Protection training a Cane Corso?

Discussion in 'Obedience & Sports' started by HecatesKeeper, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. HecatesKeeper

    HecatesKeeper New Member

    We are considering having our can corso go through protection training (assuming she passes the temperament test) but we have no experience with this, and I also have small children in the house, so I wonder how safe it really is.

    I would love some more experienced opinions on the matter!

    Thanks
     
  2. BlackShadowCaneCorso

    BlackShadowCaneCorso Super Moderator Staff Member

    I do not have any of my dogs protection trained but from those I have talked to these dogs have the highest level of control and have no issues being with children. It was explained to me this way, all dogs bite, when dogs are trained in protection they are trained when it is appropriate and they are under the control of their owner/handler at all times. As long as you have a stable dog that is capable of undergoing that type of training I don't think there will be an issue but there is a working Cane Corso page on Facebook that you can join and discuss this there as I am sure there are many that have kids while training their dogs for protection.
     
  3. Duetsche_Doggen

    Duetsche_Doggen New Member

    There's your key word "training" LOL.

    Yeap what Mary said. Dogs are trained when to bite and more importantly learn control.
     
  4. I have heard they do well in Schutzhund and French Ring training. I personally don't have experience with either...but we are also considering protection training from a local academy that trains Belgian Malinois and GSD for the Santa Cruz Police Department. I have been in contact with them and they are excited to test out a CC...
     
  5. Duetsche_Doggen

    Duetsche_Doggen New Member

    That is pretty awesome!!
     
  6. Now that I think about it...I'm certain there is a thread on this forum about a CC that just started Schutzhund training. The owner has posted a few pics...young dog just starting as I said, but pretty cool.
     
  7. coreyc

    coreyc Member

    How old is he ?How is his prey drive What is his temperament like I am also looking to get my CC in to PP training I think is to friendly loves every one I keep being told he still a puppy let him grow you can get out of him have to wait and see
     
  8. BlackShadowCaneCorso

    BlackShadowCaneCorso Super Moderator Staff Member

    For a protection sport I don't think it matters if your corso is friendly. It is essentially a game to them for the most part. This doesn't mean that more serious dogs can't do it but it doesn't mean that a social dog can't do it either. Now a dog that is PP trained tends to have more defensive drive and doesn't normally do as well at protection sports as they do not consider it a game, they don't often give chase at least not much of it. They will bring it if the fight comes to them but they are more about protecting their person and immediately around them. Both serve their purposes but if you have a dog with not much prey drive then the first thing to do will be to try and build that up when he is young, it is my understanding that most dogs don't get worked in defensive drive until they are older.
     
  9. cinnamon roll

    cinnamon roll Super Moderator Super Mod

    I grew up with two Dobes that were ppd trained all commands were in German. They were the best dogs ever. My sister and i tortured those poor dogs from dressing them up to painting their nails. :) For the first 8 yrs of my life one dobe slept w me and one w my sis. As long as your dog is stable you will be fine
     
  10. Firebug470

    Firebug470 New Member

    There are so many things that go into training a dog in protection. The first is having a stable temperament but that is difficult to determine in a pup. In a pup building prey drive and/or food drive is the key. You have to understand what drive the dog is in, in order to properly train it.
     
  11. HecatesKeeper

    HecatesKeeper New Member

    Thank you all your your replies. We have several months to decide before they will even do the temperament test for her to qualify.

    One question, she is technically a "show" dog, will this affect her chances of being a good protection dog?
     
  12. Firebug470

    Firebug470 New Member

    Assuming a dog possesses the traits for a protection dog it does not matter if it is a "show" dog. A Cane Corso is naturally a protector so the natural ability is there it is just developing it. Right now work with your pup on basic OB as that is the foundation of protection work. You must be able to turn on and turn off the dog.
     
  13. Cody

    Cody Active Member

    There are a few Corso who can go from one ring to the other ;)
     
  14. Alla Zilberg

    Alla Zilberg New Member

    Do you mean “protection training” or “protection sports”? There is a big difference between the two. Regardless, IF you have a balanced dog with clear mind, the dog should be fine in the house and good with kids. I have an IPO titled male, who is very high drive and very dominant, but who also lives in a house with a free run 1lb ferret and adores her, and is very social with visitors, after proper introduction. It’s up to you to recognize how stable your pup is and to socialize properly.
    As far as “show dog” goes, you really will need to test the drive of your dog. Some Corsos now, unfortunately, have very mellow temperaments (not characteristic to the breed) and will not make good protection dogs or sporting dog. Find a good trainer and evaluate your dog. How active is your pup? Does it like chasing things and playing tug? How confident is it? To tell you the truth, I can maybe think of 2 dogs in north America that are titled in both protection sports and confirmation ring, and I am not referring to the Obedience test, but to more advanced levels. Most people who seriously train in protection sport view confirmation ring as a waste of a perfectly good training weekend (lol), this is why so few IPO / Ring Corsos are confirmation champions.
     
  15. Alla Zilberg

    Alla Zilberg New Member

    Also, I suggest you join this group on FB - full of working Corso people
    Working Cane Corso - Protection Sports Only
    What lines is your pup from and how old is it? If you plan to do protection training, its not a bad idea to start some basic OB things early on, like bonding exercises, etc
     
  16. Alla Zilberg

    Alla Zilberg New Member

    Have you ever seen a French Ring Trail? Corso will not be able to compete past FR1 due to the height of the jump :p but IPO - yes :)
     
  17. HecatesKeeper

    HecatesKeeper New Member

    She is lazy, and has no drive won't even chase a ball, bird, or chipmunk and she won't come for even a treat...

    Maybe she's not cut out for this. Lol
     
  18. Alla Zilberg

    Alla Zilberg New Member

    what lines is she? is she lazy cause she gets lots of exercise as is? is she lazy cause maybe her diet is very rich? you can somewhat build drive, but need to have some to begin with. Get her evaluated by good club
     
  19. HecatesKeeper

    HecatesKeeper New Member

    I really have no idea how to answer this question! She doesn't exersize too much, but we do walk/hike the property with her. She is on TOTW but won't eat it unless we mix a raw egg on the top. We are thinking of switching to blue buffalo once this bag is nearly finished. I'll look for a club, but were kind of in bfe, so I don't know if we have any. I honestly haven't figured out what drives this pup yet!
     
  20. DukesMom

    DukesMom New Member

    who is her breeder?
     

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