How to Socialize Your Presa Canario Puppy

Perro de Presa Canario dogs are a breed in the Molosser family who are known for being attentive, powerful and intelligent. They were originally used to guard against wild dogs and protect livestock, making them great protectors and guard dogs. However, this breed is not recommended for a first-time dog owner. If not trained properly, Presa Canarios have the potential for aggression. That is why properly socializing your Presa Canario puppy is especially important.

Socialization at an early age

Socializing your Presa Canario puppy consistently at an early age is critical. Instilling acceptable behavior habits in your puppy when they are young will help them learn to be calm and collected. The more scents, sounds and people your pet is exposed to as a puppy, the better. After all, they are a naturally dominant breed, so it’s important to get them used to being around other people early on.

The first three to 12 weeks with your Presa Canario are critical. If positive temperament is not instilled in the dog after this window of time, it is extremely difficult to train them after that.

Activity levels and attentiveness

One question that you may have on how to socialize your Presa Canario puppy is how much exercise and activity they might require. The truth is, it’s important to provide at least an hour of activity with your dog every day. This allows them to burn off energy and prevents them from getting wound up. Taking your dog on long walks can get them used to being in unfamiliar surroundings and allows them to practice being around other humans and other dogs.

Also, not keeping your Presa Canario occupied and active can cause them to get bored and become destructive. Oftentimes, these dogs will start chewing or digging if they are not frequently being stimulated or entertained.

Safety precautions

When socializing your Presa Canario puppy, it is also important to take safety precautions. Keep your pet away from smaller neighborhood cats and dogs, since this breed is known for being territorial. That’s why it’s recommended that you have a fence that’s at least six feet high built around the area of your yard. Unfortunately, an underground electrical fence is not a good idea when trying to socialize a Presa Canario.

Other barking dogs shouldn’t cause your Presa Canario to be aggressive, if they’re trained properly. Additionally, petting from other people shouldn’t cause agitation. Taking your dog to puppy training classes can be one of the best ways to teach your Presa Canario the proper social skills and avoid these potential problems. It allows them to be around other people and dogs in a controlled environment and teaches them important skills.

Need help training your Presa Canario?

Presa Canarios can be obedient and intelligent animals, as long as they are trained properly from an early age. It’s important that they have an experienced dog owner with the attentiveness they need. Spending a lot of time socializing your Presa Canario puppy well will allow them to lead a happy life and grow up to be a protective, loyal companion. For training tips for your new Presa Canario puppy, reach out to D&G Kennels today.