I've had Corgis my whole life and that's a lot of years. Corgis are working dogs that need meaningful activity and discipline. The time to start training is when your baby Corgi comes home. Corgis are very smart and they will be a step ahead of you, if you let them. DON'T let them. They love to know the rules, work hard and be praised. The earlier you start lovingly training your puppy, the more rewards you will have later with your adult Corgi who listens for your command and happily performs it. A rescue dog needs the same training, but first needs to trust its new family. Knowing that your rescue is experiencing a hard transition will hopefully make you more patient and compassionate. Be loving and earn the trust of your rescue. But whether a puppy or a rescue, train your Corgi well and as early as you can. Every Corgi and owner thrive through combined work and effort.

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Reading my rather smug discussion of puppy and loving discipline, I'm eating humble pie daily. My 6-mo old rehomed puppy, Rafa, has proven to be quite a challenge. I've owned and trained many corgis, but Rafa is a handful and a half.
What is your Rafa doing? Just curious.....Every dog is sssooo different in personality and characteristics. Doesn't it just melt you heart when they look up at you with those sad brown eyes....you know they are trying to say...."I didn't do she did".... HAHAHAHAHAHA ... I know, I know, I know....I'm a big sucker! Sincerly....Hooked on Corgis!!!!
@Michelle - My response to "what is your Rafa doing?" is NAME IT. haha. Even Lucy, our 4-yr old Corgi raises her eyes and looks at me as if to say, "what is this dog thinking??!!"
Haha, they can be stubborn! My Jack is now three-and-a-half. He's a therapy dog, we do agility, he's passed CGC: in other words, he's pretty well trained. Until he was about 2 I would say I spent on average about 5 hours a week working with him.

We've had some rainy days recently and he hasn't gotten to see any of his "friends" (dog or human) in the park. Today we walked home through the neighborhood because the park grass was wet. As soon as he realized we were heading home without any meet-and-greets (which he adores) he started putting on the brakes. His collar nearly came over his ears, he planted his little front feet, and then he laid down and refused to move. It took most of my strength to get him up and walking again.

He pulled this stunt about 8 times over 5 blocks. Stubborn little dude, but I love him to death.

Yes, some of them can be tough! My Maddie has some Corgi attitude, but would sooner die than argue with a human. Jack, on the other hand, really thinks that his ideas are better than ours, and if he weighed 10 pounds more he'd be a handful!
Yoda loves to meet his friends at the park too! Often times, when I put him on the leash and start heading home, he will poop just outside of the park, so I will have to pick it up and go back into the park and throw it away. Of course, he can have his last round of fun with his friends. Somehow he figures this out, and he does it when it suits him!
ahhh. the corgi is always one step ahead of us!
haha. yoda's just being a smart corgi!
I had to laugh because today at Sage's 2nd practical obedience class...the trainer was talking about the herding dogs and other groups and how the herding dogs "do things with their owners" instead of not needing their owners(hounds) or always needing guidance(hunting) etc. it was fun to hear her explainations of the groups.

Sage is doing great...I think I might need some more training though! We have so much fun! It was also brought up how training has changed in the past 30 years!

She also touched on rescues and how sometimes just changing to a different word helps. she gave the example of "come" and if everytime you did you got hit or yelled at...you would be afraid also! BUT changing to maybe the word "here" could make all the difference to a rescue!

Like many things in life (I believe) you get what you give and giving our dogs some good basics really helps us all!
good point jane on simply changing the command from "come" to "here." but, understanding Rafa had a hard 4 months, maybe we are being too soft. same issues with raising our three kids. were we being too demanding or not demanding evough? i think rafa is going to make it with our family. if not with us, who? maybe some of the great hiking/nature guys; or working farms. But after being separated from him mom at 6 wks. and then needing to be rehomed at 16 wks, it would kill me to not be able to make him happy and a fit with our family and home. I do think he will. But, I worry that Jack and I don't have the energy anymore to climb mountains, take him on adventures in all the cool areas of CA. I truly believe (like Anne Frank) that people (and dogs) are good; and that Rafa will live out his live loving us and all his surroundings. I'll keep you posted. Wish us luck. hahaha. We need well wishers more than advice. We've raised many a corgi before this tough adorable nut!
@ Lucy...I had my problem child...Livvy! There were days I thought she had to go (she had a normal puppyhood)...BUT at a little over 2 she has turned the corner and is great! She(and I) have learned that a ball comes 1st in her life as it's her 1st thing she wants in the am and the last thing at night plus it tires her out not me! I would sure recommend the fetch it with the ball launcher! Poor Rafa...what a way to start out life:( but there is hope! Have you thought of classes or is it the energy level?

LUCK...remember most of us go through this...just some more than others!
Hey Jane,

I was trying to reply to a different message, the one about your puppy chewing the computer line and losing your photos and costing $$$. But I kept getting an error 404 message. I just wanted to say how sorry I was to read this. Were you able to recover your photos? Were there many? So far Rafa's only eaten 2 photos, but they were both family photos of my parents and grandparents that are irreplaceable w/o negatives. My fault for leaving them accessible to him. BTW, Rafa and I begin obedience classes in 2 days. Can't wait. Hope they don't expel him. LOL.
Hi Wendy!
Oh I doubt that he'll get expelled...but our trainer does acknowledge that Sage is still a baby at 8 months!!!! Hmmmm...I had most of my pics on my camera card yet so I was ok...and I now have a hard drive back-up...I think that's what it is called!


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