The number 1 question a new Corgi owner always asks is this. Are Corgis easy to potty train? To that effect, we’re going to use this article to tell you all about Corgi potty training. We’ll let you know when to start, the most popular techniques, and warn you about the most common pitfalls.
After that, we’ll finish up with some frequently asked questions, and you should have all that you need to potty train your Corgi like a pro!
Without further ado, let’s begin Corgi Potty Training 101!
Are Corgis Easy To Potty Train?
The answer is a little yes and a little no. These dogs have their own personalities, which is, of course, a big part of why they are so special. That said, Corgis are smart, and with patience and consistency, you can often teach them well and quickly.
At What Age Are Corgis Potty Trained?
The best time to begin potty training your Corgi is between 6 – 8 months of age. Attempting to potty train them before that is quite difficult, as they are little balls of energy that only want to play, play, play! That said, the earlier, the better so that they don’t have time to develop any bad habits on their own
How To Potty Train A Corgi – Crate Training So They Learn To Wait To Potty
Crate training your Corgi is a good idea for two reasons. First off, it helps to teach your dog not to pee in the house but rather to wait for you to take them out. Secondly, if your Corgi likes to be naughty and chew things when you aren’t watching them, then you have a place to put them so that you may safely run errands.
We should note that if your Corgi is a puppy, you’re going to need to take them outside quite often. A Corgi pup has a small bladder and not a lot of control, so as a general rule, for every month of age, your Corgi can ‘hold it’ for about an hour. Thus a 3-month-old Corgi needs to go out every 3 hours.
They also need to go 15 – 20 minutes after every meal.
This is important to know since you will need to take them out of the crate during the first few months of overnight crating, take them outside, and then put them back in.
That said, let’s get to what you will need and how you should go about crate training your corgi.
What You Are Going To Need For Crate Training
First off, you are going to need your crate enclosure. You can purchase ready-made crates, which consist of a wire framework of 4 walls with a gate in the front, or if you have children and have some leftover ‘baby gates’, you can zip-tie them together to create an enclosure that way. What’s important is that it has a door in the front.
You are also going to need the following:
- A food and water bowl
- A blanket for sleep
- A pee-pad for emergencies or a faux-grass patch that is washable
- Some toys that your dog likes to play with or chew on
- A spare blanket or sheet to drape over the back half of the crate
- Lots of doggy treats
Place all of the items except the drape sheet into your crate and then drape the sheet over the back half. The reason for this is that Doggy-moms like to have and keep their puppies in a den, so this tends to make your dog more comfortable with the crate. Speaking of which…
Getting Your Dog Comfortable With The Crate
We want to make sure that your dog doesn’t have any bad associations with the crate, so we’re going to introduce it to your Corgi quite casually. You’ll want to place the crate in an area where your dog can see you. The living room, for instance, is perfect. You want a place where you are within easy view so that your Corgi feels reassured.
Leave the gate open, and you might even toss the new toys inside casually after bringing them to your dog’s attention, and for the next few days, just leave it at that and let your Corgi’s curiosity get the best of them.
Feeding Your Dog In The Crate Makes Them More Comfortable With It
Corgis are smart dogs, and yours might well have a very good idea of what you are up to with this whole crate business, so they might not have stepped a single foot inside this whole time. We’ll have to step up our game a bit by putting your dog’s food and water inside the crate.
Don’t close the door the first few times but eventually start closing the door after they go in to eat. Watch them eat, and when your dog finishes, open up the crate to let them out and give your dog some praise and a treat.
10-30 Minute Crate Sessions
Now it’s time to get your dog used to you being out of sight. Call your dog over and coax them into the crate, promising a treat and giving it to them when they go inside. Close the door and go into another room for just a few minutes before coming back.
Do this a few times a day, gradually increasing the time until you get to the 30-minute mark. At this point, your Corgi is ready for 1 -2 hour errands and for the ‘final exam’.
Final Exam: The Overnight Crate Experience
Your dog is ready for the ‘overnight experience,’ and this is gonna be the tough one. Remember that your dog needs to go to the bathroom frequently, so based on how old they are, you’ll need to take them out at inappropriate intervals but put them back into the crate when you get back.
Your dog might whine, especially when you leave to go to sleep, but it is important not to indulge them. If you come running every time that they whine, your dog will notice and take advantage of that, so be firm.
Leave a very small amount of water in their bowl for them but not too much, as you don’t want them to need an emergency bathroom break. If they do, the puppy pad or faux grass is there, but hopefully, it won’t come to that.
With a bit of practice, your dog will get used to the crate, and at this point, congratulations are in order. You’ve successfully crate trained your Corgi!
How To Stop A Corgi From Peeing In The House?
If your Corgi is peeing in the house but has already done a little potty training, then there are a few things that you can do in an effort to stop it. Here are the most common strategies for dealing with ‘unwanted surprises’ from your Corgi:
- Potty training, take 2 – If your Corgi is very young, then you might need to reinforce their potty training by giving it a second go. Potty training time varies from dog to dog, as each has its own unique personality and quirks, so give it a second run, and it might stick this time.
- Check for ‘triggers’ – If your dog has gone potty inside, then you have to clean the area very thoroughly. If your dog catches even the slightest whiff of a previous bathroom break, then they will consider the area fair game for future potties. Clean the area well and see if this helps.
