My newly adopted 3 y/o F Corgi (Winnie) is a pleasure to have; she is CORGI all the way (and as they always get around to saying here, BUT...she is a real tugger when on her leash walk. She will try and drag me for a block or two before she poops; then she often settles down to a more sedate pace.
I'm suspicious that she's being driven by the need to go poop but it makes me AMBIVALENT about harsh leash training. I had a trainer here one evening who used harsh and direct commands and had Winnie walking perfectly on a leash within 15 minutes///staying back from the fence without charging quickly BUT I felt that Winnie was more scared than trained. So I relented and started using positive methods like Stilwell. Now you can guess who's in charge!
My previous Corgi was 8 when I adopted him (and ailing) so he was not a good example of a strong-willed Corgi.....this one certainly IS!
I know that Corgis need strong guidance and training. I'm stopping every 6 inches or 6 feet to establish loose leash walking...(insert "LOL" here). I'm guessing that I still need to establish control but don't want to be always nagging and correcting. I know that I need more help on keeping her from charging at unfamiliar dogs but I wonder if this pooping thing is ruining her daily walk. I know dogs need to walk and walking leads to pooping BUT>>>>my Sheltie poops AM and PM before walks so it's not like pooping on the walk is inevitable or a canine civil right. Should I "FORCE" my Corgi to poop (or explode) before we go on a walk (then reward her for doing it AT HOME.)???
Winnie is lovable, smart and cute as a button. She is a perfect companion and I want her to be happy and secure here with me, the Sheltie and the Cat! Any ideas would be very welcome!