7 Easy Tips To Stop Your Corgi Barking Excessively

So, you’re deciding whether to get a Corgi and want to know: do they bark a lot? 

One distinguishing Corgi feature is their incredibly loud, deep bark that sounds as if it belongs to a dog three times their size. That being said, most Corgis do not bark excessively. Like other dogs, they will usually only bark out of boredom, fear, or to warn you of something.

If you find your Corgi is barking a lot, here are 7 tips to help put a stop to it before it drives you mad!  

Why Do Corgis Bark So Much?

Corgis don’t necessarily bark a lot—but when they do bark, prepare to be scared!

Despite their small size, Corgis have a very loud, very deep bark that sounds as if it belongs to a German Shepherd, not a small dog fit for a Queen

One of the reasons for their outsized bark is that Corgis are herding dogs. They were originally bred to round up cattle, barking and nipping at the heels of stubborn cows to get them moving in the right direction. Being very short and low to the ground meant that Corgis could get away with doing this without getting kicked. 

But herding cattle wasn’t a Corgi’s only responsibility. 

They were also in charge of chasing away stray animals from the farm and alerting the farmer to any threats. Thanks to their piercing bark, Corgis were—and still are—great watchdogs. 

Corgi stretching in the office

Can You Teach A Corgi Not To Bark?

Yes, you can teach a Corgi not to bark—but it will take consistent training and lots of patience.

An important first step is to understand why your Corgi is barking. Finding the root cause of the problem will make it much easier to fix. 

Reasons your Corgi might be barking:

  • Excitement
  • Attention
  • Boredom
  • Fear
  • Pain
  • Surprise
  • Anxiety

7 Tips To Stop Your Corgi Barking Excessively

1. Address the underlying causes of the barking

There are lots of reasons your Corgi could be barking. 

  • Are they barking when you’re not at home because they’re bored? 
  • Do they bark because they’re scared of something? 
  • Are they barking to protect their territory? 

Excessive barking when your Corgi is left alone might suggest that they have separation anxiety. One way to address this is to make sure their environment has minimal disturbances from the outside world. Leaving the radio on quietly can really help. 

If anything sets your Corgi off—rustling leaves, a passer by, the vacuum cleaner—it may be that your Corgi has learned to associate these common situations with something frightening. 

This is a common, albeit frustrating, problem with many dogs and will require retraining to help your Corgi ‘unlearn’ their barking triggers. 

Corgi yawning

2. Retrain their behavior

If your Corgi is barking excessively at anything and everything, you’ll need to retrain their behavior so that they no longer associate the trigger (whether it’s the postman, cars, lawn mower, etc.) with the need to bark.

You can do this using reward-based or positive reinforcement training. Gradually expose your Corgi to their trigger and reward them whenever they don’t bark.

For example, if your Corgi’s trigger is the front door opening, have someone open the front door a few times. Every time your Corgi doesn’t bark, reward them with a treat. If they do bark, ignore them and try again. 

Retraining your Corgi’s behavior will take time and patience. Don’t react to their barking by shouting, as this will only encourage them. And don’t resort to cruel anti-barking solutions like electric shock collars. Not only are these largely ineffective but they may trigger other unwanted behaviors like aggression. 

3. Make sure they get enough exercise

One of the biggest reasons why Corgis bark excessively is because they’re not getting enough physical stimulation.

Remember, Corgis are a very high energy breed. A lack of regular exercise will lead to boredom, frustration and—yes, you guessed it—barking.

Corgis need at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. If you’re not able to give your Corgi as much physical stimulation as they need, consider getting a dog walker or leaving your Corgi at doggy day care.

Not only will this keep boredom at bay but it’s a great opportunity for your Corgi to socialize.

4. Keep them stimulated with puzzle toys

As well as being high energy, Corgis are also highly intelligent little dogs that need lots of mental stimulation to stay entertained and prevent boredom-induced barking. 

Make sure they have puzzle toys to keep them occupied during the day. 

Here are 3 puzzle toys your Corgi will love:

  1. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Interactive Treat Puzzle Toy
  2. Outward Hound Nina Ottosson Wobble Bowl Dog Game
  3. Kong Classic Medium Dog Toy Pack of 2

5. Teach them the ‘quiet’ command

Since Corgis are highly intelligent dogs, one way to stop them barking frequently is to teach them the ‘quiet’ command. This might not completely eradicate the problem of excessive barking, but will help to keep it under control. 

Get your Corgi’s favorite treats, a leash, and a clicker (if you use one). Choose a time and location when you know your Corgi is likely to bark. For example, when the mailman stops by the house.

Clip on your Corgi’s leash and go to the front door. When your Corgi barks, wait for the barking to stop and as soon as it does for a few seconds, place a treat in front of his nose and say “quiet”. Give him a few more treats while he is quiet. 

After a few training sessions, be aware of how long it takes your Corgi to stop barking and look to you for a treat. Start interrupting the barking sooner. For example, if your Corgi barks for 10 seconds before looking to you for a treat, interrupt him at 7 seconds. If he obeys, he gets a big reward. Next time, interrupt him at 4 seconds. If he ignores your command, restart the training from the beginning until he starts to understand.

Corgi curled up in bed

6. Don’t leave your Corgi alone for long periods

Corgis are social creatures that hate being left on their own. 

Regularly being left alone for 4-5+ hours at a time may lead to separation anxiety and excessive barking or howling when you’re not around. 

The simplest way to fix this problem is to minimize the time you spend apart from your Corgi. If you have to go into the office every day, for example, then consider dropping your Corgi off at doggy day care so that they’re not left alone for long periods.

If your Corgi is barking excessively whenever they’re left alone (even for short periods), then practice some training. Leave them for a few seconds, come back to the house and reward them for quiet, calm behavior. Gradually increase the time you spend outside the house until your Corgi gets used to you being away. 

This process will take lots of time and patience, so don’t rush it. 

7. Consider working with a professional

If you’ve tried all the tips above and your Corgi is still barking excessively, it might be time to enlist the help of a professional. 

As a first step, visit your veterinarian to see if they can refer you to a rewards-based animal behaviorist or veterinary behaviorist. They may also prescribe medication if your Corgi displays any other behaviors alongside the barking like circling or jumping. It might be that the cause of your Corgi’s barking is pain or discomfort. 

A behavioral therapist will be able to give you personalized training and guidance to help stop the excessive barking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Corgis shed?

Yes, Corgis shed a lot because of their double coat of hair. Be prepared to hoover your home a lot and groom your Corgi at least 2-3 times per week if you want to keep on top of the shedding.

Do Corgis like to cuddle?

Corgis love human company and enjoy nothing more than lots of cuddles with their owner. Thanks to their size, they make the perfect cuddle companion!

Do Corgis bite?

Corgis aren’t naturally aggressive dogs and don’t appear on any lists that rank dog bite incidents by breed. While they can be nippy as puppies (like many other dog breeds), with the right training and structure your Corgi will grow out of this habit as they become an adult.

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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