You’ve just gotten yourself a Miniature Corgi puppy. Now what?
While this breed of dog may be small, their needs are not any less than their larger counterparts.The opposite may be true.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your Miniature Corgi and make sure they live long and healthy lives!
1) Trim Their Nails Monthly
Trimming your dog’s nails doesn’t have to be scary, but it is important.
Be sure you know where to trim the part of your dog’s nail that extends past their quick (the blood vessel and nerve inside) is sensitive and can bleed easily if cut too short.
Check out our in depth guide for trimming advice, information about how dogs perceive pain, and an easy do it yourself tutorial.
If you get nervous about clipping your dog’s nails yourself or if you have trouble finding them, don’t worry professional groomers often offer nail trims as part of their services.
2) Brush Their Teeth Daily
Like all dogs, miniature corgis have teeth that should be brushed once or twice a week.
They also need dental care, so have your vet check them regularly for early signs of tooth decay.
Always make sure you get veterinary approval before attempting any sort of dental cleaning on your pet.
Some animals are allergic to certain kinds of toothpaste and may experience pain when exposed to an unfamiliar substance.
3) Keep Them Entertained
A bored corgi can be an unhappy corgi, as they are very playful dogs who love company.
You must find something for your pup to keep them entertained when you’re not home, whether it’s something as simple as their favourite toy or a more complex puzzle toy.
Not only does it make them feel loved and appreciated, but it also keeps their mind active and prevents boredom-induced destructive behaviour (like chewing things up around your house).
Plus, mentally stimulating toys can help stave off behavioural issues like anxiety and depression too.
That said, don’t overdo it, doggie burnout is real. Make sure your puppy gets plenty of exercise time outside every day and give them lots of playtime with people at home.
4) Give Them Lots of Love and Affection
The word cute isn’t one you tend to associate with dogs. But that doesn’t mean we can’t love them.
If you have a cute little doggy in your life, make sure he gets lots of affection. If you don’t already, give him extra cuddles and kisses.
It will keep him happy, healthy, and well behaved. Plus, if they know they are loved it will help them trust humans which is very important when handling a dog.
Make sure they get some exercise. Like most dogs, corgis need exercise every day or two to stay healthy and happy.
5) Play Fetch With Them Every Day
It’s not just good for them, it’s also good for you. Playing fetch gets your pup exercising and helps strengthen your bond.
Plus, who doesn’t love seeing their dog prance back and forth with his toy? If you live in an apartment and have nowhere safe to play fetch, go outside together once or twice a day (when it’s warm enough) and let him run around with his ball.
There’s no better time than now for bonding! Just be sure that he doesn’t dart out into traffic or off after any other animals before you take him back inside.
6) Feed Them The Right Diet
Since most miniature corgis are given human food, check with your vet to make sure that it is okay for your specific dog.
Sometimes, human food isn’t best for canines; their digestive systems simply can’t handle certain ingredients.
Also, remember that your dog needs time for digestion. Don’t rush them off their dinner; try to give them at least 30 minutes after they finish eating before you take them out for another run around the yard.
This will help avoid any tummy problems while decreasing their chances of developing arthritis.
Regular vet visits: Vets always encourage owners to come in at least once a year and more often if they notice any health changes.
7) Keep Them Well Groomed
Even though corgis are adorable, they do require regular grooming. Make sure that your dog is brushed weekly and gets haircuts every few months (although some owners trim their dogs’ fur shorter so it doesn’t get matted).
It’s also important to pay attention to your dog’s ears and clean them regularly. Many corgi owners share that one of their biggest regrets is letting their pet go ungroomed for too long.
As cute as these little dogs can be, it’s better for both you and your dog if you keep them well-groomed.
Regular brushing will reduce shedding, prevent odour, and make your pup more comfortable by getting rid of dead hair and reducing irritation from sunburn or insect bites.
8) Consult Your Veterinarian Regularly
It’s easy to take your dog for granted. There are certain things, however, that you should check with your vet before doing both for health reasons and because some dogs get territorial when it comes to parts of their body.
Your veterinarian can tell you what kind of shampoo or other products you should be using and how often they should be bathed, says Brooks.
It also might be helpful to consult them if your dog is having difficulty grooming himself in any way he may need a bath more often than usual.
Moreover, not all dogs will require frequent baths (in fact, many groomers suggest bathing an animal only once every two months), so make sure you talk with your vet before jumping in with soap and water.
9) Take Them For Regular Exercise Walks
Dogs, especially those that are indoors for most of their lives, need regular walks and periods outdoors.
Not only does walking benefit them physically, but it also helps to alleviate stress and prevents boredom.
To keep your dog fit, choose a 30 minute walk twice daily once in the morning and once after dinner or at night.
If you have multiple dogs, consider getting a dog walker or hiring someone else in your home who can take them out during their downtime while you’re at work or school.
This is an especially good idea if you live in an apartment building or other area where your pup may be restricted from going outside whenever he pleases (or if you just want some help with these tasks).
10) Set Aside Plenty of Playtimes
With Your New Best Friend.
Don’t underestimate how much exercise your new best friend will need. The American Kennel Club recommends that adult Corgis get between 30 and 60 minutes each day of regular exercise.
Add another hour or two each day if you have an active lifestyle or live in an area where you can go for lots of walks, hikes, and trips to dog parks.
Talk with your vet about starting at a reasonable distance (and pace) for your little buddy and seeing how she does as you both become more fit over time.
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