Pippin is my first Corgi & his brother, Archie was my first dog less than a year ago, so I'm kind of new to having a dog. 

Pippin just turned 9 months, but hes always been so paranoid. If me or my husband make a sudden move at him he will run away. Or if I climb on the counter (I'm very short lol) he will bark as if he wants me to get down. He doesn't like it if I climb on chairs either. We've had him since he was 8 weeks old, so I don't think he was every mistreated.

He cuddles with me every night and lays by my feet throughout the day, so affection isn't a problem! He doesn't like to come to me if I call him, but if I sit down, he will come right up and plop on my lap.

Is this normal or will he grow out of it or is this simply just his personality?

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Comment by Anny on July 24, 2014 at 9:03pm

Thank you you all for the advice! I feel kind of dumb because everytime he would bark at me while I'm on the counter I would say "No!" to him which probably made him even more scared :( I will try being more calm and reward him when appropriate now. I have been looking at obedience classes for him, too.

He got spooked the other day when my husband was behind our dresser and tv trying to get something. He started barking at him, and my husband had to show his face and say "It's okay. It's me." and he stopped. Lol

I love how protective he is though! Hopefully, I can tone down his paranoia; otherwise, he's the most perfect lovable corgi!!

Comment by Vicky Hay on July 24, 2014 at 8:48pm

He's probably smart enough to realize you could fall off a chair or the counter and is trying to "herd" you back to safety. Try to show him that you're not going to get hurt (uhm...we hope). Can you lift him with you when you step up on a chair (very, very carefully!) so he can see that nothing is going to happen?  The strange experience + treat socialization is a good idea, as is obedience training and also agility training. Corgis love agility training, & it seems to give them confidence.

Comment by Anna Morelli on July 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
It's probably a mix of personality and exposure. Since you have two dogs, I venture that you may not have taken him too many different places alone, which is how socialization and confidence are built. It's not too late to start along those lines, using reward and praise. This will not stop him from barking at highly unusual things, but it will cut down on the things that are unusual, broadening his worldview at an age when he still has a lot of flexibility. Group obedience classes,taught by a good positive instructor, are also great confidence builders, especially since you then need to practice in different places. The time to do all this age-wise is now,if you can. Waiting will make it harder.
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Comment by Denis J. on July 24, 2014 at 10:42am

Exposing him to those situation that he doesn't like; immediatly reward and praise when he remains calm and talk gently, reassure, pet him all helps.   Eventually he might get out of it.

Comment by Beth on July 24, 2014 at 10:15am

Corgis, like most farm dogs, have a very low tolerance for things that seem different or unusual.   They will often bark, worried, if you do something they don't understand.  One of mine is this way, and most of the time if I tell him "it's ok" or let him sniff at something I'm holding he'll relax.

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