Presa Canario Information

How to: Raising & Training your Perro de Presa Canario Puppy

If you are looking to get an excellent watchdog and a great protector, the Presa Canario is the best dog breed for these two purposes. Presa Canario or Dogo Canario is a mastiff dog breed that comes from the Canary Islands. Perro de Presa Canario, as it is also called, means the Canary Island Dog. Being a from the mastiff family, the Presa Canario puppy will grow to be a large and powerful dog, known for being fearless in front of danger and ready to take in any challenge without thinking twice. Such a dog will not tolerate strangers, whether they are humans, dogs, or other animals, so it is highly recommended for the Presa Canario puppy to be socialized and taught with other animals starting from a very early age, to avoid developing an unwanted and violent behavior.

Even if a Presa Canario puppy looks adorable, do have in mind that it is a strong breed of dog mentally and physically, which will be hard to manage and even dangerous in the wrong hands. Thus, it is not recommended to get a Dogo Canario if you don’t have any experience with dogs. Also, even if you had dogs before, but the soft type of breeds, it is still not recommended to get such a dog. The Presa Canario puppy needs a lot of training, done by a calm but assertive person. Using harsh and violent methods will not help at all, because they will turn this powerful dog into a very dangerous one to have around. These dogs are admitted for their physical strength and intelligence, although they can be stubborn as well, but these qualities can turn into severe defects without the proper education and training.

If you want to raise a Presa Canario puppy in the best way possible, you need to be a leader and be ready to spend a lot of time for its education. A Dogo Canario puppy needs early socialization, which should be done as often as possible, so it won’t see other dogs as threats when it grows up. This is why it is best to pick a Perro de Presa Canario puppy from a reliable breeder that does not keeps the dogs separated and away from human contact or contact with other animals, raising them in an environment where they are taught with different people, animals, and surroundings from their very first days of life.

So you have your Presa Canario puppy, after receiving clearance from the vet, continue its socialization. This means your puppy has had a full series of shots, as not doing so absolutely will put your puppy in the risk of getting parvo, or something else. In the meanwhile, we recommend not taking your puppy to public places and avoid having strangers over. Do not raise your hand or use objects to discipline your Presa Canario, as you will instill fear in its mind. Instead, use a timeout location and a harsh voice. Like children, they understand your demeanor and attitude towards them. If they think they can get away with it, they will try!

Once Take the dog to puppy kindergarten classes, visit friends, neighbors, take the dog to the park, around the city, to shops, and allow people and other dogs to come in contact with your puppy. Also, do not forget that this dog breeds needs something to do, not being happy with an inactive way of life, so make sure he has an activity and something to do all the time, plus plenty of exercising. And do consider enrolling in an obedience class with your Dogo Canario puppy, the earlier you start the better for both of you, so you can enjoy a calm, confident, and obedient dog.

This is a very basic tutorial, and you should always seek proper professional training. Do your homework as the Perro de Presa Canario will make you miserable if you are ignorant to its needs. Your breeder should absolutely address this matter and should recommend you a trainer (if available) in the area you live.

12 Comments on How to: Raising & Training your Perro de Presa Canario Puppy

  • Mike says:
    October 21, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    My 3 month old puppy sleeps most of the day is this normal?


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      October 23, 2017 at 8:16 PM

      It very much depends on his overall demeanor. You should contact your vet if you are concerned as diagnosing it through a sentence is not something we can do.


  • Gerry says:
    December 23, 2018 at 7:46 AM

    Hi. Our pressa is a mix….father full bread presss…mother is bull mastiff/ dogo.

    We’re finding our dog has huge anxiety issues. We got him at 8 weeks, he is now 20 wks and still very anxiac.
    We have been trying to socialize him, but he fears a lot of things. How can we get him out


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      December 23, 2018 at 10:07 PM

      Training can’t really be thrown out there in a few paragraphs unfortunately and liability for us can be high in that regard. That being said I would suggest slowly getting him integrated to any situation you are looking for. If he has issues with car rides per say, take him on short ones, get him a puppachino from Starbucks or a some french fries as a treat for being a great sport about it during the ride.. Chatting with him along the way and being overall positive. Treats can help distract the mind as well as physical support from you. Hopefully this helps a bit!


  • Lee says:
    April 7, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    hi my presa puppy has recently started to ignore my commands when outside, do you have any tips to what I should do?
    for example she fail to come to me when called on after going out for a toilet which then turns into a cat and mouse game.
    Nothing has really changed since I got her, from the previous owner


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      April 8, 2019 at 2:35 PM

      Seems your pup has possibly had fun with the previous owner in this way. Train your presa canario pup with some positive touch and even small treats so he or she will know listening will be beneficial to them. They may have been scared from the last owner so its the best way to gain their trust quick. Make sure you are walking and exercising your pup as that is going to make a world of difference when training as well. Positive reinforcement always.. Good luck to you!


  • Anthony R Quarles says:
    April 28, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    My pup is 8 months old. He chews and eats anything he can get. Is that normal for these breed of dogs?


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      May 22, 2019 at 9:32 AM

      Yes Anthony your Presa Canario puppy will chew quite a lot for the first year. Be careful with wires, laces, shoes, etc. and provide adequate chewing toys. We have some recommendations in a few of our articles for toys and food supplements as well. Hope this helps!


  • linda demastes says:
    August 19, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Have a4 month old she is constantly thirsty.give her water take her outside for half hour and she comes back in the house with in half hour she’s peeing everywhere can’t use puppy pads she tears them up anybody have any idea


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      August 21, 2019 at 10:00 AM

      That’s not really enough information to understand completely, but I would take her to the vet if you were concerned. We cannot diagnose a dog with a sentence or two and virtually with no photos or video.


  • Jeromy says:
    December 12, 2019 at 1:21 AM

    I just received a 5 month old Presa as a gift. Previous owner has her mom brother and sister. He stated that he worked more with her mom and brother then with her and her sister. She is naturally submissive to myself and my wife and son. But she wasn’t trained to come, sit, stop etc. I also have 2 pitbull puppies that do act on command but my Presa seems to be in her own world so to speak. I’m seeking guidance on how to train her to commands


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      January 1, 2020 at 8:43 PM

      You can train her yourself if you get professional assistance. Find a trainer you are comfortable with in order to be there and see how it is done in person. This way they can also correct you on any negative issues. It is impossible for us to throw out a general how to on this, as living situations, personalities and lives vary tremendously. Put the time into her, as if you do so, she may very well be the best dog you have had yet! Best of luck training your Presa Canario puppy.


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