Almost three years ago my dream of owning my own dog finally came true. I spent weeks researching the perfect breed and finally landed on the perfect apartment dog: the pembroke welsh corgi. It took me another two months to locate a breeder (you can read about how to find a corgi breeder in Vancouver here), but once I did, we were on our way to pick her up!
I had the help of my dog trainer to figure out what I needed to bring with me on our way to pick her up—another story of a lot of research—so to save you time and stress, because getting a dog should be one of the happiest times in your life, here is my list of the 10 essential things you need before getting your corgi puppy:
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Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier, Medium
This is the perfect sized carrier for a corgi puppy* (around 3-4 months). It’s lightweight yet durable and extremely versatile. We had to take a plane to pick up Oshie and this one fit perfectly under my seat. It fit the airline requirements and was roomy enough that she could still stand up and turn around (which is what all airlines require.
Sherpa Replacement Liners
Sherpa carriers come up with a soft liner but puppies being puppies are bound to have an accident or two. My trick was to line the bottom with puppy pads (see below) but since those aren’t very comfortable for the puppy, put one of these fleece liners* on top. That way their carrier stays cozy and insulated regardless of if you’re taking them on a car ride or plane ride.
Pet Training and Puppy Pads, Regular
These are basically the diapers for puppies*. Buy a lot of them as your puppy will have a lot of accidents. They’re also great to use as you potty train your dog.
Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer
I learned very fast that Oshie had a favourite spot in our apartment to go pee. This was solved almost immediately with Nature’s Miracle*: there’s an enzyme in this cleaning liquid that changes the scent and puts your dog off from going again in this spot. It doesn’t smell great but if it prevents accidents indoors, it’s a win in my books.
Furminator deShedding Tool for Dogs
The biggest misconception about corgis is that because they’re small, they don’t shed a lot. Well, guess what. Corgis shed a lot. In one grooming session I can accumulate a ball of fur that’s almost a quarter of her body size! Corgis have 2 layers of fur, the coarse under fur and the softer outer fur. And out of all the brushes and combs on the market, the Furminator* is the best grooming tool hands down. Don’t let the price put you off. It’s expensive, yes, but I promise this will be the best investment you’ll ever make in fur removal.
Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip
There are times to splurge and times to save, and you can definitely save money shopping for dog waste bags. Skip the “lavender” scented ones you can buy at the boutique pet shops and buy these simple ones in bulk*. If my corgi is anything like yours, you’ll end up needing 2-3 per walk so you’ll blow through them quickly!
Kong Puppy Toy
Corgis are super high energy dogs that need to be given tasks. A Kong puppy toy* is a great investment as it’s super durable, and provides endless entertainment and learning for them. If you’re taking a longer trip to bring your puppy home, I’d recommend smearing some peanut butter in it or if the weather works in your favour, freezing a small bit of pumpkin to extend the longevity of the treat.
Blueberry Pet Step-in Classic Dog Harness
Harnesses are a must when training corgis because of their elongated shape. They tend to pull a lot and they can be at risk of hurting their back if they yank too hard on their collar. Avoid the risk altogether and invest in an adjustable dog harness*—one that can expand as they grow.
Grannick’s Bitter Apple
As a general rule of thumb, corgis don’t chew or destroy furniture. Of course we lost a few pairs of socks to her razor sharp puppy teeth but managed to save most of our stuff by spraying it with this spray*. It’s non-toxic—for both your dog and stuff—but tastes gross enough that once they’ve bit into something once, they won’t try it again.
Dog Treat Training Pouch Bag
I won’t get into what treats to buy—that’s such a personal decision for you and your dog—but having a place to put them, somewhere that’s always within reach is so important for puppy training. It’s not super stylish but it’s better than having years worth of crumbs in every coat and pant pocket. This one is durable and is small enough* to hide in plain sight, but also keep your pup happy.