What Do Cane Corsos Like And Dislike

The Cane Corso is a large Italian mastiff breed that was originally developed for hunting, guarding property, and companionship. While intelligent and loyal, Cane Corsos have some specific likes and dislikes that owners should be aware of. Understanding what this breed enjoys and doesn’t care for can help you build a strong bond with your Cane Corso.

What Do Cane Corsos Like

Long walks and plenty of exercise

Cane Corsos are energetic dogs that need plenty of daily exercise to be happy and healthy. A Cane Corso that doesn’t get adequate activity will likely develop disruptive behavior issues or struggles with obesity. It’s essential for owners to commit to providing at least 60-90 minutes of exercise per day.

Cane Corsos love going for long walks, preferably in interesting locations where they can explore and take in new sights and smells. Making their walks stimulating along with getting plenty of playtime provides both physical and mental enrichment. In addition to long walks, Cane Corsos also enjoy having space to run and play off-leash when possible. Visiting enclosed dog parks or wide open spaces allows them to get their zoomies out.

Playing fetch and tug-of-war

Among Cane Corsos’ favorite activities is playing interactive games with their owner like fetch and tug-of-war. Not only does it provide physical exercise, but it also fulfills their instincts to play and bond with their human “pack”. A game of fetch with a tennis ball taps into a Cane Corso’s natural prey drive in a positive way. They delight in chasing after the object, picking it up in their soft mouth, and proudly bringing it back to their owner.

For tug-of-war, having designated tug toys allows them to play this natural game while teaching boundaries and rules. As long as the Cane Corso knows when to start and stop tugging, it’s a mutually fun bonding experience for both parties. Making playtime a daily routine ensures an outlet for energy and strengthens the relationship with their caretaker.

Training and learning new commands

Cane Corsos are intelligent dogs that benefit greatly from training and learning new commands. Their working dog background means they thrive when given activities that challenge their minds and allow them to please their owner. Starting training early and using positive reinforcement techniques works best with this sensitive breed.

Teaching basic obedience commands like sit, stay, come, heel, and down gives a Cane Corso important direction and structure in their life. Trick training is also an excellent way to engage their intelligence and eagerness to work. Advanced training in areas like agility, scent detection, or therapy work appeals to the Cane Corso’s abilities. A well-trained Cane Corso is a wonderful companion.

Being with their family

The Cane Corso is a devoted breed that becomes extremely attached to its human family or “pack”. They crave being with their owners as much as possible and actively seek out their company and attention. Whether it’s playtime, cuddling on the couch, or sharing a ride in the car, Cane Corsos are happiest when they are close to their loved ones.

Quality time spent together strengthens the bond between a Cane Corso and their family. Activities like taking them along on errands, involving them in family games or sports, and bringing them to pet-friendly outdoor events allows them to share in the things their owners enjoy. Cane Corsos thrive when they feel part of the family unit.

Cane Corso.

Getting affection and belly rubs

Cane Corsos have a strong need for affection due to their loyal and people-oriented nature. Most enjoy and even crave receiving plenty of love and hands-on attention from their owners. Belly rubs, back massages, cuddling, and petting are some of their favorite ways to bond and have their affection needs met.

Being a physically demonstrative breed, Cane Corsos appreciate their owners taking time every day to shower them with loving touch and physical affection. It helps reinforce the mutual devotion between dog and human. Providing affection also promotes relaxation, lowers stress hormones, and benefits their overall health and happiness. An affectionate pat on the head or good belly rub goes a long way for this special breed.

Going for car rides

One of the simplest joys for most Cane Corsos is going for a ride in the car with their owner. They love adventures, so a chance to hop in the vehicle and join their favorite human on errands or road trips is always exciting. Driving with their head out the window to experience all the smells is a favorite part of the excursion.

Taking a Cane Corso along provides great bonding time while exposing them to new environments and stimuli. It also tires them out – a car ride almost always ends with a nap. Going through a drive-thru to get your canine companion their own special treat makes it even more fun. Cane Corsos see riding shotgun as a great way to spend time with their #1 person.


While not all Cane Corsos are natural swimmers, most will happily take to water activities when introduced positively. Wading and splashing around together provides fantastic bonding time and exercise. Retrieving toys from lakes or pools combines swimming with their love of fetch into one super-fun activity for your Cane Corso.

For safety, their first swimming experiences should always be supervised and have an exit ramp or shallow steps to stand on. Lifejackets are also recommended for novice doggy swimmers. With patience and encouragement, swimming can become one of your Cane Corso’s favorite summertime adventures. The combination of physical activity and quality time with you makes swimming a double joy.

