If I didn’t know the breed and trust my gut I wouldn’t have got him. It might also indicate the or a reason behind it. I tried to explain to the vet the reason he was the way he was and the vet told me he was a dangerous animal. My advice is to not form an opinion or decide what are appropriate boundaries for your dog on the basis of current behaviour. She gets up on the vanity when I brush my teeth, so I do hers, and when I blow my hair dry, she stated in the mirror while I blow her dry. I rescued him from a bad situation at 9 yrs old. Before I had a chance to even think, my Corso jumped straight out of the back window in full flight. Dogs bred for gargantuanism lead short and often painful lives and can prove to be horrendously expensive for their owners. It really boils down to the time you put in with your dog. I fear that the dog does not get enough exercise and attention. He is a great dog and gets along very well with all the family members. I do have some suggestions that might help. Please, please, please interview trainers before you ever consider this breed and be wary of corso that have behavioural issues you have no experience with. Trust me. I agree with much of what you have to say. I feel like he is abused/neglected. Send details. Probably due to his size. I am at a loss at what I can do because I refuse to stop doing things in my backyard. Temporarily use crates if necessary. Any ideas on how to stop the nipping? All Cane Corso found here are from AKC-Registered parents. Do they change a lot out,of no where? My biggest concern is your describing yourself as a dog’s ‘mom’ and your dogs as large ‘babies’ as historically I’ve found this sort of language to be a significant red flag. I have been trying to train her with the gentle leader and she will simply sit down when it is time to walk. To hate them for this reason is a logical fallacy. to be a good match then disaster could be very well on the horizon. He told my son that they are let go so early because the litter begins to get too aggressive with each other. of homeless people in the area and seriously the issue isn’t getting any better around here. 2. I suspect that when a person hasn’t that level of control over their dog they may very well be into having the wrong dog. I would compare giving a Corso to a unprepared owner, to the gun range instructor who gave the little girl a fully automatic Uzi. I don’t think any vet or dog trainer should be commenting about this breed unless they “specialize” in training such dogs. Sending videos of what your Cane Corso is up to has four major advantages: 1. But mostly DOMINANCE and NO get the ‘ put him down ‘ thought out of your head. Initially he would also growl, snap, and bark at anyone coming within 20 feet of me, excluding my child. A trainer told us we should get rid of her as soon as we got her but I didn’t Want to give up without trying. Cane Corso is a hunting/working breed. I am sure my other corso lovers will agree that the last thing we would want is to have a dog breed get assessed negatively due to poor handling. Divide their food ration into fourths. I love my dog and I want what is best for him. They may want to be near you but they’re not demanding in terms of physical touch and attention. We are just unsure, curious rather, the best way to go about correcting his issues and behaviors as we have never worked with a Cane Corso. I am so torn, because I love him too, but I don’t want to always wonder when/if he is going to bite me again. In time it inevitably has a deleterious affect on the dog’s behaviour. If you have to ask if your dog might have a “predisposition” then those wrong hands are likely attached to your arms. It was meant to be I guess. I brought him to obedience school last month for the first time to work on more protective related issues and to work on his head aggression. It will pay off in the end because you will produce a wonderful dog who will be by your side no matter what. It hasn’t been easy as he has a mind of his own and at his current age he is starting to test the boundaries like any teenager, so it’s a daily reminder of who’s the boss. I am experienced with bully breeds and other difficult to train dogs. Also he is just an atention hog. At overt a year old, are these dogs likely to eventually become hostile in new homes with new owners after being abused in the past? He has not been nuetered yet. All the dogs grew up together and are all three and get along great! 4. We have an 8 month old female Corso; can someone recommend some Corso groups for us to join? I get a few letters like this where conclusions are being drawn when it’s far too premature to draw those conclusions. So I agree. Was the last Cane Corso you had a male or a female? He took up home parked by back door. I hope you have a tight grip on that collar, and a dog who will heal when commanded. How you respond is somewhat dictated by how the dog perceives the person that is handling the dog. NOTHING like your previous English Mastiffs. Hi Wade, Males in proper condition weigh in the range of 90 to 110 pounds. I have never met a 140 pound corso that was not a mix so if you did get him from a shelter talk to them and they will help you ALOT. I have a 6 year old male / had a female before him she was just terrible mean ( we did end up putting her down at 1 year) . Are they predisposed to being protective and teritorial? I absolutely agree with the Ferrari analogy….a Ferrari is not a bad car, but the average driver has no idea how to handle one. Send Video Of Your Dog To Ask The Dog Guy For Input, Your email address will not be published. I don’t think she can see at all. You’re attributing his behaviour to fear and it may be in part be just that, but his genetics are a big influencer as well. These fearless and vigilant dogs are not right for everyone. Then at that point he follows the other dog and lets that dog take the lead (alpha) position. But allow me say this… she walks on leash perfectly by my side – even when I’m jogging, she really acts frighten of other animals – never snapped at any and lets people pet her without jumping on them – with the exception of my sister who brings a spray bottle to keep her off her her when we are chilling outside. I work with him 3 to 5 times a day on just obedience but keep the times short so he does not lose interest. Her size and stature are intimidating and that is true to the breed. The dog was used intenselly in Roman empire as a guard/attack dog. Their dominating appearance gives way to a dog who is easy to train and eager to please their owners. He doesn’t let men speak to me past 3 questions without a “huff”. You must spend time with and work this breed. Of course unless rain. That’s also bullshit! Thanks for your help! I hope this breed isn’t on a fast track to a bad reputation like other breeds. The problem comes with my other dog he doesn’t tolerate the other dog getting food have you any tips for that? He has drawn blood on my mother and boyfriend. On the couch,in the kitchen. I have a female cc of 11 months looks very good but does not bark it is getting me frustrated because I needed a security guard dog it plays with everyone that comes around pls what can I do since armed robbers broke into my house in the early part of the year. Who took on the responsibility of this dog? He knows a couple tricks. Placement Policies. I agree that this is not a pet dog, this is a hobby. Would a 4ft fence be sufficient to keep a Corso contained in a yard? Making him the Prince. The Cane Corso is a large, powerful, intelligent, active, and headstrong dog. I have just got a 3 year old Cane Corso,had him for 4 weeks now,at first he was very hard work to take for a walk,pulling all the time,but now he is very good on the lead,when I got him I was told he was not good with other dogs,so I kept him away from dogs,well this morning while out walking him a small jack Russel come out of now where,and my dog was just like a puppy with the other dog,just wanted to play,I have noticed he will only bark at dogs that bark at him,otherwise he takes no notice of other dogs,brilliant in doors,so friendly and does as he’s told,is it possible where he’s had no contact with other dogs he can still be trained to be good with other dogs,but he is a great pet at home,and he likes to learn. . I’m less harsh in my thinking when it’s a companion dog owner like yourself, but still, it’s a red flag, particularly when the breed in question is one with the potential of a Cane Corso. Even had me sign a contract. Yet it seems my size tiny can control Cane Corsos way better. I bring him to work and have customers go through his commands through a gate which the trainer recommended and it seems to be working. The breed needs more capable owners like yourself. As my opinion you cant be verbal only with this dog you will have to get to his level when he acts up and hold him down until he calms down. I would start with some reading. I definitely do not want her thinking she is the boss and I intend to read both your books for help, I want to be successful with my girl and help her to be the best she can be. The first period you have an older dog doesn’t always reflect the dog’s complete nature. You can get a lot of things wrong with a lot of breeds and be given a pass. Don’t buy a Ferrari if all you have if mini-van skills. Even if I were able to meet the dog, and yourself, I’d only have a general impression. This is raw instinct. 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