We believe it is of the utmost
importance to keep the natural hunting ability of the Dogo
Argentino as a primary focus of our breeding program.
Our puppies show an early natural ability, sometimes as early
as 3-4 months of age, and usually by 5 months of age, that is
quite impressive and puts them ahead of many dogos from other
lines who may not show this kind of prey drive by even one year of
It is helpful to start the puppies out in relatively controlled
situations, until they get enough experience, strength and size
that they could handle a full grown boar.
What you seek to do, is build the puppies confidence by presenting
him with situations he can overcome, until he is matures and gains
the confidence he will have as an adult Dogo.
If you give a puppy too much to handle - and this goes for any
breed - you can break their spirit.
In this way, you could easily ruin what would have been a good
You can think of it in the same way that elephant trainers used to
use chains to hold baby elephants in the old days - once the
elephants reach their full adult strength they could have easily
broken the chains. But they never do, because they chains
basically broke their spirit when they were young, and when they
are adults they don't realize they have the power to do so, and
what's more they don't have the will to try . Not a good
situation, and one that should be avoided in training dogs at all
After a young pup has learned that he is a hunting dog, and
understands his job is to find and or catch wild boar, then you
have to teach him it is NOT ok to catch other animals. This second
part of the training is every bit as important as the first part.
When you are hunting you never know when you will come across
domestic animals/livestock and it is not a positive situation to
have your dogs catch or injure them. Part of completing a dogs
training is to get them to the point to where they ONLY engage the
game animal of choice and do not pay attention to any other
animal. That is the ultimate goal for a hunting dog...