Normally you see my better 1/2 posting (Rebecca), but I (Kevin) am posting today to address an issue we are having with our 10 week old Pembroke "Buddy".
I am blessed to be able to work from home most of the time, so I have been able to take an active part in his life right now. I have him going outside every 2 hours for a pee break. Followed by about 20-30 min of company and then I crate him for another 90-120 min until its time to go again.
We have only had buddy for about 11 days now and he is doing very well. He has not had many issues as far as housebreaking goes. When it has happened, it's usually my fault for not timing things correctly. He seems to be very healthy. He doesn't eat all of his food all of the time, but he is eating and his "poo" looks fine. He seems to not like water too much. Is this normal with Corgi's? My childhood dog was a lab and he seemed to go to his water a lot more than this little guy. I know the sizes are different between the two breeds, but I wonder if the frequency of his water breaks are too low, even for him.
The main issue as of late is biting. He gets really mouthy and also likes to tug on my pants a lot. I make it clear that i dont like it and will put him in the crate (without making it feel like a punishment) if he gets to be too bad with it. It was suggested that we try laying him on his back (either on floor or our laps) until he calms down. It worked great for a few days, but now he just whines and tries to get away. Is he just milking me so I will let him go? I don't want to do it too much and cause some type of negative behavior, but if that is the way to treat dominant behavior, then the poor guy would be on his back quite a bit.
Anyway, we would appreciate any feedback our fellow Corgi owners may have. We want what's best for the guy, but we are both very new to this.
Note: We are working on getting him into puppy classes ASAP. He goes in for his 2nd distemper tomorrow, so that will clear him up for those classes. The issue we are having is that most classes are 1/2 way through their 6 week duration right now. Is it safe to wait a bit? Should we get a private trainer? DVD's, Books???
Anyone run into any of the same issues with this behavior and issues finding training? We will do anything it takes, we just need some direction.
Thanks for reading!