Looking for a way to bond with your Cane Corso puppy while having fun? Teaching them tricks is the perfect way to do just that. These loyal and intelligent dogs can be trained to do almost anything, and teaching them new tricks will help with their mental stimulation, physical exercise and reinforce your bond with your furry friend.
In this article, we’re going to show you 50 dog tricks that you can teach your Cane Corso puppy. Let’s get started!
This is one of the basic tricks to teach any dog. Begin by standing in front of your puppy, holding a treat in front of their nose. Move the treat up, and your Cane Corso will naturally sit down in order to keep their eyes on the prize. Once they’ve sat, reward them with the treat and lots of verbal praise.
This trick is great for your dog’s safety. To start, make your dog sit, and then put your hand out in front of them, and say “stay.” After a few seconds, reward them with a treat for staying put.
3. Lay down
This trick is similar to sitting, except this time, you’re asking your puppy to lie flat on the ground. Begin by making them sit, then hold a treat in between their paws and slowly move it to the ground. This will encourage them to lay down. Once they’ve done so, reward them with treats.
This trick is an important one, especially if your puppy likes to wander around. Getting them to come to you on command can be lifesaving in certain situations. To train this trick, call out your puppy’s name and encourage them to come over to you with a treat or toy. Once they come to you, reward them with a treat and praise.
Cane Corsos are excellent for this trick because they have strong front paws. To teach them shake, stand in front of your dog and say “shake.” Lift their paw and reward them with treats for doing so.
6. High five
Similar to teaching shake, teaching high-five involves holding up your hand and leading them into hitting it with their paw. Reward them with treats each time they succeed.
Teaching your Cane Corso to spin around can be a tricky task. The trick here is to encourage them to follow a treat with their nose while moving in circles. Eventually, they will catch on and spin around without the use of the treat.
This trick is the ultimate dog trick and is best taught after mastering the lay down command. First, have them lay down, then hold a treat near their nose, and guide it around their body. In order to get to it, they will need to roll over, and once they do, reward them with treats.
9. Sit up
This trick requires your Cane Corso to sit upright while holding their front legs up. Start by luring them to sit, with normally giving the treat, then, move the treat in an upward motion, this encourages your puppy, to hold their front paws up and sit up to get the treat. Reward them with treats after each successful sit up.
After learning how to sit up, encourage your Cane Corso to put their front legs in the air, and you can take a step back, to make them stand up on their hind legs, and then put their front paws up, in a begging pose. Reward them with treats.
Encourage your Cane Corso to bark, once they start barking, reward them, repeat this in various situations until they learn to associate your command with their action.
12. Be quiet
Your doggo will learn the importance of being still and quiet in certain instances through this trick. Once they bark, or stop barking on cue with the speak command, give a cue like ‘be quiet’ and reward them as they fall quiet, and repeat this in different situations.
13. Find it
This is a fun game that involves hiding treats and encouraging your Cane Corso to find them. By tapping on the floor or hiding treats in plain sight, say the find it command to get them to search and find the treats.
Teach your puppy to retrieve a toy or ball, once they do so, reward them with treats or verbal praises.
15. Drop it
Instruct your dog to drop the ball or the toy they fetched, once they do it is important to reward them.
16. Roll over
Teach your puppy to roll over while holding a treat near their nose and moving it around their body.
17. Back up
Encourage your Cane Corso to move backward by standing in front of them and pushing them backward gently. Reward them once they step back.
Similar to teaching Lay Down command, move the treat in a crawling motion along the floor, encouraging your puppy to crawl forward towards the treat, and reward them each time they do so.
19. Play dead
This trick requires your pooch to act as if they are dead when commanded to do so. Begin by having them lay down, then gently coax them onto their side until they lay on their back, and reward them as they comply.
Have your puppy sit and say “wave.” Lift up their paw front paw and wave it for them, and voice out the wave command each time you lift it. Reward them each time they wave their paw after the command.
This trick involves teaching your puppy to touch their nose to a chosen target like a ball, towel, door, or ring. Once they do so, reward them with treats.
22. Spin left or right
Distinguish spin left or right by giving your Cane Corso the spin command, say the term left or right to indicate the direction you want them to spin. Reward them as they spin in the correct direction.
23. Turn around
Start moving backward and encouraging your pooch to turn around in a circle, repeat it until they get the trick and reward them for doing so.
24. Paw target
Use a separate paw target (such as a piece of paper or shadow) to encourage your pooch to touch it.
25. Up and down
Use a small bench to teach your pooch to go up on it and then come down.
26. Jump through a hoop
Set up a hoop and once your Cane Corso gets the hang of jumping through it, reward them with treats.
27. Take a bow
Draw your puppy’s attention to a low treat, and once they bend down to meet it, reward them accordingly.
Use the “hush” command to stop your pooch from barking or making noises and reward them as they fall quiet.
29. Leave it
This command is important when it comes to keeping your pooch safe. It enables them to stop going after something after you say “leave it.”
30. Bark quietly
Use the command “speak softly” to encourage your pooch to bark quietly, and reward them as they comply.
31. Say grace
If you’re looking for something uncommon, you can teach your pooch to pray before eating by using a paw target or just raising their paws.
32. Take a nap
Encourage your pooch to lay down and wrap themselves up in a blanket or sheet, and then reward them as they remain still.
Teach your puppy to rest their chin on a designated spot.
34. Go to bed
Ask your pooch to go to their bed or crate on command, even if they are not sleepy.
Use the “clap” command to encourage them to clap their paws together.
36. Front cross
Encourage your puppy to cross their front paws while sitting.
37. Head down
Encourage your pooch to put their head down while standing, sitting or lying down.
Encourage your pooch to side-step in a particular direction, and reward them with treats.
39. Weave through your legs
Use your legs as an obstacle course and encourage your pooch to run around them in a playful manner.
40. Jump over a hurdle
Using a small hurdle, teach your pooch to leap over it and reward them when they get it right.
If you have a skateboard, reward your pooch for jumping on top and moving around.
42. Talk on the phone
Teach your pooch to hold a toy and place the phone over the toy’s mouth. Once they do it, reward them accordingly.
43. Balance a treat
Place a treat on your puppy’s nose and teach them to hold it there without dropping it. Reward them accordingly.
44. Play hide and seek
Hide in a certain location and encourage your pooch to find you. Reward them once they do.
45. Take a shower
Encourage your pooch to enter running water, and reward them every time they manage to do so.
46. Go around an object
The object can be anything from a cone to a blanket. Encourage your pooch to run around it and then reward them once they make it.
47. Follow directions
Teach your pooch to follow your hand command in multiple contexts, such as walking or even rolling over, and always reward them for following the command.
Teach your Cane Corso to move their body to the beat of music.
49. Take a bow
Encourage your pooch to lower their body while on all fours, and then reward them as they comply.
50. Do whatever makes you happy
You know your pooch better than anyone, do whatever makes them happy, and you’ll be rewarded with tons of love and loyalty.
Teaching your Cane Corso puppy tricks is an amazing way to bond with them and keep them mentally stimulated. As you teach them, make sure to stay patient, use treats, and lavish them with verbal praise. Always remember that when it comes to training your canine friend, practice makes perfect. So, set aside some time each day to practice these tricks, and before you know it, they’ll be performing amazing feats that will leave you amazed.