Charlie does not listen. He knows his name but when we are out in the yard and he is trying to eat something and I say "No drop it" he just keeps chewing it. If I walk up to him and see what he has he starts to run away from me. Also when he is wondering somewhere and I say "Charlie come" he either keeps on moving and doing what he was doing or looks at me and then keeps walking. Seldom does he listen. He also doesn't seem to like praise. We tell him "Good boy" if he goes to the bathroom outside or does something good but he just gives a stare and keeps on moving. Is this common puppy behavior or corgi behavior?


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Yes it's normal.  Puppies need to be taught what words mean.  They learn that "good boy" means something because it gets associated with something they like: a treat, or a game with a favorite toy.   

"Leave it" takes some work and it can be very hard to get dogs to leave something tasty.  One of mine is smart enough to weigh the treats he suspects I might have against the value of what he is eating; so for instance he might leave some gross rotted thing for cheddar cheese, but he sure as heck won't leave cat poop for a dry biscuit.  On a leash in a formal obedience setting he'll walk past just about anything, but not loose in the woods when he knows darn well I can't do anything.   Still, it takes a lot of practice by "trading" what they leave for something even better and also practicing on a long line where you can give them a tug if they don't listen--- but that comes a bit later when they are older. 

Come also takes a lot of training over a long time.  

Have you signed up for any puppy kindergarten classes?  They are a great way to learn how to create value for training. 

Yes and no for common corgi behavior. Do you have a place that you can take him to classes? I strongly recommend it. Corgis will try to get by with things and so setting the ground rules is important and I believe easier done with basic obedience classes.If you can't I would figure out a commands to work on each week(probably 2) and then only work on those till he starts to "get it" positive reinforcement and treat will get you far, I really like clicker training. You do need to be very consistent and say the words. One word commands also.

He is a cutie:)

I checked your profile and he's still a baby.  Here's how you teach "come" to a puppy.

Most puppies get interested if you squat down and clap your hands and smile.   Do this, and when he is already running towards you, THEN start saying "come come come" and do something fun when he arrives.   The idea is adding the word to the action when he's already doing it.  This is called "capturing" behavior and is usually the best approach with very young puppies.   

You can also start with two people about 10 feet apart.  Both should have yummy treats in hand.  Show him the treats plainly.  One person holds him lightly, the other waves the treats, and when he's really excited and trying to get loose release him and the person waving the treats says "Charlie, come come come!" in a happy voice.   When he gets to you, give him several treats (6-10 or so, in very tiny pieces) saying "Good boy, good boy, who's a goooooddd boyyyy" the whole time.

When he's done eating the treats, the person who called him restrains him lightly, and the OTHER person waves the treats and gets him revved up.  Then release him while the other person says "Charlie, come come come!".   Only repeat 2 to 3 times in a session, maybe twice or three times a day at this age.  This is called "luring" which is using the reward to elicit the behavior.   Mix and match luring with capturing as described above, because using more than one method to train generally results in a better outcome and "come" is the most important command. 

Here is a link, but the conversation in question involved an adult dog:

The long line method is very good for slightly older puppies, but I'd not do it at this stage of the game.  Wait til he's a bit older.   The idea when he's a baby is to only ask him when you know he will do it.   After he's been lured a few times you can then progress to having the treats hidden and calling him to you and then producing the treats when he's started to move in your direction.  After doing it that way for some time, progress to not producing the treats til he arrives at your feet.  But early on, give him every incentive and make him think that running to you when you call is the best game ever. If he's toy motivated, you can mix up the rewards by sometimes having a nice game of tug or throwing a tennis ball as his treat.

Charlie is beautiful!  Still a puppy though and what everyone else has said so far about learning to enjoy praise and wanting to listen seems right.  I've had my 1 1/2 year old corgi since she was 8 weeks and I still remember all the questions I had!  A really great site that helped me a lot was  click on "pets" or "dog" and there are links to tons of articles written by vets and behaviorists and other pet owners on just about every subject!  And the tips are very detailed.  It will tell you exactly how to train your dog to do something.  I used the article from that site to teach Leia how to "drop it" and "leave it" and it has proved invaluable to me as a corgi owner!  Hope that helps.  

As everyone else said he is still a baby and he just doesn't know what these words mean. I don't usually put a word to a command until my dog has a pretty firm understanding of what I'm asking, that way there's no mixed messages. Definitely look into taking a puppy class with him, I think they're really fun and it's great bonding time too. Is he interested in treats? Try something really yummy like tiny pieces of cheese or chicken for short (3min or so) training sessions.

This is all great advice, especially about teaching "come", but I just wanted to add that you have to make yourself more interesting than all the other stimuli around your puppy.  Treats, hand clapping, even jumping up and down if need have to train him that YOU are the most interesting thing on the planet!

You have received good advice so I won't add to that. However, try to think about it as him not only being a baby but also learning a foreign language . He will learn words by association with whatever happens after he hears it. That is one reason why you should never ever punish a dog when they come to you no matter how bad they were. As he gets used to you and maybe has a few classes you will find he catches on very well. Mine know almost every variation possible on dinner (spelled, supper, eats etc) Lol

In an emergency situation, if your dog doesn't come, try running away from it.  Most dogs will chase you.  I know that really wasn't the question, but it's good to know.


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