So last thursday I finally got a Corgi. To tell you a little bit about myself. I love animals. I always have. I have two cats and a rabbit inside of a two bedroom apartment and now a Corgi. You would think its crowded but its actually not to bad. I decided this year I wanted a Corgi and I started my search. It took me a while but finally after waiting and being patient I was able to rehome one. 

I drove a couple hours away to get her. I live in South West Ohio. She lived in the country in a little house with lots of land. I was told she even tried to heard cows now and then. When we arrived, she was the cutest little thing but when we got her home we noticed she was probably trying to adjust. 

She's been home for eight days. She's done great. She hasn't gone to the bathroom in the house, not once. She goes outside every time we take her. She's not loud. No one would even know we have her in this apartment. She doesn't bark. She's lovable. I can tell she is very smart. 

I tool her to the vet today, she said she was healthy weight and had no fleas, no heart worms.....all good to go. She even got groomed today and she doesn't like baths but she didn't give the groomers to much trouble. 

My questions.....


1. Will she ever get to the point where she comes to me when I call her no matter what, inside or out?

She doesn't always come to me when I call her name :( Most of the time she does. Right now she is laying on the opposite side of the couch and is comfortable. She won't really come to me unless she knows I'm getting up and going outside and even then I kind of have to urge her by actually opening the door.  She does come and sleep with us in our bed, she snuggles more to my husband than me. She has laid beside me a lot. 


2.  Will I ever be able to not use a leash?

She never had to be on a leash at her home. It was just her, her owners and his family. I even asked if he had a leash I could use and I had to get one because he didn't think she would need one. Well luckily its done well since she doesn't know me or my husband and is adjusting but I can kind of tell she might stay semi close but because I live in apartment I take her outside on a leash. I wonder in a year, like if we move and get a yard or if I take her to a park if I could not use one. 


3. How much exercise does a Corgi need?

We take her out quite frequently and let her roam around out front and take her for a short walk once a day. I'm wondering if she needs longer walks or how much. She's two years old. 

Hopefully this isn't to much :( 

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Sounds like a great dog.  I would take an obedience class with her.  Lots of praise and treats when she comes to you.  I would start her recall on leash so you have control of her.  Corgis need lots of exercise so I would up the walk time.  Playing fetch, doing agility etc are great additions to their routine. Keep a close watch on her weight and don't over feed.

She sounds great but you won't  see the real personality for a couple weeks. No matter how great your home is, this will be a shock to her to be in a completely new environment.  Just give her space and lots of walks. At her age, unless she is a super high energy corgi, 2 or 3 half hour walks a day should be fine. Classes would be a great place to bond but be sure to use a positive trainer. Never call her to you for a scolding and for the first few months have treats with you to give her when she comes to you after you call her. If you like cats I think you will enjoy having a corgi, I think they are very cat like.

1. Impossible to say. A solid recall usually needs a lot of training. She's also just had a lot of changes happening, and may not understand yet that you are her new owner. Give her time to warm up.

2. Again, hard to say. Some dogs can be trusted off leash. I personally would never risk it. All it takes is one squirrel or a kid on a bike, etc for them to run off and get hit by a car. Corgis are also pretty cute so I worry if they did run off, if someone would even return them.

3. Exercise varies by dog, but mine are happy with a ~30 minute walk and free reign of the fenced backyard.

Corgi's are very smart, she should learn fast that what you want her to do, be stern because they can be stubborn. She is new to your home, it will take her awhile. Corgis love to run so she should get plenty of exercise. Throw her a ball or a toy she likes. My dog learned to go outside without a leash. You just have to get to the point where you trust her, take it step by step. Hope this helped. If you have anymore questions let me know :)

It can take about six months for a dog to fully readjust to a new environment and become accustomed to the new family's habits and desires. Be patient.

Cassie will walk along without a leash, but IMHO it's insensate to take a dog outdoors off the leash. It won't harm your dog or you to keep your dog leashed when outside of your fenced yard, and in fact it can head off any number of painful and unhappy incidents. If you want Pooch to roam a bit on a walk, get one of those retractable leashes (but do learn how to use it!!) or a long nylon training leash, either of which give plenty of room to run around.

Ruby the Pup comes to call every time. Cassie the Corgi comes to call whenever she feels like it. Start now, practice many times daily, and hope for the best.

Exercise depends on the dog's age and energy level. A mile or so a day (20 or 30 minutes, depending on YOUR energy level) is probably good for most grown dogs. But some dogs have more drive and so need more running around: ball or other toy retrieval is useful, as are obedience training classes, agility training, herding training, or long hikes. It's a working dog; try to turn it into a lapdog and you may get a neurotic.

please use a leash at all times, until you have a completely solid recall.  I have heard many stories of dogs being adopted by new owners and they run off and get lost.  :(   You can work on recall with a very long leash to start with. 

