Activities For American Pit Corsos

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Introduction

American Pit Bulls and Cane Corsos both have reputations for being very hardy, rough and tumble dog breeds. The American Pit Corso retains both of the parent breeds' traits and cranks them up to eleven; these dogs love getting into all sorts of physical activities - particularly ones where they can test their strength or endurance. American Pit Corsos are very active dogs who need to be taken out for walks and jogs on a regular, daily basis to stay mentally and physically healthy. If your lifestyle or current living situation will prevent you from helping a Pit Corso get the exercise that they need, then this may not be the best dog for you. But if you can commit enough time to this breed, then we'd like to show you a few activities you can do with a Pit Corso to help them stay in tip top shape.

Trick Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Trick training is an inexpensive and fun way to help your pet refine their memorization skills as well as bond with you on an incredibly cerebral level. It'll take a lot of time and patience to teach your dog how to sit, stay, and shake hands on command but it'll be worth it when your Pit Corso begins to respond to your requests more quickly and accurately. Trick training can also help your dog get ready for obedience training, as the two activities are very similar in a number of fundamental ways. It doesn't cost much to teach a dog a few tricks either; just get a hold of a dog treat and set some time aside weekly to practice.
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Trick training basics
Using the dog treats we mentioned earlier, your goal will be to get your dog to focus their attention on the treat while issuing commands as you move the treat around. For instance, if you want to teach your dog how to lay down, you'll need to hold the treat in front of your dog's face, lower the treat to the ground, and then say "down" as your dog goes prone.
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Repeat and reward
The idea behind teaching a dog any trick is to use the treat to get their attention while issuing a command that corresponds with their position. But it isn't enough to get your dog to follow your lead once; you'll want to have your dog perform a trick on command a few times in a row before you finally give them the treat you've been getting their attention with this whole time. As well, practice tricks and commands every day in order for your pup to have an advantage.
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Swimming

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Goggles
Dog Life Jacket
Activity description
Natural instinct will largely affect your dog's ability to swim through large bodies of water, but natural instinct can only take hold after your pet gets over any fears of the water that they might have. The sooner you're able to get your dog started practicing in bathtubs and small pools, the sooner they'll develop their "water legs" so to speak. Getting your dog a life jacket that they can wear will also help ease their mind while they are in the water, as well as a pair of goggles. You'll ultimately be helping your dog feel more at home in the water more than actually teaching them any swimming techniques or anything like that to start out.
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Start small
Like we mentioned, try to get your dog started swimming while they're young and small if possible because it'll be a lot easier to hold your dog above the water while they are still small and lightweight. It's also a good idea to start small in terms of the size of the body of water you plan on letting your dog practice in. Guide them with confidence and when they seem ready to stop, do so. That way swimming will be fun, not a task.
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Take the kid gloves
After you notice that your dog has begun looking and feeling more confident in the water, it's probably time to let them swim around without a life jacket on for a bit. The "start small" bit of info comes into play again here as well, as you'll want to let your dog swim in smaller bodies of water without a life jacket before you let them swim in deep water.
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Weight Pulling

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Dog Weight Sled
Weight Plates
Harness and Cables
Activity description
Weight pulling is definitely a very hardcore and intense activity for a dog of any breed, so we'd highly advise not letting your pet try their paw at this activity until they've completed a number of other strength training activities beforehand. We don't think it's an exaggeration to suggest that weight pulling is one of the hardest activities your Pit Corso can attempt, but training to get your dog in weight pulling shape and actually being there to encourage them when they attempt their first pull can also be one of the most rewarding experiences that the two of you could ever share together.
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Getting ready
One of the best ways to help your Pit Corso get ready for this activity is to let them get familiar with the equipment piece by piece; let your dog wear their harness while the two of you go for walks and play fetch together and introduce them to their weight sled so that they can get some time to inspect their new toy.
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Pull through
When you finally do hook your Pit Corso up to their weight sled, you might be tempted to put on the heaviest weight plate you can find right off the bat. We'd suggest going about things the opposite way, however, by starting off with light or no weight and then gradually adding more weight over the course of subsequent sessions.
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Dock Diving

Dock diving is an activity in which a pet caretaker coaxes their dog to dive into a body of water from varying heights and distances. Dock diving competitions are held at a professional level, to give you an idea of how hardcore this activity can be, but you can also keep things light and fun with your dog by only allowing them to dive in from low heights and short distances.

Flirt Poles

These fun little devices will play on your dog's prey drive and chase instinct, coaxing them to chase after a lure attached to a pole that you can hold like a fishing rod. Flirt poles are fairly cheap and inexpensive, meaning that you won't have to break the bank to get a hold of one.

Conclusion

American Pit Corsos, a lot like their Pit Bull and Cane Corso parents, can become great pets if they are paired with humans who will provide them with structured and disciplined lives. Most of the activities in this guide emphasized the two elements so much because rearing disciplined and well behaved Pit Corsos is key to dispelling the stigma that surrounds them and both of their parents. Pit Bulls, and a number of dog breeds like them, have had a bad rep for a long time - one which we feel is unjustified. While Pit Bulls and, by relation, their Pit Corso offspring can be difficult for inexperienced pet parents to care for, these dogs can also learn to become very calm, friendly, and well behaved members of any family that's willing and able to provide them with the discipline and structure that they need.