HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CANE CORSO
Given the impressive size and strength of the Cane Corso, their training should not be left to chance. Indeed, a dog of this size could soon present a danger to others if left in the hands of a lax or inexperienced master. Find out how to properly train your Cane Corso below.
Start Training Your Cane Corso as Early as Possible
Training a Cane Corso breed dog should begin at an early age; at two months old, when you first welcome your new puppy home. And this is the same whether you intend for your dog to be a companion dog, or a guard or defence dog. Remember that the Cane Corso has a strong protective instinct by nature. Set boundaries right from the start, and don't give in. While your little puppy is not difficult to control at first, they will grow fast and will be much harder to contain once they reach full adult size. A male Cane Corso can measure almost 70cm at the withers! So forbid your Cane Corso from anything you wouldn't want them doing later on. It is easier to grant permission later than to withdraw permission granted too early. Set limits and make it clear to your puppy that you are in charge.
Favour Positive Dog Training
Keep in mind that you should never use violence with your dog, neither verbal nor physical. And this is true for all dog breeds. Training your Cane Corso should be based on reward, not punishment. Reinforce good behaviour with treats, cuddles, or playtime. Things you forbid should always be balanced with things you allow your dog to do, to avoid frustrating them. All dogs respond much better to this kind of approach than to coercive training. Poor dog training could make your Cane Corso aggressive and difficult to handle.
Be patient. Your dog cannot be expected to understand everything immediately, no matter how smart they may be. Your Cane Corso will need to repeat the exercises over time to master them. Be consistent. The only thing that will bring concrete results is repetition over time. Set aside fifteen minutes a day for training sessions and repeat each lesson as many times as necessary until your four-legged friend understands what you want. There is no point in stretching your pooch with long sessions, this will tire them out quickly.
Finally, be coherent. Keep your commands short and easy to remember, and stick to them along the way. If you keep changing what you do or say, your dog will stop listening to you because they won't understand what you want from them, especially since this breed is known for being stubborn and independent. However, if your dog is well trained, being rather sociable by nature, they will be obedient.
Use all the tools you have at your disposal! Cane Corsi love to play. Take advantage of playtime to teach your dog to come back to your or to walk better on a lead. Make the most of your walks together to increase their number of positive experiences and strengthen their socialisation, especially with other dogs. The same goes if you have another pet in the house. If you have a dog park near you, use it! For a dog like the Cane Corso, nothing should be left to chance.
Call a Professional Dog Trainer
If you're worried that you don't know what to do or you want to be sure that your dog receives proper training, don't hesitate to call a professional dog trainer. Dog trainers can be a great tool to support you and teach you the basics to help you avoid making mistakes, the consequences of which could be serious. A dog trainer will be able to adapt your dog's training to their temperament and behaviour, to get the most out of them.
How Do I Train an Adult Cane Corso?
Training an adult Cane Corso is different from training a Cane Corso puppy. Puppies are generally much more receptive. An adult dog, on the other hand, already has lots of life experience and, perhaps, deeply rooted habits, good or bad. However, it is quite possible to “re-train” a Cane Corso. The first thing to do is, of course, try and find out what they went through before they came to you, to better understand their reactions. Get to know your dog and watch them carefully. And of course, don't hesitate to call on the help of a behaviourist or professional trainer to better understand how to rehabilitate your dog.
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