jump right into the fun. However, you will need to teach your Dogo Canario the basic commands that you will be using during the actual agility competition such as go, stop, heel, sit, and stay. This should only take about a half hour a day for a few days.
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The right way
There is, of course, a right way and a wrong way to do each obstacle and your pooch will have to learn the correct way to do them and in what order. It is best to take the course one obstacle at a time. Choose one, such as hurdles, and spend one hour per day working with your dog for several days to a week, depending on how long it takes for your doggo to get it right. Don’t forget to reward your dog with a treat and some excited words every time they do it right.
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Practice makes pawfect
Putting 10 to 15 obstacles together in a course will take months of trial and error runs before you and your Dogo are ready for competition. If you choose to compete, you are probably not going to get it all right the first time you go but that is fine. That is how you learn. Let your Dogo Canario get the feel of it and get used to the atmosphere of the crowd and noise. Just keep trying and pretty soon you will be bringing home ribbons and trophies. Be patient though, and practice often.
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Sheep Herding

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Sheep
Treats
Activity description

Your Dogo Canario was bred to be a sheep and cattle herder and to guard the herds, so this activity is something they already have built into them. Herding sheep is fun for dogs like the Dogo because they are being allowed to use that herding instinct they have had since they were born. In a herding competition, your pup has to perform a series of steps that the judge chooses such as fetching the sheep from far away, bringing the sheep to the handler, driving the sheep away from the handler, leading the sheep to a confined place, through some obstacles, and maybe even loading them into a vehicle. This activity should be done in clear weather, but it does not matter whether it is cold or warm out when you practice. The main cost will be the treats since you probably already have the sheep, pen, and field to practice in. You may have to pay for some training if you have trouble teaching your Dogo how to properly herd the sheep without being too rough. This breed can be a bit pushier than they need to be. 

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Honing the instincts
Since your Dogo Canario already has this instinct built into them, you will really just be helping them to let it out and hone it to be specific to the type of herding trials you will be participating in. Depending on your dog, this may take several hours a day for weeks or months or your pooch could pick it up like they have been doing it forever. You can try to train your dog yourself; if they are not catching on or are too aggressive with the sheep, take a few months break and try again with an experienced trainer.
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Give your pup some sheep
Give your dog their own flock of sheep to herd. It is best to use younger ones as they are more apt to listen to a newly trained herding dog. Let them get used to each other and spend at least an hour a day walking around with them showing your dog what to do. Give your Dogo treats when things are done correctly.
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Watch one, do one
In an activity like this, your dog really has to learn by their mistakes and so do you. Even if you and your fur buddy spend hours per day herding your sheep all over the place with no problem, things may be different when you go out on the competition field. Your Dogo may freeze up when they see and hear the crowd, or they may not want to do anything at all. It happens. Just keep trying and your pooch will eventually figure it out.
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Flyball

Flyball is a great sport for Dogo Canarios since they are born athletes and runners. They will love jumping the hurdles and jumping on the flyball box to release the ball. Watch as your dog happily snaps that ball out of the air and comes running back, flying over those hurdles like they have wings. This activity is so much fun for your pooch and you will love watching them.

Go to the Beach

Take your dog to a dog-furiendly beach for the day and see how much they love to splash and play in the water. If they have never been in the water before, have your pooch wear a doggy life vest the first few times until you know that they can swim. In fact, many people have their dogs wear the vest every time just to be safe. Toss a ball or frisbee into the water and have your Dogo get it or just swim together for a while. It is good exercise for both of you.

Conclusion

All canines need plenty of exercise on a daily basis, but a Dogo Canario needs at least one hour, preferably two, of vigorous physical activity every day to prevent them from becoming bored or restless. Additionally, socialization - and lots of it - is a must for this breed as they can become aggressive. If you are not able to get home to your dog to walk them at least twice a day, this breed may not be the dog for you. The Dogo Canario needs an owner who will take on an involved and leader-type role. Make sure you make time to spend with your big buddy every day so that you can build a good strong bond.