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How to Groom a Corgi: 5 Expert Tips & Tricks

Written by: Nicole Cosgrove

Last Updated on May 23, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Groom a Corgi: 5 Expert Tips & Tricks

The Corgi is a beloved breed, from the royal family to the suburban family. It seems that everyone has a soft spot for their cute little legs, fluffy coat, and big attitude. Grooming a Corgi can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it requires patience, humor, and hard work. Here are some tips and tricks to get you started on grooming your Corgi.

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The 5 Tips and Tricks for Grooming a Corgi

1. Brush your Corgi regularly.

Corgis have a thick double coat, and they shed a lot. Regular brushing will keep their coat looking nice and shiny and reduce shedding. During their more intensive shedding periods in the spring and fall, they need daily brushing to keep the shedding undercoat from getting mats or clumps.

Some Corgis enjoy the sensation of being brushed. If they’re reluctant, you can use treats or praise to make the experience better for both of you.

Welsh corgi beside lots of hairball
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2. Give them a bath occasionally.

While Corgis don’t need to be bathed often, an occasional bath will keep their fur and skin healthy. Use a gentle dog shampoo and conditioner, and take extra time to rinse the suds away. Hot spots can result from pockets of trapped moisture, so you must ensure that your Corgi is thoroughly dry. You can use a soft towel or a hair dryer on the lowest setting.


3. Trim their nails.

Corgis need their nails trimmed, just like any other breed. Long nails can cause discomfort and pain; it can affect your dog’s posture if they’re trying to walk and run on long nails. Make sure to keep them short and examine them for damage or injuries.

Nail clipping can be challenging, and it can take some Corgis a while to get used to the process. So, use positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning to help with their anxiety at the sight of the clippers. What better excuse to give your Corgi a much-desired belly rub?

Corgi puppy paws with cute nails
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4. Clean their ears.

Corgis are prone to ear infections, and it’s vital to keep their ears clean and dry. No one likes the funky smell that some dogs can get if their ears go too long without being cleaned. Always use a dog-specific ear-cleaning solution and cotton balls, and make sure not to go deep into the ear canal. Note: Q Tips should only be used by veterinarians or grooming professionals.


5. Brush their teeth.

Just like humans, dogs need their teeth brushed to maintain good oral health. This is one aspect of grooming that many of us overlook to the detriment of our dog’s health. Tooth infections like periodontitis can quickly spread to the bloodstream and affect your Corgi’s overall health.

Always use a dog-specific toothbrush and toothpaste, and brush their teeth at least two or three times a week. Don’t forget to reward your Corgi with a treat afterward!

vet is brushing the teeth of a Welsh corgi
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Conclusion

Grooming is an important part of dog ownership. This is especially true for the Corgi because of their thick, luxurious double-coat of fur. Remember, grooming can be a fun experience for you and your furry friend. So grab your brush (for their fur and teeth!) and get ready for bonding time with your favorite little pup!


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