How to Potty Train a Cane Corso Puppy

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3-6 Weeks
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Introduction

If you have just arrived home with your new Cane Corso puppy, now is the time to start potty training. In fact, the sooner you start, the faster your pup is going to learn. Cane Corso dogs are extremely intelligent and capable of learning many new skills. The breed was originally developed in Italy to hunt wild game such as boar and to guard property. He will give you and your family his undying loyalty, but at the same time, don't expect him to become buddies with everyone, this breed isn't quite that social. 

Defining Tasks

Training your dog to go potty outside can be a bit on the challenging side, but it should be one of the first things you teach your pup. In fact, you should teach him this before you move on to teaching him anything else. You can, of course, work on potty training at the same time as you work on other skills such as 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'down'. While accidents are going to happen in the early weeks, by the time your pup is around 6 months of age, he should no longer be leaving you those little surprises all over the carpet. 

Getting Started

One of the most important parts of training your Cane Corso to go potty outside is to learn how to pick up the signs your pup is giving you that he needs to go. Among these signs are sniffing the floor, circling, squatting, lifting a leg, and scratching at the door. You will also need a few training supplies to help you out along the way. These include:

  • Crate – For training purposes and as a safe place to leave your pup when you can't be there.
  • Treats – As rewards for training.
  • Leash -  To take your pup outside on.
  • Cleaning stuff – To clean up those inevitable messes.

Along with all of this, you need plenty of time to train your pup and the patience to see it through. Take your time, follow through, and your pup will learn not to go potty in the house. 

The Take Him Outside Method

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Mark your spot
Start by going out in your yard and choosing the right spot for your pup to use as his potty. Keep it close enough he can make it and far enough that it won't stink out the house.
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Let's go
Pick your cue word, something like "potty" or "outside". Hook your pup up to his leash, say "let's go outside" and take him outside to the chosen spot so he can go potty. Be sure to stay there long enough for him to pee and poop.
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Good job
When he goes potty, be sure to praise him and give him a treat. This lets him associate going outside to go potty with good things.
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Set a routine
Create a routine for taking your pup outside. For up to 12 weeks this should be every 30 minutes.
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Practice
After this, start extending the time until he can go for a few hours if necessary, at which point he will be potty trained.
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The No Means No Method

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Stock up
Before getting started, you need to stock up on some tasty treats for your pup.
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Eyes on the pup
Keep your eyes on your pup as much as you can. The moment you see him acting as if he is getting ready to relieve himself, say "NO!" in a firm, but not angry, voice.
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Straight out
Pick him up and take him straight out to his spot in the yard to go potty. At the same time start using your cue, such as "Let's go outside" or something similar. The will help him connect the action with the cue.
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Patience gets results
It might take a few minutes for your pup to do his "business" but be patient. There will come a time when no matter what, he won't be able to hold it anymore. When he finally "goes" praise him and give him a treat. Then head back in the house.
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And the rest of it
The rest is all about continuing to work with your pup until he can wait for you to ask him if he needs to go out or he comes to you to let you know he needs to pee.
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The Easy Peasy Method Method

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Create your schedule
Before you start, you need to establish a schedule. In the beginning, start with taking him out every 20 minutes. If he does go potty, be sure to praise him and give him a treat. If he doesn't, don't worry about it. Just take him back in the house and give it a few minutes before you try again.
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Special times
There are certain times of the day when you need to take him out immediately. The first is when you get up in the morning, the second is after all meals and any time he drinks a lot of water, the third is after a nap, and then after an extended period of play.
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Choose a cue
Choose a cue word, "outside" usually works well. Use it every time you take your pup outside, this will help him associate the cue word with going outside to go potty. Before long, you should be able to ask your pup if he needs to go out and he will let you know.
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Add more time
Start extending the time between journeys outside over a period of a few weeks.
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Before you are done
Before you are finished training your pup, he should be coming to you or going to the door to let you know he needs to go potty.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Questions and Answers

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Kimbo and Coco
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
10 Weeks
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Kimbo and Coco
Cane Corso Italiano (Italian Mastiff)
10 Weeks

Good day,

I want to house train my Cane Corsos. I work an eight hour a day shift. This will reduce the amount of time required for them to go out regularly.

According to my research (crate training / puppy apartment) I would like to get two big play pens, two crates, and two turf grass w/ pee pads underneath.

Both dogs will be separated during the day in separate play pens. The play pen will contain toys, food , water dispenser, turf grass placed opposite from the crate.

My questions are:
What size of crate should I get? because the Corso grows really fast. I have been told that crate should be large enough for them to stand but not large enough for them to be comfortable to pee or defecate.

Do you think i should just use two crates and one play pen?

Caitlin Crittenden
Caitlin Crittenden
Dog Trainier
78 Dog owners recommended

Hello Caleb, When the puppies are adults they will probably need 48" long crates, but you will not know that for sure until they are full grown. Looking at their parents' sizes can give you an idea of whether they will likely be smaller, average, or larger for the breed. A 48" long crate would be for probably an average sized Cane Corso. If your Exercise Pen will allow you to attach the pen to the sides of the crate, then you can go ahead and buy the large 48" crate, and attach it to the pen with the opening facing into the Exercise Pen, without the entire pen having to fit inside the Exercise Pen. If you are able to attach the pen to the crate securely, then many wire crates come with a metal grate that you can use to block off the back part of the crate. You can use that to make the crate small enough for your puppy, and then as he grows you can increase the size of the crate. You are correct that you want want to give each puppy enough room to lie down, turn around, and stand up, but not enough for him to be able to pee in one end and then stand in the opposite end in order to get away from it. If you do not want to buy the full sized 48" crates or cannot attach such large crates to the pens, then I would recommend getting crates one size larger than what the puppies need now based on the sizing that I just described, and then blocking off the backs of the crates with the metal grates to make them the correct size for potty training. You will need to measure the length of the puppies to find out which size crates to buy. By buying either of those size crates and blocking off the backs you can prevent accidents but also have enough room in the crates for them to grow, so that you only have to buy two or four crates for the puppies. One size for now and for the next few months, and one size for when the puppies are adults, or just one large 48" size now.. As far as whether or not to put the puppies together now, I would recommend using two Exercise Pen's so that the puppies do not get overly dependent on each other and experience separation anxiety later in life when they have to be separate. You can regularly confine the puppies separately but then put them together once or twice a week in the same Exercise Pen with the two crates also if you would like.. That way you are training them for both circumstances. Having them together or separate should not effect potty training either way though, as long as you set everything up like you described. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden

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