We got our our first Corgi Eva a year ago as a puppy, and have really enjoyed socializing her and giving her plenty of chances to play with small doggie friends. This month we decided to add to the family permanently by adopting an 18-month old rescued Corgi named Elliott.
In his former home, Elliott suffered from neglect, abuse, and even a terrible pit bull attack that left him with a large scar and some serious hangups about other dogs. The good news is that he and Eva are getting along great (she just won't let him be a grump), and with training he's learning not to treat every new dog as a potential threat.
The trouble is when they play. Most of the time it's the kind of wrestling Eva does with all her small-medium playmates. Lots of "I eat your face!" business, low grade growling and barking, and chasing eachother around. But at least once a day it gradually escalates like Elliott is losing patience, and as the volume and intensity go up, it crosses the line into an actual scuffle (though not an actual fight, I'd say), and we have to stop them. Minutes later, they're pals again.
Does anyone else with multiple Corgis have any advice for dealing with this? We're definitely going to have a trainer in to work with us on this and his other issues, but Corgis seem to have a particular way of playing, and I wonder how much the breed comes into play with the escalation issue.
Eli on the left, Eva on the right, being buddies.