What Do Cane Corsos Dislike

Being left alone for long periods

One of the biggest dislikes for Cane Corsos is being left alone for long stretches of time. As a breed prone to separation anxiety, they become extremely stressed when separated from their owners and “pack” for more than 4-6 hours at a time. Destructive behavior and incessant barking are common signs of separation anxiety in the breed.

Crate training and providing interactive toys can help ease their distress, but Cane Corsos truly need companionship. If possible, consider hiring a dog walker or finding a trustworthy friend or neighbor to check in and spend a little time with them on days when you’re gone for extended hours. Meeting their social needs is key to their emotional wellbeing.

Loud noises like fireworks or thunder

Cane Corsos tend to be easily startled and frightened of abrupt, loud noises due to their sensitive hearing. Sudden sounds like fireworks, thunder, or even loud music can cause them to panic or become extremely anxious. The noise sensitivity is often heightened because the sounds seem threatening to the watchful Cane Corso.

During times of expected noise like 4th of July fireworks, provide a safe, interior room or basement area for your Cane Corso to retreat to. Soothing music and pheromone plug-ins can also help calm their nerves. For random loud noises like thunder, stay with your frightened pup to reassure them all is okay. Lead by example with a calm demeanor.

Strange dogs and people approaching their territory

Wary of strangers and protective by nature, most Cane Corsos dislike having unknown people or dogs entering their home or yard space. Without proper socialization, they can become aggressive when unfamiliar humans or canines come onto their “turf”, seeing them as intruders.

To manage this, start socialization early and use positive reinforcement to teach them appropriate behavior around new people and animals. Supervise closely during interactions. Let strangers know not to approach your Cane Corso directly without being properly introduced first. Setting clear boundaries is key.

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Cats, squirrels and other small animals

Possessing a strong prey drive, Cane Corsos will almost always readily chase small household pets like cats and small critters they encounter outdoors, like squirrels, rabbits and birds. The instinct to hunt is very strong in the breed unless specifically trained otherwise.

Careful management and supervision is required to keep small animal companions safe. Teach “leave it” using treats and praise as deterrents to chasing. Cats should have escape routes and dog/cat introductions need gradual positive conditioning. For squirrels and other outdoor critters, keep your Cane Corso leashed, distracted and praised for calm behavior. Martingale collars also help prevent chasing.

Bath time

While most Cane Corsos tolerate baths, few truly enjoy the experience of being scrubbed and soaked. Bath time is high on the dislike list for many individuals of the breed. Their short coat means regular bathing isn’t entirely necessary as long as you brush them frequently.

Make bath time as calm and positive as possible. Use treats and toys to distract them during the process. Invest in a good doggy shampoo, non-slip bath mat, and detachable sprayer to help get the job done efficiently. Keeping baths brief with lots of praise builds their tolerance. Remember to dry their floppy ears thoroughly when finished to prevent infections.

Nail trims

Having their nails trimmed is another common dislike among Cane Corsos, as it makes them feel vulnerable. Nail clippers can pinch when they fidget, so it’s important to acclimate them to the process gradually. Introduce handling their paws and touching the clippers to their nails when young without actually trimming to build trust.

Go slow, do a little at a time and pair it with treats to make it a more pleasant experience. Taking them to the groomer or vet for trims is another option if they resist an at-home pedicure. Keeping nails short prevents pain from getting caught on things and scratched floors. Find a method your Cane Corso accepts.

Being crated or confined

While crate training is important, Cane Corsos would always prefer not to be confined in small spaces for long periods of time. Because they thrive on companionship and activity, being crated feels isolating and limits their movement.

If you do crate your Cane Corso while away, make sure they get plenty of exercise before and after and include safe chew toys to keep them occupied. Never use the crate for punishment. Place it in a high-traffic area so they don’t feel secluded from the “pack”. Crates should allow room to stand and turn around. Only crate for reasonable durations.

Hot weather

Cane Corsos are prone to overheating and heat stroke in hot, humid weather due to their short black coat. High temperatures combined with high exercise levels can put their health at risk. A heat-stricken Cane Corso will pant excessively, drool, and become lethargic.

During heat waves, monitor them closely for signs of heat distress. Ensure unlimited cool water. Avoid strenuous exercise in high heat. Walk them very early or late in the day when it’s cooler. Let them lounge in shaded or air-conditioned areas. Also, don’t shave their coat as it protects them from sunburn. Keeping Cane Corsos cool avoids danger.

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