why is my cane corso destructive

Why is my Cane Corso destructive?

If you have a Cane Corso that destroys and chews everything, you are at the right place. In this article, I will go into more detail about why your Cane Corso might be so destructive.

Cane Corsos tend to be destructive when stressed because they have to stay alone for a long time or have too little exercise and activity. But also, the change of teeth in puppies or hormonal changes during puberty can be the cause.

Why does my Cane Corso chew up everything?

Chewing is an entirely natural behavior of dogs. So if your Cane Corso is constantly chewing on something, it is nothing unusual.

When dogs chew and gnaw, they relieve stress. It calms them down and is a basic need. At the same time, chewing and gnawing are for dental hygiene.

So it would be best if you did not forbid your Cane Corso to chew but instead, provide him with chewing items regularly.

This can be either large bones from the butcher or alternative chewing toys from the specialized trade, such as a Kong Extreme*, which is especially suitable for large and strong dog breeds such as the Cane Corso.

If your Cane Corso does not get any chewing articles from you, he will sooner or later look for something to satisfy his chewing instinct. This can be shoes, furniture, or anything else.

why does my cane corso chew up everything
Malou, our Cane Corso, with her bone

Cane Corso destroys everything because he is stressed!

Now it can be that your Cane Corso chews and destroys everything because he is stressed. As you have already read, dogs chew to relieve stress.

If you cause your dog additional stress now, this can be the reason why he chews and destroys everything.

Separation anxiety

Cane Corsos don’t like to stay alone for long. This is true for all dog breeds, but it’s often worse for some than others.

If you don’t prepare your Cane Corso slowly and adequately get him used to being alone, he gets stressed and can develop separation anxiety. This often ends up in an absolute destructive rage.

Too little exercise

Too little exercise is a common reason why Cane Corsos destroy everything. Cane Corsos need regular exercise and mental workout.

Too little activity, in the long run, causes stress and can end up with your Cane Corso chewing up or destroying everything.

In my opinion, the quality of the walk is also more important than the duration. Allow your dog to sniff and explore the environment. If possible, let him run free or use a dragline.

Small training sessions or search games are also welcome on a walk and will mentally unload him.


If your Cane Corso is scared, it can result in excessive chewing and destruction of objects. Watch your dog to see if he reacts fearfully in certain situations and try to relieve his fear.

Test boundaries during puberty!

Cane Corso may start destroying and chewing everything when he enters puberty.

The hormones come into play at 6 to 12 months and make everything more complicated. The training of your Cane Corso becomes more difficult. He ignores commands and chews on everything. In short, they are like teenagers who are just exhausting.

The important thing is that you don’t give up during this time and continue to work on your education consistently and lovingly. The good news is that this time will automatically pass.

Cane Corso puppy is changing teeth!

Puppies love to chew on everything, destroying mats, pillows, shoes, and anything else that gets in their way. Especially in the beginning, they learn everything new mainly through the mouth.

From the fourth month, the whole thing increases again. This is because they then come into the change of teeth, and the need to chew again increases.

To prevent your Cane Corso puppy from chewing on your shoes or furniture, you should provide him with chewing articles for puppies*. At the same time, you support him with the tooth change.

Tips for your Cane Corso not to destroy anything!

It is very annoying to constantly buy new pillows or shoes because your dog has broken them. With the following tips, you can prevent your Cane Corso tears your apartment apart:

  • Training!!! Consistent training is essential in everyday life with a dog like Cane Corso. Your dog must know who is in charge. You need to solidify your role as a pack leader through consistent education. This is the foundation of everything.
  • Avoid unnecessary stress. Accustom your Cane Corso slowly and carefully to being left alone. Although it may not be necessary for your current situation for your dog to be left alone, you don’t know what it will be like in a few months or years.
  • Daily walks and mental exercise. Your Cane Corso must have adequate exercise and mental occupation. Too little exercise and activity will cause stress in the long run and encourage misbehavior, such as destructiveness. Even if you don’t have time for a walk, you can do small search games in the apartment or do obedience training.
  • Give your Cane Corso regularly chewing articles so that he can satisfy his natural chewing instinct, reduce stress and at the same time take care of his teeth.

Conclusion: Why does my Cane Corso destroy everything?

Cane Corsos often start destroying things when they are stressed. Stress triggers can be separation anxiety or boredom due to too little activity. However, he may just be missing a chew item, as chewing is a basic need for dogs.

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I am Marco with my Cane Corso and my Broholmer


I am Marco, and I am very lucky to live with 3 big Mastiff-type dogs. In this blog, I want to share all my experiences and knowledge about dogs.

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