9 Simple Steps To Potty Train Your Corgi 

If you want to potty train your Corgi, you must be consistent and diligent. While indoors, they must be supervised at all times to ensure you catch accidents before they happen. 

Potty training your new puppy might be one of the less fun aspects of being a new Corgi owner, but it’s one of the most important. There’s nothing worse than your lovely home being covered with dog poop and pee!

In this article, I’m going to walk you through 9 simple steps to potty train your Corgi fast. Follow each step and I guarantee your puppy will be housebroken in no time. Just don’t forget that the most important rule of all is: consistency. Consistency with supervision, toilet breaks, and praise. 

Let’s go!

Key Takeaways:

  • Establish a consistent schedule for toilet breaks to reinforce positive habits
  • Provide lots of opportunities for your Corgi to relieve themselves outdoors, especially after meals, naps and playtime
  • Consider crate training as a helpful tool in potty training, ensuring it remains a positive space for your puppy
  • Always supervise your Corgi while potty training—this will help speed up the process
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Potty Training: A Step-By-Step Guide for New Corgi Owners

Here’s the 9-step process to get your Corgi potty trained in no time!

1. Prepare Your Home

Before bringing your Corgi puppy home, puppy-proof your living space. Remove any hazards such as toxic plants, electrical cords, and small objects that could be swallowed.

2. Create A Safe Space

Set up a designated area where your puppy can feel safe and comfortable. This could be a crate or a cozy corner with a bed and toys.

3. Use Crate Training

Speaking of crates, these are a fantastic way to teach your Corgi puppy to hold his bladder. That’s because your puppy will want to avoid soiling where they sleep

So by confining them to their crate when they’re not under your direct supervision, you’ll reduce the likelihood of accidents.

The crate should be just large enough to stand up, turn around, and lay down in. If you make it too large, they’ll use half as a space to sleep and the other half as a toilet! 

And don’t worry about your dog feeling claustrophobic. They have what’s called a ‘denning’ instinct, which makes them feel safe and secure in small spaces.

Don’t include bedding or pillows in the crate until you’re certain your Corgi puppy won’t soil in there. And make sure that alongside crate training, you give them plenty of opportunities throughout the day to go out for a toilet break. Never leave a puppy in a crate all day.

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4. Establish A Routine

Corgis, like all dogs, thrive on routine, so start establishing a schedule for feeding, bathroom breaks, playtime, and nap time. 

Take your Corgi puppy outside frequently, immediately after meals, naps, and playtime. Use verbal cues like “go potty” so your puppy learns to associate this with the act of elimination.

By adhering to this structured routine, you provide your puppy with clear expectations and opportunities to learn proper toilet habits.  

Here’s a sample schedule while your Corgi puppy is still learning:

  • 7:00 am: Morning toilet break
  • 7:30 am: Breakfast
  • 7:40 am: Toilet break (straight after food)
  • 11:00 am: Lunch
  • 11:10 am: Toilet break (straight after food)
  • 12:30 pm: Toilet break
  • 2:00 pm: Toilet break
  • 3:00 pm: Afternoon playtime
  • 3:15 pm: Toilet break (straight after playtime)
  • 4:00 pm: Dinner
  • 4:10 pm: Toilet break (straight after food)
  • 5:00 pm: Toilet break
  • 6:00 pm: Toilet break
  • 8:00 pm: Final toilet break before bed

In the beginning, you’ll want to give your Corgi plenty of opportunities to go to the toilet outside. Anywhere from every 15 minutes to every hour is normal.

Stick to these intervals until your Corgi is successful for several days in a row. Then, gradually increase the amount of time between intervals.

If you see accidents indoors, go back to more frequent potty breaks and increase supervision when inside the house. 

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5. Always Supervise Your Corgi Puppy

It would be best if you supervised your Corgi whenever they’re awake so that you can interrupt inside accidents and reward outside potties. 

Watch out for signs that they need to use the bathroom. For example, walking around in circles, sniffing the ground, or squatting. As soon as you notice this behavior, take them outside.

If they’ve already started to poop/peep indoors, clap your hands and say ‘ah ah!’ and take them outside as quickly as possible. Then watch them until they’re finished so that you can praise them and give them a treat.

6. Reward Good Behavior

It’s so important to supervise your Corgi when outside, so you can see if they’ve gone to the toilet or not. When they do, shower them with praise (say ‘good dog!’ and give them treats) so that they learn that this is good behavior.

Don’t just let them go outside and shut the door because you won’t know if they’ve been to the toilet or not. This will lead to more accidents indoors.

