So I was using Reddit.com and posting under their subreddit /r/dogtraining, but I noticed that people on reddit, in the year and a half that I have been using it are growing twice as uppity about dogs and dog training like they know everything.
My recent run in was with my troubles I've been having keeping McCoy from bothering the cats. They kept accusing me of not spending enough time with him, not playing with him or exercising him enough. That corgis are so high energy that you have to be with them playing with them constantly. Which if you own a corgi (which everyone here does am I right? lol) you know that that isn't necessarily true. Some Corgis are fine never being walked (not in my case he needs at least one walk a day or he is cranky), or just playing specifically inside all the time. These people expected me to have competition quality hurdles and poles for him to run between, so that he was "properly" exercised everyday, and that I should spend all this money on these costly name brand puzzle toys, and that his kong was never going to be enough because Corgis are so smart they need so much more. Well this went on for a while and I totally kept trying to defend myself and it was making me really upset, So I deleted my post so no one (mainly the same two people) could keep telling me basically the same thing over and over.
To clarify, so you guys don't get the wrong idea too, I do play with McCoy regularly, I'm currently disabled and do what I can, which is actually a lot despite my back problems. I walk him as I can, I live on two acres and walk him around the perimeter of my yard 4-5 times while playing with him intermittently, ball or most often a Frisbee because its easier to find in the tall grass then a tennis ball. I play hurdles with him inside, I use a rolled up yoga mat or a towel and have him hop those (thats what made them have a big deal about me needing regulation equipment, I scoffed at them because I don't know many people who can just get up and go yeah I am going to buy $300 worth of equipment my dog wont use because its way too advanced, sometimes its a chore to get him to hop the towel because he doesn't really understand, I didn't get him from a reputable breeder and I think he might be a little on the slow side he actually doesn't understand a lot of things even as simple as tipping over a plastic cup to get a treat and they want me to get all these complicated things that I am very sure McCoy wouldn't understand what to do with), we play "tug" ( I put that in quotes because he doesn't actually know how to tug I just drag him around lol), ball in the house. We play until he is tired, which could be anywhere between 15-45 minutes depending on the day, he really isn't as high energy as these people are claiming my corgi should be. Then I am waiting for a bit seeing if he wants to play again and if not then I go do my own thing. Then I am playing again when he is ready, I could play with him 10 times a day or more depending on how long our play sessions are. He is such a well manner dog outside of guarding resources from the cats. Very social, listens fairly well. People love him, and think we are great together (in the real world, not on the internet though).
Usually he naps between play sessions.
Back to the thing with the cats though, he has been after them really bad lately, and they kept telling me it was because he was bored and I didn't pay enough attention, even though I specifically said he was doing it even when we were playing.
I figured out that he was actually guarding me, I had a myelogram done on my back on 6/11, and usually you are good and fine after 24 hours but I had a ton of pain up until yesterday (6/13). It wasn't until I was doped out on pain pills and not really stressing over keeping him from darting after the cats that I realized what he was doing. My cat came over and rub on my fiance on the other end of the couch, and McCoy immediately came and laid right under me in-front of the couch ( I was laying with my legs on my fiance lap) my fiance ignored the cat so she came around the dog and wanted pets from me, and as soon as I extended my arm out McCoy tried to bite her! Not a little play bite, but a full on bite! I managed to swing my arm down between them before he could actually land his teeth on her but boy I would have been super mad. I didn't yell at him or anything, my fiance asked what happened and I said he tried to bite her. So he brought him and put a 15 minute time out in his crate.
I did a little bit of research on this, and I'm not sure about corgis in general, but with other dogs it can happen from spending to much time with them, doting on them all day, letting them constantly lay on you, letting them use you as a hiding spot, etc. So I have started having him not allowed up on the couch, or allowed to lay at our feet. This was one of the things the article I read specifically pointed out because being under me, or on me like that, gives a dog that guards its owner power. I am his power source that makes him feel big and tough because things can't touch him or go near him if something goes wrong because I will stop it. That also mean no more picking him up or letting him hide near me if he doesn't like or feel comfortable around another dog. I have to keep stepping away and ignoring him.
I really did put myself in this position with him guarding me from my other pets because I treated him so much different and never put a personal space boundary on him.
I'm also teaching him to lay in his dog bed when I am relaxing on the couch at the end of the day instead of being right up in my personal bubble.
I personally don't like it, because I got him for my anxiety and I got him to constantly be right there with me, but his temperament with the cats obviously isn't going to let that be a reality for me.