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Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff)

Powerful Stud of a Cane Corso Aggressively Protective of His Food and Toys

– Posted in: By Problem, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Resource Guarding
Female Cane Corso With a toy

Our Cane Corso (named Tito) is about 14 months, and he is just a very powerful stud of a dog. He is extremely playful and well tempered, he responds to commands extremely well for a 14-month-old ball of muscle with extremely high energy, however, after adding a 2nd into the family pack Tito has become [...]

Socialization Classes – Not a Fan

– Posted in: By Problem, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters

I have 2 Cane Corsos. We do a lot of training and socializing classes. My question is, my male who is 20 months old ignores me at times. Other times he doesn’t. How do I fix this? Jeff Hi Jeff,   I’d need some more information before I could say how to go about fixing. [...]

Cane Corso Dog Nervous Around Child

– Posted in: Aggression, Anxiety and Fear, Around Children, By Problem, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dogs and Children, Mastiff, Molosser, Towards Children
dog nervous around child

I recently acquired a 2-year-old female Italian mastiff. She is a great dog, acts great around the adults, but something freaks her out when someone is on the floor. She is great with our 8-year-old grandson but nervous of the 1-year-old who spends a lot of time on the floor, she sometimes abruptly butts him [...]

Beware The Cuteness Trap – Tips For Cane Corso Puppy Owners

– Posted in: Aggression, Before You Buy a Puppy – Essential Reading List, By Problem, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Puppy Stuff, Tips
cane corso cuteness trap

The Cane Corso Puppy Cuteness Trap Recommended Reading For: Any companion dog owner with a Cane Corso under 18 months of age. People Interested in Owning The Cane Corso. Breeders of The Cane Corso (as a resource for puppy inquiries and buyers). Companion Dog Trainers that work with Cane Corso companion puppy owners. Veterinarians with [...]

Shocking a Puppy for Peeing In The House

– Posted in: Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, House Soiling, House training, Newsletters

Hello, I have a 9 week old Cane Corso puppy and potty training doesn’t seem yo be going as well as I have been reading in the internet or as easy as the members of my Cane Corso facebook group says. She keeps doing her business inside the house, despite us sometimes being outside moments [...]

What is Breed Prejudice? I Am Accused Of Being A Dog Breed Racist

– Posted in: Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Presa Canario
Breed Prejudice

I received this comment from a local woman that has owned a Cane Corso (which she had problems with) after she read some of the content on this site in which I responded to questions from Cane Corso owners. She says, “breed discriminate” but based on earlier correspondence I believe meant breed prejudice. In an earlier similar [...]

Aggressive Cane Corso Risk Assessment

– Posted in: Aggression, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles
risk assessment

Dear John, In advance, english is not my first language so please bare with me if there are mistakes in my grammar! (There weren’t that many errors. I’ve corrected what I noticed but I’m no Grammar King either.) After a long couple of weeks, maybe months I found your site and collected the courage to email [...]

The Cane Corso – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

– Posted in: Aggression, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles
The Cane Corso

Hi John! I’ve read a lot of your Q&A’s as well as your general insight to the cane corso breed. I have had no problems with my boy, although he very protective of me. If someone he doesn’t know moves abruptly, and too quickly towards me he will lunge between me and this person, letting [...]

Things to Know About Owning Guarding/Aggression Breeds While They Are Still A Puppy

– Posted in: Aggression, Breeders and Breeding, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Companion Dog Training, Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Dog Trainers, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Tips
aggressive (by design)

The Cuteness Trap Specially Recommended for These Readers: Breeders of Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds (as a resource for puppy inquiries and buyers) People Interested in Owning Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Dog Trainers Working with People with Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies Veterinarians with Less Aware Clients That Bring In Guarding/Aggression (By Design) Breeds Puppies People [...]

Patrolling Cane Corso

– Posted in: Aggression, Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff), Dog Behavior Miscellaneous Articles, Leash Specific Aggression, Mastiff, Molosser, Newsletters
Healing the Heel

Thanks, in advance for taking the time to read this if you do get to it. I currently have a 14-month-old very large and beautiful brown male Corso pup. I call him a pup because I know until they are three they are ever changing. I’ve had experience with the breed before but been about [...]