The Cane Corso has a royal heritage going back to ancient Rome, bred to be just as protective and loyal as they are regal in posture. According to the American Kennel Club, Cane Corso can be loyal, intelligent, and eager to please but also wilful and assertive. Early socialization and training is essential to avoid you being trained by your dog!
Still, because they are such a sensitive breed, with gentle training, you’ll soon realize that your new Cane Corso puppy is easy-going, affectionate, and maybe a little silly too. Keep reading for 19 essential Cane Corso dog supplies you’ll need before bringing your new pup home.
The 19 Essential Cane Corso Dog Supplies
Food and Feeding Supplies
1. Puppy Food
Cane Corso puppies typically need a diet high in protein and healthy fats to build strong bones and lean muscle. The carbohydrate amount will depend on their age and activity level, so it’s essential to invest in a high-quality food formulated for puppies that meets their overall nutrient requirements.
Purina Pro-Plan High Protein Chicken and Rice Large Breed Puppy Formula is a dry kibble that features meat as the primary ingredient. Chicken and rice are easy to digest and the calcium and phosphorus levels are carefully balanced for optimal growth in large breed dogs.
2. Food Bowls
- Our Pick: Frisco Stainless Steel Food Bowls
Large puppies need large food bowls. These high-capacity, rust-resistant stainless steel bowls hold nearly five cups of food, making them perfect for puppies and great for adult helpings. Your dog can easily use the same bowls as they grow, and they are durable enough to last that long.
Because these bowls are dishwasher safe, they are easy to clean, even after the messiest eaters and if you decide to feed wet or dry food. The wide rubber rim keeps the bowl in place, preventing spills and scratches.
3. Water Bowl or Dispenser
A large-capacity dog waterer can help save multiple trips to the sink with a small water dish. This 4-gallon option ensures that your Cane Corso has plenty of water when they need it, and all you need to do is check on the water level every so often.
Gravity dog waterers are great indoors or in the backyard, so your pup always has fresh water. If you have more than one pet in the household, this investment can be even more beneficial as a stress-free way to care for your fur family.
4. Food Mat
- Our Pick: Paws & Bones Large Personalized Placemat
Many large-breed puppies can get excited about meal times, and a placemat will save you plenty of headaches cleaning up after a messy eater. Why not personalize their placemat and welcome them to their new home in style?
This oversized option features a rubber backing to keep it from sliding and protect the floor underneath from moisture, while a wide border helps to contain up to a gallon of water in the event of spills. To clean the commercial-grade mat, shake off any large debris and vacuum it before giving it a rinse.
Treats and Toys
5. Treats for Chewing
Bully sticks are an excellent treat for puppies that need a better option for chewing than your slipper. As an all-natural chew, a bully stick can keep your Cane Corso occupied for a while when they are bored and can release endorphins to make for a happy pup.
These 6-inch bully sticks are perfect for puppies because they won’t take long to chew down, so you can supervise as they enjoy their treat. According to veterinarians, puppies should only chew on a bully stick for five to ten minutes.
6. Treats for Training
- Our Pick: Zuke’s Mini Naturals Training Dog Treats
Training treats are the ideal option for training basic commands and social manners. Even when broken into pieces, full-sized treats often have a lot of calories and are meant to be given less frequently. Training treats like Zuke’s Mini Naturals have just three calories per treat, so you can feel better about rewarding your puppy for good behavior.
Zuke’s Mini Naturals also include extra vitamins and minerals. While your puppy is excited to earn a reward, you can ensure they are receiving additional nutrients that can help them grow into a strong, healthy adult Cane Corso.
7. Chew Toy
Cane Corso puppies can be tough chewers, so it can be hard to find chew toys that last very long. This Power Chew toy from Nylabone is a great option that lasts longer and creates bristles as your puppy chews to help promote oral health. As puppies, good dental health can go a long way toward maintaining it as adults.
The Mega Knot Bone is over 9” long, so it’s hefty. It also features a chicken flavor to attract the puppy’s attention, and it’s recommended for dogs over 50 pounds. If your puppy hasn’t reached that weight yet, choose this smaller Nylabone Power Chew.
8. Interactive Rope Toy
- Our Pick: Frisco 5-Knot Rope Toy
There’s nothing more exciting for a large dog than a rope toy. Ropes are interactive and fun for both you and your puppy. Hopefully, this five-knot rope gives you a knot to grab onto that hasn’t been chewed on as much, so it isn’t sticky with drool.
Due to the nature of playing tug with a large-breed dog and the long length of this rope, it’s recommended that you play outdoors. It’s a wonderful way to get some exercise, both for you and your pup, but rope play should be supervised, and dogs shouldn’t be allowed to chew on them due to the risk of digestion issues if pieces are swallowed.
9. Plush Toy
- Our Pick: Doggles Plush Duck Dog Toy
Comfort toys are typically plushies that aren’t necessarily for play but more for snuggles. This duck can be both! It is lightweight and oversized, measuring 17” x 10”. The toy includes a squeaker but no stuffing, and it’s ideal for pups who like to tear apart their stuffies.
However, to make the toy more fun, you can place an empty water bottle without the lid inside to make it crinkle. You’ll need to supervise play with the water bottle and remove it once playtime is over or your pup claims victory over it. Whichever comes first.
