Livestock guardian dogs like the Rafeiro Do Alentejo often spent a great deal of time outdoors, generally moving and sleeping with the livestock that they were tasked with guarding. They are typically calm and confident animals who truly enjoy the outdoors and are able to tolerate a wide range of climates. A well behaved and well socialized Rafeiro Do Alentejo makes a wonderful camping buddy, providing a measure of warmth and security, as well as companionship. Camping with your canine companion is a rewarding experience for many pet parents, but they should never be left to their own devices to avoid encounters with toxic plants or dangerous or diseased wildlife, either living or dead.
The Rafeiro Do Alentejo breed is naturally territorial and tends to be aggressive towards other dogs without a great deal of socialization. This can result in isolation issues, not only for your canine companion but to some extent to yourself as the owner as well. It can be difficult to walk with a large breed dog if they tend to lunge at other dogs, making it challenging to get enough exercise into their daily routines. Some pet parents of somewhat aggressive or reactive dogs have begun organizing walking groups specifically designed around these types of animals, typically headed by a professional in the dog training world who is proficient at reading canine body language. Walking dogs in a pack tends to be beneficial for most dogs, reactive or not, and pack walks also provide reactive or fearful dogs a much-needed opportunity to socialize with other canines around.
Rafeiro Do Alentejos are very large canines that frequently reach adult weights of a hundred pounds or greater. While joint problems like arthritis and hip dysplasia are less common with these dogs than with other large and giant breeds, they are still more commonly found than in most smaller breeds, particularly if undue stress is placed on the joints before the skeletal growth plates have matured. Swimming is an excellent way to build and maintain muscle mass as well as providing great cardiovascular benefits as well, and because the water supports so much of your canine companion’s weight, it prevents adding undue stress to the dog’s bones and joints.