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HELLO Everyone!!!! NEED ADVICE! Please HELP! - dog aggressive with strangers

September 20th, 2006, 07:05 PM
Hello Everyone!

I just joined today and I was hoping I could get some advice...

I have 2 dogs, a male and a female. They are Cane Corso's. My female's name is Cali and she is a little over a year old. My male is called Cain and he is 9 months old. Cali is all black with some white on her front paws and Cain is brindle.

I got them both from reputable breeders.

I am having some difficulty with the male, Cain. He is extremely loving with my boyfriend and I but he does not tolerate strangers or other dogs if they come near his "domain". He is very territorial and will growl, bark and lunge at our bay window that faces the front of the house if someone rings our doorbell. He does not like anyone but my boyfriend and I to come near him - even my family and friends.

This is very concerning to me and I don't know what to do. I made a mistake by not taking him to obedience school when he was younger since I had an easy time with my female. She loves everybody! Does anyone know of a good obedience school in Toronto or the surrounding areas? I need a place that is willing to work with dogs that are showing signs of aggression. Cain looks very intimidating. He is only 9 months but is already 110 pounds. Do you think a school could help him even though he is older than the recommended age to first put a dog in training?

If you are wondering what his parents are like, I have gone to see them on several occassions and they do not exhibit any of these behaviours. They are both very friendly and calm. Cain was also not the "dominant" pup in the litter.

Please write back ASAP! I really need some help!



September 20th, 2006, 07:10 PM
welcome! Sorry, I'm not in your area, so I can't suggest a trainer, but I just wanted to say I don't think it's ever really "too late" for training. Your dog is still a pup at 9 mths, I think things can certainly be turned around.

out of curiosity, have you checked the local yellow pages for trainers? Have you asked your vet or breeder for any recommendations? You may be able to find some options in your area that way (in addition to this board).

just a suggestion. again, welcome!

September 20th, 2006, 09:03 PM
Is he neutered yet?

You definitely need to start working with a trainer and do a group class so that he is exposed to many different people and other dogs.

If he came from a reputable breeder then I would suggest you contact them and ask them whom they would recommend and also what their experience has been with other littermates, etc.. as it may help you with your guy.

It's not uncommon for dogs to become protective at the age he is now. Remember he is considered a protection breed as would a Bouvier des Flandes be considered the same.

September 20th, 2006, 10:09 PM
I LOVE cane corsos :cloud9:

i think your boy needs a serious dose of Alpha Boot Camp, ASAP! he is exhibiting dominant behaviors, being the boss of the house and pack leader. unless you want to end up with a liability on your hands, this needs to stop asap.

please read the Nothing In Life Is Free manual (NILIF), it will help you understand what is happening and how to change things around with a few simple steps you apply at home. Also enlist the help of a professional trainer, socialise your boy, get him neutered if he is not already... good luck! how about some photos? they sound beautiful!

good luck!

September 21st, 2006, 12:05 AM
First of all, welcome to the forum and we'd love to see pics of Cali and Cain.

I also would like to ask if Cain is neutered yet? And, as the others have said, it is not too late for obedience school. Good luck and keep us posted. :fingerscr

September 21st, 2006, 07:19 PM
Welcome to the site...I do know of someone who trains at a few different locations in Toronto but unfortunately I dont have the names of them with me. I will try and get back in the next few days.

Off the top of my head theres Whoes Walking Who, All About Dogs, Mother knows could also call the Dog Lounge and ask for Laura, shes the owner and could reccommend someone.

My advice would be to have indepth conversations about each ones training philosophy and find out which you are more comfortable with... First get good recomendations but the bottom line for me is that they use methods which YOU can live with.

There is not, from what I can glean, one way of doing things.... although each trainer seems to think that only his or her way can work.

If your gut tells you something doesnt feel right then find another trainer....I think its a highly personal thing. Almost like having a relationship with your childs teacher, you really have to "click" with them yet on the other hand you want help asap. Good Luck with it all and please keep us informed.

September 21st, 2006, 09:30 PM
dog trainer John Fowles, 416-656-7240. "the dog watch". He resides in T.O.
I know John personally he has done his training under some of the best.

Sometimes you need more than just a trainer, so I am including behaviourists as well, they help sort out if the problem is behaviour, mental unsoundness or medical

Dr. Gary Landsberg - Highly esteemed veterinary behaviorist, at Doncaster Veterinary Clinic - one of approximately 30 certified veterinary behaviorists in North America by the American Veterinary Association. He will recommend a trainer to work with as well if necessary

Dr. Susan Simmons - Simmons is one of only three applied animal behaviourists in Canada
Heartland Pet Hospital
5950n Rodeo Drive
Mississauga, ON
Phone: (905)501-1514