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Perfect for Nighttime Walks

Corgis love to be walked. After all, they were once used to herd cattle and were watchdogs. It is in their nature. No matter that they are household pets; they still crave their exercise. As a breed, they have good physical stamina, and they need to stay healthy, avoid boredom, and burn off calories so they can maintain a good body weight. Think of your dog as having pent up energy, and if it isn’t released, the faithful companion resorts to chewing and digging, like other breeds. They may even howl or bark. It seems so much easier to take the pet on regular day or night walks. If you go at night, I suggest taking a good flashlight, preferably a rechargeable one like these. This will help save on the expense of new batteries all the time. If there is a way to economize, then why not.

Corgis need constructive activity that feeds their agile minds. They like structured play on a daily basis like retrieving and chasing. You can do a number of simple exercises with them and they will always comply. A short walk under an hour is often not enough. Thus, people often have to go during the day and then again later at night. When you have a corgi, you know you have a special animal with energy to burn. You can use a leash for some side by side jogging, do race walking, or long strolls in the countryside. It is not too mundane to play fetch with a Frisbee or tennis ball.

Depending upon your schedule, your first outing with your Corgi could be quite early in the morning for an hour on average. The second outing, such as at night, can be shorter. You get to know the needs of your own dog. You know if he or she likes laying with other dogs, running along a bicycle, swimming, or running on a treadmill. (There are models made just for dogs!). Whatever you do, don’t let the Corgi become a couch potato. And if you are in doubt about the safety of any of the suggested exercises, just check with your vet so you can slowly build stamina, strengthen muscles, and toughen the soft pads of the dog’s feet.

Some people have dog runs where their pet can meet with other doggy friends. A fenced in area is perfect for off-leash exercise. In addition, since Corgis like to herd, you can keep around a giant ball. By the way, these dogs love a good game of tug-o-war. Some also like to combine exercise with obedience training and the teaching of tricks. It is all good stimulation. If you let the dog work for food, it will be supremely rewarding. There are so many activities that you and your Corgi can do together beyond a walk in the dark. As other owners, the vet, and professional trainers for new ideas. You are sure to have a happy dog.

Dog Fit

Walking my corgi is a great outing for both of us. The dog gets fit, and blows off some pent up steam, while I trod myself into better tone. Plus I get to meet the neighbors who are doing the same thing. As fellow dog lovers, we are out and about in the environs getting our daily constitution, as they used to say. The dog has been a boon to my happiness at home, but on the road or out in the field, the two of us have a lot more to share. We are fitness buddies. I know the old fellow likes his walk and counts on me daily to come through. I, on the other hand, count on him to drag me from the easy chair and newspaper. And that’s hard to do!

Most dogs have energy to spare, especially when they are young. If they are not in that limp stage of old age, they like to romp and roam unless they have acquired hip dysplasia. (Remember that corgis have a long life span.) It never gets old for the pup. I like to vary the territory we cover and hope for a few surprises to perk up my pet. Some days we like the woods and sometimes the park, the playground of beloved and pampered pets. As long as it is a ritual, he will comply wholeheartedly and reward you with love. Remember he is low to the ground and adjust your terrain accordingly.

With some corgis, you can take them for a bit of a run. That will get both your metabolisms going full throttle. The dog can eat more and so can you as shedding pounds is part of the pastime. For a bit of extra exercise for yourself, consider wearing a weighted vest to increase the load on your legs and get the most out of your workout. Knowing your own dog is essential when you establish their routine as to the time of day and the locale. It bears some preparation on your part. The dogs are smart beings and it is wise to plan a few games for amusement and variety. The dogs are natural herders so anything that resembles this activity is welcome.

So look around you as you partake in your program. Are the dog owners you see running about on the thin side? Or do they have bellies busting out of their tee shirts? I would guess the former so let’s take a poll. Once you have experienced the joys of walking with your sturdy, stocky dog, by the way, you can never go back to being solo on the sidewalk. And as I said, it’s a great way to meet people and socialize. We all like that. What a great antidote to faceless Facebook.

In closing, I have a couple of tips for your impending dog exercise program or to improve your existing one. Corgis like medium to long walks, and they enjoy hikes. Parks are fine if the dog gets along with others and likes to socialize. Runs can be short for these hard working dogs so don’t overdo it. And finally, they are agile and playful and love being around kids.

Corgis Can Take the Heat

Come winter in Utah, I can’t think of anything more delightful than sitting by the fire with my corgis curled up alongside me, their heads either resting on my leg or the nearest soft pillow. They are fellow travelers when it comes to comfort and ease. They don’t fight it out for position: they seem to know where to go and who wants to be where at the moment.

The hearth glows with warmth, especially during ski season. A few snow flurries don’t bother the dogs, but when their walks are over and the required exercise is done, they relish lounging time. They come to expect it until the days grow warmer and the sunlight starts to last a little longer each day. Another ritual will replace this one – perhaps out of doors in the fresh air. They love exercise and can handle any weather conditions Mother Nature has to offer.

The high, flickering flames from the fireplace insert cast shadows when the lights are low. With a glass of wine and some sleepy time music, I am thoroughly engrossed in my daydreams. Occasionally I scan the paper or the Internet, checking the emails, Facebook posts, and latest info on CNN. The dogs have their own thoughts to recall, or fantasies in some cases. They may be in the fields herding or munching on a delicious bone. Mine are so domesticated that I can only imagine chasing a ball. They are loving pups, eager to please when it comes to providing good company. They never disappoint.

The fire burns for hours, giving us time to savor the evening and prepare mentally for the next day. The Corgis may like to lay close to the fire, but I prefer to watch it from a distance and let the wood stove fan that I bought gently circulate the air in the room and warm me up on the couch. The dogs like to be alone with me so are on alert when it comes to odd noises and surprise visits from my friends. As well trained as they are, I never fear aggression or disdain. Easy to live with, they go with the flow of my life.

I got my first Corgi many years ago and have never been happier with my choice. They learned quickly to tone down the barking and nipping. They are like big fur balls now, loving my every touch. Like plump stuffed animals, they lie about to be admired, caressed, and embraced. The fireplace is home to napping and relaxing, the best way I can think of to end the day.

I have researched and read about these fine animals and they never stop beguiling me. They make excellent pets and are the perfect mid-size for any home. They are loyal to a fault and fully dedicated to my happiness.

So the fire burns low and the embers are barely alive by bedtime. The light grows dimmer and our eyelids mutually close with impending drowsiness. No one can move, even to find the pleasure of a down pillow or cozy quilt. The wine is gone, the music has stopped, and sleep beckons. Night has fallen along with the fire and soon a new day will begin.