Dogo Argentino Care
The care requirements for the Dogo Argentino (aka Argentinian Mastiff aka Argentine Dogo ) compared wDogo Argentino puppiesith most breeds are minimal. The most important points of Dogo Argentino care are: Love, attention and exercise! Most Dogos are happy with these three ingredients. The Dogo needs plenty of exercise! Dogo Argentinos are an active and energetic breed and can become irritable and destructive to furniture if not properly exercised. Exercise is also vital to preserve the beautiful muscle tone so characteristic of this breed.
Welcoming your new Dogo Argentino puppy!
Once you bring yoDogo Argetino puppy pictureur new Argentine Dogo puppy home for the first time remember that he/she is still a baby Dogo. And babies need a lot of care and attention and love! Time and patients are the key ingredients in helping your baby Dogo adjust to the new environment. Remember your Argentine Dogo puppy has just left the only family and litter mates he has ever known, (albeit a short time!) Most Dogo Argentino puppies will adjust with almost no sign of upset at all. Others are more unsettled by this transition. But try to make the first week or 2 with you as relaxed and stress free as possible for your dogo argentino puppy. Be sure to be his hero through this time period, always loving, petting, comforting and helping him.
Use thisDogo Argentino puppy time period to allow your Dogo puppy to develop his trust for you. This will create a stronger bond between the two of you and will seal his loyalty to you.
Find out the feeding routine of the breeder and stick to that at least for a week or two. If you want to change your Dogo Argentinos kibble to one of your own choosing (we recommend Eagle Pack Holistic formula ) do so gradually mixing the new food in with the old food at larger and larger ratios each time. This will avoid an upset digestive system or diarrhea. Feed him in the same place every time. And of course have fresh water available at all times except during the night time when house training. Make sure your Dogo Argentino puppy has his own bed and stick with the same spot every night.
Your aim in feeding your Dogo Argentino should be to aid as much as Dogo Argentino foodpossible in muscle, bone and joint health without overfeeding. We feed our Dogo Argentinos Eagle Pack Holistic formula . It is best to feed a 2-4 month old puppy 2 or 3 times a day. Until you are familiar with your Dogo’s eating habits avoid making his food accessible all the time. If you notice your puppy putting on too much weight you might want to restrict his food consumption. Obesity can be a serious health risk to your Dogo Argentino puppy, especially in later life.
You can start feeding your Dogo Argentino adult food at about 12-18 months. If your Dogo is spayed or neutered or due to old age becomes less active you might want to switch to a ‘light’ or ‘low-fat’ version of his food to avoid obesity. If your Dogo Argentino’s puppy kibble is hard you may soften it with warm water mix it with their favorite canned food.
You often get what you pay for when it comes to dog food. We suggest feeding a high quality, natural based food. Be warned that any brand can (and often does) change the ingredients and their ways of processing at any time without notice. So educate yourself on the different brands and check labels periodically for any changes. The less ‘junk’ in it the better. Avoid foods with lots of preservatives and fillers. This web site will help you review & understand the best foods for your Dogo Argentino puppy: www.dogfoodanalysis.com/
*Yogurt contributes to bone growth and digestive system health and most dogos love the taste.( 1-2 tablespoons per feeding).
*Corn or Canola oils are great for the Dogo Argentinos coat and skin.
* One or 2 hard boiled or scrambled eggs a day is a great idea as well and most Dogos love it & eggs are full of vitamins, minerals & OMEGA 3 fatty acids near 100% of the nutrition in an egg is used by the body unlike dog food & most multi vitamins.
Housing and Bedding for Dogo Argentino aka Argentinian mastiffs:
Dogo Puppy Supplies:
A set of bowls that hook onto the door of the crate for traveling.
Toys:Rawhide toys are not recommended for Dogo Argentino Dogo Argentino puppy picturepuppies. They have very powerful jaws and can tear the rawhide off and choke on it. There are a huge variety of toys that can be uses for Argentine Dogo puppies but I have found the simplest to be the most fun for our Dogo Argentino puppies. Tug of war with a simple knotted sock will provide endless fun for you and your Dogo Argentino puppy. Others love chasing a ball. Whatever you choose just be sure it is not small enough to get lodged in your puppies throat. You also want to remove any small eyes or buttons on the toys to prevent choking on these.
Below are some other areas of Dogo Argentino care:
The Dogo Argentinos coat is short and has no undercoat. It is easily cared for and needs brushing only once or twice a week to remove dead hair and dogo Argentino adultskin. Regular brushing also helps evenly distribute natural body oils. Most Dogos love being brushed so you may want to schedule in time for daily brushing sessions. Trust me, they will love you for it! The light coat of the Dogo Argentino makes them quite susceptible to sunburn. Do not leave your Dogo in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
The Dogo Argentinos nails grow fast and long. They need regular trimming about once every 2 weeks or so. We prefer to use a dremel tool to grind the nail to a smooth round end. Guillotine clippers are fine too. Be careful not to cut into the quick (the dark part of the nail towards the top).
Argentine Dogos naturally love water so bathing a Dogo Argentino can be lots of fun for you and your Dogo. Most Argentine Dogo love to take baths and even those who don’t are usually easy to deal with. Most Dogo owners only bathe their Dogos when they are actually dirty and need it. When the time comes you will need to gather up your supplies: shampoo, cotton balls, sponge or washcloth and towel. Choosing a shampoo for your Dogo Argentino is much like choosing one for yourself. There is no right or wrong. You just have to try several brands till you find one that agrees with your Argentine Dogos coat and skin.
Like many white coated dogs, about 10% of Dogo Argentino puppies are born with some kind of deafness (bilateral being deaf in both ears/ unilateral being deaf in one ear). Most reputable breeders have their Dogo Argentino puppies B.A.E.R tested (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response). This test is administered by an experienced veterinarian with the proper machine and determines weather or not the puppy is deaf. Be sure to discuss the results of this test with your breeder before the purchase. This will usually eliminate the chance that you as the new owner will be surprised with this issue. But the fact is that even deaf Argentine Dogos, especially unilaterally deaf, can still lead happy fulfilling lives if cared for properly.
The Dogo Argentino is a large breed dog of mastiff stock and like many large breeds they have the potential to develop dysplastic joints, especially hips. Care should be taken to see that your Dogo Argentinos diet (especially growing puppies) contains ingredients such as glucosamine and chondroitin as well as Ester Vitamin C to promote joint health. We recomend 500mg of Ester Vit C once dayly for puppies & 1000mg of Ester Vit C once dayly for adult Dogo Argentinos. We order our Ester Vit C from DNE 800-221-1833.
It’s important to start lead training early. But if you just welcomed your Argentine Dogo baby you may want to wait a week or so till he is fully comfortable with his new environment. Start with a lightweight collar and lead. Begin by just holding the lead and letting your dogo argentino puppy walk you. Then start coaxing him to follow you with gentle grab-release tugs while calling him your direction. Never drag your Argentine Dogo puppy around. Try to make this an enjoyable experience for him. Don’t play with him during these sessions but offer lots of praise when he gets it right.