The Welsh Corgi is a short dog with a long history as a cattle-herder and farm guard. Welsh Corgis most often prove to be loving, loyal dogs who are highly protective. They are very active and require daily exercise to keep behavioral issues at bay.
Given their intelligence and innate desire to please, Welsh Corgis can be trained with a firm, but gentle approach. There is a tendency for them to have a small dog complex, so the owner’s authority must be firmly established early on in the relationship. Due to their cattle-herding prowess, Welsh Corgis also need to be trained not to nip or herd their human family.
So here are some tips to keep in mind when you begin the training process.
The primary thing that any successful trainer should do is gain the assurance and respect of the animal to be trained. These qualities are very significant when schooling a dog. As collective pack animals, they have a inborn need to follow a strong leader.
In a dog’s world, if you are the leader, then he will easily follow what you command him to do. Without building trust and loyalty first, all of your training efforts will possibly be ineffective. Trust and respect are not things that can be pushed, they must be acquired through affirmative communication with your four legged buddy. When your dog really respects you, he knows that his job is to adhere to your guidance, and he will choose to do it effortlessly.
In a Welsh Corgi’s world, love and affection are not the same as respect and confidence. While a new puppy just wishes to be snuggled, make sure that you do not offer love to your puppy at an unacceptable time. While a puppy is an enthusiastic force with which to be reckoned, it is valuable to establish some expectations early to take on respectable habits. By establishing rules for your dog to stick to, you let him know what you demand of him.
By having expected rules and consequences for breaking the rules you are mimicking pack behavior. Though the pack leader is at the top of the pack, each dog in the pack also has an structured place around his pack buddies.
Good luck training your new Corgi puppy!