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!

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Comment by Jeny (and Wrigley) on August 18, 2009 at 1:00am
I saw her on Petfinder a few days ago and wished I could have taken her home with me. I'm so glad she found a good home. :)
Comment by Cindi on August 17, 2009 at 9:31pm
Kristin, congratulations on your new adoption. Whenever one gets a corgi from a shelter or rescue, it's bound to have a few quirks. How you handle them is key. First, check around for a good trainer. Find out about their training and qualifications. You can also check out the ADPT (Assn of Professional Dog Trainers) for a recommendation. If your local PetSmart or PetCo have well-qualified trainers, you can use them. The training is positive and it's all about the basics. You'll do great!
Comment by Jane Christensen on August 17, 2009 at 8:17pm
Again....back to our AKC classes I could not get Livvy to stay and as soon as I put my hand out she would go the other direction and do eveything else BUT stay...they figured out that she did not like my hand coming down with stay and when I quit doing that things got better...now why she did that ...they had a theory but don't remember if it was a sight thing or what...
Comment by Beth on August 17, 2009 at 6:28pm
Good luck with your rescue! Just a couple of thoughts: I have found "ah-ah" to be a much better correction than "No." Dogs seem to almost instinctively know what you mean, as dogs give each other very sharp corrections and "ah-ah" seems to sound more similar to what they'd associate naturally with a correction.

As far as her ears-back greeting to another dog, that is very likely submission rather than unhappiness. Jack loves other dogs, but if the dog is huge or he is meeting a whole group of strange dogs at once, he goes in with his ears plastered back to say "I mean no harm!" Face-sniffing is ok and some dogs do greet that way. If she hasn't been socialized much with other dogs, she may not be comfortable being sniffed, so if a friendly dog does go to sniff her, as long as she's relatively calm make sure to tell her what a good girl she is (calmly, in that case). If you know anyone with a bomb-proof socialized dog, you might try arranging a few meetings so she can get the hang of it.
Comment by Jane Christensen on August 17, 2009 at 6:06pm
it's going to take some time for her to figure out what you mean also as everyone is different and so it will take awhile. As for the voice thing...I have a low voice so if I speak "firmly" my Livvy who is more submissive will sometimes go the other way and when we went to AKC classes they pointed it out to not be so firm for her...voice wise that is! Sometimes people use different words so she may have a different idea of what you are saying and doing what she thinks you want but that might not be what you want...It will take awhile for both of you to figure this out...but it sounds like she'll is a little lover and things will fall into place!
Comment by Deanna on August 17, 2009 at 4:09pm
Hmmm..... let's see if I can help you out. I'm about ready to take a foster down to this lady you just adopted from, and from what you're describing, my foster and KC sound very much alike. What I do with my foster to stop the zig-zagging on walks is to shorten the leash and keep it taught, not quite like in a dog show lead, but just where there's not a lot of slack so she doesn't have the "free" feeling. Yes, it is normal for a Corgi not to show interest right away in toys -- are they squeaky? If not, you may want to get some that make noise and see if that helps. My foster could care less about toys unless she's playing with Frankie, then it's tug-o-war all through the house, but by herself, not! When Walker and KC are "getting to know" each other, make yourself invisible. That way, they won't feel like exerting their dominance. Only intervene if it gets nasty. Let them discover each other on their own terms. You may want to "peek" around the corner, but don't let your presence be known to them, or they'll be intimidated with one another. In time, you will notice the two of them chasing each other around the house in play. Give it time. It's only been a little over 48 hours since you got her and everything's still brand new. Feel free to message me -- I deal with Brenda a lot assessing fosters for her to adopt out.
Comment by Deanna on August 17, 2009 at 4:00pm
The woman you adopted from, was her name Brenda by any chance?

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