Presa Parent

by Ryan M
(Colorado Springs, CO, USA)

Hello there. I am the owner of a 3 year old Presa Canario. He came into my life as a gift from a co-worker when I lost my dog in an apartment fire and my co-worker surprised me. Trying to be a responsible owner of a dog that I knew nearly nothing about...I got to researching. I wanted to understand the breed as I had never had a presa before but I do find myself gravitating towards protective breeds as a dog owner. I’ve had a bull mastiff and a German shepherd mix before but nothing would prepare me for Bubba and his quirks. I took every chance I had to socialize him with people and other animals as a puppy and all around he is fantastic around people and animals outside of his “territories.” He did have some reactive issues in day care which he tried to mount and the other dog growled and bubba growled back but when we are on trail walks he tends to ignore other people and their dogs. He is very very stubborn and seems to get bored with traditional training quickly. He knows his basic commands and while I do feel in charge most of the time he definitely runs the household when he wants to. Now, for the issues with territory. His one can come into his home unless he knows you well. If he doesn’t know you he will NOT calm down and he continuously barks until the stranger leaves. The car is even worse. Anyone outside of the car within his eyeline is subject to verbal assault. He loses his ever loving mind...take bubs out of the car, no worries but in the car he changes into a very scary, intimidating dog to those around. I am aware that once a Presa becomes the age 2-4 this is a common thing as they are territorial dogs and it is bred into them to protect at all costs. I am hyper aware of the stigma that comes with bubba’s breed and if anything were to happen to anyone he wouldn’t have a second chance. Everyone who meets bubba loves him so much. He is a happy, goofy, floppy derp but I want people to be able to come into my home and think the same thing. Thank you so much for reading.

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Dec 30, 2021
Become The Pack Leader
by: Online Dog Trainer

Become The Pack Leader

Of all the questions that people ask "how to become the pack leader" is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker - where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.

When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….

What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!

Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.

Lastly - dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:

The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the propertyOn the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!

If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!

Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.

Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is "not food motivated" then you may be in for a surprise!

There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.

If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at:
 The Online Dog Trainer here.

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