The Corgi is a breed that was bred originally for herding livestock, so Corgis are especially active dogs and have plenty of stamina. That’s why they need lots of exercise so that they can burn off all of their excess energy. Daily walks and playtime can make them the perfect pet for any setting, even for an apartment. So, if you have recently adopted one of these amazing dogs, here are seven special tips for taking care of your Corgi.
1. General Good Health via Exercise & Healthy Feeding
A Corgi also needs exercise for helping with maintaining a healthy weight because the breed has a tendency for gaining weight. When you combine a long back like a Corgi’s with excess weight, the result could be serious spinal problems. That’s why a healthy diet and lots of regular exercise is so important during all of a Corgi’s lifetime. Maybe even more so than other canine breeds, Corgis must have daily exercise plus plenty of properly structured play to ensure that their minds and bodies are properly utilized. Without them, they can generally turn to destructive behavior while also becoming overweight.
2. Corgi Grooming
Corgis are members of a very clean breed, which means that they don’t need to be bathed very often. They are subject to shedding all year, and although their coats don’t require clipping or trimming, brushing once a week or more is recommended for removing any dead hair.
3. Handling Your Corgi
Properly handling your Corgi is quite important because their backs tend to be fragile. When you lift your Corgi, it’s best to put your hand behind his or her front legs and then, using your other hand, support the dog’s hindquarters. And, your Corgi shouldn’t be allowed to engage in running down stairs or jumping off of the furniture because either activity could injure his or her back. But, other than their fragile backs, Corgis are generally very sturdy and healthy canines.
4. General Care & Health Issues
With regular daily walks plus some other healthy outdoor activities, Corgis can lead a happier healthier life. In addition, Corgis are well-known for how much they love water. They are prone to a few other health issues, including von Willebrand’s disease, canine hip dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, epilepsy, and intervertebral disc disease.
5. Ear Care
Corgi puppies have what are called drop ears when they’re very young. They generally come up by themselves. In some cases, however, they can require taping that temporarily helps with supporting them and encouraging them to stay upright.
6. Good Corgi Workouts
Again, due to their breeding specifically for herding cattle and being great watchdogs, they have a little trouble these days with being just household pets and faithful companions. This drastic change in their doggy occupations means that they need even better workouts, as well as mental stimulation to counteract boredom. Exercises can be varied, depending on his or her age, sex, and overall level of health. Unfortunately, a short daily walk or two around the block or a few minutes of playing in your backyard won’t quite work for your Corgi. He or she simply needs more. Naturally, a young Corgi requires much more exercise than an older one, especially if your Corgi is a 6 to 18-month-old adolescent. That’s because they have so much energy that they need to be burning off. So, engaging in brisk on-leash strolling, jogging, or even race walking for a few miles will be good for your Corgi. And, when you add some Frisbee playing, or playing fetch with a tennis ball in a fenced-in yard is an excellent workout for your Corgi.
7. Mental Exercises
Toys that dispense food can be an excellent way for stimulating the sharp mind of your Corgi because, when you make him or her work for the food, it’s a good method for fending off boredom. Moreover, they enjoy having to search and work for the food. So, instead of just handing your Corgi the food in a bowl, try placing it in a Buster Cube, Kong, or Goodie Ship, so that he or she will be spending some time working on getting the food or treats out of the toy. In addition, hiding little containers of food somewhere in the house so that your Corgi can engage in finding them, is a good mental exercise.