Its interesting to see all of repsonses and different methods you guys have tried. We absolutely walk and RUN Annabelle everyday. She crashes by the time we walk through the door. It has definetly helped but she doesnt stop barking completely. She does like to bark at squirels too, and the wind for some odd reason. Yelling "No Bark" immediatly after she barks worked great for a while but shes been defying it lately. Her big thing is the "Chase me" game, were she barks at me until I get up to put her in time out....only to have to run laps around the dinning room table. I've accepted the fact that shes a working/herding dog and have no plans to resort to anything drastic. I appreciate all the responses by the way.
We have been dealing with the barking issue lately with Penny. I don't mind happy barking or guard dog barking. What is driving me crazy is after a long day I just want to sit on the couch and use my laptop. The minute I park myself on the couch Penny is jumping at me barking and biting my legs, hands, computer mouse, and the couch cushions. It's like my puppy turns into crazy dog the minute my butt hits the couch. She is 14 weeks old now and is not very submissive. I have never been able to get her to "cower"... the cat can make her cower in an instant though. I know corgis are mouthy and talk back, I don't mind this. I just want to know how can I get Penny to stop trying to rip my hands and knees off all while barking incessantly anytime I sit down on the couch?
Also how do I get it through her head that I am in charge and I mean business? I have tried stern angry tones, towering over her looking down at her, grabbing her scruff when she is biting me, yipping in a high pitched tone, ignoring her completely, etc. I have tried everything I have read on here. We are also very consistent and never let her get away with the biting and barking, yet she still never backs away, licks her lips, cowers or does anything to show she is aware of our dominance, other then to flip onto her back for tummy rubs. Is it because she is so young? What can we do to get her to understand we are in charge not her?
Also she is not in a crate all day long, she gets to go outside and run around our very large fenced backyard all the time, she has my two little girls to run around with and play games with, so I don't think she is under-stimulated or under-exercised. I don't think I am asking too much of her as I am not expecting her to not bark while playing or guarding. I just want her to stop yelling at me during our quiet time after the kids go to bed. HELP?
Maybe try a good chew toy that she likes and gets only when you sit down and have your peace and quite? I do have a question though...why are you trying to get her to cower???? HMMMM 14 weeks...teeething or teeth bothering her...another chew toy or something she can replace biting you for.
I guess I said that wrong. I am not trying to make her cower. I just got the impression she is supposed to when she gets scolded. I was afraid I was being too much of a softy with her. I have always had cats and have never had a dog so I am trying really hard to try and learn how to not treat her like a cat and be the Pack leader to her instead of the servant I am to the cat ;) She doesn't seem to be teething yet we have loads of chewy toys for her and when she is biting I try to distract her with one but she gives me that look like, "yeah that's nice and all, but your much chewier".
Heavy-handed discipline does not work for this breed! I feel Jane is right on the distract her with a good chew toy or bone before she starts barking at you. Does she need to go out side for a potty break? Perhaps, you interacting with her is what she wants. If she is going to wake your children, play with her, challenge her with a game.. Our little guy barks when he is tired and falls asleep if we let the barking run it's course. Like a child will cry when they are tired. Corgis love to learn, they are so intelligent, you have to be one step ahead of them. Making learning fun with rewards works. They are very strong willed pups, most corgi owners will tell you that obedience training is important. My husband is what I call a hot-head...he can't stand the idea that a dog can get the best of him...it is hard to get him to think outside of the box. I feel "respect" is the operative word, from both sides (animals and humans). For the most part all things puppy will pass...they have for us:)
This is what I always thought (that heavy handed discipline won't work) but then I come across something that seems to contradict it or my vet tells me to be more aggressive and I get all discouraged. I am not the heavy handed type so I am glad to hear this reaffirmed here. One of the reasons I wanted a Corgi was for the intelligence and because they do not need to be handled aggressively, so I will just continue doing what I am doing, with distracting her with toys, ignoring her bossy demands if they are not appropriate and just keep letting her know I am the boss with stern and consistent commands.
I'm probably just repeating what other people have said, but I wanted to jump in here because I feel your pain!!
In my experience, Corgis are more likely to stop barking with proper training-- and a sense of respect for you, their owner, which enforces their training.
I have heard 101 ways to get your corgi to respect you, and have tried most of the non-aggressive ones. We're limited by the fact that Donovan isn't fully vaccinated and can't go outside yet (we live in an apartment in the city) so it's hard to give him enough playtime/exercise. Like your puppy, ours is very confident, demanding, and dominant, and not afraid of anything. He's also very vocal--and wow, they can get LOUD!
What I found worked for me was a few things:
First, for stuff like squirrels or cars or whatnot, clap your hands or scold and then stuff a toy in their face-- they'll forget about barking for a while.
For the times that this doesn't work, I taught him roll over, and if Donny stayed on his back, he got a belly rub-- and this also taught him that he got affection when I wanted to give it to him; he couldn't take it from me by jumping up or barking.
If he started barking during play, play stopped. I didn't get mad or put him in time out, I just turned my back to him or left the room. When he went silent, he was rewarded. Same goes with people at the door, loud noises, downstairs neighbors fighting, etc. Silence and calmness was rewarded and barking was ignored--this also works for biting and herding.
The times ignoring didn't work, I would ask him to lie down and give him a belly rub-- then we would walk away and play somewhere else, and by this point Donny would completely forget about what he was barking about.
There was a time when I thought this dog would never respect or listen to me. He was constantly barking, biting, and chewing. Training consistently is the key. :) Eventually they'll figure out that your affection is more important than being a watchdog.
Sparty is a talker especially when people come over. I can get him to quiet down by tossing a magazine (we are very high tech at our house) not at him just in the air. However, since our parents insist on petting him while he is barking he frequently does it anyway. Also Izzy who doesn't bark became afraid of magazines! I can not win! I decided to generally like the barking and when people we don't know very well come over I close him in our bedroom until he calms down. He gets plenty of exercise but just really wants attention from new people! Good luck, I hope you can train him.