This is going to be a pretty long discussion, but I really have no idea what else I can do and I need to talk to some Corgi experts. First, let me explain how we got our Pembroke, Tobi. My boyfriend's, friend's, girlfriend said she was no longer able to keep Tobi because of insurance issues and because her landlord was going to raise their rent because of Tobi (which I have never heard of before). Tobi was purchased when he was 8 weeks old from a breeder for $600 and his owners said they took him to PetSmart training, that he rarely ever had accidents in the house, and that he was a great dog. But, none of that seems to be the case. My boyfriend and I purchased him for $400 and we were given Tobi's crate, toys, food, treats, leashes, bowls, and he already had all of his shots and is licensed. They also gave us his folder of all of his past Vet visits. They obviously put a lot of money into this dog which is also why it seems a little weird how they could get rid of him so easily. They also made us sign a contract which pretty much states that once Tobi left their home we could not bring him back if we were not satisfied (the girl's mother made this very clear). I would never part with my animals, I believe that once you get them they become part of your family forever.
I also want to add that Tobi was really a spur of the moment purchase for my boyfriend and I (stupid, I know). My parents had no idea we were bringing Tobi home and weren't too thrilled because we already have a Min Pin and a German Shepherd, but my boyfriend and I have always wanted a Corgi and we thought this was too good of a deal to pass up.
Tobi rarely ever comes when calls, he bites really hard all of the time and we have tried everything from spraying him with water, yelling, and even putting him in his crate. He barks and whines constantly when in his crate sometimes even after being sprayed or by telling him to be quiet. We will take him outside every couple of hours and right after meals and he will stay outside for up to 20 minutes at a time and never use the bathroom. But, once he gets in the house he starts peeing (he is also not Neutered) and pooping everywhere. We take him right back into the yard after he poops in the house and we drop his poop in the grass to show him that outside is where to go. You would think that by 6 months old he would be going to the bathroom outside A LOT more than inside.
My bedroom now reeks of urine and we are getting it professionally cleaned this week, but we don't know what to do to keep it clean after that. It's like Tobi doesn't want to use the bathroom OUTSIDE. I want him to stop biting, we can't even cuddle with him or play nicely without the biting. And it would be nice for him to come when called. We have tried treats as rewards and cannot afford to take him to PetSmart training right now. So any tips would be greatly appreciated. My parents are giving my boyfriend and I 1 month to straighten Tobi out and if Tobi does not improve my parents are making us give him away and it would break my heart to do that to him. He was already given away once and I don't want to keep shuffling him around from family to family.
***Sorry for this long post, I'm just really lost right now and have no idea what to do. My family thinks that Tobi's owners really just wanted him out because of how he is and that they were not satisfied with him (they also got rid of a dog before him). Thanks in advance for reading and for possibly giving some advice or opinions.
And I've heard some people using a belly band inside to stop male dogs marking. I don't know anything else about it, but you could at least check into it.
What good advice you've found here! Just want to repeat on the LONG walks and exercise, outside on the leash to poop, and you might even give him a treat when he does it and then let him off the leash to play, The biggest theme, though, is that everyone in the house has to act the same to the puppy so it's like training the entire household to train the dog!
That high pitched yelp has worked for my corgis, too. A yelp and then ignoring them and they stop the biting quickly. Turning your back and ignoring a dog that's jumping on you for attention will also work for the same reasons.
Sounds like you have your hands full with all this :\ I'm glad you and your boyfriend finally got your dream dog though!
I think Petsmart training is like $100+ for 6 weeks.. same at Petco. Honestly, you could probably just look everything up on YouTube and do it yourself. Use small moist treats for training or you could just use Tobi's kibble if you need to save money. Sometimes I even give mine tiny pieces of deli meat or cheese for short training sessions.
As for the potty training.. that's going to take awhile, but if you are consistent, it will improve. Walking him 2x/day for about 25 minutes should help because their bodies generate waste when they are exercising. Mine usually goes potty as soon as we get out the front door on the harness and leash. Please don't walk your dogs during the day during the summer unless you live in a nice climate (not Houston, lol). You HAVE to watch him all the time.. even if you're sitting on your computer and you see him walk out of your sight, you HAVE to follow him to make sure he's not sniffing around for a place to go potty. If you see him do that, run outside with him and set him in the grass. Don't go back inside until he does something.
Biting.. has he lost all his teeth yet? Have they all grown in? Mine keeps biting because two of his premolars haven't grown in all the way yet.. But he bites much less than he used to. It's just a maturity thing.
I wish you all the best of luck!
We definitely have our hands full! But, we gotta work hard for this little guy, he was our dream!
We're definitely just gonna look up YouTube training videos, easy and cheaper for now. We've been taking him for walks 2 times a day and we mostly go in the evening so its not too hot. We finally wrestled his harness on him and it seems like he behaves so much more with it on than just his collar. Now we make sure to NEVER take our eyes off this little sneak and we've been taking him out every hour-2 hours so things are getting better with the potty training.
I don't think he's lost any teeth yet, but ever since we've started yelping when he bites and giving him puppy time outs he's been biting less.
Thanks for the response! :D
We didn't have the big issues that you sound like you're struggling with, and from your post, I don't know if you have kids, but I know that when ours were small, it was very helpful for me to think of them as children/babies. They really don't know any better. They really don't mean any harm. They really are counting on you for everything, and in your case, it sounds like you've almost got what amounts to a abused/neglected child who not only needs to learn the ropes, but needs to relearn some bad habits and habits learned from fear and sadness.
Keep it up, even through the hard times. Love is your ultimate reward! The corgi family is pulling for you!