Obedience training will help!!! im serious , my Carly was just like this and still has a few issues with garbage in the bthrm so we keep it empty, but for the most part shes learned how to behave . Oh yea she barked in peoples faces and would calm but just after i had her spayed at one yr she got a little better then i took her to her third series of CGC obedience classes @ 6weks a jab, she got a little better . She now can down when company comes over, .. shes has never passed and received her cgc because shes still is afraid of strangers , and she pulls to much on the leash. Im sure you know You have to walk these high strung dogs alot and may i suggest using caution with the choke chain but i believe without it i wouldn't be able to control her she still wants to chase cars, im thinking about getting the prong collar.. i have read its less harmful and more efficient..
I have two corgis the other one doesnt have any of these traits ,..other than the barking, and i have stopped that , using a empty coke can put a few pennies in it and duck tape , i just have to rattle one time and he stops now. Such a awesome trick! We were very pleased when he came with such a mild temperament but you have to take the bad with the good, Carly is very loyal and i swear she would protect me with her life if need be out side when walking , while frankie laughs and licks who ever is a threat. Shes 22 months old and is still a little snarky with new people, not kids because i have grand kids her all the time that she loves an trust... but any dog that she thinks might be a threat to me, shes snap at i have to watch her like a hawk.. she was really possessive of me but she did grow to like frankie when i brought him home, hes 10months.
just so you know i do feel your pain ...i cried more tears over Carly the first yr , she was unbelievably hard ..
Sounds like a mix of too little exercise and too much freedom at too young an age. Your kids need to either keep their room closed up or not leave stuff on the floor. When no one can watch her, she should be confined to a safe place with nothing to get at. She should have a minimum of a half-hour walk and a half-hour play-time/training time with direction interaction with a person every day (and will probably do better with a lot more than that til she's around 2 or 3).
I strongly recommend taking a positive-based basic obedience class, where you and she can learn some basic skills. She also needs to start learning some self-control, and classes will help with that.
No problem! We've ALL been there with the "first puppy" sort of thing. Corgis are great family dogs but they are quite high-energy. I described my dogs to my vet and she said "That's what the people who have Border Collies say." Now, I would never think of my dogs as having the energy of a BC but some of them can be pretty close to a lower-key border collie.
Good luck! You are a very good owner for looking into what you can do to make life happier for all of you. You'll do great.
Step 1: Obedience Class
It truly does make a difference. Although it may seem silly when she's so off-the-wall, obedience class will help to a degree. You'll have a trainer at your disposal who can teach you what you need to know about how to get and hold her attention. It will also give her a job to do. You'll be asking her to "work" by sitting, staying, heeling, etc. Which, of course, leads into step 2.
Step 2: Activity!
She sounds like she's really, really bored. Toys are good to a point, but you have to remember that corgis are a working breed. They need a job to do, and yours sounds like she's a little more energetic than most. Once you have some basic obedience under your belt, try enrolling her into an Agility or Herding class. Given that she chases cars (hopefully only along a fence!) I'm betting that she has a good enough herding instinct to get the hang of a Herding class. If you can get her into a class, then you can work on burning off a lot of her excess energy and boredom. It will also help to deepen your bond with her and improve her obedience abilities.
Step 3: Discipline
Are you disciplining her properly? Everyone has their own method when it comes to discipline, but if she still causes a bit of trouble after the obedience and agility/herding, then you need to make sure you're using a method of discipline that is appropriate for her. With Yuki I just have to give a sharp "No!" and he jumps and stops what he's doing. He's been that way since we brought him home at 4 months old. Ellie? Not so much, hehe. ;) I've learned that I can't use that against her, so I've had to alter things a bit. When you're at that obedience class, be sure to talk to the trainer after class ends and ask him/her about methods of discipline that might be appropriate. Just be sure that it's nothing that will harm her, either physically or mentally/emotionally.
For walks, you may also wish to use something that will help her to stop pulling. Many people love martingale collars because they're mostly escape-proof and discourage pulling without choking the dog. It just gets uncomfortable when they pull. I, personally, enjoy the Easy Walk Harness. The harness causes them to be turned around toward you if they try to pull too hard, giving you the chance to get their attention and correct the behavior. It also makes it nearly impossible for a dog to try to chase something, since most dogs don't want to try to chase something while running backwards. ;)
I'm a full-time Mom, too. :) I know it can be chaotic and stressful when you have a puppy (at a year old, she is still a puppy) and family to care for. Try your best to relax and create lots of positive experiences.
If your children are young, try to use naptime to train a little. Focus on one thing you want her to do well (like drop what she has or sit & stay) and make that your major goal. Add other commands for variety, but make sure you train that one goal over and over and over again. There are quite a few videos on Petfinder that show you how to do some basic obedience training (sit, down, stay etc.) as well as tricks for fun (take a bow, crawl.) There's also a guy on Youtube that has some great videos showing how he trains (he is a professional trainer) and he also talks about a lot of common problem behaviors and some techniques to fix them.
The videos aren't going to replace an actual class, but I think they're a good thing to look at while you're looking for a class to get into.