Getting your first Cane Corso is an exciting time. However, it’s natural to encounter concerns when introducing a new member to the family. We’ve compiled a list of some pup tips to make the transition as smooth as possible.
General Pup Training
Consistency is key. Like children, your Cane Corso needs active and consistent training. Meaning, keep your rules and correct your pup when necessary. ‘Bending the rules’ here and there can be confusing and set back your pup’s training.
Tone of voice. Remember that dogs are great at picking up your emotions. So, when correcting your pup be calm, yet assertive. It is also good to remember that your pup wasn’t ‘bad’ on purpose. Do not get mad, because he or she doesn’t know any better.
Crate training. Whether guests come over or they need to calm down, they should be familiar with their crate. This should be a safe and cozy environment for them and not a punishment zone. As this is a large breed, make sure that you have a large enough crate.
Obedience School. Take your pup to obedience school early. These classes can help you learn how to properly give commands, reward, and correct your new pup.
Frequency. A new pup is not on a schedule yet. Meaning, they should be taken out often so they learn that ‘going potty’ is meant for outside.
This is your spot. Bring them to a spot in the grass that you’d like them to always go in. This can make clean up easier.
Time to Go! Putting a bell on the door is good practice. Take your dog’s paw and tap the bell before you take him or her outside. They will learn to ring it when they have to go outside.
Good boy. Rather than punishing your pup for accidents, reward them when they go outside. If they have frequent accidents, take them out more often—your pup has a small bladder.
Sooner rather than later. Again, as we can’t stress this enough, you should start socializing at a very early age. An expert breeder will start socializing your pup before you can even take him or her home. You should continue socialization immediately after adoption.
Hello everything. To AVOID aggression, timidness, and anxiety in your Cane Corso’s development, you must introduce them to varying environments. Some suggestions are introducing them to different noises, appliances, people of varying age/gender/ethnicity/height, textures, and spaces.
Alone is okay too. Although it is great to socialize them a lot, remember to teach them that it’s okay to be alone as well. This will help reduce separation anxiety.
Last Minute Tips
While this isn’t a complete list, it’s a great start. Here are a few more tips:
- – Patience is key when training your pup
- – Positive reinforcement and encouragement work better than punishment
- – Talk to your breeder for specific advice
- – Be assertive as the pack leader
- – Prepare your home