The First 48 Hours…
Introducing our new family member – Roxie! She’s a 4 month old Cane Corso adopted from the Dogs Trust, https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/ and like most puppies, she’s a bit of a handful!
Until seeing Roxie for the first time, the breed of Cane Corso (say, can-eh cor-soh) was not one we’d come across before. Essentially, they are a type of Italian Mastiff, not particularly well-known in the UK with an impressive history and lineage.
Both the Cane Corso and the Neapolitan Mastiff share a common ancestor that was particularly popular in Roman times, when Roman soldiers brought them back from Greece and bred them with dogs already resident in Italy. Due to their strong and powerful build, as well as their intelligent, loyal and protective nature, they were frequently used as war dogs as well as being kept as guard and farm dogs more generally.
In the 1970s, the breed was almost at the point of extinction until two Italians, who were enthusiasts of Molossers in general, set up a centre to save the ancient breed. Thanks to their efforts, and many others who supported and assisted them, we’re now lucky to have our very own Cane Corso puppy today.
The information and guidance we’ve received on this type of dog is that fully grown she’s going to need walking at least a mile every morning and every evening, will need to be given a “job” such as hunting out treats and toys so as not to become overly protective of the house and family and to slowly begin socialising her from a very early age with other dogs and their owners.
We’ve also been told that these dogs aren’t ideal for everyone just because of their size and protective tendencies if not properly trained. This breed of dog takes a substantial amount of work to be a suitable family pet so be sure it’s the pet for you and that you’re prepared to put the time in before opting for a Cane Corso.
The First 48 Hours
Since bringing Roxie home on Thursday evening from the Dogs Trust local to us, it’s been exhausting! I feel like a new mum again especially since she’s only a young puppy and seems very unsure of stairs, refusing to go up them for the past 2 nights, so the husband and I have taken it in turns to sleep on the couch until she gains some confidence. She has today managed to have a wander around up there so maybe this evening we’ll all make it to the bedroom!
As she is going to be a very large dog, we’ve already been informed to be careful not to over-exercise her at this age so as to better protect her joints in later life. That being said, she has enjoyed chasing a Frisbee round the back garden today for 10 minutes to burn off some of that never-ending puppy energy, as well as some very short walks to the end of the street and back as she’s still quite nervous out of the house and garden.
As you’d expect with a puppy, especially one who’s been rescued, Roxie hasn’t yet been house-trained. She’s working on it and so far, despite a few inevitable accidents in the kitchen, she’s slowly learning what’s expected of her.
She’s also learning that she’s not allowed on the couch, just because she’ll soon be too big for it, so all in all we’ve been really impressed with her ability to pick up the house rules as quickly as she has.
The great thing about adopting a dog from the Dog’s Trust is that you get access to their Dog School for a 6-week training course for a very reasonable fee. For any puppies I think that this is important, but especially for one that will grow to be as strong and powerful as Roxie is expected to, it’s going to be absolutely vital. We get helpful guidance and support on the latest training and behavioural guidelines, very much based around positive reinforcement rather than other methods, so lots of treats and cuddles which Roxie just absolutely loves of course.
You also get post-adoption check ins at 2 days, 2 weeks and 4 months but can contact them at any time during the dog’s life for help and assistance with your doggy-friend. The obvious benefit is that you get to help a rescue dog who probably hasn’t had the best start in life giving them a new home and a fresh start.
If you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family, be sure to check out the Dogs Trust which has centres throughout the UK and can be found online at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/.