Socializing the Pembroke Welsh Corgi with children and other animals is important and needs to be done while the dog is young. The Corgi is a lovable dog by nature and can easily get along with children as long as they are not too rough with the dog. Not only will you need to socialize the puppy, but you also have to teach children the proper way to play with a dog and what not to do and also what they can do. Any dog, no matter how well trained can have a problem if they are mistreated. It is important to socialize the puppy and the child correctly.
Breeders do start socializing the puppies with other animals if they have some. If not, you can introduce the puppy to other animals and let them decide how much time and if they even want to play or not. Some dogs require more time to adjust and socialize than other dogs. If you have cats, it will be the cat more than likely, that will have a problem at first, but as they exist together in the home, they will become best friends in most cases.
Other Animals And The Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Because of the instinct of the Corgi to chase and drive, they should be taught the proper way to mingle with other animals. They also have a tendency to run and nip at the heels of other animals. This can be corrected with proper training and socialization. Your first step to socializing your puppy is to teach what not to do. You can do this by expressing love and affection for good behavior and a stern 'no" for bad behavior. Other animals may turn aggressive if they feel threatened by a dog that chases them and nips at them.
Socialization Skills Are Important
As with any breed of dog, socializing is important to get along with people and other animals. This is more so with the Corgi. Their normal instinct is the reason for this issue. Because they are natural drive dogs, they will need to curb this desire before playing with other animals as well as children.
Puppy training classes will teach the basic commands that they need to know and do, then you can work on socialization. If they try to chase children or other animals, they need to adhere to the command stop and come. This is going to help stop the unwanted behavior that causes other animals or children to retaliate against the dog.
Once you train your dog with the proper socialization skills, you can depend on your little dog to become loved by everyone. They are loving dogs by nature and proper training only enhances their good nature. Keep in mind that even the well-trained dog does need reinforcement from time to time to ensure that they do not revert to their old habits. This should disappear with age. They will learn and give up on any bad behavior ensuring you they can be trusted with children and other animals.