Anonymous said: Hello! I have been asking my parents since I was in third grade (I am not in tenth) for a corgi and tomorrow I am going to look at one. I read that they need weekly brushing and lots of exercise. She is 11 weeks old. Do you have any tips or advice to help me? Do you know of a good puppy food to give her? Thanks
Check out this post that I recently reblogged from chubby.
To reiterate: CORGIS ARE A TON OF WORK but if you and your family are willing to put in the time and effort to be CONSISTENT in your training and love of your dog, then there is nothing more rewarding than owning your own manipulative little ball of fluff.
But since you are in 10th grade, you may want to consider waiting. Will you be moving out of your parent’s house once you finish high school? If so, will the dog go with you or will she stay with your folks? If she’s going with you, will you have the finances to support a dog and yourself at the same time such as food, flea meds, vet visits, and daycare/boarding? If you’ll be going to college, do the schools you’re considering allow you to get an off-campus apartment that allows dogs? If the dog will be staying with your parents, are they willing to keep up training and exercise habits once you are gone?
Corgis shed. A lot. Like clog my vacuum cleaner weekly a lot. Especially when they blow their coats. Brushing weekly (daily) helps, but there will always be fur EVERYWHERE.
Corgis need exercise, but they also need mental stimulation. If they are bored, they will destroy. Agility classes are a great way to both exercise and stimulate their minds. Sign your dog up for a puppy class. That way, they will get some basic obedience skills, and will be socializing in a controlled environment at the same time. Also be aware that they bark A LOT.
Corgis also need to be put in their place. They WILL challenge your leadership, especially when they go through puberty around 5-7 months of age. You need to work with your parents to ensure that you establish firmly that your corgi is below all humans in the pack. Otherwise, your corgi could develop agressive/anxiety problems (like Dean did - we are working with a personal trainer at the moment to help calm him down).
When you go to the breeder, make sure to have a list of questions to ask including but not limited to:
-Are the dogs tested for DM and other genetic disorders? (DON’T GET THE DOG IF THEY DON’T TEST FOR DM)
-How many shots has the puppy had thus far?
-How long has the breeder been in business?
-How many litters does the breeder produce per year?
-Is there a puppy contract? (DO NOT GET THE DOG IF THERE IS NO CONTRACT)
-Can you meet the parents of the pup?
-What is the dog’s temperament like, mellow? Hyper? Submissive?
-Can you contact other people who have adopted puppies from the same breeder?
As for food, the breeder should have the dog on a certain kind of food. Depending on the brand, you could just keep feeding the dog that food until she is around the age of 1, then switch over to adult food over a period of two weeks (never switch abruptly!). Dean eats blue buffalo, but there are quite a few good brands out there. Check out http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ or join your local FB corgi group and ask there.
Other miscellaneous things:
-CRATE TRAIN YOUR DOG it makes life a lot easier when potty training, leaving the dog at home w/o worry, giving the dog it’s own private space. Crate training resources here.
-DO NOT WALK YOUR DOG ON ANYTHING PUBLIC BUT CONCRETE UNTIL SHE HAS HAD ALL OF HER SHOTS! Even then, get clearance with your vet first. I was able to walk Dean on the sidewalk in Berkeley since the incidence of parvo was very low, but I picked him up every time another dog came by. While you may be a responsible dog owner, not all people are. Do NOT take your dog to a dog park or any other park for that matter until she has had all of her shots. Parvo kills, and losing a puppy is devastating. There are safe ways to socialize your dog such as puppy classes, and playdates with dogs who you know are up to date on their shots.
This is a lot of information and I’m sorry to word vomit everywhere, but getting a puppy is a HUGE life commitment. I know I must have forgotten some things to add too, other corgparents please feel free to add on too!
If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to ask!
Fur for the couch Friday. Thanks dean for making your own cover….
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Anonymous said: I find chubby so adorable!! Ughh want a corgi now because of him. Does having a corgi require high maintenance? What are the do's and dont's
I don’t know if I can provide a thorough answer to this question. I too was drawn in by the doe-eyed, stumpy cuteness of corgis (it’s how I ended up with a Chobley!). After three years with him and many encounters with other corgis though, I’ve come to the realization that corgis are not for most people. They are incredibly playful and intelligent, but are also very stubborn—you need to have a lot of patience to properly train a corgi. Inexperienced, first time dog owners and people who don’t have much patience may find that corgis aren’t the right dogs for them. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the corgi owners I’ve met who have shown so much patience and dedication to their dogs. I’m not a patient person by nature, so my relationship with Chubby—though rewarding—has been very challenging at times. In retrospect, I don’t think Pembrokes were a good fit for my own personality, but I didn’t know any better beyond “ohhh corgis so cute” and “feed and walk the dog daily” (edit: I did do research, but my reaction was, “Oh okay I can deal with that” without really understanding what dealing with it would entail). So before having your heart set on a corgi, think carefully about how compatible your personality and lifestyle are with the breed’s temperament and needs. Do your research (here is a good comprehensive overview of the breed, c/o of Corgi Addict). Talk to breeders in your area (CA has good suggestions for approaching breeders). Careful assessment will also allow you to determine whether the breed is too high maintenance for you. As for dos and don’ts, do make sure your dog comes from a reputable breeder and do recognize that your dog will be a lifetime responsibility. Dogs cannot speak for themselves, it’s up to their people to serve as their advocates and guardians and ensure they live a safe, healthy and reasonably happy life.
Yes yes yes yes!
I would also go to some corgi meetups and talk to owners there, since different Corgs have different personalities. But know that no amount of research will prepare you for the reality of being the sole person responsible for a tiny strong-willed creature. With great reward comes great responsibility. You can’t just take a day off if you’re tired or agitated or overwhelmed. And corgis can be very overwhelming. They will challenge your leadership abilities as well as your sanity. But if you are financially stable and ready to be a firm, fair, and consistent leader, then come join us crazies in the corgination!
Can’t go to work today, I have a case of the snorgles
$300 reward being offered for the safe return of Cami.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi last seen 8/23/14 at the Starbucks located near exit 288 off I-75 in Cartersville, GA.
She is a tri-color female, about 2 years old.
She is very scared so if you do see her approach real quietly.
Send any information on Cami’s whereabouts to Celeste at 912-685-2622 / 407-328-6305 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Signal boost! Let’s get this baby home!