All puppies, regardless of breed, need training to live in our domestic world. Puppies that don’t receive necessary training often end up in shelters or rescues when they reach adolescence and owners have grown tired of common household errors puppies will make when training does not occur. House soiling, pulling on leash, biting, and chewing on furniture, kids toys or shoes are common problems that can be resolved with basic obedience training. Dogo Argenetinos, like many large breed dogs may weigh 18-25 pounds when they leave the breeder around 8 weeks of age, and will grow rapidly over the first year, often gaining 10 pounds/month. At 6 months of age Dogos are full of energy and weigh around 60 pounds or more, if they are not house trained, crate trained, play trained, socialized with people and other animals, and taught to inhibit the force of their bite with people and other animals, owners can become frustrated and may consider giving their puppy away, or surrendering to a shelter.
Veterinarians, puppy trainers, and animal behaviorists all agree that the earlier puppy training starts, the greater the chance the puppy will remain with their owners in their forever homes. These experts agree that puppies must be play trained, chew toy trained, crate trained, well socialized, and taught where they need to pee and poop from an early age. Lure reward training has proven to be an excellent method to train puppies. As breeders, we recognize the importance of beginning potty training and basic obedience prior to the puppy leaving our home. It is our goal to ensure the best possible transition for our puppies to their forever home.
We practice home breeding to ensure that the puppy is raised in the home from time of whelping, and is neonatally handled by humans including adults and children. Our puppies are exposed to the sounds of normal day to day life in a home. The clanging of pots and pans, children laughing, crying, or fighting, vacuum cleaners whirring, adults arguing, and car engines roaring can be scary to puppies, especially those that have grown up in outside kennels or dog runs, or isolated out on farms. With early socialization and training, puppies will learn that all of these sounds are normal.
Once you receive your puppy from us, you will need to be prepared for the work that must be continued. House training will need to continue (puppies on average will only be able to hold bowel and bladder for 1 hour per month of age), basic obedience and socialization with people and animals will need to be continued throughout puppyhood to ensure your puppy develops into a confident, fearless, house trained adult dog, who may likely be your favorite companion. We recommend that you review puppy trainers in your area that offer group Puppy I & Puppy II classes. Group classes will provide owners with the opportunity to continue to work on basic obedience (Sit, Down, Stand, Roll Over, loose leash walking etc.) and for your puppy to interact and socialize with other people and dogs, this is particularly important for Dogo’s as they do not self socialize.
We do not advocate for board and train programs, this may seem an easy solution; however, the owner must still be trained to give commands and hand signals once the puppy return home. Also, the puppy will often be away from the owner for 2 or more weeks, and this time would be better spent bonding with their owner and family and learning what their owners wants them to do and what not to do. Puppy group classes are also more affordable which ensures that most everyone will have the opportunity to attend puppy training classes.
Please take time to read Before you get your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar. This is a good reference for all who are considering getting a new puppy, and will prepare you to bring your new puppy home.