Perro de Presa Canarios are very large canines, typically between 84 to 110 pounds when fully grown. Like other large and giant-sized canines, these dogs are more susceptible to joint problems such as arthritis and hip or elbow dysplasia, disorders that can severely limit your dog’s range of motion. Swimming provides an excellent outlet for your working dog’s energy, as well as increasing their cardiovascular health and muscle tone, all without causing as much stress to the dog’s bones and joints. This activity is even beneficial for dogs who have already developed joint issues, as the cushioning effect of the water helps to support the damaged joints.
While Perro de Presa dogs are typically gentle and affectionate towards their owners, they were originally employed to protect and move cattle and can become territorial and even aggressive. Without proper training and socialization, these large, intimidating animals may not be able to easily discern the difference between a guest and an intruder, which can be a dangerous proposition. Proper socialization helps ensure that your dog gains confidence in many situations that can arise and remains respectful and pleasant towards any guests that you choose to invite over. The training methods used for these powerful muscular canines are the same methods that are employed for all sizes and breeds of dog.
Impulse control is a particularly important skill for large, powerful animals such as the Perro de Presa Canario in order to ensure a safer and more controllable companion. Impulse control training can provide your dog with mental stimulation while also conditioning them to be a more confident and relaxed canine. Red Light, Green Light is a fun childhood game that pet parents and trainers can modify slightly to account for your dog’s cognition and creates an excellent opportunity in which to reinforce a quick and clear response to a specific command in an entertaining and enjoyable way, for both you and the dog.