Raising a Welsh Corgi Pembroke Puppy

Education, not training, is the basis for a happy life together with your dog! The Pembroke may not know a single traditional command, but it understands you and listens to you. It's important to understand that the puppy is not a toy or a bicycle that you can put in the corner if you're bored. A Pembroke is a bright, strong personality and a loyal friend to your family. You have got yourself a small puppy. Now it is yours, it fully and completely depends on you, and only you are responsible for its life and destiny.

At what age should you begin

Raising a puppy begins as soon as you pick it up! From its first days in the house, puppy needs to be taught the rules of behavior and interaction with all family members. Now we're not talking about training at all! I'm talking about the simple things in life: can go here, can’t go there, etc. The biggest mistake an owner can make is to let their puppy take all the liberties, and then try to forbid an adult dog from something. Remember, anything that will not be allowed for an adult dog is not allowed for a puppy!

For the first few days, you need to let the puppy get used to its new surroundings. Give it a chance to get acquainted with everyone and to explore the house/apartment. After the adaptation period, you can begin training a Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy. Early training allows you to establish a close contact with the puppy and build a trusting relationship. Training a small Pembroke puppy should be built solely on positive reinforcement and be more like a game.

There are now many online training lessons options, both recorded and one-on-one, that allow you to avoid wasting precious time and putting your pet's health at risk in quarantine.

Little useful tricks when raising a Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy
It's very handy to keep a routine. Eat at one time, sleep at one time, walk at one time. You'll find out that your puppy got a built-in clock.

Be sure to talk to your puppy, repeat the same words for the same actions. They memorize very quickly!

To keep your puppy from chewing on your stuff, provide him with "chew" material, especially during the teeth change period. You can give either a large bone or twigs from fruit trees and la variety of toys. This of course leads to extra cleaning, but it's still better than having your puppy chew on your furniture.

Feeding is an important part of upbringing. Keep your puppy on a fixed schedule. Don't indulge your puppy's whims if it starts to overeat. Give it some time, then put the bowl away until the next feeding. If your puppy gets hungry, it'll eat it all. If your puppy occasionally fails to finish his food, he may be eating too much, so reduce his portion. But Pembrokes love to eat and are constantly begging for treats, and therefore tend to be overweight. Always keep an eye on your dog's condition. If mobility has decreased, reduce portions, and vice versa. But without fanaticism.

The scary “post-vaccination quarantine” word
Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppies may be handed over to their owners when they reach the age of 45 days.

At this age a club registry of the litter is carried out - inspection of puppies to assess compliance with the standard of the breed. Puppies, whose examination by a cynologist reveals disqualifying defects, get a “not for breeding” mark in the puppy card. According to the new breeding regulations of the RKF, the mark "not for breeding" can be put on the puppy, which meets the standard and has no flaws.
Responsible breeders do not hand over puppies to owners until they’re 2-2.5 months of age, depending on the vaccination schedule. I do not want to go too deep on a subject of different vaccination schedules, every breeder has his own experience. I will only say one thing, that a puppy can be considered fully vaccinated after two comprehensive vaccinations and vaccination against rabies at 3 months and a three-week quarantine after it, which makes it 3 months and 21 days. At this age you can go to the training ground, shows and travel abroad.

‘So, what does it mean? My puppy has to sit at home until 4 months old and I have to wash my shoes in chlorine before entering the apartment?’

Of course not! Because you would be missing the most important time for your puppy's psychological development. Up until 3 months old his conditioned reflexes are forming quickly and will stay there for a long time. At this age there's absolutely no fear in a puppy and any stimulus arouses interest. The more you show your puppy just in this period, the easier it will be for you and your dog later. Also, at this age your puppy is light in weight and size, fits easily under your jacket, so you can ride public transport, go into stores, walk in noisy places with a lot of people, strollers, bikes, rollerblades, cars, other animals and birds.

The territory of the country house - a place with a minimum of irritants, so you need to travel with your puppy in the city and get acquainted with the outside world, so that later on there would be no aggression and cowardice when meeting with the unfamiliar.

During the quarantine period, it is very important not to overheat or overcool the puppy, not to walk where local dog walkers and stray dogs roam.

Puppy Welsh Corgi Pembroke toilet training

There are actually two ways and it's up to you which one you choose.
The most important thing you need to understand is:
  • a small puppy is not capable of enduring its natural needs for a long time;
  • a puppy will definitely go to the bathroom after it wakes up and after it eats.
Route number one, which seems to be the easiest and most convenient, is to combine underpads and outdoor walks. There are a few things to consider:
  • underpads are happily torn up by a growing Welsh Corgi puppy and are transformed from a personal hygiene product to entertainment;
  • you praise your puppy for doing things on the underpad. What goes through your puppy's mind? A bond is formed: you peed on the underpad, you got praised, well done! Your puppy remembers clearly that you have to carry everything home, and after walking outside for a few hours he runs home and happily tinkles on the underpad.
The second way is more complicated in terms of organization. You have to be in your street shoes 5 minutes before the puppy wakes up (just kidding). In fact, you have to take your puppy outside every 1.5 hours gradually increasing the intervals. Not for a long walk, but only to do its bathroom business for 5-10 minutes, make sure to praise your puppy for doing the right thing. If there is a puddle or a heap at home, we silently clean it up and do not comment on it. The older the puppy, the longer he is able to endure its natural needs. With enough patience and regularity, you will get results much faster than with diapers.

