Perro de Presa Canario Bark

Read all about the Perro de Presa Canario’s bark, and how to deal with instinctive barking and excessive habitual barking.

By Manuel Curto Gracia | Posted: July 6, 2012

Blessed with a deep, sonorous bark, the Perro de Presa Canario dog breed uses his bark purposefully in his duty of protecting his family and property. Excessive habitual barking, however, is a problem that should be corrected early on.

Check out these 5 tips on how to deal with a barking Perro de Presa Canario.

  1. When the Perro de Presa Canario is a puppy, communicate clearly to the dog when his barking is appropriate and necessary versus when it is simply a nuisance. For instance, if an intruder came into your home in the middle of the night and your Perro de Presa Canario barked a warning, you would praise the dog. On the other hand, if a friend walks up to your gate and is greeted with constant barking, you should tell your Perro de Presa Canario "OK,” so that he knows that there is no danger and no need to continue barking.
  2. For a Perro de Presa Canario without training, both scenarios are the same - the dog does not know any better. Barking is your dog’s means of letting you know that there is an intrusion, whether friend or foe, on your property. This type of barking is instinctive and should not be discouraged.
  3. Know when your Perro de Presa Canario barks excessively for no reason and teach him to stop barking at your command. As your Perro de Presa Canario grows up, you will be able to tell when his barking is purposeful and when it is for no reason. You will become able to distinguish your dog’s different barks and their meanings. For example, the bark when someone comes to the door will be different from the bark when your dog is excited to see you. Barking is similar to a person’s tone of voice, except that the dog has to rely totally on tone of voice because he does not have the benefit of using words. An incessant barking Perro de Presa Canario will be evident at an early age
  4. Don’t encourage your Perro de Presa Canario to bark. For example, if your dog barks non-stop for a few minutes and you give him a treat to quiet him, he believes that you are rewarding him for barking. Your dog will associate barking with getting a treat, and will keep doing it until he is rewarded.
  5. To teach your Perro de Presa Canarion to stop barking on command, give him a command such as "Quiet” or "OK.” Praise him after he has stopped barking for a few seconds. He will then get the idea that being "quiet” is what you want him to do. Practice this command.

Excerpt from Perro de Presa Canario, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Perro de Presa Canario here.


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