People often ask us what feeding schedule they have been on or what we recommend. For us as the breeder and having a litter group situation, we keep food in front of them at all times. We have to make sure that the every puppy in the litter is allowed a chance to eat what he/she needs. Within a litter you'll have some that adore the food dish more than others and would not leave enough for the others who are more active and less interested in the food. This also keeps down on food related behavior issues as no puppy feels the need to have to protect the food from the littermates in fear of not getting his share. When you receive your puppy, we recommend feeding approx 1/4 cup 2-3 times a day. Each puppy will need to have that adjusted according to their individual weight gain and growth and intervals in which the puppy seems to prefer. This amount may be too much for some but too little for another.
Type of food? We keep the young puppies on a higher calorie puppy food until they are about 8-10 weeks old and go to their new homes. Puppies during this time frame require a slightly higher calorie intake as they go through the stresses of weaning, learning, growing, seperation from mother and littermates as they venture into their new homes. Occasionally they have a mild loss of appetite so we make sure we pack the calories for extra energy reserves should they need them. However, we recommend switching to a quality adult formula or even a large breed puppy formula (lower calorie) once the puppy has settled into their new surroundings. Corgis are notorious for packing on the pounds which is never good for their growing bones and connective tissue. It is common for the higher calorie food to cause bones to grow at a faster pace than the tendons and ligaments and cause growth disorders and can also contribute to hip dysplasia. When we keep a puppy for ourselves, we personally use Eukanuba Premium Performance for sporting dogs. It has a slightly lower calorie content but also has glucosamine/chondroitin to build stronger joint tissue and it also has a teeth cleaning property that helps keep their teeth sparkly clean which is extremely important. You are welcome to explore the various brands and formulas and choose what you feel fits your dogs preference and lifestyle.
We always recommend puppy kindergarten and you and your puppy will not only learn a great deal but it's also a great socialization and bonding time. Different training places have varying ages in which they will allow a puppy to start classes. Regardless of when your puppy starts his/her classes, it is ver important you get a collar and leash on your corgi puppy before they turn 10 weeks old. It is my personal experience that corgi puppies take to leashing training much easier before the 10 week mark. After 10 weeks and it becomes more difficult and seemingly less enjoyable for the puppy and can turn into a chore for you both. If the puppy is still with us during this time frame, we'll usually have had the leash on them a few times even if it's just a few minutes to acclimate them to the idea.
Your puppy will have been given a bath before leaving our care so he'll have at least one or two dips in the tub when you get him. We recommend starting out with a weekly bath for about 3 weeks in a row once you get him and then once a month for a few months after that. Not so much that they get dirty but for the acclimation of the bathing process. It is much easier to get them used to it while they are smaller and more open to the idea than it is to wait until they're 27 pounds and they would swear your trying to drown them rather than a simple bath. They may be a bit squirmy at first depending on the individual puppy but just be gentle and consistent and they'll usually do fairly well by the 2nd or 3rd session.