Why do Cane Corso puppies dig in the dirt? What can I do to discourage this behavior?
Alicia (Bedford Heights)
Pups left alone in the yard (even if you’re there, if they’re not at least dragging some sort of long line they’re alone – “can’t be caught, can’t be taught”) are like kids left alone in the mall. Pups are going to dig, or chew things up and sometimes they outgrow it and sometimes they don’t (and Cane Corso’s are often going to grow up unnaturally territorially aggressive) and kids are going to take chocolate bars they haven’t paid for and sometimes they outgrow it and sometimes they don’t. During their developmental stages, neither is doing anything bad from their perspectives. All dogs need adult supervision until they’re young adults themselves. 18 – 24 months in the case of a Cane Corso.
For what it’s worth, I personally don’t recommend leaving a guarding breed unless it has been highly trained for any part of its life alone in a yard unsupervised for extended periods of time.