The Canaan is a medium to large size dog and as such will need exercise to keep it in good condition, as well as to vent some of the excess energy this dog possesses.
The Canaan dog is a very good watchdog, but has a tendency to become territorial in its home. With many dogs, territorial often turns to aggressive, if it is not kept under control. In many cases, all the dog needs is more exercise so they don't have quite so much energy. They are very intelligent animals, and they love training and learning new things. They do, however, get bored quickly, which means they have excess energy. Not only will daily exercise help the Canaan in this way, but will also help keep him fit and trim. Exercise helps give a dog a good appetite, keeps them healthier and makes them happy.
As a whole, the Canaan has low exercise needs and enjoys spending time indoors, but they also love to run around outside. They need structure and routine to keep them interested and cooperative. The Canaan does have a need for mental exercise or stimulation. They should have a regular routine of either daily walks or some other type of playtime outdoors such as Frisbee catching or playing ball. They thrive on this type of interaction with their owner.
The Canaan has little nutritional needs, but manages to stay in the great shape we are accustomed to seeing them in. How your dog looks and acts depends largely on what he eats. They may not require a lot, but what they do eat should be good. Dogs that don't get a nutritionally balanced diet will often be sluggish, lazy, and have a poor coat. Being a carnivore, your Canaan should be fed a regular diet of good high quality food. Try to stay away from foods with artificial and chemical preservatives. Foods preserved with Vitamin E (tocopherols) have had excellent results.
Your Canaan should be fed at the same time each day. You should control his eating schedule, not him. Put the food down for him to eat (along with fresh water) and give him 15 to 20 minutes to eat. If he doesn't eat it, pick it up and refrigerate it until the next feeding time. Keep doing this until he realizes what meal time means. Dogs that are allowed to nibble all day long at their leisure not only develop poor eating habits, but often become fat and lazy. The dog should be fed in the morning and the evening. When they are puppies, you may feed them more often and have the food available at all times. When they get older, their eating habits will change.
There are many good quality dog foods available on the market. The more natural you can get, the better your dog will be fed. When looking at the ingredients on the dog food bag, make sure at least 1 or more of the top 5 ingredients is meat. If possible, stay away from foods that have corn, wheat, or soy as these have a tendency to cause food allergies in dogs (especially corn). Your dog's appetite will depend on the weather as well as his activity level. Never force the dog to eat. You will know when he is healthy.