If anyone has advice I would appreciate it. Yesterday I saw Mini eat her food, than walk over and nip the golden (Pumpkin) in the legs while he was eating. He jumped away so not to get nipped, and then she proceeded to eat his food. I saw her, took the bowl away, and yelled NO NO NO at her. She got the point as her ears went back and she walked away. Pumpkin is very sweet and non confrontational so he always lets her do what she wants, even if it's his food.
Mini has always been food motivated, she is fed a top quality diet, gets veggies and likes fruit. She is overweight though, when we sit down to eat, she barks and begs constantly, so she wins. Don't tell me to put her in cage, we would never go through with it. Maybe we should put her outside?
When I give them treats she gobbles hers, and again attempts to terrorize the golden by nipping him and getting his food. Sometimes I see Pumpkin looking at her when I give him a treat, so I walk away from her and he takes it. She is known to "break into the pantry" and eat a box of treats, crackers etc. We have even found her in the bottom of our kitchen cabinets a few times. She will go in the gym bag and take your sandwich/snack if it's not zipped.
She is very very cuddly, loving, smart and a great dog, except for the above! The only other issue is that when walked she walks slow and will just stop and not move making it really hard to walk off the weight on her. Ideas? Thankyou!
First i would have a vet check to be sure there isnt a medical problem that is causing her to be hungry all the time. Next, start using a leash when you feed her so you can stop her from going afterbyour other dog's food. Bezure all other food is out of her reach, bags from chips and crackers etc have killed way too many corgis. I give frozen (thawed) green beans with meals to give a feeling of bulk without the calories for mine.
Thankyou! I have never heard of resource guarding, I will google it. She acts like she will starve and is always hyper alert for food. Yes, she bosses around submissive dogs! Now, I will stand there and throw a treat to the golden while I am holding her collar and she is eating hers. I then let go and she goes over to salvage crumbs. I give her a look and a NO now. I just don't get why she acts like she is starving all the time.
Thank you. She is territorial and jealous of attention the other dog gets. She will even try to butt in and push him out of the way. I tell her NO if she nips him to make him move, which she often does in order to be closer to us. She basically is not afraid of any dog, when we go to the vet, they have a long narrow hall, when we walk down it, she never moves to the side, the other dog always does, no matter how big they are! If I try to pull her over on the leash, she won't budge. She is a total sweetheart, but definitely very bossy and has to be dominant over the other dogs. She got into a dogfight once when the other dog was like her, so I have to be careful when walking for other dogs as she only likes them if she can boss them and if she can't, they'll be trouble. She has always been like this, she is socialized to dogs but must be dominant.
It may not be about the food as much as "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine." Please try to be firm with her and not overfeed --- bad for her health overall and her long corgi back in particular. Even if it's just a short walk, take her out, maybe for three or four short walks rather than one long one every day. Eventually you can increase the length as she starts to shed pounds.
Thank you, she is hard to walk, she walks a little, refuses to budge, than repeats it. But if she see's something that interests her, she will run with no problem. I may try to get those tiny treats and throw one when she stops and keep repeating it. If it works, I'll gradually try to withdraw them (!). She is a bit overweight, as everyone gives in to her for scraps etc as she keeps barking for it. But i have told them to stop it, bad for her.
Thank you very much Holly! I will check into it, Mini has always been a dominant dog and very stubborn! So different than Pumpkin, but she is very lovey-dovey on the other hand. I see your point, she has to learn that I am the boss not her. She won't bark at me when I eat, but will bark at everyone else! I have to get all to comply. Pumpkin and Mini are my first two dogs. I really wanted a dog after babysitting my relative's golden. Corgi's are so clever and observant. It's hard walking her though, I may try those tiny treats throwing them when she decides to sit. She must go through the door first, so I think she thinks she is the boss. She got away with a lot because she is so darn cute, and those corgi expressions are priceless!
When Mini is stumped about things, she cocks her head to the side and her expression is priceless! I am not afraid of her biting me, she would never bite us. I will try your technique it sounds great. She loves when I play with her or get down on the floor. We never could figure out how such a small dog can reach two shelves up in the pantry, but I am telling them to be sure to shut this door. Teaching her anything would require food, she will literally do anything for food! I have these tiny treats now for when we walk. It's been unusually cold here in NC, but will try in a day or two when we get out of these freezing temps. Thank you for your advice!