Activities For Cairn Corgis

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Introduction

The Cairn Corgi is the combination of a Welsh Corgi (Pembroke or Cardigan) and a Cairn Terrier. While people would breed both dogs as working dogs, the mixture of the two breeds means they become a companion more than a pooch that will herd or get rid of pests. They love people, including children, and are exceptionally talented too. However, they are less likely to get on with other dogs. They also require a lot of mental stimulation as well as a bit of physical activity to help them burn off that pent-up energy. Cairn Corgis make ideal apartment or house dogs and will continually impress you with how quickly they pick up skills. If you’re not sure how to keep them out of trouble, here are a few ideas to start you off.

Playground Slide

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Sunny Day
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5 min
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Treats
Toys
Activity description

If there’s one thing that Cairn Corgis love more than anything else, it’s learning something new. They relish in the opportunity to not only spend time with you but do so while picking up a new skill set. If the kids have a playground, there's no reason why your pooch can’t join in on the playground fun. It will merely take time to teach them that it’s not a scary thing. On a sunny day, gather a few treats and toys and head outside for five-minute training sessions. This free activity will pay off once your dog happily makes their way down the playground slide.

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Introduce
The worst thing you can do is put your dog at the top of the slide and push them down it. They will never want to go near it again! You will need to introduce your Cairn Corgi to it slowly. Begin by putting their favorite toys near it, playing with them by the slide, and even putting a few treats around it. Make it a no-pressure introduction where you don’t expect anything from your dog.
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Slide
With your dog in the same area, you slide down the slide and ensure your pooch sees what you are doing. Once you get off it, give them a treat. Keep repeating this process, helping your dog to form a connection between them getting a reward and you going down the slide.
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Take it slow
Once enough time passes, you can try to put your Cairn Corgi on the slide with you. Make your way slowly down it and reward them with a treat at the bottom. Make a huge deal about them using the slide, using a high energy voice to excite them. If they get scared, try again the following day until they will happily slide down with or without you.
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Beg

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Rainy Day
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5 min
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Treats
Activity description

Cairn Corgis love to learn new things, so when it’s too wet to go outside, you can take the opportunity to treat them an activity that will be relatively straightforward to learn. It won’t cost a dime except for a few treats, and within a few five-minute training sessions, they will be a master of it. Teaching your Cairn Corgi how to beg will be fun for you both but will also enable them to become the life of any party. What’s more, it’s yet another opportunity for you to spend some time together and bond. Head into a distraction-free area of your home and begin!

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Engage
If you want to teach your dog how to beg, you need to have their full attention. If there’s something more exciting than you in the room, you will never be able to teach them. Sit them down in front of you and hold up one of their favorite snacks. Keep it at around nose height and ensure their eyes are on you and the food.
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Raise it
Raise the treat slowly so their eyes and then body follow it naturally. Keep lifting it until their front legs are off the ground and they are resting on their two hind legs. You may need to use your own legs as a source of balance for your dog - at least in the beginning.
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Beg
Once your dog is up on two legs, give them the treat and tell them to beg. Repeat this process until you can confidently tell them to beg, they do it, and they receive a treat. The time it takes for your pooch to connect those actions can vary. However, given your Cairn Corgi’s intelligence levels, it might be quicker than you think.
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Hoop Jumping

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Any Day
Cheap
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10 min
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Hoop
Treats
Activity description

Cairn Corgis love both physical and mental stimulation, and it can be tough to try to combine the two to save time. Fortunately, hoop jumping is an excellent activity for tiring your dog out but also wearing out their mind at the same time. You can perform it in any weather, it will challenge them mentally, and it will only require ten-minute training sessions over many days. You also can buy a hoop for an affordable price, while keeping a few treats in your pocket as a bribe. This all-weather activity is something you can do inside or outside your house.

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Introduce the hoop
Place the ring on the ground so it forms the entrance to a tunnel. Let your pooch sniff around it so they can see it won’t jump out and harm them. Hold the hoop up while showing a treat through the other side. Encourage your Cairn Corgi to walk through it to retrieve the treat.
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Raise it
After successfully getting your dog to walk through the hoop to retrieve the treat many times, incorporate the word “jump” and then slowly start to raise the ring ever so slightly off the ground. You don’t want to make the change too noticeable so that your pooch is too afraid. Make it gradual.
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Jump through
Over several training sessions, raise the ring while offering a treat through the other side and telling your Cairn Corgi to jump. With enough repetition and practice, they should be able to leap through it with minimal encouragement or direction from you. Eventually, you will even be able to bring the hoop out of storage, with your pooch jumping through it voluntarily straight away!
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Chew Toys

Cairn Corgis, when they get bored, can be destructive hole-diggers. They love to forage around in the ground and can begin digging their way to China before you know it. Rather than risk having your yard look like a whack-a-mole park, you can distract them with chew toys. Let them focus on something else that keeps your section intact.

Snuffle Mat

Cairn Corgis are nosy and enjoy rooting around on the ground looking for treats (and to get into mischief)! If you want to distract them from destructive behavior than a snuffle mat is an excellent idea. You can buy them in many pet stores or even make your own. A snuffle mat has several layers of fabric, and you can scatter kibble throughout it to entertain your dog for a long time.

Conclusion

A Cairn Corgi is a lot of fun. They have pawsitively delightful mannerisms and will keep everyone in the house entertained with their antics. However, they also require a lot of stimulation that, given their dislike of other dogs, must come from you. Take the time to compile a list of activities, including those above, to ensure you fill their days with fun.