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does anyone have 2 dogs so they have company while you’re at work? my corgi gets so bored to the point of destruction and my mom keeps complaining about how he’s bored but when i’m at work i can’t exactly play with him, ya know?

she’s 10000% against getting another dog but i was looking on my local shelter’s website to see about volunteer hours and they have a husky mix up for adoption that was fostered with corgis and cats (i have 3 of those) and loves everyone. i’m going to go meet him regardless, because i’m going in to talk about volunteering, but i wanted to get (reasonable, polite) opinions about the matter. I only work 4 days a week and i’m home by 6pm every day and my mom is around to walk the dog during the day.

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I do not have dogs, but I do have two cats for that very same reason. They eat, play sleep and groom each other.

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I Honestly believe two dogs are better then one because of that reason :) ive had a dog and cat that grew up together and think they kept each other company while i and my family was out and about

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I have three cats for that reason. If one cat doesn’t want to play, another one might. Achilles really loves to play and keeps trying to get the others to play with him. Eventually he ends up playing with his toys and anything he can make into a toy. Most cats eat rubber bands – he plays with them and won’t eat them because you don’t eat toys.

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yeah, understandable. our cats don’t really associate with the dog because he’s so high energy, but if he’d be able to play with another dog while we’re out and about i feel he’d be less destructive.

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I do not have dogs, but I do have two cats for that very same reason.

same! well I have 3 cats but one is old and arthritic and doesn’t play with my 4 year old goofball kitty. I got another kitty, just under a year old, to play with my lil boy and it’s made a huge difference, I can tell he’s happier and not nearly as bored.

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Ive seen and read so many positives about having another animal for our babies, and I genuinely believe it’ll help Geronimo. I bring him over to our neighbors all the time to play with Simba, their golden, and he’s always so happy and entertained.

It’s just a matter of convincing my mom that this will help and not create chaos. Ive been looking for a husky for a while since I have experience and they’re my soul breed, and I see on Facebook groups that lots of people have corgi/husky homes.

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It is not guaranteed the destructive behavior will stop with the addition of a second dog. I recommend looking to enrich his environment when you’re away, ensuring there is a variety of chew toys (NylaBones®, Bully Sticks, Tuffie toy etc.) as well as limiting the options he has to be destructive.
I use puzzle toys / food enrichment items as well to keep my dogs busy when I’m working on homework at home! I’m all about adding food enrichment to a dog’s daily routine (for example my dog does not eat out of a bowl, ever) so if you’re curious about learning more I can share online sources + my experience as well!
Hiring a dog walker or finding a doggie daycare if that is an option financially is also a possible option!

With that being said the addition of a second dog can offer a new play outlet for your dog! With the addition of my puppy, my mom’s dog began playing off and on throughout the day with him (when we’re home or not).

I’ve always loved Corgis and hope to own one in the future! How long have you had him? What’s his name?

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He just turned a year old in September! His name is Geronimo. The house is LITTERED in his toys but yet he chooses to eat everything else bc he’s a big dingus. He doesn’t have access to the kitchen or the living room when we’re gone to avoid fighting the cats. He gets plenty of exercise when we’re home. If mom isn’t home, I am, and vice versa. But he isn’t getting that playtime like he does when we bring him to play with our neighbors golden and he’s always in such a better mood. It’s something i want to consider, getting another dog. He’s never had any issue with any dog lol.

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He just turned a year old in September! His name is Geronimo. The house is LITTERED in his toys but yet he chooses to eat everything else bc he’s a big dingus. He doesn’t have access to the kitchen or the living room when we’re gone to avoid fighting the cats. He gets plenty of exercise when we’re home. If mom isn’t home, I am, and vice versa. But he isn’t getting that playtime like he does when we bring him to play with our neighbors golden and he’s always in such a better mood. It’s something i want to consider, getting another dog. He’s never had any issue with any dog lol.

Geronimo is the CUTEST name for a Corgi holy cow! ♥

I don’t think exercise is the root cause of the destructive chewing. Dogs need a mixture of exercise, not just physical which is why enrichment toys (burrow toys, food enrichment toys like Kongs etc.) can add some mental exercise to his daily routine! Other than that, you can always gate off furniture using pet pens to limit his chew options!
It sound like you’re doing everything right by limiting his space and toys etc., just sounds like you have a bored puppy on your hands – keeping their little minds and bodies busy are hard! (I’m still trying to keep my boy busy and he’s 3!)

What type of Corgi is he? Does he have his tail?

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He usually has a Kong toy that we freeze with plain lowfat yogurt and peanut butter (approved by his vet) for the days we’re gone longer than usual. But he doesnt typically play with the more mental toys, he doesnt care as long as he can throw it down the stairs lol.

He’s a pembroke and no he does not have his tail. He has an Instagram if you’d like to follow him!

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He usually has a Kong toy that we freeze with plain lowfat yogurt and peanut butter (approved by his vet) for the days we’re gone longer than usual. But he doesnt typically play with the more mental toys, he doesnt care as long as he can throw it down the stairs lol.

Kongs are a wonderful way to add an enrichment! I freeze an array of goodies (blended kibble, wet food, peanut butter, yogurt, fruit, vegetables etc.) for my boy! Have you have offered Geronimo a food ball / wobbler? There are a variety of balls or ‘wobblers’ that he can knock around to get treats or kibble out! You can even do a cheap, DIY project and turn an empty water bottle to become a wobbler for him to knock around (this is actually a great way to introduce your dog to this type of activity). There are lick mats that you can purchase that you can spread peanut butter, yogurt etc. and freeze as well!

I serve all meals using puzzle / enrichment or slow-feed bowls to add enrichment to meal time that could add some mental exercise to his daily routine as well!

Puzzle toys definitely take awhile for dogs to figure out / enjoy. Introductions should be done slowly and the toys should be offered frequently. Any interactions should be rewarded with enthusiastic encouragement from you and your family (“yes!”, “good puppy!”, “good boy!” etc.). So I’d keep offering them to him and let him slowly learn how to play and solve them!

Rowan is a slowpoke when it comes to puzzle toys! He also has anxiety so new toys or puzzles can be scary so I understand of having a dog react with little to no interest to a puzzle toy!

he doesnt care as long as he can throw it down the stairs lol.

Oh. My. God. Rowan throws all his toys down the stairs. It’s favorite game I swear. He also loves burying his toys under beds and pillows (maybe a fun activity for your boy to try?).

He’s a pembroke and no he does not have his tail. He has an Instagram if you’d like to follow him!

Oh I’d love to know his handle! Ro has his own Instagram too!

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We’ve tried the water bottle trick for the wobblers but Geronimo LOVES to destroy plastic bottles lol. They’re his favorite thing to chew on. He’s such a dork. I’ll have to look into getting him a puzzle toy! I’ll shoot you a message with his insta handle :)

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I got another dog also for this reason. When I got my first dog I was still in high school so I was gone 8-3 every day so I still had time to walk her and hang out with her every day when I got home. But now I’m in college and when I’m not at class I’m working, so I felt like she was spending a lot of time by herself. So I got my second dog last summer and it comforts me to know that when they’re alone they’re alone together, you know?
I don’t know if it’s a good approach but it definitely makes me feel better. I feel as if most animals need a companion, especially if you’re someone who is busy like me.

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Yeah exactly, like someone’s usually home but on the weekends my mom usually goes out but there are nights I want to spend with my dad but can’t because I don’t want to leave him alone :( I miss getting time with my dad tbh