We wanted a strong, guardian breed. But, I did not want a ticking time bomb. After doing some research, we settled on a Cane Corso. We understood that the Cane Corso is a powerful breed, and we were determined to NEVER have a dog that is out of control, or a hazard.
Along with establishing a healthy pack-structure with our new boy, Django, we also wanted him to do plenty of socializing with other dogs. We needed a good Puppy Kindergarten class to get started on both agendas, and that’s how we discovered Jeff.
Jeff’s Puppy-K class felt tailor-made for our new pup. Django, responded very quickly, picking up the basic behaviors and commands almost effortlessly. While Django was putting two and two together in class, my wife and I were enjoying Jeff’s approach. We connected with this idea that training should feel something like play to the dog. It should be fun, stimulating, and confidence-building for the dog –not like working on a chain gang.
Understanding Jeff’s motivational approach set the foundation for much of the other training we have continued to do with Django.
Having a well-trained dog exponentially increases our enjoyment of, and connection with, our boy. And it also expands the quality of life for Django. Since Django is so attentive and easily managed, he goes to work with my wife on most days. And I take him with me when it’s appropriate. He loves it. A well-trained dog enjoys a richer existence. An out-of-control dog ends up in the back yard.
We’re proud to say that today we have a confident, two year old, unaltered, male Cane Corso, weighing over 100lb, that can hold a down-stay while being approached by a neighborhood cat, is gentle with small dogs and cats, that plays beautifully with other dogs (even many males), and that is stable as a table with children. He heels off-leash, and always comes when we call him, and is a total lover with us and those people he has become friends with. But, the best part is that none of his training has compromised his core nature: he is affectionate, confident, and he remains a very protective and alert home-guardian.
We will be getting our second Cane Corso this month and definitely plan to give her the wonderful Puppy Kindergarten experience with Jeff that Django benefited from.
Thank you Jeff and Karma Dog Training for helping us to establish such a satisfying and successful relationship with our dog, and thanks in advance for the second time around.
Josh and Laura Drew
San Diego, CA