I just adopted my Corgi from a wonderful rescue woman in Graham, TX on Saturday. I had to drive 4 hours there to pick KC up, but it was so worth it! The drive home was pleasant too. Once KC calmed down a bit, she snuggled into the passenger seat on her new blankie and enjoyed the ride. She has the sweetest disposition too. I've never met such a cuddly loving girl before! She hasn't barked, whined, or had a single accident yet either.
She's about 2 years old and could definitely use some help training. She knows "sit" but never listens the first time I say it. I know to say commands firmly, not like a question. Doesn't really help though. She is starting to learn "no" also. But sometimes when I tell her "no" in a firm (never angry or shouting) tone, for example when she tries to jump on the furniture, she runs to her kennel like she's in trouble! I don't want her to think her kennel is a bad place or a place of punishment! So I make sure to summon her out and cuddle her more. She understands when I say "bed" and snap my fingers in the direction of her kennel. However she doesn't stay, doesn't fetch, or really know her name (her previous name was Kassie, so it's not that different than KC). She is very submissive also. She rolls over and shows her belly at the drop of a hat. She loves belly rubs, but I don't want her to think she's in trouble all the time.
She has already snapped at a tiny chihuahua at a park who was just standing (cowering) nearby, and last night snapped at my beloved cat Walker. So far she shows indifference and respect to our two cats, however Walker did try to sniff her face head-on when she was about to eat so I understand why it upset her. But I don't want her to have any food aggression. She has only had one other dog-to-dog experience since I've had her, with another little dog about her size. They were both leashed and sniffing each other's noses, but her ears were back like she was unhappy even though her tail nub was wagging. I was praising her with "good girl" while they were meeting, but neither tried to further sniff or befriend the other. Seems like there should have been some butt-sniffing going on.
She is getting better about walking on a leash, but still walks around like she's drunk. She weaves from one side of me to the other and sometimes I have to stumble on myself so I don't step on her. I just want her to politely walk next to me and quit tugging on her leash so excitedly. While on walks, sometimes I try and stop completely so she'll understand that we'll walk when I say so. But then she'll go right back to tugging on her leash and pulling me along behind her.
Also, is it normal for Corgis not to want to play with toys? I bought a few for her, but she shows no interest!
Any bits of advice would be greatly appreciated, I want to be a great Corgi mommy!