So, you're bringing home a Corgi puppy. That means you're aspiring to be an English monarch or you're adding one to the family. These Welsh pups have a rich history and are a famously loyal breed. However, like any herding dog, Corgis have a stubborn and independent streak that takes plenty of work to keep in-check and happy. Here are a few tips on how to seamlessly transition your home into a Corgi home.
Make time to play
Corgis are a high-energy pet, and you'll need to accommodate that energy. Develop a routine that includes plenty of playtimes and walking, otherwise, you might have a very restless pup on your hands. Dogs tend to get noisy and disruptive when they're bored, and Corgis have a reputation for being persistent barkers. But don't treat playtime with your dog as a chore. Despite their short legs and small stature, Corgis are deceptively fast and can be great at fetch or chase. If you don't have a large enough yard to play in, find dog parks or other parks nearby to help occupy your pet's time.
Invest in toys of many varieties to keep your puppy entertained. Corgis are intelligent dogs that can get restless with a simple chewable, so use puzzle toys that offer your pet more of a challenge.
This has an added benefit of promoting healthy teething from your puppy, although is not comprehensive. Corgis were bred to nip at cattle heels while herding, so you should be prepared for a small amount of nipping from your growing Corgi .
Be sure to express that any more is undesirable behavior to prevent your Corgi from learning to herd you.
Establish a routine
Corgis come in two varieties—Cardigan and Pembroke. Depending on which breed of Corgi you have, you'll experience various levels of independence and stubbornness from your Corgi. No matter the kind, establishing a routine and strictly enforcing the rules is the best way to keep your new pet under control. Without the structure, Corgis are often quick to establish their own rules and be unwilling to change.
Regulate feeding time with them to specific times and be certain to keep that time, only providing their bowl for as long as it takes the dog to eat. Letting your pup graze throughout the day lets them grow complacent and bored with food, and makes establishing when they've eaten hard to do.
Do the same with playtime and walks, but don't start off with more than you're prepared to do. If you've consistently walked your new Corgi puppy every day of the week for a month, he'll start expecting it next month when you begin to dial down the frequency. Settle on the consistency that will suit your puppy, you, and future you.
Give your puppy a safe space
As with all puppies, your new Corgi is going to want its own space. Provide it with a crate that's spacious enough to let it stand up and turn around as an adult. Corgis don't get very big. But what may seem roomy in its tiny puppy days will be a tight fit as a full-grown adult.
Keep the crate in your bedroom where you're in view, and allow the puppy access at its leisure. Keep your puppy in there when you're doing other things to establish it as not a punishment and allow it to become a familiar space. The goal of crate training is to make the crate seem like your puppy's room, not its cell.
The same goes with boundaries. Corgis are naturally independent, but your constant presence can still have the puppy develop separation anxiety. Leave the puppy alone in a room for short periods and let it entertain itself with toys. Establish that being alone is no reason for your puppy to panic.
Plan for veterinary care and the unexpected
Keep your new puppy up to date on vaccines and preventative care. Make trips to the veterinarian fun and make your Corgi familiar with handling by gently playing with its paws and picking it up, so the sensations experienced during check-ups won't be an unpleasant surprise.
You should plan for the worst, even if you're hoping for the very best for your dog. Consider getting your puppy a microchip in case it escapes, and invest in puppy insurance in preparation for unforeseen medical bills.
Corgis are small dogs with a big dog heart that will make a great addition to any family, no matter the size. Incredibly loyal and friendly, they'll make lifelong companions in your heart. As with all dogs, the amount of time, effort, and love you put in will be returned tenfold. Hopefully, you'll foster good memories of raising your new puppy with a little help from these tips.