Are Corgis hard to potty train?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Corgis are generally not considered difficult to potty train, but like any breed, it will require patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. It’s important to remember that every dog is unique, so the time it takes for them to grasp the concept of potty training may vary.

1. Start early: Begin potty training as soon as you bring your Corgi puppy home. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to establish good habits. Puppies have smaller bladders and will need to go more frequently, so be prepared for regular potty breaks.

2. Establish a routine: Set a feeding schedule for your puppy and take them outside to eliminate shortly after eating. Puppies usually need to relieve themselves within 15-30 minutes of a meal. Take them to the same spot in your yard each time so they associate it with going potty.

3. Supervise and confine: Keep a close eye on your puppy, especially during the initial stages of potty training. If you can’t supervise them, confine them to a small, puppy-proofed area or use a crate. Dogs generally have an instinct to keep their sleeping area clean, so a crate can be a helpful tool in preventing accidents.

4. Use positive reinforcement: Whenever your Corgi puppy eliminates outside, praise them enthusiastically and offer a small treat as a reward. Positive reinforcement helps them associate going potty outside with positive experiences. Avoid punishment or scolding for accidents indoors, as it can create fear or confusion.

5. Consistency is key: Take your puppy outside frequently, especially after naps, playtime, and meals. Puppies have limited bladder control, so they may need to go every 1-2 hours initially. Gradually increase the time between potty breaks as they get older and can hold their bladder for longer periods.

6. Be patient and persistent: Accidents are bound to happen, especially during the early stages of training. Don’t get discouraged or frustrated; simply clean up the mess with an enzymatic cleaner to remove any lingering odors that may attract your puppy back to the same spot. Stay consistent with the training routine, and your Corgi will eventually catch on.

7. Watch for signs: Pay attention to your puppy’s behavior and body language. They may sniff around, circle, or start whining when they need to go potty. If you notice any of these signs, take them outside immediately.

Personal Experience: When I was potty training my Corgi, I found that establishing a routine and closely supervising her were crucial. I took her outside every hour and praised her every time she eliminated outdoors. It took a few weeks of consistency, but she eventually caught on and became fully house trained. Patience and positive reinforcement made all the difference in her success.

Remember, potty training is a process that requires time and effort. With consistent training methods, positive reinforcement, and lots of patience, your Corgi will become a well-trained and housebroken companion.