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Welsh Corgi Training – What Works, And What Doesn't

Welsh Corgi Training – What Works, And What Doesn't

Some dog training methods are based on what makes the OWNER feel good, rather than on what actually makes sense to the Welsh Corgi.

For example...

"Positive only" or "purely positive" dog training has become popular nowadays.
With those methods, you bribe your Corgi to do something with food. If he does the desired behavior, he receives the reward. If he doesn't do the behavior, nothing happens. 

Treats can be great motivators. But if your dog will only obey for a treat, then HE is in charge of his obedience, not you

You don't make him do anything. You don't even say "No" to him. No matter how bad his behavior is, you don't do anything that would make him feel the slightest bit uncomfortable or unhappy – even for a split second, and even if doing so would completely solve a really bad behavior.
Imagine if we raised our kids that way.


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The problem with "positive only" dog training

Well, that's easy. It doesn't work. Oh, it's fine for teaching fun things – like tricks – where it really doesn't matter whether your dog obeys or not. If you tell him to shake hands or roll over and he doesn't do it, who cares?

But for teaching your dog to come when called in the presence of temptations or distractions.... for teaching your dog to act politely (rather than aggressively or fearfully) toward strangers or other dogs.... for teaching your dog to stop jumping on people, stop barking, stop chasing the cat...

....positive-only dog training doesn't work.

Think about it. What happens when you want your dog to stop chasing a cat and come to you – but at that particular moment he's not hungry and would RATHER chase the cat than munch on a biscuit?

Owners who rely on positive-only dog training are stuck whenever their dog "isn't in the mood" to do something.... or even more importantly, to STOP doing something.

An old trainer once said that if a dog really wants to chase a cat, he will chase it "regardless of biscuits showering upon him like manna from heaven."

  Positive-only dog training does not teach your dog to respect you. And it is RESPECT that motivates a dog to be well-behaved even at times when he doesn't feel like it.


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Why Respect Training makes more sense to dogs

Respect Training is a balanced philosophy of dog training. "Balanced dog training" means both positive and negative consequences for one's behaviors.

Real life for ALL living creatures consists of learning from both positive and negative consequences.

  • Positive consequences encourage us to repeat a behavior.
  • Negative consequences discourage us from repeating a behavior.


For example, we hold the door open and someone says, "Thank you!" (positive), so we are likely to do it again. We take an extra-long lunch break and the boss docks our pay (negative), so we are less likely to do that again. We learn from both positive and negative consequences and behave accordingly.

So do dogs. When a puppy plays with his mother, if his style of play is reasonable, she responds in a positive manner. But if he gets too rough, she is quick to correct with a growl.

Does Puppy become depressed and never play with another dog again? Of course not. He is happy to play – only more gently.

Dogs learn best from balanced dog training, where their behaviors can result in positive OR negative consequences.

  • Positive consequences mean you reward desirable behaviors with praise, petting, toys, games, and yes, treats.
  • Negative consequences mean you correct undesirable behaviors with a corrective word, a tone of voice, body language, hands, collar, or the leash. Negative doesn't mean abuse! You can absolutely correct your dog without being cruel. Don't ever let the "purely positive" folks tell you otherwise.

Your corgi learns from both positive and negative consequences. Momma Corgi will let Puppy know if he is playing reasonably or if he gets too rough.


By showing your dog both positive and negative consequences, he can make a conscious choice to do what you want – not only when he's in the mood for a reward/treat, but also when he might not care a hoot about the reward/treat but he still controls himself because he doesn't want a correction.

All of life works this way – "cause and effect."

And here's the best part...


 When YOU become the arbiter of your dog's behaviors – the one who gets to say yea or nay about what he's allowed to do – your dog feels respectful toward you.

And once your dog respects you, he will listen to you. He will pay attention to you. He will do whatever you ask, and stop any misbehavior upon a single word from you.


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Linda Eltringham - August 12, 2018

THANK YOU! One of the smartest, would do anything I asked if she knew it, advanced Corgis I’ve ever trained was my first. My instructor taught me, “It doesn’t take any more effort to make a dog sit crooked than sit straight.” or “If a dog is properly taught to retrieve he will retrieve anything.”. I taught Imp in the “old school” positive/negative training method. One time I asked her to retrieve my purse. She was a small Corgi and the purse was big. She brought it to me, however, dragging it by the strap. I could also put a dime on a tiled floor, 6 feet away and tell her to “get it”. She would pick it up and bring it back to me, holding it by her front teeth. She frequently did this and never swallowed it. I don’t ever remember her being depressed. Actually, she was my constant companion as much as she could. My instructor taught us that dogs should learn by love, praise and affection. She told us, “You can always praise a dog. You may not have a treat or toy with you. Your dog should work because it loves you.”. I haven’t heard someone promote the positive/negative way of training in a long time. YEA for someone at least showing that there are other ways of training than the “only positive” method that seems to be the only one around. I’ll never forget going to a “pawsitive” training class. It was the only class I could find in the area and I wanted to get my two Corgis out in the world. I was forced to put a buckle collar or harness on my Corgi. I chose the collar. Harnesses are a joke unless you’re tracking or pulling a sled. I tried to explain that they didn’t work well on a Corgi as their neck is bigger than their head. To go on, we were teaching healing. My Corgi was being a brat, and I jerked the lead (with a buckle collar). The instructor chastized me for about 3 minutes about how could I do that to a Corgi, that I could have caused back problems, neck injury, and she went on and on. I’ve trained for 55 years (I started young), and I’ve always had Corgis.

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