Taking care of any pet is a huge responsibility. Tending for your Corgi is a pleasurable duty as well. Each and every creature in your home requires consideration according to the needs of the breed. Learning what to do for your Corgi will bring many hours contentment to you and a long joyful life to the dog.
That being said, let’s get down to business. There are several major categories to cover:
- Care and feeding
- Veterinarian visits
- Training and obedience
Care and Feeding
Your dog will have preferences, but general guidelines say that puppies eat a couple of times a day (mostly dry food of a high quality) while a grown animal also consumes kibble (mixed with water) but only once a day. Treats are ok as well such as canned wet food, yogurt, or cottage cheese. (Bones can cause intestinal track impaction.) Beware of allergy and stomach sensitivity problems and adjust the nature of the food as needed. Consulting your vet and breeder will certainly lead you down the best path early on. Monitor your practice and watch for appropriate weight gain. If your dog seems insatiable, it is usually normal; but don’t give in to begging. Consult a weight chart for your pet’s height and length as well as gender. With such a compact dog, you can’t make assumptions.
Proper grooming with a professional will help make your dog’s coat glow with health (and keep toenails clipped). Finding a good groomer in your area may take a bit of trial and error so ask friends and family for help. Be sure to brush your pet during shedding season with the dog lying on his or her side. Otherwise maintenance is minimal unless you wish to do the bathing (with a mild shampoo) and modest trimming yourself. Don’t forget the paws (but be careful not to nick between the toes). Put cotton balls in the dog’s ears when immersing in water. Never shave the fur!
Your vet will give you a schedule of shots and vaccinations according to the dog’s age. After the first visit and a full checkup, you will have an account with a record for future treatment. You have now established a relationship and can take the pet as needed for any other issues that may arise such as ear infections, fleas, difficulty urinating, etc. Be particularly concerned if your Corgi stops eating. Make a decision about spaying a female dog or neutering a male. These vet visits are a large part of your expense for raising a pet along with the food, of course. The most shots occur the first year with boosters thereafter.
Training and Obedience
Training right out of the box is the first thing you think about with a puppy. There are many manuals on line and local classes; and for a Corgi, there are particulars unique to the breed. They can be naughty or nice. It’s up to you. You want an obedient dog who does not get aggressive with strangers and who can take a walk in public without a display of behavior such as excessive barking, nipping at the heels, or running away.
After you have conquering urination in strange places, digging, and chewing, the hard part is over. The breed is smart and learns fast. Everything you do for your Corgi will add up to an animal who is a wonderful and devoted companion. You in effect help cultivate his or her personality and temperament. With a commitment on your part, your pet will be at sea in the world and have difficulty adapting to change.