I first fell in love with corgis when I worked at my family's doggie daycare and boarding facility.

Everything about them made me want one and after 2years of working there and working with many corgis I found a local breeder and was so excited and that's when I got my first corgi (Bastian). Now from working with them I knew they could be one of the two, very very sweet with both people and other dogs OR have a big bad ATTITUDE!

And when I picked Bastian out of that litter I knew he was going to be rotten, none the less I loved him.

Immediately after I got all his sets of shots out of the way, I started taking him to doggie daycare to get him well socialized with different dogs of all sizes and many different breeds. After his first week they let me know I was going to have a hard time with him.

He went to doggie daycare for about two months faithfully. And after that I continued to socialize him with my family's dogs and still going to doggie daycare here and there and also taking him to my new workplace (PetSmart) all the time.

 He isn't aggressive at all but he does come on very strong. Other dogs often feel intimidated when he approaches them and then they end up growling or snapping at him. He will then of course snap back in self defense but this has become a problem. I hate taking him out now. Friends often want to get together and take all our dogs to the park but everytime I do I end up away from the group trying to calm Bastian down because he gets so hyped up and barks hysterically and my friends dogs end up getting annoyed and end up turning around and snapping at Bastian and not in a correcting way.

I don't want it to get out of hand so I just end up separating and leaving the group. He plays fine with the dogs at home. He runs around like crazy, and chases them. And I know a lot of this is just the corgi temperament BUT is there anything else I can do. I do correct him and try to calm him down but when around other dogs he zones out and just goes crazy. 

I take him out as much as possible and he gets loads of play time and running around. He's been around plenty of dogs and always is. And I do correct him and am very stern with him when he gets out of line.

 

Please if you have a corgi like mine and have any tips that may help me I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you in advance!

 

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Comment by Shayla Delaunay on October 20, 2011 at 5:56pm
Everyone has been helpful!! Thank so much
Comment by Jane on October 20, 2011 at 5:43pm
When my dogs get too amped up in a group setting I just snap the leash on them and make them go on a little time out walk with me for a few minutes.
Comment by Shayla Delaunay on October 20, 2011 at 4:57pm

That's a wonderful idea! I hadn't even thought of that! I am definitely going to try that the next time we take him out.

Thank you so much!

Comment by Jen, Yuki & Ellie on October 20, 2011 at 4:48pm

How much do you exercise him daily?  Have you tried exercising him thoroughly before you head out to the park?  Getting him good and tired might help him to remain calm around the other dogs.  Obviously he shouldn't be so tired that he just naps in the grass, but it'll be a lot harder for him to get out of control if he's tired.  Then you can focus on proper behavior/greetings rather than fighting to get him to settle down.

 

If you have trouble getting him out enough to get some proper exercise, then maybe you could invest in a treadmill for him (if you don't already have one in your home).  My husband and I bought a used one on Craigslist a couple of years ago and it was very affordable.  We bought it mainly for my own use, but I quickly trained Yuki to walk on it and he loved it.  All I had to do was say "treadmill" and he'd drop what he was doing and start begging at the door to the exercise room.

Comment by Shayla Delaunay on October 20, 2011 at 4:34pm

Thank you btw!

Your help is greatly appreciated

 

Comment by Shayla Delaunay on October 20, 2011 at 4:34pm

Oh no! Thats horrible!  I do keep him on a tight leash and do tug everytime he gets out of hand but nothing! I end up looking crazy tugging and pulling and yelling at him. I've gone through training classes that were 2x/week for 2months. He is a big sweetheart and isn't mean but I like I said he just comes on so strong and also because he can be so high sprung and hyper

 

Comment by Gail Hanson-Hefley on October 20, 2011 at 4:29pm

We have two females that can't be together at all.  EVER!  They hate each other.  However, your situation seems to me like it is one that can improve with some behavioral adjustment training and modification.  A couple of suggestions are: "Control Unleashed" and "Click to Calm".  I've got lots of advice from these same Yahoo User Groups.  

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