1. Like others have said that comes down to the training. I'm sure it's possible, but we haven't been able to make it work yet under all conditions. 

2. This is up to you and the answer to #1. I'd say in a town (with sidewalks and traffic) the answer is don't. In your own yard or in a relatively quiet area, you can try after you've build up a bond with your pup and know more about what to expect. (For example: our dog doesn't run after bikes, but many do)

3. At two years, you can give here whatever she needs. This will vary on the dog. I suggest error on the higher side to help her relax in her new home. After that it's up to you. Ours gets 2 to 5 miles a day: 1-2 walking in the morning and the rest with a game in the afternoon, usually Frisbee.

Well she doesn't play fetch or anything but I will try to take her for walks. I'm kind of out of shape myself but I can try to take her for short walks and build up to long ones and have my husband take her for a second walk in the evenings. 

I've decided while in my apartment I will probably always keep her on a leash. I have a lead that's working out nicely but I might get a longer more sturdy one so she can still kind of roam freely. 

She's coming to me more and more but if she's tired or not in the mood she won't but I can still normally get her to go outside or eat or come to bed with us. Yes I let her sleep with us in bed >_< my husband works long early shifts so its nice to have a buddy. She doesn't potty or anything lol

I've found a close obedience training place close to me. Soon as I start working and she's been here for a little while I might take her. Its $85 for a six week class. If we don't do it this year, we will earlier next but I might do it just for the fun of it. 

What does Recall mean? You mean when the dog finally adapts to our home? I've heard it could take a few months up to six?

Recall means coming to you when called.

Patricia McConnell has some great resources. http://www.patriciamcconnell.com/adolescent-or-adult

Consider classes an investment and a very good way to bond. They are well worth the money. Do some research first, look for a trainer that uses positive methods, if possible observe them.

Becca is three and gets a half mile walk before work. She gets another walk when I get home, and a third at around seven. All to soon our walks will get cut back, my town doesn't plow the sidewalks. In the winter it is two short walks and ball or traing inside. Becca also has agility class twice a week, exercise for both of us.

I got Dexter this past March.  He is now 9 months old, and let me say I have never seen such a combination of stubborn and smart in my life.

My best advise it to take a class.  Even if you only take one - classes help you learn to to bond and train your dog so they become not only a wonderful pet, but a great friend. Dexter started his training at 4 months old and earned his S.T.A.R. puppy award.  Next week we start his second beginners obedience class.  Hopefully, with a lot of hard work, he will be able to obtain his Canine Good Citizen award at the end of this class. 

1. Yes, they learn to come on command.  But it takes time and consistency.  I call Dexter constantly throughout the day.  Probably every hour or so.  I call him when he's sleeping, when he's playing or when he's eating.  Every time he comes to me there are hugs and lots of love.  He knows that when I say "Dexter come" - he going to get attention.

2.  I ALWAYS use a leash if I leave the house.  A dog on a leash doesn't get into fights, doesn't chase bikes or children, doesn't get hit, doesn't get lost and won't bite anyone.  Now, if he's in a "safe" environment - I let him off lead.  Some time in the future he will be in obedience classes and will be trained "off lead", and then I may be more inclined to take him to dog parks etc.

3.  Corgis have "boundless energy".  Keep in mind that energetic dogs tend to get bored very easily, and a bored dog tends to get into mischief.  I found that playing "ping-pong-puppy" is a great in the house game.  Two people on opposite ends of a hallway calling the dog back and forth.  Playing indoor games and nice long walks are the key to exercise.  Keep in mind, they also have a tendency to gain weight very easily.  So it's important to balance food and exercise.

Congrats on your Corgi - - they are a great dog.  You have years of fun and pleasure ahead.

Well so far I have had Roxy since the 18th, 11 days. I know it will take her time to adjust but I get the feeling she may not like me. She's doesn't growl or anything but she pretty much just stays to herself. I can kind of encourage her to go outside and to eat now and then but like I said when I call her she doesn't respond. 

Sometimes I wonder if she even knows her name from me because maybe I'm not using the same tone her previous owner did. So My husband was wondering if we should attempt a new name with her from us? 

I was wondering if anybody new any positives ways to possibly get her to bond with me. She doesn't like treats to much. She does like some things but not much. I can't seem to coach her to me, she's to smart. I tried Ping Pong Puppy but she doesn't seem to want to play that either. She's isn't a puppy either so I know that has a lot to do with it. 

I am going to try to get us into a class by the end of October but I was hoping maybe I could get her to open up with me a little more.  She's still a good girl. I'd keep her even if she never lightened up to me but all in time I suppose. 

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