Welsh Corgi Pembroke Puppy Collar and Leash Training

Choose a soft cloth collar that fits the size of your puppy's neck. There should be two fingers between the neck and the collar. If the collar is too tight, it will be uncomfortable for your puppy, if it's too loose, your puppy will easily take it off.

You put it on at home and a puppy wears it all the time until it stops paying attention to it.

We also fasten the leash at home, after the stage of scratching the collar is over. The baby is running freely around the house with the leash. Important: do not let play with the leash, do not leave the puppy unattended with the leash fastened. Distract the puppy with a game or a treat to keep its attention off the leash.

Go outside and allow the puppy to move in the desired direction by tagging along with it. If a puppy is headed to a questionable or dangerous place, pick him up and walk off in a different direction. Do not strain the leash so that a puppy develops good attitude towards the leash: "leash-cool-walk." It takes a few days.

After your baby learns the joy of walking and calmly accepts the leash behind it, begin to accustom your puppy not to pull the leash and move in a given direction. When pulling the leash, stop, wait until your puppy looks at you and praise. In order to turn the puppy in a given direction, lure your baby with a treat. The goal is to make your puppy understand that when you pull on the leash, you don't go faster, but rather stop. A puppy often makes a few steps, and then realizes that he is tied up and turns on the "handbrake", or rather sits on its bum and refuses to move. Do not move towards your puppy! You need to squat down (leash is loose, but not on the ground) and call out to your puppy affectionately. If your puppy immediately begins to tantrum and kick, you need to stop and call it, it will hear and come anyway. When it comes you should give it a tasty treat and heartily praise it. And then you'll go on in the same way. You should start with short exercises, not more than 20 minutes, increasing the time gradually.

You might think it's easier to stubborn out a puppy. You'll have to drag it on its butt for a day or two, and then it'll get over it. Yes, of course it will, but how can you trust an inadequate owner after that?

The Pembroke is a very active dog, loves to go for long walks. However, if you notice that your puppy begins to sit or crouch during a walk, it means its tired. Give it a little rest and go home.

Emotional exercise during a walk is just as important as physical training. A dog's nervous system needs training just as much as the rest of its body systems.

  • A workload on your dog's psyche should be introduced and increased gradually. The first time your puppy goes out on the streets it is already going through an emotional shock, with its eyesight, hearing and smell fully loaded with new information, and its brain working intensively. But after a few days outdoor space becomes familiar, the load on the psyche drops to zero, and since the dog's brain needs to get information, a puppy begins to play and run away, trying to fill the hunger for information. That's why you shouldn't walk in one place. Take your puppy on a leash and take it for a walk down the neighborhood streets where it hasn't been yet, and where the environment and smells are new to it.
  • Try to make your walks as varied as possible. As your puppy grows, increase the distance and make it accustomed to noisy streets and traffic. By six months of age, your dog should feel confident in any urban environment.
  • On walks, try to spend more time on training, education and playing games together. If you don't spend time walking your dog, it'll get used to being left to its own and won't feel the need to listen to you.
Talk to your Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy as much as possible during walks, just like with a small child! Remember, in the first days and months, you're building the foundation of a relationship and raising a trusted friend! Show patience, kindness and persistence - then, everything will work out!

How do you praise a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy?

It turns out that this is the hardest part! We readily scold for mistakes, but do not know how to praise!

Praise needs to be sincere, genuine, not formal or fake.

Imagine that you have to walk across a narrow bridge blindfolded, and on the other side is a man directing the process.

Case One: The man comments on your every step and encourages you
- You're good! You can do it!
- Foot right, left, a little forward, do not be afraid!
And so, to the shore.

Case two: A man yells threateningly at you every time you make a wrong move. With this help, you will instantly find yourself in the water.

Case three: Man is silent and you are in the deadly silence with shaky legs, walking to the touch, experiencing terrible stress. You get to the shore and you hear yourself squeezed out.
- Well, good for you.

Can you imagine it? It works the same way with a puppy and an adult dog.

Praise your dog and it will do anything for you!

Scolding a Welsh Corgi Pembroke puppy

Any misbehavior you have allowed or created! Remember, physical punishment teaches your puppy to be afraid you, it doesn’t solve the problem. There are situations where you need to interrupt harshly and rapidly, but it should be short and emotional. I always say that when you scold for a serious misdemeanor, your dog should believe that this is the last seconds of its life.

You don't need to engage in hand-wringing, you need to sincerely express your emotions. It's also a big mistake to ignore your puppy for long periods of time - the connection between misbehavior and your bizarre actions won't click in your puppy's mind.

Reward your dog for simple actions that you enjoy and reinforce the correct behavior!