So that I could determine whether my fence was adequate before I purchased a Cane Corso puppy, I researched how high these dogs can leap. Besides, I was interested in learning more about the athletic abilities of Cane Corsos.
When jumping, how high can a Cane Corso get? It is possible for a healthy adult Cane Corso to leap as high as 6 feet. Though their bulk and weight can make them seem to be poor jumpers, bear in mind that these animals are quite agile and possess very strong hind legs. To protect your Cane Corso, I suggest erecting a fence at least 6 feet high.
Because of their intelligence, Cane Corsos are quite simple to teach. With this in mind, it’s not hard to teach a Cane Corso to stay inside the yard’s borders. If you put in the time and energy to teach your Corso puppy while he is young, he will benefit much and won’t test the boundaries of the yard or fence, allowing you to use a much shorter one.
Why are Cane Corsos so tall?
The majority of dogs classified as “high jumpers” have a light, athletic build and a long, lean stride that they put to use in a lightning-fast run-up that allows them to clear incredible heights. Since the Greyhound is both the fastest dog and the highest leaping dog, we know that high speed equals a high vertical. When a Cane Corso jumps, how does it do it with such impressive height?
Cane Corsos can jump quite high because to the tremendous force of their hind legs. Look this this 143-pound Cane Corso effortlessly hopping this wall with hardly any preparatory time.
Cane Corsos are renowned for their speed, yet contrary to popular belief, they don’t rely on their quickness while jumping. Rather, they rely on their bulky physique and powerful legs.
A Cane Corso’s Proper Fencing
A fence of at least 6 feet in height is necessary for every household with a Cane Corso. If your fence is too short and you can’t extend it or replace it, you must practice strict boundary training with your Corso. Cane Corsos, thankfully, are highly trainable, and it’s in their guard dog DNA to know when to stop at the limit of their domain.
To prevent your Cane Corso from escaping and scaling the fence, follow these guidelines:
- When it comes to privacy fencing, I’ve previously said that I choose wood and vinyl fences over wire fences. Your Corso will be less motivated to scale the fence if he cannot look over it.
- Do not pile anything up against the fence; Cane Corsos are expert climbers and will use whatever object they can use as a springboard to get it over the fence. Don’t leave furniture, crates, or other items resting against your fence.
- The behavior you model around your Corso will be imitated, so it’s important to avoid reaching over the fence to meet him or to pat him while you’re visiting neighbors. Corsos are highly perceptive animals; if they witness you climbing the fence, they will assume it is acceptable behavior and do it themselves.
- Take your Corso for daily walks, and make sure he gets lots of exercise and playing each day. If you also provide him with some toys and mental challenges in your yard, he won’t feel the need to or want to scale the fence.
- Limits and training – I’ve said before that Cane Corsos are quite trainable. If you punish him every time he tries to climb the fence, he’ll soon learn not to do so and accept the new restrictions you’ve set up.
A high fence won’t only prevent your Corso from bolting out into traffic, but it will also keep him safe from intruders. Having a high fence around your house is another deterrent to would-be burglars. Your Cane Corso or other security dogs will not be pleased to meet any intruders in your yard.
A fence will help, but you should also take steps to prevent your dog from jumping it. Look at this Cane Corso as it climbs the height of a 6-foot barrier!
At the first sign that your dog is trying to scale or leap over the fence. Say “No” to him firmly and wait until you see him go off the fence before leaving. If he continues to ignore you, a strong “No” will eventually get him to stop hesitating.
Because Cane Corsos see all barriers as challenges they must conquer, it’s important that your dog learn to view the fence and fence door as a boundary, rather than an obstacle. If you want to allow your Corso outside the gated area, you must first tell him to “wait” for a few seconds before opening the entrance. That’s the proper way to teach youngsters about limits.
Using “Wireless Fences,” or electronic collars, is a contentious topic. When dogs stray beyond the designated area, some people believe it is cruel to discipline them with static electricity. However, I’m not here to pass judgment or try to sway your opinion in any way, shape, or form; I’ve never used an electrical collar since I have a huge wooden fence and I always teach my pups from a young age. People do use them, so why not discuss it?
Electric collars come in a variety of styles, but they all work in a similar way. By using a thin wire or “flags,” you designate the region within which you wish your dog to remain (this is your wireless fence). The collar is then placed on your dog, and the system operates as follows: first, an audible warning is sent when the dog approaches the perimeter’s edge; second, an electrical shock is delivered if the dog exceeds the boundary.
Some of these collars merely use sound to correct, while others include a shock component. Once your dog understands that it is not allowed to leave the designated area, you may transition to using solely sounds to keep him within. I don’t think it’s cruel since Cane Corsos are intelligent dogs who will quickly learn to avoid the designated area. If your dog is a slow learner, shocking him numerous times a day for months would be harsh.
However, it is ultimately up to you as the owner to select which training approach you will use; you know your dog better than anyone else, so don’t allow other people’s judgements or views sway your choice.
The Best Course of Action If Your Corso Escapes
When my Corso was about four or five months old, something occurred. My neighbor contacted me as I was driving home from work to report that he had seen my dog escape from the yard and go in the direction that leads into the city.
After 2 hours of fruitless hunting, I located her patiently waiting for me on the porch. The moral of the story: don’t freak out like I did; there’s a 90% chance your dog will find his way home, and that’s where you should start looking.
In any case, please get your dog microchipped and always wear a collar with your contact information on it.