Walking Your Dog
10. Padded Collar
A collar is a definite must for any pup. This two-tone leather collar is padded for comfort. Choose black, brown, or light brown high-quality leather with coordinating colors inside. A brass buckle and ID tag ring make for a polished, classy look. Soft Touch Collars have several matching leashes to coordinate the collar.
Most Cane Corso puppies will start with the Large, ranging from 18” to 21” and then move into the X-Large, measuring between 22” and 25”. Chewy has a great guide to pet collars and leashes, including fitting and safety tips.
11. Personalized ID Tag
- Our Pick: Stainless Steel Personalized ID Tag
An ID tag is essential for several reasons, the most crucial of which is getting your puppy home safely should they get away from you unexpectedly. Even well-trained pets can get lost, but puppies with less command training may not respond to you after chasing something. They may not be yard trained or as experienced walking on a leash.
Personalized ID tags are also crucial because anyone who meets your Cane Corso knows how to address them. You can also put any other important information on the tag, such as an allergy or behavior. This engraved bone-shaped tag is simple and does the trick.
12. Dog Leash
- Our Pick: Soft Touch 6’ Braided Leather Dog Leash
This coordinating leash makes your Soft Touch Two-Tone Padded Leather Collar look even better. Your Cane Corso pup will be stylish and ready to strut the town in their trendy collar with a matching braided leather leash. The leather is soft, supple, and naturally tanned.
This leash measures 6’ and is ¾” wide with a sturdy hand loop to gain better control of your pup. High-quality leather is hand-stitched with a sealed edge for maximum durability. Brass hardware is not only classy but also rugged and resistant to the elements.
13. Poop Bags
- Our Pick: Earth Rated Handle-Tie Dog Poop Bags
The Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags are designed just a little bigger and thicker, making them the perfect choice for picking up after a much bigger puppy like a Cane Corso. The handles make it easy to tie the bag shut before placing it into a trash bin.
These bags are also designed with a Degradable Plastic Additive, making them oxo-biodegradable so the plastic will break down faster in landfills than traditional plastic exposed to the same elements. You don’t have to feel so bummed about picking up after your pup!
14. Plush Orthopedic Dog Bed
- Our Pick: Frisco X-Large Plush Orthopedic Dog Bed
This Frisco Plush dog bed’s thick, memory foam padding gives plenty of cushion for a restful nap. A bolster around the sides makes this bed cozy with a slight dip in the front for easy access, especially for smaller pups. If your Cane Corso is still relatively small, they will grow quickly, and this bed is ready for it.
A removable polyester cover is machine washable for spills and accidents. The cover is textured for added warmth in the colder months or to protect from cold floor surfaces like tile, and the neutral color blends in with any décor.
15. Dog Kennel Kit
Because your Cane Corso puppy will grow into an adult that will average 90 to 110 pounds quickly, it’s best to invest in a kennel that will accommodate their full size. This extra-large option from Frisco is large enough for a full-grown Cane Corso of average size, but you can use the included crate divider in the meantime.
The Frisco kit comes with everything you need, including a sturdy base pan and a comfortable crate mat perfectly sized for the crate’s interior. The kennel is collapsible, so you can keep it stored out of the way when you aren’t using it.
16. Dog Training Pads
- Our Pick: Frisco Giant Dog Training Pads
Puppy training pads are a lifesaver for new pet parents faced with training young pups. Finding ones large enough to accommodate a big puppy can be difficult. However, the Frisco Giant Dog Training Pads are nearly 28” x 44” with five layers to absorb and protect.
They also fit neatly inside many standard kennel sizes, perfect for kennel training young pups. Both scented and unscented training pads are available, but both feature an attractant to help dogs of all ages know where to go. Keep a few around even after house training if you’re ever out for a while and can’t make it back in time.
17. Stain & Odor Remover
Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down the source of the stain to eliminate both the stain and the odor. They are a great way to clean up puppy accidents while still potty training. The Hepper Bioenzymatic Stain Eliminator is a highly effective enzyme-based cleaner that can help remove stains and odors caused by urine, feces, and more.
This cleaner is handy for carpet, rugs, and upholstery, although you should spot test an inconspicuous area before using it on larger stains. Because this cleaner doesn’t include any harmful chemicals, you don’t have to worry about using it around your pets or family.
18. Deshedding Tool
Cane Corso dogs have a short double coat that sheds consistently and needs regular brushing. Their shedding will increase in the spring as they lose their thicker winter coat. Brushing daily with an effective de-shedding tool like the Furminator is a must to keep your home clean of the excess shed.
The Furminator is explicitly designed for short-haired dogs and is highly effective at reaching the undercoat to reduce shedding significantly. The curved edge is more comfortable for your pup, while the blue model is the widest and can be most effective for large-breed dogs.
19. Dog Shampoo
The responsibility of proper grooming and maintenance includes using specialized dog shampoo. Cane Corsos have a short and dense coat that can accumulate dirt, debris, and oils over time, so using a suitable dog shampoo formulated for their specific needs helps maintain their skin and coat health, prevents dryness or irritation, and ensures their natural oils are balanced.
We recommend our personal favorite, our very own Hepper Oatmeal Pet Shampoo, which is sensitive enough for all skin types but gets the job done, removing dirt and smells, and providing your Cane Corso with the care they deserve, promoting their overall well-being and keeping them clean and comfortable.
Now that you are stocked up on the essentials, you’re ready to bring your new Cane Corso pup home to meet the family, knowing you have everything you need for a smooth introduction. We know they will be happy and healthy in their new fur-ever home!
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