A Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy is typically full of vim and vinegar. Not to mention full of his own ideas. To live with a Corgi in peace and happiness, it’s necessary to train him. Once your Corgi puppy understands the house rules, he’ll be a joy. But, a Pembroke that doesn’t learn the house rules can become a terror. All the more reason to employ these 3 effective methods to train your Welsh Corgi puppy, right?
Always use a moderate tone of voice
Corgis are unusual in that they don’t respond well to a loud, rough voice. The first time I chewed my Corgi out in an angry tone, Corky Porky Pie ran in circles, jumped all over me, and raced off. I was totally frustrated. I can’t say for sure what his frame of mind was, but it certainly wasn’t one of obedience. If you feel you just have to chew your Corgi out for bad behavior, drop your voice down half an octave and in a quiet, moderate tone, tell him what you think.
Use food as a training tool
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are chow hounds. Like most Corgis, my Corky Porky PIe will do anything for a tidbit of food. When you’re training, use that trait to your advantage. Just be sure you keep it to a tidbit at a time, as Corgis gain weight easily. I use small pieces of weight-loss dog food, as well as bits of carrots and apples, for training rewards.
Start training early and be consistent
You can start training your Corgi puppy from day one. Don’t expect him to learn to roll over and play dead at that age, but you can teach him simple, basic house rules. Teach him not to growl when you move his food bowl, not to jump on the furniture (if that’s the way you want to play it), to come when called, and other basic commands. Be consistent. Corgis are very smart and if you tell him he can’t do something one time, but then you let him do it the next, he’ll figure you’re a pushover and he’ll do what he wants. While training your puppy, remember to keep your voice moderated and don’t try to physically punish a Corgi. They don’t like to be pushed around and become non-complaint when trained with roughness. (Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc.)
By training your Welsh Corgi, you can deepen the bond between you, while at the same time making him a joy to live with. Your Corgi puppy is, no doubt, the smartest dog on the planet and you’ll want to show him off to all your friends, so they can see what a brilliant, well-behaved dog he is!
“Be a Responsible Dog Owner,” American Kennel Club, akc.org.
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