7. Leave Mess Outdoors For A Little While

When your Corgi puppy successfully uses the toilet outside, don’t clean up the poop straight away. Leave it there until they’re due for another toilet break. 

Dogs like to go to the toilet in the same place, so by leaving their poop there you will encourage them to do the same thing again!

After each new poop has been left in that area, you can clean up the previous one.

8. Clean Up Accidents Inside Thoroughly

As I said above, your Corgi puppy will want to return to spots where they weed/pooped previously. That’s why it’s really important you thoroughly clean any areas indoors where they’ve had an accident. 

If they’ve had an accident on the carpet, you’ll need to use an enzymatic cleaner that’s strong enough to get rid of dog urine. Try Angry Orange Pet Odor Eliminator

This product can also be used if they’ve had an accident on a hard floor, like tiles or wood. Follow the instructions on the container and make sure you thoroughly clean the area so no trace (or scent) of the wee/poop is left behind.

9. Be Patient And Consistent

The most important step of all when potty training your Corgi puppy is to be patient and consistent. 

Mistakes will be made along the way but that’s okay. That’s normal. As long as you follow the steps above, your Corgi will soon get the hang of using the toilet outside.

Make sure you stay positive and celebrate the small victories along the way!

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Top Tips To Speed Up Potty Training

Give them lots of opportunities to go to the toilet

Provide your Corgi ample opportunities to relieve themselves in the right area so that they can develop good skills. This involves frequent toilet breaks throughout the day, particularly following meals, naps, and playtime.

Offer some allowance for your puppy to take their time while outside. With consistent repetition and praise, they’ll soon get the hang of it. 

Give your Corgi a consistent diet

It is essential to maintain a consistent and balanced diet for your Corgi for their overall health. The food you opt for should be tailored to their size and age and of high quality. A regular feeding pattern helps keep their digestive system in check, minimizing incidents of indoor accidents. 

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Consider different textures

Encouraging your Corgi to relieve themselves outdoors on a variety of surfaces, including grass, gravel, or pavement, can aid in generalizing their potty training skills. By exposing them to different textures during outdoor outings, you help them associate the act of elimination with various environments. 

This broadens their understanding of acceptable toilet locations and reduces accidents indoors. Encourage and praise them when they use different surfaces, reinforcing the desired behavior and strengthening their potty training habits. 

Differentiate between toilet time and playtime

To prevent confusion for your Corgi, it’s vital to differentiate between toilet time and playtime. During toilet breaks, keep interactions minimal and focus solely on the task at hand—eliminating.

Reserve playtime for designated periods when your Corgi isn’t expected to relieve themselves. Consistency in separating these activities fosters better potty training habits and reduces accidents indoors.

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Never punish them

If you want to help your Corgi become better with toilet training, use positive reinforcement like verbal praise or treats. Never punish or shout at them for having an accident, as this can make them more anxious during the learning phase and slow down progress. 

By focusing on positive reinforcement, you create a supportive and encouraging environment that motivates your Corgi to repeat good habits.

Take your time… it’s a process

Teaching your Corgi the right way to potty can be challenging, but with patience and consistency, they’ll get the hang of it.

It’s important to mark every small step of progress and stick to your training routine. No need to panic when accidents happen; instead, try to calmly learn from them. By quietly recording progress and providing an encouraging atmosphere, your Corgi will soon be fully housetrained.

To summarize:

  • Consistency is key – Stick to a regular schedule and routine to reinforce good habits.
  • Use positive reinforcement – Reward your Corgi with praise and treats when they potty outside.
  • Supervise indoors – Keep a close eye on your puppy indoors and intervene if you catch them in the act of eliminating indoors.
  • Clean accidents thoroughly – Use an enzymatic cleaner to remove traces of urine or feces, discouraging repeat accidents.
  • Be patient and persistent – Potty training takes time, so stay committed and consistent in your efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I take my Corgi out to pee? 

Take your Corgi out every hour, and straight after meals, naps, and playtime.

How do I stop my Corgi from peeing in the house?

Supervise closely indoors and redirect them outside if you catch them in the act.

How long does it take to potty train a Corgi?

Potty training can take several weeks to months, depending on the individual dog and consistency of training.

Are Corgis hard to potty train?

While Corgis can be stubborn, they are very intelligent and can be successfully potty trained with patience and consistency.

How to potty train a Corgi at night?

Limit water intake before bedtime, take them out for a final toilet break before bed, and consider crate training to prevent accidents overnight.

Bella is the founder of Doggy & Pooch. She rehomed Winston the corgi in Jan 2020 and now shares her best tips and interesting facts with corgi lovers globally.

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