Treating Cane Corso aggression: what can we do to help our pet?

Owner's question:

"Hi! We have a Cane Corso dog and he sometimes shows aggressive behaviour, especially towards strangers. What strategies would you suggest to deal with the problem?"

What are your veterinarian's detailed answer:

"Hi! Thank you for raising this important question!

Cane Corso dogs are naturally protective and wary of strangers, and this behavior can turn into unnecessary aggression if not managed properly.

First of all, it is very important to socialise your Cane Corso from an early age.

The more people and situations your dog is exposed to, the less likely he will be to react aggressively to unfamiliar people and situations.

Reward-based training is also very useful.

For example, if your dog behaves calmly when meeting strangers, reward him with positive reinforcement such as praise, petting or a reward treat. This can help your dog understand that calm and non-aggressive behaviour is the correct response.

On the other hand, if your dog is showing signs of aggression, such as growling, tail wagging, or displaying an aggressive posture, it is important to stay calm and collected.

Avoid punishment as this can only increase your dog's anxiety and aggression!

If your dog continues to display aggressive behaviour, you should seek expert help, such as a behaviourist or professional dog trainer.

They can help determine the cause of the aggression and develop a personalised training plan for your dog.

Finally, in some cases, medication prescribed by a vet can help reduce anxiety and aggression.

Always consult your vet before giving your dog any medication!

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Managing aggression in Cane Corso is a complex process that requires patience and consistency, but with the right training and support, your dog can learn and improve. Good luck!"