- Consider spaying or neutering – Spaying or neutering makes your dog less aggressive and less territorial, so spaying or neutering might well help if this behavior is fairly sudden (especially if springtime is in the air).
- Increase the frequency of potty breaks – Don’t forget, every 1 month is one hour of ‘holding it, so you might just need to increase the number of times that you go out in a day. Remember, they have weak bladders until they get older, so this is something that you will have to do.
- A vet visit might be in order – In some cases, sudden urination issues could be a warning sign, rather than your dog acting out. If a formerly housetrained Corgi is suddenly going potty inside, then a quick checkup with the vet couldn’t hurt, and you might catch a problem early. It’s well worth a visit, just to be sure.
- Consider a trainer – Not everyone has a schedule that supports a lot of training, and so you always have the option of bringing in a professional. There is a lot to be said for it, as training dogs is definitely a skill that improves with practice, so a trainer might be a sound investment for your Corgi and for your peace of mind.
What Are Some Common Potty-Training Mistakes?
When you are potty training your Corgi, there are some pitfalls that can be avoided. Let’s take a look at the most common potty-training mistakes that we see all the time. We’ll list them here and expound upon each briefly:
- Leaving your puppy alone for too long – Your puppy needs to be supervised all of the time until they’ve learned to behave in the house. Unsupervised, cord they can develop bad chewing habits, and they are going to use the bathroom anywhere they want. Keep an eye on your pup because they need you to teach them the rules of the house.
- Not teaching the ‘potty’ command – The potty command is extremely useful, so when your puppy goes on a puppy pad or outside, you want to make sure that they associate it with that command. Once your dog knows the word ‘potty,’ then they will know what you want, and life will be easier for everyone.
- Not following the ‘Same door, same place’ rule – Consistency is key in potty training. Always use the same door going out and always take them to the same place. Using a different door or place is confusing for young pups until they’ve learned what you expect of them when you take them outside.
- Assuming your dog knows not to pee in the house – While we like to humanize our dogs, they are still not human, and they don’t necessarily know that making a potty inside is a bad thing. Resist the urge to yell or to ‘rub their nose in it’, because all they will know is that you are mad; they won’t tie it to their bathroom break unless you catch them in the actual act.
- Failing to adhere to your dog’s schedule – 1 month, 1 hour, you know the drill!
- Trying to do everything yourself (when you don’t have to) – If you live alone, then you have to train the dog on your own but if this is not the case, get help in keeping with your puppy’s schedule. The required schedule is rough, and you’ll be very tired and cranky if you have to do it alone. So, if you have potential help, take advantage and split the workload.
We hope that we have addressed all of your questions and concerns, but just to be extra-thorough, we’re going to throw in a quick FAQ below just in case we missed one of your questions.
Want To Train Your Corgi With Peace Of Mind?
If you haven’t trained your Corgi properly, then this is the perfect time to start. Whatever bad behavior your Corgi has, whether it’s barking at night or other bad behaviors, using the right training program is the key to having an obedient and happy pup.
The training program I love and highly recommend is Brain Training For Dogs.
With Brain Training For Dogs, you’ll save yourself a ton of time and effort. Instead of banging your head against the wall trying to figure out why your dog won’t listen, you’ll follow a path that has been tried, tested, and, most importantly, that’s given proven results. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be able to fit the course around your schedule, not fit your schedule around a trainer or obedience class.
So instead of worrying about whether they’re going to be well-behaved or not, you’ll only have to worry about how much fun you’ll have with them!
And in most cases, it’s still going to be:
- Cheaper than hiring a professional.
- Cheaper than replacing everything they might break.
- And definitely cheaper than a lawsuit against you, if they decide to bite someone.
Just imagine how great it will feel to finally be able to trust your Corgi completely and never worry whether they’ll be naughty or not. Instead, you’ll have the peace of mind that you have a well-behaved pup, and the boundaries you set for them will always be there, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT.
And the best part is it also has a 60-day money-back guarantee! So there’s no reason not to give Brain Training For Dogs a try!
So if you’re tired of your dog’s bad behavior or how they react around other people and pooches, then give it a try! You’ll be amazed by the results!
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Can You Housebreak A Corgi In 5 Days?
It is possible, but it will depend on your dog and on your ability to be consistent. Take your dog out on bathroom breaks like clockwork and leave from the same door to go to the same designated place. 5-day housebreaking is possible because Corgis are smart dogs, but usually, it is going to take a much longer time.
How Long Does It Take To Potty Train A Corgi?
On average, it takes about 4 months to potty train a Corgi. It will likely be another 4 months after that before the house is completely accident-free. You can minimize this by sticking to your dog’s schedule.
Why Are Corgis So Hard To Potty Train?
Corgis can be tricky because of their tiny bladders. They need to go quite frequently, and so there is a bit of a learning curve before you’ve got their exact schedule. Get a notepad and mark every time that your dog ‘goes’ the first week and start taking them out on this schedule.
Can You Litter Box Train A Corgi?
Yes, you can, actually. Set up a litter box and put a very tiny piece of their poo inside. Take them there 15-20 minutes after eating, and after a while, they’ll start going there on their own. If you have a cat, they’ll hate you this. Fair warning!
Some Final Words On Potty Training Your Corgi
This concludes the main ‘meat’ of our article on Corgi potty training procedures. Until next time, we wish you and your sweet Corgi Terrier the very best!