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Question by Barb
Submitted on 6/13/2004
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i just purchased a 9 week old cane corso, during purchasing i met both parents and other adult dogs that the breeder had, all very nice, able to pet all of the dogs. i have the puppy for lweek now and noticed periodically growling incidences when being told not to chew on certain objects. i have been reprimanding the puppy by saying no and gently holding her muzzle= it is not getting any better in fact getting worse, when she is really playing and getting into mischief the minute i pick her up and say no she starts growling showing teeth and lifting her upper lip.  i do have 3 other dogs, two have accepted her very nicely but the Bichon does not want anything to do with her and sometimes does growl at her, could this have anything to do with the puppy growling?

Answer by isis         
Submitted on 8/22/2004
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your dog does not recognize you as the pack leader hold him/her down on his/her back stand over the dog till he stops and looks away continue this intill you gain the dogs respect as pack leader


Answer by rogalesi58
Submitted on 11/3/2004
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maybe you should read more about the Corso or change breed , because you are doing wrong.


Answer by Parrish Strozier
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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I'amon my third cane corso, and all three growled.  You are doing the right thing by disciplining he/she.  These dogs have very dominant personalities, and respect ranking in the house whole.  This dogs are practically wild, until you show the dog who is the leader in the pack.  Show your strength by holding down the dog while he/she is young.  They will voluntarily submit when they get older.


Answer by bruce
Submitted on 1/13/2005
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This is definately a dominance issue.  You need to crouch over the puppy, take the pup by the scruff of the neck, roll it over on it's back and hold it there, looking down at it.  Keep holding until it stops struggling and looks away.  You may need to do it more than once.  If that does not work, call a professional to stop it before it becomes a real problem.


Answer by tiggur
Submitted on 10/3/2005
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I have a 1 year male corso,who as a small puppy tried to get growley at me and my cats. I would slightly grab his scruff and lay him on his back,until he was quiet. Grabbing the mouth to correct your girl could eventually cause hand shyness and you don't want that.My male is now great with my cats and wouldn't think of growling at me or anyone in my family. Outside the family is a whole other story!!! He is extremley protective..


Answer by Steve
Submitted on 12/27/2005
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Just be persistent.  With lots of socialization, my Cane does not growl at me or my children any more.  In fact, she may have become too submissive.


Answer by Catherine
Submitted on 2/3/2006
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No the Bichon has nothing to do with it.  I am a dog trainer and I say you just need to be firm and consistent.  Practice obedience join a good class, and socialize.  Let the bichon growl, dont correct him.  As long as that is all hes doing.  The corso will grow out of it if you keep up with the firm and consistant training.  Corsos should be obedient once you establish dominance.  No sleeping on the bed or tug of war etc.  The dog obeys every time or he gets corrected.  When he growls it a very firm correction and obedience for 5-10 min.  Good luck.  


Answer by bobby
Submitted on 5/21/2006
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well barb youv'ejust witnessed 1st hand the alpha personality of the "cane corso" it must be a male, my guy just turned 2 i love him, the breed, personality, & every thing that is cane corso! you must know that they r very strong stubborn dogs, u most be FIRM & POSITIVE AT ALL TIMES, your dog seems to have the same persona as mine did at that age, they will test u, & u must let them know that u & your family members if any r the boss thats it! no ?'s asked. they r undoubtably a magnificent animal, cant wait 4 my next 1, emily bates has a good book on them, they learn quickly & love attention, just be firm & dont give in youll see, there unbelievable dogs, check out castlegaurd cane corso's10 point check list, the way u mold him now will have great effect on his personality later, he will grow into a very strong dog, size, persona, etc.. just teach him right from wrong he will love u for it! be the alpha!


Answer by Lori
Submitted on 8/26/2006
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I suggest that you watch "Dog Whisperer" on National Geographic channel, he specifically shows owners how to handle and correct this so that owning this dog or any other doesn't become a problem and you end up giving the puppy up.


Answer by sir-elrik
Submitted on 11/17/2006
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u hv authority issues with yr dog. She has to learn whos the boss. even though in that age i think the problem is genetical


Answer by macjames
Submitted on 3/11/2007
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You need to SUBMIT the pup. Don't be gentle. React like an adult dog. Take charge and put the pup on her back and hold her there until she submits.


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