The Cane Corso originates in Italy and was developed to keep trespassers at bay and to track down and kill large animals like wild boar. The Cane Corso is a powerful, energetic, smart, and athletic dog best suited to persons who have dog-owning experience and access to a big, fenced-in yard. The Cane Corso may be difficult to train for new dog owners. What he needs is a leader who can be steady and tough with him, but not harsh or oppressive. It is not unusual to see a Cane Corso who appears to take great joy in the art of howling. Howling is innate to the old breed, according to scientists, because of the strong resemblance between the two species. Howling may represent a common wild heritage yet there are other causes for the habit.
Causes of the Actions
Dogs have many different ways of communicating, and howling is one of them. They do it for a number of reasons and the principal purpose is to seek attention or to advertise their existence to other canines. It’s a warning sign to other dogs that this territory has been staked out, and they’d be wise to steer clear. Howling has a defensive purpose here by discouraging would-be attackers. Even in a home environment, dogs will howl for the same reason. They’re trying to keep unwanted visitors out of their house. When your dog is left alone or when you separate from him, he will start wailing because of separation anxiety. Typical symptoms of distress include destruction, pacing, despair, and wailing like this. When your Cane Corso is in pain or ill, he may howl. There may be something wrong with your dog if you notice an increase in the frequency or intensity of his howling. Get him to the vet ASAP so we can rule out medical issues.
When your dog is lonely or bored, it may start howling for no apparent reason. Some canines are perfectly content to sleep the day away, while others can’t stand being left alone for too long and become destructive. They may howl as a kind of entertainment or in the hopes of attracting the attention of a human who could engage in some form of interaction with them, such as a game of fetch. The Cane Corso may resort to wailing when it is alone, whereas other dogs may take to digging holes. Police and ambulance sirens are the most typical environmental triggers that cause howling. Your Cane Corso may awaken and start barking in response to the sounds these cars produce. When they hear music or the sound of musical instruments, they may even howl.
Motivating the Action
Now that you know why your dog is howling, you can start looking for ways to stop him from doing it. After all, howling isn’t exactly music to the ears, particularly when it’s done regularly. Telling your Cane Corso to stop howling is one of the simplest and most effective methods to get him to stop. However, your dog must already know the word “NO” for this technique to be successful. Otherwise, some remedial education is in order. The wailing may be stopped if the causes are removed. If your dog’s howling is triggered by loud music, you may reduce the level; but, other triggers, like an ambulance siren, are more difficult to eliminate. Redirecting might be helpful in such cases.
Focus in on your dog and give him a command, such “sit,” if you hear an ambulance siren. If he sits, reward him with a treat and compliments. Repeated training sessions are necessary to break the dog’s dependence on the trigger. Don’t pay heed to your dog’s pathetic howling. Don’t interact with him in any way, not even visually or physically. You shouldn’t praise him or coddle him either. Dogs are like little toddlers in every way. Even unfavorable feedback is appreciated by them. The best time to pay attention to your dog is when he is not making any noise, so reward him when he is quiet with a treat. Howling problems are difficult to manage; if you feel overwhelmed, see a behavior professional.
Alternative Approaches and Ideas
If your dog’s wailing may be attributed to separation anxiety, there are certain things you can do to help. A dog that has been exercised well before you leave will be less likely to act destructively or anxiously. He should be able to relax after 20 or 30 minutes of activity before you leave. Specifically designed dog toys may help distract him while you’re gone, so get one and play with it with him for the last five minutes. Keep your trips out and back as cool and collected as you can. Don’t acknowledge his enthusiasm for your homecoming; if it continues, just go. When he calms down, it’s a good time to greet him with a hug or kiss.
Dogs’ howling is an unpleasant sound. Picture your dog alone on the porch late at night as that unmistakable sound begins to ring out. That’s not something you have to tolerate any longer. To stop your Cane Corso from howling at night and disrupt your peaceful sleep, you might try a number of these methods.