What a beautiful Sunny September afternoon everyone had at one of Toronto K9 Center’s dog training classes, led by Master Dog Trainer Roger Richards. With over 34 years of training experience, Roger stands with Tyson, a grey six-month-old Cane Corso Pitbull mix ready to begin a Sunday class. Beside Roger is Teresa. This charming lady is enjoying the sunny afternoon with her rambunctious Malinois puppy, about to start his first training day. To the right of Teresa, we have a young lady with Luna, a lovely and bright Dogo Argentino that has made tremendous strides in his training.
Cane Corso Pitbulls, like Tyson, are very powerful and faithful pets. Cane Corsos were originally of Italian descent, but once they came to North America and time passed, they were found to share the DNA of Rottweilers and Mastiffs. On the other hand, Pitbulls originated from a robust mix of breeds in Peru. Cane Corso Pitbull mix has short hair and does grow to be quite large and powerful, weighing up to 115 pounds or 52 kilograms. Training these dogs is essential as many of these breeds require appropriate socialization training to keep any aggression they may have at a minimum. These beautiful dogs make good rescue and property guard dogs.
Malinois, like the one Teresa has, are amazing dogs that love to put their intelligence and intense focus to work. Their native country is Belgium. They are named after the town of Malinois. They are medium-sized, weighing up to 80 pounds or 37 kilograms. These dogs are used extensively for personal security, security guards, police, and the military all over the world. As seen in the picture, Malinois are very energetic and enthusiastic, requiring more than a simple daily walk. They are great for someone who enjoys daily exercise, such as running, hiking, or bicycling. These dogs are well suited for just about any dog sport or activity that you can teach, including herding, search and rescue, and elite military operations. Training these intelligent dogs should start at a young age as they have rapid learning abilities that need to be harnessed. Malinois are excellent loyal companions.
Luna’s dog breed, Dogo Argentinos, are powerful, intelligent, energetic, and headstrong dogs originating from Argentina and weighing up to 100 pounds or 45 kilograms. Dogo owners need to be leaders with a firm consistent hand and proper training to achieve the necessary obedience and socialization skills. These dogs need a tremendous amount of activity to keep them satisfied. They make for good hunting dogs personal protection dogs and would love to go on a run with their owner. They do have a high drive for prey and can be very territorial so training is essential to keep some of their habits in control. Training Dogos should begin at an early age, including frequent socialization experiences. One should never give these dogs the run of the house until they are fully trained and can be trusted, which also comes with maturity. Keeping your Dogo puppy busy with training, socialization, and play makes for a happy and excellent companion.