Do Corgis Bark a Lot? Success Tips for Less Barking

Tired of your Corgi's excessive barking? You can teach your dog to bark less and enjoy a calmer home environment with patience and consistency. Learn how to reduce your Corgi's barking with this ten-step training plan and tips for success.

Do Corgis Bark a Lot? Success Tips for Less Barking

Tired of your Corgi's excessive barking? You can teach your dog to bark less and enjoy a calmer home environment with patience and consistency. Learn how to reduce your Corgi's barking with this ten-step training plan and tips for success.

Do corgis bark a lot? Yes!

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Corgis are one of the most beloved dog breeds, and for good reason. They are known for their intelligence and loyalty. However, they are also known for something else: barking! Corgis can be quite vocal, and their bark is unmistakable. But that doesn't mean you have to put up with excessive barking. Here are some gentle ways to train your Corgi not to bark too much, along with some tips for success.

Why Do Corgis Bark A Lot?

Corgis are known for being very vocal dogs, and they love to bark. They bark for the same reasons why most other dogs bark—they're hungry, bored, annoyed at someone or something, or they're warning you of a situation.

They Bark to Be Independent

The breed is also fiercely independent, which may explain why they bark more than other breeds. They aren't always the most subservient of dogs and may require some extra patience from their owners during training.

They Get Overly Excited

Corgis are intelligent and simple to train, but sometimes they get too excited and can't keep their mouths shut! A dog's excessive excitement may result in excessive barking. Depending on their environment, personality, and breed, some Corgis may bark more than others.

They May Need Your Attention

It's also worth considering that your Corgi could be overly barking due to stress or anxiety. Some common causes of stress-related barking in dogs include changes in routine, lack of exercise, or new people coming in and out of the house.

Separation anxiety is a common cause of excessive barking in Corgis, and it could mean that your dog is trying to get your attention.

Corgis often bark a lot when they get overly excited.

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Can You Train a Corgi Not to Bark?

Yes, it is possible to train a Corgi not to bark. Several methods can be used to limit excessive barking. The most common methods are:

  • teaching the dog a "quiet" command and reinforce it with treats and positive reinforcement when they comply.
  • the Relaxation Protocol developed by Dr. Karen Overall, which helps a dog learn to relax.
  • providing your Corgi with mental and physical stimulation, such as exercise, playtime, and training.

You can successfully teach your Corgi to reduce barking with patience, consistency, and the right methods.

10 Step Training Plan to Reduce Barking

If you want to stop your Corgi from excessively barking, follow these ten steps:

  1. Identify the cause of the barking - is it due to fear, boredom, or another behavioral issue?
  2. Avoid leaving the Corgi unattended in the yard as this could lead to excessive barking.
  3. Provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep the dog from becoming bored or anxious.
  4. Introduce a “quiet” command to help control barking when it is not appropriate.
  5. Look for barking triggers such as people or animals walking by the window.
  6. Place etched-glass effect plastic film on the lower half of your window to obscure the dog's view.
  7. Praise the Corgi for not barking and reward them with healthy treats.
  8. Label the action as “bark” and practice having the dog bark under different circumstances and in different places.
  9. Keep the dog busy at times when they are likely to bark, such as when the doorbell rings.
  10. Teach the dog to go to a mat or rug when the doorbell rings as a way of channeling their desire to react more quietly and appropriately.
Give your dog a tasty treat as a reward (cantaloupe is safe for dogs and can be a healthy alternative to traditional treats, according to the American Kennel Club).

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What to Do if Your Corgi Is Barking at Night

If your Corgi is barking at night, there are a few additional steps that you can take as a pet owner. Firstly, try to identify the root cause of the barking: Is it fear-based? Behavioral? Or boredom? Depending on the reason, the solution may vary.

  • For fear-based barking, it's essential to remove your Corgi from the situation and provide reassurance.
  • If it is a behavioral issue, ignore the barking and reward your dog when they are quiet.
  • Boredom-based barking can be addressed with additional exercise and play.

Remove Barking Opportunities

It's also helpful to manage the environment to prevent excessive barking at night. Consider closing curtains or putting your dog in another room if they bark at people or animals passing by. Use the etched glass effect plastic mentioned earlier to restrict the view from windows.

Other Remedies for Barking at Night

  • playing classical music or white noise to reduce stimulus
  • taking your Corgi for an evening walk or play session
  • providing a more comfortable sleeping space
  • giving them an evening pamper session
  • working with a dog trainer to help address the behavior

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Success Tips for Controlling Barking

Many dogs bark to get attention, and giving them what they want when they are barking will only reinforce the behavior and make it worse. Therefore, you might want to set yourself some rules that will aid the success of your training plan. For example:

  • Try and ignore the barking. Instead, wait until your dog is quiet before rewarding them with treats or affection.
  • Make sure your dog has an adequate amount of physical and mental exercise before you leave in the morning. A tired dog is more likely to rest when you’re not at home. Consider having a dog walker come to walk your dog mid-day or try an indoor dog treadmill during the colder months.
  • Use the “quiet” command. It is very effective. Use a calm, firm voice to tell your dog to be “quiet” and positively reinforce correct behavior with healthy treats and affection.
  • Socialize your dog. Make sure your dog has been exposed to other people and animals so they do not become overly excited and bark when they encounter something novel.
  • Consider enrolling your Corgi in the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. This program is the gold standard of how dogs should behave and can help you train your dog to better handle situations that may cause them to bark.

Final Thoughts

No matter why your Corgi is barking, there are ways to reduce it. You can teach your dog to bark less and enjoy a calmer home environment. Remember to never punish your pet for barking, as it will only make them more anxious. Instead, focus on positive reinforcement methods and provide them with plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

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