Training is essential for any dog, regardless of breed. When it comes to bringing a puppy home, training is one of the first things to keep in mind.
It is essential to keep in mind that there are certain breeds of dogs that are more difficult to train than others. The level of intelligence and stubbornness are two fundamental factors to measure the level of difficulty in training a dog. In this article, we will focus on the Cane Corso.
The Cane Corsos are dogs that are characterized by being cheerful, affectionate, friendly, protective, and intelligent. These dogs are easy to train if we do things the right way and use positive reinforcement.
In addition, they love to please their owners, so they should have no problem training them. The only drawback can be found in its stubbornness and dominant personality.
When Should We Start Training a Cane Corso?
Like any breed of dog, Cane Corsos should begin to be trained when they are puppies, that is, after eight weeks of life, which is when they are in the middle of the socialisation period. That does not mean that an adult Cane Corso cannot be educated, but we must use the appropriate methods.
When your Cane Corso is a puppy, you have to teach it some basic commands like “come,” “down,” “sit,” etc. Also, you have to teach it some manners like avoiding biting and behaving well with children and other animals.
Training of a Cane Corso According to Its Age
It is important to know what types of training we should provide a Cane Corso during each stage of its development.
Between 8 and 16 Weeks
Start Creating a Relationship with Your Cane Corso Puppy
Cane Corso puppies are ready to leave their mother at 8 weeks of age, which is about the time they need to be weaned.
Now the canine is ready to go home with you. You must create a love relationship with your new pet. You have to provide it with a good lifestyle by feeding it properly, training it, providing it with activities and games, and meeting its needs in general.
This will help you gain your puppy’s trust to the point that it will begin to pay attention to your commands.
Cane Corso Socialisation Training
Generally, breeders begin the socialisation process in these dogs at 4 weeks. Cane Corsos become difficult to socialise after 16 weeks of age, so starting the process much earlier is important.
You must take your Cane Corso to places where it can be exposed to other people, animals, and new environments and experiences. The idea of this is to eliminate any negative response that this dog has towards them, which leads it to develop aggressive behaviours.
Teach Your Cane Corso Commands
Obedience training is also important at this age. You have to teach your Cane Corso to obey you through various commands. Some of them are “Sit”, “Watch Me”, “Down”, “Stay”, “Wait”, “Come”, “Drop It”, “Leave It”, etc.
Remember that Cane Corsos are stubborn and have a dominant personality. They will want to be the leaders and set the rules. For that reason, obedience training should be done as soon as possible.
Get Your Cane Corso Used to Be Groomed
Puppies, regardless of breed, are sensitive to being touched. You must get your Cane Corso used to be bathed from an early age. Similarly, brushing its fur and teeth and cleaning other parts of its body will help the pup lose sensitivity.
That way, you won’t have as many problems grooming a dog as large as the Cane Corso in the future. In addition, it will not have issues being attended by a veterinarian.
Between 16 Weeks and 6 Months
Once you’ve provided obedience training and socialisation for your Cane Corso puppy, it’s time to reinforce what it’s learned. You must continue to practice with your pet the commands that you have already taught during its first 16 weeks of life, and if necessary, you can teach it some others.
You should also teach your Cane Corso to control their impulses because as they get older, they could begin to show signs of aggression which you should prevent unless you want your Cane Corso to be just a guardian.
During this stage, it’s a good idea to start teaching it leash skills.
From 6 Months to Adult Stage
From the age of 6 months, your Cane Corso will begin to reach sexual maturity and will enter the stage of adolescence. Its dominant personality will begin to intensify at this stage, so you must make it understand that you are the leader of the pack and the one who sets the rules and not it. You must show a strong personality but never be aggressive or use punishment.