The Cane Corso grows into quite a large dog when it is an adult. They are approximately 28 inches tall at the shoulder and they weigh over 100 pounds when they stop growing.
The good thing to note is that they are a large breed of dog, so they reach 2 or 3 years of age when they stop growing.
You want to make sure you get a handle on potty training a Cane Corso at a young age because the size of its mess in your house can be quite large.
What To Expect at First
When you first start your potty training regime, you can expect there will be some accidents in your house during the early days of training.
Don’t give up though, because it’s essential behavior as your dog grows that he should be able to go outside to do his business–especially when they are very large later on.
Is Potty Training A Cane Corso Easy?
Cane Corso is very intelligent and therefore pretty easy to potty train in comparison to dogs with a lower intelligence rate. They are very loyal to their human families and they also want to please them as much as possible. Seeing that they are also very smart combined with the other characteristics of this breed points to the fact that they are indeed easy to potty train.
Potty Training Basics for A Cane Corso
The most important thing to remember is that if your pooch makes a mess in your house, it’s actually your fault until he is fully potty trained. So don’t fuss too much at him or scold him loudly or it can be a setback in the potty training process.
You absolutely have to be consistent when potty training any dog and you need to understand his schedule as well. Usually, a puppy needs to use the potty after he eats, plays and wakes up from a nap. Basically, it’s the same schedule as human babies normally follow.
Designate The Potty Area
Decide where outside of your home you want your Cane Corso to go to the bathroom. Try to plan it in an area that isn’t so close to the house that it will smell and also not too far from the door leading to that part of the yard because pups can’t always hold it well to wandering farther away to do their business.
You will lead your four-legged friend to the same area on a leash several times while you potty trains him.
He will be able to smell his own scent of using the bathroom there, which helps him to know why you’ve led him there. He may wander around a bit before going to the bathroom, but that’s okay–be sure and don’t rush him.
Afterward, take your pooch back inside and put him in a confined area with a hard floor, such as the kitchen with a gate across it, or in a bathroom with a gate across the doorway. This way, his accidents are very easy to clean up, because there will be accidents for sure.
Potty Training Schedule for A Cane Corso Puppy
This will sound like an awful lot of work at first, but you must be diligent in your potty training routine. When your dog first wakes up in the morning, take him out to his potty area.
After he eats and plays for a short time, takes him out again before he takes a nap. When he wakes up from his nap, take him out again.
Give him a meal and outside you go again. After he wakes from his next nap, do the same. I’m sure you get the jest of it now. Every time he wakes up, after eating a meal and a little play time, you take your furry friend outside to go potty.
One thing to note is not to feed your puppy’s last meal of the day and water close to bedtime or he will make a mess in his crate if you also crate train at the same time as potty training.
How Long Does it Take To Fully Potty Train a Cane Corso?
Some dogs pick up on different types of training much faster than others do and, fortunately, your Cane Corso puppy is a large breed dog, which usually learns things much faster than a small breed dog.
It should take an average of your puppy reaching about 6 months of age to be fully potty trained so he can be free-running around in the house.
Expert Tips on Potty Training a Cane Corso Puppy
Before you start training your puppy, you need to gather some items such as cleaning supplies for accidents, doggie treats, a leash, and a crate.
Watch your puppy and his actions all the time while he’s in the house. He will most likely give you some sort of a sign that he needs to go outside to potty.
If you see him start to squat on the floor, tell him “no” and immediately pick him up and take him to his potty spot outside. Say “outside” as you carry him out so he can start understanding that this means he needs to potty.
When your puppy goes potty outside in a few minutes, give him lots of praise and a doggie treat, then take him back inside the house.
You can also choose to take your puppy outside to his potty area, not only at the times when you know he needs to go, like after meals, drinking water, playtime, and nap time but also every 20 minutes or so. Each time he does his business, make certain you praise him and give him a treat.
After a few weeks, start extending the time between his 20-minute potty breaks a little at a time and start to phase out all the treats, but instead, maybe offer your pup more one on one playtime with a favorite toy and lots of praise.
Before long, your precious puppy should start coming to you to tell you he needs to go outside when he needs to potty.
Pay Attention to The Potty Signs
When you first get your puppy, keep a close eye on him or if you can’t watch him because you are busy, then put him in his crate.
They all have signs showing you they need to potty and when you recognize your pup’s particular signs, it makes the potty training process much easier.
Your puppy might pull at your clothing or bark at you when he needs to go outside to relieve himself.
He may stand at the door that leads to his potty area or the gate to his room. You may notice that your pooch walks in circles or squats when he needs to use the bathroom.
It’s important to note that when you repeatedly take your puppy out to go potty, don’t let him get involved in any other task like playing or he won’t know why he’s going to that same place over and over.
Also, you don’t need to do anything else either while you have him outside to potty train him or you will distract him and the potty training will take much longer.
Spend more time with your puppy inside of your home than outside. This way, he knows it’s his home and he will naturally not want to make a mess of your floors (or his as he sees it) in his house.
Choose the Right Kind of Diet For Your Cane Corso
You should always feed your four-legged family member the right stage of life dog food for his age to avoid giving him stomach upset and possibly having diarrhea–that’s a bigger mess to have to clean up.
Puppies need puppy food that is specially formulated for their little growing bodies to develop as they should and give them strong bones as well.
Dry food is a good choice for a puppy, but make certain you don’t overfeed him, thinking it will make him grow into a bigger dog as an adult. This isn’t true and overeating will cause his stomach distress as well.
You should make certain that your pup has a supply of fresh and clean water at all times when he’s eating hard food or kibble. It’s best to stay away from moist or canned food while you are potty training him to make it easier for both of you.
Please refrain from feeding your puppy any people’s food at all. Stick to his high-quality puppy food and doggie treats and that’s it. A young digestive system gets very upset very quickly.
These routines, tips, and tricks should help you to train your Cane Corso puppy in the least amount of time possible. It’s sticking to the same routine and having a lot of patience that works in the end.