Preparing for your puppy to come home

Preparing for your puppy ahead of time will help the transition go smoothly. We suggest that you read the all of the following topics to help you prepare for your puppy and get off to a great start. 

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Recommended Puppy Products for Corgis

Food and Supplements

  • We feed all of our dogs Hills Science Diet.  I recommend that you continue to feed your puppy this food at least until he has had time to adjust to his or her new home.  I feel that it is important to feed a high quality dog food.  Another good dog food is Purina Proplan. The only food that I would stress that you do not feed is Blue Buffalo.  I have known of several instances where dogs on this food developed pancreatitis and had to be put to sleep.  Please research dog foods before you switch.  I also recommend having the probiotic fortiflora on hand in case your puppy has diarrhea or goes off food. I would suggest feeding it for the first week of coming home.  
  • Corgis tend to go through major shedding periods when the seasons change.  They will need lots of combing during this time when they loose their undercoat.  Feeding a high quality food and supplementing with salmon oil can help.  When using a shedding comb, greyhound comb or undercoat rake, it often helps to mist your dog with water and get the fur damp before combing.

Toys

  • We often get asked about what some of our dogs favorite toys are.  Our dogs like toys that crinkle, have realistic fur and make a sound.  As babies we trade out toys every day so they have a different toy to play with each day. We trade out toys with our older dogs too so they do not get bored.  When you bring out the toy again they often get very excited. I don’t like toys with lots of stuffing because some dogs tear them open and remove the stuffing.  Please supervise your dog if they are playing with a stuffed toy to ensure that they do not eat the stuffing which could cause major problems and even require surgery. Interactive toys like Hide a Squirrel and Bob a Lot treat dispenser help keep your dog’s mind active.  
  • I prefer to buy toys online and not in stores where other dogs may have mouthed a toy.  I would hate your your puppy to get sick from a slimmed toy in a store. Here are a few of our dogs favorites.  

Flat Furry Toys

Crinkle Toys

Soft Fun Toys that Make Noise

Interactive and Active Play Toys

Teething Aids - Natural Chew Toys to help with teething

At Home

  • Crates, beds, beds, bowls, pens and more
  • Our dogs sleep in plastic crates.  That is not to say that wire crates are bad I just prefer plastic crates.  When purchasing a plastic crate, I look for ones that are sturdier, bolt together and are around 28-30 inches long like a Petmate crate. The downside of a plastic crate is that some dogs will chew on them.  If you choose a wire crate, I would look at buying one with heavy wires that has a divider so you can make it larger as your puppy grows. I have several Midwest wire crates that I have used on occasion.  You may want to use a towel in the bottom of the crate while your puppy is young and change to a pad as they get older.  Our puppies are use to sleeping on a crate pad. Make sure to buy a pad that fits your crate and is machine washable and check reviews to make sure that pads do not leak through.
  • I prefer stainless steel bowls because they are so easy to clean.  They come with or without non-skid bottoms. I recommend a medium sized bowl which hold approximately 2 quarts.
  • Your puppy will be litter box trained and will be use to going to the bathroom outdoors.  I use a 30×30 inch rabbit tray to hold litter.  For litter I purchase pelletized bedding (wood pellets used for horse stalls) at Tractor Supply.  Do not use the wood pellets that are sold for burning.  A Pen Set Up Guide will be included in the Buyers Resources section. 
  • I prefer washable pee pads.  Puppies often think that the disposable pee pads are toys and shred them
  • I also suggest Bell Training your puppy to alert you when they need to go out to the bathroom.  A Bell Training Guide will be included in the Buyers Resources section.
  • When it comes to collars, even though your puppy is microchipped it will need a collar with an ID tags.  ID tags that dangle often get hung on things and can get pulled off.  For that reason I like the slide on collar ID tags or collars that are personalized with your information.  For standard collars, I like the Lupine brand collars.  They are sturdy yet lightweight, washable, come in many colors and designs and can be adjusted 8-10 inches.  My adult female dogs wear 3/4 inch Lupine collars that are the 12-22 inch length.  Lupine collars are guaranteed even if they are chewed. My adult males wear 1 inch wide Lupine collars that are the 16-28 inch length. 
  • Since Corgis’ heads are the same size or smaller than their neck and body it is super easy for them to pull out of a collar.   If you  plan on walking your dog I would suggest a harness.  It may be best to try a harness on in the store and check for size. Your puppy will come with a standard leash but you may also wish to buy a retractable leash.
  • If you are using the training videos provided in the Buyers Resource section, you will see a “Long Line” used.  There are many available for under $10.    
  • If you plan on taking your Corgi for swims, make sure to get a doggie life vest.

Crates and Mats

Pens and Gates

Potty Box, Washable Potty Pads and Hanging Bell

30 x 30 Rabbit Tray
Tractor Supply

Wood Pellet Bedding
Tractor Supply

Food and Water Bowls

Collars, Leashes, Harness and ID

Grooming

  • I do not recommend washing your dog more than once a month unless they get into something nasty and smelly.  Washing too often can dry out their skin.  When washing an aide such as the Zoom Groom can help loosen hair.  I always get asked what shampoo that we use on our puppies.  We use Isle of Dogs Tearless Puppy Shampoo.  They also offer options for adult dogs. I also like the Cowboy Magic products.  To make brushing go easier, rub a dime size amount of Cowboy Magic detangler between your hands then rub through your dogs hair.  

Washing

Brushing

  • For puppies I recommend that Hartz Groomers Best Small Combo Brush and The Groomers Best Small Slicker Brush.  Your puppies have been brushed with both types of brushes here.
  •  For adult dogs I recommend daily brushing with a pin brush, rake or slicker. Hair coat can vary depending upon genetics, type of food fed and environment and sometimes one brush will work better on one   
  • After washing I recommend a greyhound comb or shedding comb with course and fine teeth to help remove dead hair.   
  • Corgis tend to go through major shedding periods when the seasons change.  They will need lots of combing during this time when they loose their undercoat.  Feeding a high quality food and supplementing with salmon oil can help.  When using a shedding comb, greyhound comb or undercoat rake, it often helps to mist your dog with water and get the fur damp before combing. 

Nail Trimming

  • It is important to trim your dogs nails.  We trim puppies nails with human fingernail clippers.  Adult dogs need their nails trimmed too.  When dogs have long nails, pressure is exerted on the nail bed causing it to be painful when the dog walks much like wearing shoes that are too short.  This can eventually cause the rotation of joints in the foot and make walking very painful for your dog. 

Puppy Proofing Your House

What your puppy comes with

Choosing a Veterinarian

Litter Box Training

  • Your puppy is well on its way to being house trained. 
  • Some people will choose to a litterbox due to their work schedule
  • They have been trained to use a litter box, pee pad and grass.  
  • We suggest that you set up your puppy’s living area much like ours so that it makes it easier for your puppy to make the transition. 
  • Your puppy has been started with house training you you will have to complete the process as her or she gets older.  
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