Most Corgis love to swim. The fascination with water begins at an early age. Some Pembroke welsh corgi puppies just cannot resist pawing in the water bowl. Next they will be found jumping in every available puddle, which progresses to extended swims in the local lake or pond. It is more fun when someone is kind enough to throw in a retrievable toy or ball. And what dog does not enjoy tearing along the beach, barking at the foaming water’s edge and chasing sea gulls?
Natural bodies of water are not necessary. A kiddie wading pool the plastic round ones you see at department stores can be the perfect water play area for your Pembroke welsh Corgi. Choose one with sides low enough that he can easily hop in and out. Your Pembroke welsh Corgi may even be attracted to your swimming pool. Many a Corgi will jump right in, even from a diving board. One pool pooch I know has her own rubber raft for lounging. When she gets too hot, she rolls off for a dip and climbs up the pool’s ladder to get out and start all over again. It is crucial, of course, that the dog knows how to get out of the pool and is carefully watched.
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Many dogs have drowned despite being good swimmers, simply from being exhausted after falling into the pool, becoming disoriented, and not being able to find their way out. Pools should be off-limits for unsupervised pups and safely fenced off to prevent any accidents.
A Corgi’s swimming style determines his stability in the water. Without long legs to lower his center of gravity, he tends to bob about. His chin should rest on the surface, or else his rear will sink when he turns. If your Pembroke welsh Corgi likes to canoe or boat with you, it is a good idea to purchase a doggie lifejacket for him.
Any time your Pembroke welsh Corgi goes out in public, he is representing his breed and all of dogdom. Hopefully, you followed the training advice in chapter 9 and your Corgi is well-behaved when he’s out and about. He should walk along with you, sit or down quietly when someone approaches, and not jump up on them with muddy paws. He should behave around other well-behaved dogs. And you want him to look his best, so he should be groomed and clean.
Good neighbor rules extend to your home, as well. Your Corgi should not be allowed to run loose in the neighborhood, eliminate on people’s lawns, dig in their flower beds, or chase their cats. It is also not a good idea to leave your Corgi alone and outside, even in a fenced yard. He may bark or dig. He would definitely be happier inside with some safe toys and in the comfort of his bed or crate.
Your Pembroke welsh Corgi might be a welcome visitor at a nursing home or help teach schoolchildren how to approach unfamiliar dogs or how to care for a dog. Some Corgis work in Read to Rover programs, where children practice their reading by reading out loud to a dog who is a good listener. Their small size makes Corgis nonthreatening, and their cute expression tends to win over people everywhere.
Some paperwork planning is also important. You should have a copy of your Corgi’s rabies certificate at all times; it’s handy simply to keep a copy in your glove compartment. Also have a copy of any important medical information if your Corgi has a chronic illness. Emergency contact numbers for family members
and your veterinarian are essential to have with you. Your Pembroke welsh Corgi also should have identification information. A microchip, collar with tags, and/or tattoo are all helpful if he escapes or gets lost. In unfamiliar surroundings a leash is also your Corgi’s best friend.
PREPARING PEMBROKE WELSH CORGI PUPPY’S PLACE IN YOUR HOMEResearching your breed and finding a breeder are only two aspects of the “homework” you will have to do before bringing your Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy home. You will also have to prepare your home and family for the new addition. Much like you would prepare a nursery for a newborn baby, you will need to designate a place in your home that will be the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy’s own. How you prepare your home will depend on how much freedom the dog will be allowed: will he be confined to one room or a specific area in the house, or will he be allowed to roam as he pleases? Will he spend most of his time in the house or will he be an outdoor dog some of the time? Whatever you decide, you must ensure that he has a place that he can call his own.
When you bring your new puppy into your home, you are bringing him into what will become his home as well. Obviously, you did not buy a Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy so that he could take control of your home, but in order for a puppy to grow into a stable, well-adjusted dog, he has to feel comfortable in his surroundings. Remember, he is leaving the warmth and security of his mother and littermates, plus the familiarity of the only place he has ever known, so it is important to make his transition as easy as possible.
By preparing a place in your home for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy, you are making him feel as welcome as possible in a strange new place. It should not take him long to get used to it, but the sudden shock of being transplanted is somewhat traumatic for a young pup. Imagine how a small child would feel in the same situation that is how your puppy must be feeling. It is up to you to reassure him and to let him know, “Little fellow, you are going to like it here!”
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To someone unfamiliar with the use of crates in dog training, it may seem like punishment to shut a dog in a crate, but this is not the case at all. More and more breeders and trainers around the world are recommending crates as preferred tools for both show puppies and pet puppies. Crates are not cruel crates have many humane and highly effective uses in dog care and training.
For example, crate-training is a very popular and very successful housebreaking method, a crate can keep your Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog safe during travel and, perhaps most importantly, a crate provides your dog with a place of his own in your home. It serves as a “doggie bedroom” of sorts your Pembroke can curl up in his crate when he wants to sleep or when he just needs a break. Many dogs sleep in their crates overnight. With soft bedding and his favorite toy, a crate becomes a cozy pseudoden for your dog. Like his ancestors, he too will seek out the comfort and retreat of a den you just happen to be providing him with something a little more luxurious than what his early ancestors enjoyed.
As far as purchasing a crate, the type that you buy is up to you. It will most likely be one of the two most popular types: wire or fiberglass. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type. For example, a wire crate is more open, allowing the air to flow through and affording the dog a view of what is going on around him, while a fiberglass crate is sturdier. Both can double as travel crates, providing protection for the dog in the car. The size of the crate is another thing to consider. Pembroke Welsh Corgi Puppies do not stay puppies forever in fact, sometimes it seems as if they grow right before your eyes.
A small-sized crate may be fine for a very young Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup, but it will not do him much good for long. Unless you have the money and the inclination to buy a new crate with every growth spurt, it is better to buy one that will accommodate your dog both as a pup and at full size. A mediumsized crate will be necessary for a fully-grown Pembroke; keep in mind his body length, not just his height, when purchasing an amply-sized crate.
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A soft crate pad in the dog’s crate will help the dog feel more at home, and you may also like to put in a small blanket. These things will take the place of the leaves, twigs, etc., that the pup would use in the wild to make a den; the pup can make his own “burrow” in the crate. Although your pup is far removed from his den-making ancestors, the denning instinct is still a part of his genetic makeup. Second, until you take your pup home, he has been sleeping amid the warmth of his mother and littermates, and while a blanket is not the same as a warm, breathing body, it still provides heat and something with which to snuggle. You will want to wash your pup’s bedding frequently in case he has an accident in his crate, and replace or remove any blanket or padding that becomes ragged and starts to fall apart.