Introduction to Training the Perro de Presa Canario

Training your Perro de Presa Canario is not an easy job for first-time dog owners. This breed requires a very stern owner and one that can give a decent amount of time to every day and reoccurring training lessons. One of the main things to keep in mind is that you need to have your family members also abide by the same rules and regulations that you put down for your Presa Canario. There is a hierarchy that needs to be obtained very early on in your puppy’s age, along with discipline that will not break your dog but make your dog. For instance you should never have your dog sleep in your bed as it may make them think they have the same leadership as you do. You need to Presa Canario for walks daily in order to keep a strong bond, ease their mind, and instill confidence in them. Keep in mind when they are a puppy they are like a child and must be treated as such. You never want to instill fear into the heart and mind as this is a protection dog and by doing that, you will create a very scared and useless guardian for your family. Instead the easiest way of showing discipline is by a harsh tone in your voice and by creating a timeout area which essentially can be a kennel or a certain area of the house that they need to stay in for a short period of time.

When it comes to obedience training you need to get the basics down to the tee. This requires you to get at minimum a specific amount of commands down perfectly. Some of these commands are not limited to; sit, stay, down, come, go home & let’s go. Having your dog listen to you completely is extremely important in order to have the best experience possible. Start off with dog treats in order to help make them listen easily and always reward them with a ton of love once they complete that particular command correctly. You can even trained them to urinate and defecate in the proper place that you want them to. Start off by removing them from the kennel by buy a lead and then taking them to your backyard in the place you want them to utilize the bathroom and give them the command to use the restroom. By doing that you will limit or they go to the restroom and then not have to search the entire back yard for their droppings.

If you plan on utilizing them as guard dogs you must also train them to release easily. You can practice this by throwing ball and having them bring it back to you. Once they do that, take hold of the ball and issue a release command. When you issue that command, you need to hold the ball firm and not pull back on it or make them think that you are still playing the game. Practicing this release command will allow your Presa Canario to understand in the future when you want them to let go of the perpetrator. Having your Presa Canario bite is easier than letting them want to let go of the target, so practice this quite a bit.

Love is an extremely important aspect of your Presa Canario’s life. Make sure that the entire family gives it proper love without changing the hierarchy of the Presa Canario. If you wonder why people’s little dogs are snappy and mean it’s because the hierarchy of the relationship with those little dogs are horrible generally. This is not what you want in your guardian family dog that weighs over a hundred pounds. Your Presa Canario is a smart and stubborn dog but with proper training this can easily be the best dog you’ve ever owned in your life. Understand these tips are just a starting point to your Presa Canario training, and not to be used as an ultimate guideline for your Perro de Presa Canario. Here at SoCal Presa Canario we spend about 2 hours with all our clients the day they pick up their puppy in order to give them the best possibilities of having a great life with her puppy by giving them all our training secrets. We do not offer this advice to anyone outside our own clients regardless of the issue happening with a Presa Canario owner. This can be a major liability for us, and there are no exceptions to this rule.

Please do your due diligence before obtaining a Presa Canario puppy, and best of luck to you!

7 Comments on Introduction to Training the Perro de Presa Canario

  • Shyama Joshi says:
    November 15, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Is it possible to raise presa along with other pup . How will it get along with other dog if both are raised together since puppy days. E.g- Presa with Rottweiler, Presa with GSD etc.

    Are they really nasty?


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      November 16, 2017 at 12:42 PM

      Yes it is easy to raise your Perro de Presa Canario Puppy among other animals as long as you have raised your puppy correctly and your dog sees you as the pack leader. They are very intelegent and understand generally if the animal is a threat or not, but that’s not to say when hormonal issues arise i.e. heat, etc. it may mentally change them for a few.. so it is something to look out for. Hopefully this helps some and good luck to you!


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  • Odin says:
    November 24, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    What do you feed your dogs?


  • Genesis Urena says:
    January 30, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    I truly appreciate your page a ton! It really provides so much insight and knowledge to presa owners. I own a 9 month old male presa and the connection has been since day one. Your brief piece on training the presa definitely taught me things I did not know. My first question upon reading this is can you undo bad habits? for ex., I am guilty of letting my presa lay on my bed and couch with me. Whilst I wanted to cuddle the 90lbs of love, I did not know I was creating bad hierarchy within his mind.


    • Socal Presa Canario says:
      February 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM

      Thank you so much! It really depends on a host of factors, but yes just keep a bed for him by your bed and make it comfy. Then have him nap in it then sleep in it at night. Also close walks with your Presa Canario should help with training. Establishing hierarchy is created over time. Best of luck to you!


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