We are 5 days in to Corgi ownership, and I must say, we are HOOKED!! I want at least 10 more (LOL)!! Josie has been so much fun!! She goes 4 hours at night before whining (needing to go for a potty break), and with highs in the teens and inches and inches of snow, this has meant for some cold, sleepless nights! She "snow plows" in the snow - you would think that a low body would not fare well in the deep snow, but NO!! She is ALL about going into the deepest drifts to search out potential scents and goodies! She was initially a bit shy, but that passed quickly, and now she is the boss of Maci (boxer puppy) and all household cats. So here's a question for all you Corgi lovers. We work, so of course she is in an indoor kennel all day, b/c I am gone 8 1/2 hours for work, and she cannot stay in a crate for that long as a puppy. She tends to make a big (and I mean BIG) mess while I am gone. I use an enzyme cleaner and after cleaning there is no odor, but it is taking 45 minutes to just clean the kennel after a day of her pooing and smooshing the poo on her floor (concrete floor, thank goodness). Any suggestions or will it just be a matter of time before she will soil her area less???

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Comment by Tracy on February 22, 2009 at 7:38pm
Hi, my corgi is a year in a half now and it gets better! she would always go in her crate, putting it smaller does work just make sure she has enough room to move around in. My partner and i have been letting her roam the house but our couch has suffered! lol. alot of bite marks but i find if you walk your dog in the morning she is less likley to detroy the house. She has been really doing good with this, we leave the basement door open with her potty pads and she goes downstairs and goes on the pads. You will find that corgis are very smart and learn really quick. We are gone at work 8 hours now and she is fine, but she needs to be walked they have tons of energy and need to work that off, if not thats when they will destroy your house. Well good luck love the pictures of your beautiful animals.
Comment by Clyne on January 17, 2009 at 5:41pm
God those EARS... I want her!!!!!! She is just so freaking cute. I'm glad she's adjusting well!!!
Comment by Alice on January 15, 2009 at 3:06pm
It's ok, many people raising puppies are not able to come home in the middle of the day and the puppies adjust. She'll get better as she get's older. Until then, keep a pair of rubber gloves handy. :)
Comment by Jill and JOSIE on January 15, 2009 at 2:01pm
That's what I thought, too, Alice. I wish I did have someone to come let her out, then maybe I could avoid the whole issue! Poo moosh is NO fun!
Comment by Jill and JOSIE on January 15, 2009 at 12:37pm
Since I am gone 8 1/2 hours during the day, I don't want to "crate" her that entire time - puppies just do not have the ability to go that long without relieving themselves, so that really isn't fair to her. We have the kennel so she can relieve herself since we aren't home, and I don't have anyone who can come let her out. I am thinking bigger might be better, and maybe she would be less likely to actually get into the poo. I really feel this will get better as she gets older, but my fear is creating a "dirty dog", one that will soil it's area, in the meantime. If it weren't for having to make a living, this would not even be a problem!! Work sure does get in the way of doggie fun!!
Comment by Alice on January 15, 2009 at 11:52am
It's true that they won't go potty in a smaller area unless they absolutely can't hold it because dogs won't typically soil the area where they sleep, but a crate is only intended for use a maximum of four hours at a time. It's recommended that if your puppy has to be confined for longer than that you should use a playpen so they have more room to move. The downside to more room is that they WILL go to the bathroom. If you cannot get someone to take her out during the day, I would avoid crating her.
Comment by Ginny and Diggory on January 15, 2009 at 10:26am
How old is she and how big is her kennel? I wonder if you might want to try sizing her down to a smaller crate temporarily. If they're in their crate, they're less likely to go, but if her kennel area is very large, she might be more tempted. As she gets a bit older, you can adjust her to being in a bigger space. That's kind of how we started.... smaller crate first, then we moved her into the kitchen (with a baby gate) and now she has the run of the house and hasn't had an accident. Pups are going to have a harder time holding it all day. Is there anyone near you who could come and let her out once a day?
Comment by Kelly on January 15, 2009 at 10:19am
Aw yay congrats on getting her, she's a cutie! My husband and I are lucky enough to live very close to where we work, so we never had to leave Gibson for more than 4 hours. Do you have any neighbors or friends that could let her out during the day??
Comment by Alice on January 14, 2009 at 11:40pm
I think it mostly has to do with age. Finnigan woke us up at least 3 times a night to go potty for the first couple nights we had him but after that he was holding it until we got up in the morning. While his potty manners were great in his crate, they haven't been so great anywhere else. He would pee (or at least dribble) every few steps he took and like you, we are gone during the day so we put him in a play pen in the kitchen with papers laid out and when I would come home on my lunch break to take him out (after about 31/2 hours) I'd find him soaked with pee, all the papers torn up and the play pen moved across the kitchen. He only pooped in there once which we're grateful for. Every day gets a little better. He only has maybe one accident in the house each day now and some days he doesn't pee in the play pen at all. A couple more months and I think he'll be doing great. If he didn't start showing improvement, we were going to try a doggie litter box. Since Josie's biggest problem is her messy #2's, maybe that is something you should consider trying. If you can get her to go in one place in the kennel, perhaps she won't end up walking in it. Good luck!

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