Basic Corgi Care

Queen Elizabeth II is known as the first female monarch to serve in the British army and the first member of the royal family to open the Buckingham Palace to the public. However, the Queen reveals her light and loving side through her unbeatable affection for corgis. Her Majesty has been taking care of corgis since 1944, at 18 years old. She has seven left in her pack but she is not planning to add any, as she is getting older. However, her devotion for her dogs has never faltered. Her corgis remain much pampered. Although Queen Elizabeth II treats her corgis like royalty, there is no need for lavish corgi care.

Take note that regular exercise and a proper diet are essentials in corgi care. Both the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi belong to the herding group. Therefore, they need a lot of space and time to run around. If you want to keep a corgi in the apartment, you have to make sure that you provide at least 15 minutes of exercise daily to satisfy his need for physical activity. Although not hyperactive, corgis are very athletic. You’ll be surprised by how fast corgis can run.

Corgi owners have to keep the diet of these dogs in check because if they become overweight, they’re going to have a hard time carrying their weight because of their short legs and long bodies. An 8-9 week old corgi pup can be fed twice a week with kibbles for puppies. However, when it hits 6 months, you may want to reduce the feeding schedule from twice to once a day. Ideally, you should feed it 2 cups of dog food once a day but some owners spread the portions to twice a day to keep the dog from getting hunger pangs. Just divide the 2 cups to 1 cup a day to limit the portions. This is the standard but as a dog owner, it is your responsibility to check if the 2 cups is too little or too much.
You should also include grooming in corgi care. Although corgis are generally clean animals, they have a thick coat that sheds easily so you need to brush their hair at least once a week. You may also want to trim their long coats if they look unsightly already.
Lastly, don’t forget training as part of corgi care. Corgis are really intelligent animals and pick up commands very easily. Start as early as possible and be consistent.  

In reality, corgi care is not difficult. Corgis are typical dogs, with few special needs here and there. Start with genuine love for dogs and you’ll never go wrong.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi Training

Pembroke Welsh corgi Training: General Overview
Any dog training involves a thorough knowledge on the breed of the dog. In this case, you are going to train a highly trainable dog. Pembroke Welsh corgis are very intelligent animals. Corgis were originally bred for herding cattle and sheep. Their history has proven that they are very dependable animals with impeccable intelligence. They constantly excel in agility, competitions, and sheepdog trials. They pick up commands quickly and are very willing to please their masters.

As for the temperament, never expect a corgi to be shy. These dogs are big dogs in small bodies. They are highly active, alert, brave, and loyal to their owners. Since they’re herding dogs, they may exhibit nipping tendencies with small children. This problem can be addressed with the proper obedience training, which should start as early as possible.

The Importance of a Routine
A young Pembroke Welsh corgi should be taught daily routines. This includes a fixed location for its food and water and a fixed schedule for its meals. The bed or cage should stay in one place and there should be a designated area for its toys. Walks and play time should also be scheduled. Basically, many aspects of the puppy’s schedule should be fixed. Routines give puppies a sense of security and it makes them easier to potty train, a very basic component of training. You can set the routine as early as the puppy turns 2 to 3 months, although you shouldn’t expect to see results right away. Be firm with the puppy but be gentle.

The routine will make the puppy more behaved and self-assured. This is a very good foundation for successful training.

Housebreaking through Crate Training
Housebreaking can be done once the corgi pup hits 2 months. As emphasized above, there should be a set schedule and location where the dog will pee and poop. The crate or cage becomes very invaluable at this point. Puppies are not inclined to excrete in their territories. After eating, keep them in their crate for 30-45 minutes. Afterwards, take them out and bring them to their designated toilet area.

Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is every important in everything that you teach the corgi. For example, if they accidentally soil elsewhere, don’t scream or spank the dog. It only means that they cannot be given free access around the house yet. Clean up after the mess and firmly stick to the schedule. If they eliminate on the designated spot and schedule, praise them verbally. They will soon associate the positive reaction with the right action. The same philosophy applies to obedience training. If they sit on cue, give them a treat.

The only difficult thing about training is that there is no specific time frame when the dog will master the tricks. The real secret really lies in patience and perseverance.

Corgi Rescue: Give A Dog A Chance

Corgis are adorable and seem to be sweet fluffballs but they are actually herding dogs that have a surprisingly assertive personality. They are often called a “big dog in a small dog’s body.” Corgis are strong-minded and needed to be dealt with the same level of control as with a German Shepherd.
Several non-profit organizations dedicate themselves to corgi rescue. They offer second chances to any corgi needing a new home. Most of the volunteers are long time corgi lovers who are focused on preventing the cruelty to animals, especially the corgis.

The corgi rescue volunteers promote and advance public education as to responsible dog ownership and canine good citizenship. Rescued corgis are surrendered by their current owners, found as strays, or discovered in animal shelters. The corgi rescue team provides proper and permanent homes for the unwanted corgis by giving them quality shelter, training, and care for them until they finally find new homes.

Many of the corgis in rescue ended up there because they have asserted themselves to their owners. The owner in turn didn’t know what to do because if the corgi remains in charge, it could become unruly and aggressive. Many other corgis needed some remedial work. They are needed to be taught good manners and reminded that their role and position should be under their owners. Someone experienced with the corgi’s temperament of an assertive herding breed should handle cases like this.

Corgis reach a point where they are put down by their owner when they can no longer be controlled. These dogs may have been saved if only a person more familiar with their breed had handled them. In some cases, the remedial work needed by the corgis are not easy, it could even be dangerous if approached in the wrong way and without proper caution and knowledge.

If you have always wanted a corgi but do not want to buy it, you could consider adopting it from the corgi rescue shelters. However, sometimes the volunteers are choosy about those who are planning to adopt the rescued corgis and make sure they are compatible for each other because they are aware that these dogs have already experienced being a mismatch to their owners. They ensure that mismatches won’t happen again.

Though having little experience in a dog with a dominant temperament would be a case for counsel and assessment towards your position of adopting a corgi.