You should always play with your corgi’s paws when it’s young. If you don’t, bad things can happen.
I’ve seen it many times before.
By “bad things,” I mean that you’re gonna have to deal with things like:
- Your corgi fussing during nail clippings
- Your corgi growling or nipping when you touch its paws
- Your corgi trying to escape when you’re brushing its teeth
Do you get the picture now?
Pretty much, if you don’t play around, touch, and squeeze your pup’s paws, you’ll end up with a corgi that’s terrified or absolutely hates when you touch his paws.
They hate getting their paws touched
For some reason, many corgi owners report the same thing:
They’re afraid of people touching their paws.
I don’t know why. Maybe they’re sensitive to their short, stubby paws? This just seems to be a corgi thing.
I have no idea why. It just is. And who’d actually think to touch their dog’s paws when it’s growing up? Not me. At least that’s not what I thought when I first got a corgi.
After confirming the same thing with multiple owners in our corgi group, I was surprised at how common this is.
Make them used to it
It’s just a thought: Be sure to play with your dog’s paws when it’s young.
You’re probably thinking: What if it hates it?
Keep touching it.
Don’t let it escape. When it’s still small and young, you want to accustom your corgi to getting its paws touched. The same goes for the muzzle and tail. All these areas could be trouble later on if your corgi resists.
It may sound harsh, but it’s a must. Just give his paws, muzzle, and tail (if you have one) a tap and squeeze a few times a day. And don’t let him think he can escape.
Or you just may regret it.
You’ll thank yourself later
When he grows up, it’ll be much easier to cut the nails or even brush the teeth. The last thing you want is a corgi that thinks he can escape just by fussing.
During the puppy phase, this is critical. If you don’t do it, he’ll be anxious or possibly even aggressive later on when you need to do maintenance.
Pair that with the shedding they do and not being able to brush. That’ll be fun, right?
Did you ever have trouble with this?