HOW MUCH EXERCISE DOES A CANE CORSO NEED?
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Historically, Corso were used by the ancient Roman armies to drive the herds of livestock that fed the army, run into enemy armies, and even hunt big game like wild boars. As you can imagine, they had to have incredible energy to keep up with the ever-moving troops and have fearless temperaments to fill their various roles. As the Roman soldiers returned home, the powerful canines found new jobs as farmyard protectors and family companions. They still fill those roles today, whether it be in a home with a postage stamp size yard or multiple acres. They love being with their family, so don't expect them to exercise themselves well enough if you're not right there with them. ENERGY When most people think of a large breed dog that is built as solidly as the Corso and is part of the Mastiff family, many people believe they have the energy of a breed like a Bull Mastiff. This is far from the truth. You may have some individuals that are higher or lower energy than others, but in general, Corsi have a high energy level that borders on moderate. Part of this is likely due to the influence of the Boxer lines that were used to resurrect the breed in the late 1900s when they were nearly extinct. When you're thinking about ways to burn off their energy, be mindful of their joints throughout their whole life, so it's often better to opt for longer and more frequent walks over runs. You should plan to go for a long, brisk walk at least twice a day with your Corso but ideally, several walks to keep them in shape. TRAINABILITY/INTELLIGENCE The Cane Corso is a highly intelligent breed that is very capable of excelling at mentally demanding canine sports like obedience and Schutzhund. They can be stubborn at times no matter what level of training you take them to, but regularly working on their obedience will exercise their big brains wonderfully. It's actually a cuticle part of having a Corso because they are so powerful and have deeply rooted protection instincts, and need a lot of outdoor activity. I know it sounds like having a Corso requires a lot of extra effort on your part as their canine leader, and that is absolutely true. But you also have to remember that exercising their brain and body often happens at the same time. For example, every time you take them on a walk, don't just walk the neighborhood for an hour. Incorporate sit, stay, down commands along the way and double back on your path or run every so often to refine their heeling. I go over all of this more in-depth in my Boot Camp course, and it's great for adult dogs. If you're just starting out with your Corso puppy, though, check out the Perfect Puppy course that builds a rock-solid foundation for their lifetime training. PLAYTIME Corsi are natural guardians, which means they are wherever you are. Don't expect them to work off all their energy in the backyard while you watch TV, especially if they are the only canine in the home. They'll happily play with other dogs of all sizes, but it's best if you supervise. Playing with other dogs only works off so much of their mental energy, though, and they need structured playtime with you as their canine leader. Most Corsi will to roll around and wrestle, but others might prefer to sprint after a large ball with you. They can be taught to fetch easily, but it's not a game that comes as naturally to them as it does to other breeds. Your Corso will always be happiest when they are making you happy and getting quality time with their whole family.