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Starting Your Corgi Off Right

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Preface

Recommended Reading For:

•Anyone interested in owning a Corgi.

•Anyone with a Corgi over 18 months of age wondering why it’s out of control.

•Anyone with a Corgi under 18 months of age wishing to avoid ‘out of control’ later in life.

•Anyone with a Corgi over 18 months of age wondering why it’s out of control.

•Corgi breeders (as a resource for puppy inquiries and buyers).

•Corgi specific rescues wishing to provide guidance to homes they send their dogs, also further contributing to ensuring the Corgis they re-home do well in life.

•Veterinarians with Corgi puppy owning clients wishing to provide additional best paw forward guidance.

Myths

Most of the myths regarding Corgi are just that, myths. They aren’t ‘stubborn’. They don’t take years before they “settle down”. They can come when called, stay and heel - No Matter What. You don’t need treats (or ‘Might Is Right’) to train them, etc.

The things they typically have reputations for have far more to do with the way they are raised than their genetics. 

Problems develop (and this booklet shows you how to avoid these pitfalls) when:

•Dog owners were exposed during their puppy’s mouthing period to the popular but incorrect advice suggesting the best course of action is to ‘ignore bad behavior, reward good behavior, redirect with a toy or a treat, feign heightened discomfort, timeouts etc.’ In recent years this has become incredibly common advice but ignores one of the evolutionary biological purposes of razor sharp teeth during a period of life when they are least likely to need them from a practical perspective as they’re still nursing. The aforementioned strategy sends a message but it is a message that ultimately leads to stress for both the puppy and the owner approximately thirty days later.

•Training ideologies such as ‘Might Is Right' but more commonly the highly flawed 'All Positive/Purely Positive/Force-Free' are used as opposed to epistemic legitimate behavior modification science. No higher order social species - dogs, wolves, apes or human beings embrace either of these concepts, and for good reason.

•Their significant puppy cuteness distracts from developing a teacher/student or parent/child relationship and in many cases leads the dog into believing the relationship they have with their owner is more a roommate or a grandchild making if far more difficult to guide them. Whereas implementing more of a teacher/student or a parent/child relationship (no less loving) heads off most problems and makes later problems far easier to resolve.

•The dog was exposed to one of the many fraudulent puppy socialization classes as opposed to a legitimate socialization strategy and program. As a result when the imprint window closes (12 weeks of age) the dog is more susceptible to fear, anxiety etc. making training more difficult.

•From puppyhood to young adulthood, too much freedom to make mistakes and undo training outside of training moments. This allows poor habit formation and makes training far less likely to succeed. An example of this is allowing a dog to look out a window without supervision. This makes most dogs far more difficult to walk, exert self control and is a large contributor to why dogs are aggressively friendly or territorial later in life when guests arrive.

In this booklet you will learn to protect your Corgi from these common early relationship and training pitfalls that often result in a loss of the inclusive lifestyle most people envision and hope for when they decide to include a dog in their lives.

The Corgi

Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog”. It’s not known which dog inspired this bit of wisdom but it may as well have been a Corgi.

We shouldn’t ignore that the cute little puppy before us will quickly grow up into an athletic, intelligent, solid Corgi. From the moment they enter your life, they will be learning - whether you are teaching them or not.

However, why it is particularly crucial for Corgi owners to read is because despite their current popularity they are wired as working dogs and raising them with that in mind produces the best results.

Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. It’s the size of the fight in the dog”. It’s not known which dog inspired this bit of wisdom but it may as well have been a Corgi.

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Raising and training a Corgi is a bit like realism painting. If you want to end up with an image that best represents what you have in your mind’s eye, you need to paint with all the colors, not just the ones you like or are convenient. Trust me when I say, the Corgi is one of those breeds that often needs a few more colors in the palette.

As a result, they do far better with well-informed, diligent teachers. Regardless of the level of our intellect and potential, we (all higher order social species) have teachers when we’re growing up so that we learn how to exert self-control when our ‘urges’ are triggered. We are also diligently supervised from birth to adulthood. Not to wreck our freedom but to wreck our freedom to make mistakes. The Corgi is one of those breeds that needs and benefits from considerable guidance as it matures lest it lose its way.

This booklet is intended to provide some direction so you can provide that direction for your Corgi and so your Corgi can grow up to fulfill his or her potential, be a fantastic canine companion and always be an excellent ambassador for the Corgi breed.

Good Luck,

John 'Ask The Dog Guy' Wade

Embracing Science and Common Sense


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