Corgi Barking Complete Guide? (Tips from Owners)

If you prefer to live in a quiet peaceful household then you prefer not to live with a Corgi. They may have small bodies and short legs but oh do they have a surprisingly BIG BARK!

Is your Corgi giving you headaches from all that barking?

Not all Corgis bark a lot, but the vast majority do bark excessively. It is in their nature as herding dogs to use their bark as an alarm and to communicate with their owners that they are concerned about something. Out of 173 Corgi owners surveyed, 120 said their dogs bark excessively.

We’ll discuss the reasons that Corgis bark as well as a lot of solutions that have worked for other Corgi owners. You may not be able to completely silence them from barking (and to be honest who would want that), but you can tone it down with some training, creative tactics, and patience.

Quick Tips to Lessen Corgi Barking

It may not work for all Corgis but for some, it just takes a bit of redirection when it comes to helping them to not bark quite as much. Here are some quick tips, but be sure to continue reading to get a complete understanding of how to get the barking under control.

Reason for Barking
Quick Solutions
Greeting & Play
Stay Calm, Quick Hello
Attention Seeking
Boredom / Pent up Energy
Exercise, Brain Work
Alarm or Fear
Interrupt then redirect
Territorial Protective
Work on Socializing
To hear the Sound of Their Own Voice
Acknowledge then
Quiet Command
No Reason at All
Good Luck!

What Age Do Corgis Start Barking

A Corgi Puppy will begin to make vocal sounds at about 2 to 3 weeks old. This is right after their eyes and ears have opened up.

They will start with grunts and whines and around 7 to 8 weeks they will figure out how to turn that into yips and barks. Some dogs may not start barking all the way up to 16 weeks.

Corgis learn to bark and whine as part of playing with their littermates. They can also learn how to bark by the example of other dogs.

A lot of Corgi Owners I talked to said that their Corgi learned to bark from being around another dog that barks a lot.

If you are thinking about bringing a Corgi home to be part of your family, but you already have a dog that is very vocal and barks a lot, you may want to consider training your dog not to bark before adding another very vocal canine to the mix.

How Much Do Corgis Bark

If you know much about Corgis then you know this breed tends to bark more than most. It makes complete sense when you think about the history of Corgis and what they were originally bred for.

Both Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh Corgis were bred to herd livestock. They would herd everything from ducks to sheep and cattle. Corgis are known as “heelers” because they herd cattle by nipping at the heels of the animal.

Even though Corgis are mostly bred for companion animals today they still have a strong instinct to do a job. If that job isn’t moving livestock then their energy will be redirected into other things such as barking.

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In fact, a lot of energy can be directed into barking to alert you of anything and everything. From the wind blowing to someone knocking at the door, your Corgi will want to let you know what’s happening.

Corgis are very loyal they can stare into the depths of your soul with their all-telling gaze. They want to protect you and your household and will do it fiercely by barking an alarm whenever they feel the need…. Which is most of the time!

So what do owners say? I asked Corgi owners to rate how much their dogs barked on a scale from 1-10 with ten meaning that they bark all the time, and 1 being little to no barking. Here are the results.

Level of Barking from 0-10+
Number of Dogs in this category

How Loud is a Corgis Bark

Loudness may be relative to what your life experiences are, but I as well as most people will tell you it’s pretty offensively loud!

Corgis have very powerful and deep barks for being such a little dog. This is a trait that they have inherited intended to help them to maneuver livestock. They needed that loud bark to be authoritative and menacing to the cattle and animals that are much larger than them to get them to pay attention and listen.

Not only do Corgis Bark very loudly, but they can produce a variety of other loud noises such as whining, howling, and whimpering. Want to know more about Corgi whining you can read this article that I wrote.

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To get an idea of how loud a Corgis bark you can watch this video. My guess is this Corgi is barking out of boredom, and maybe just to hear himself make noise.

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Understanding why your Corgi is barking will go a long way in knowing how to handle it and how to curb the behavior.

There will be different approaches based on the reasons behind why your dog is barking and what he is trying to tell you.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the reasons that your Corgi may be barking and what approach might work best to help quiet the barking.

Greeting and Play

Often excitement over something happening or seeing you or a beloved family member after an absence will get a great deal of excited barking.

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Maybe you are getting the leash and your dog knows it’s time for a long-awaited walk.

Yipping and barking is how dogs will communicate to their pack that they are excited. These barks tend to be a bit higher in pitch and intermittent until the excitement has dissipated.

Sound & Body Language

They will often be a wagging tail, alert and perked up ears, and possibly a happy grin.

It’s also common for them to spin in circles or quickly tap their feet. This indicates their excitement and should communicate to you: let’s get going!

What to do

This type of barking is really not too bothersome for most people. The reason a lot of us have a dog is for companionship and to have a furry friend to play with, so this type of barking should really be allowed to a certain extent.

If your dog is barking very loudly and excitedly way too much of the time during play or greeting there are a few things you can do.

While playing with your Corgi when the barking is out of control take the turn-off approach. When you want your dog to stop barking turn away from him and stop all attention and play you are giving.

Wait until he stops barking then turn around and reward your dog for being quiet.

You can also try to slow the pace down of your playing and talk in a whisper to try and shush your dog and make them bark a bit more quietly.

Attention Seeking or Begging

When your Corgi wants to get your attention, they will bark at you. This type of barking tends to be a long string of single barks with pauses between them.

There are a few reasons why he may be trying to get your attention and it’s important to try and figure out what it is.

Some reasons your Corgi may want your attention include but is not limited to.

  • I need to go outside
  • I want to go on a walk
  • I want to play
  • I want you to pet me
  • I want your food

Sound & Body Language

This bark is a bit less energetic and a little more relaxed. Their tails may be straight or slightly wagging, with their ears down in a more natural position or at attention.

What to do

Decide if the attention should be rewarded or not. If your dog is barking to go outside to use the bathroom then yes you should reward that by letting her outside.

If your dog is barking to beg for food, only reinforce that behavior if you want her to repeat it in the future.

If you don’t want to your dog to keep barking for attention for certain things make sure all her needs are met, then ignore it the best you can.

Boredom / Pent up Energy

The Corgi breed is a very busy, smart, and energetic dog. Even though they do sleep a lot (read this article to see how much sleep is normal for your Corgi) they still need sufficient physical and mental stimulation to keep them from being bored or having destructive behaviors.

When dogs are bored, they may bark to get your attention or to try to engage you or others in your household (including animals) in playtime.

Your Corgi wants to work and do a job it’s part of what makes their breed unique. Your Corgi should be getting at least 1 hour of exercise each day.

Read this article this article for great ideas on how to best exercise your Corgi.

Not only will your dog bark more if not getting enough exercise they can also turn to more destructive and worrisome behaviors like chewing or obsessive licking.

Sometimes your Corgi will give you obvious hints to what he wants by bringing you a ball, toy, or his leash. If not you will have to try and notice if there is a pattern to their barking. Does it happen at the same time every day, does he do it after he wakes up from a nap, does he do it if he’s had plenty of exercise.

Sound & Body Language

These boredom barks are seeking your attention specifically to play. They sound like “harrr-ruff” barks. They might be lower in tone and happen one at a time.

Similar to attention-seeking behavior, the body posture can be neutral and include having their ears drawn back with their tail straight out.

Some Corgis will lower themselves into a play bow (front legs down with their bottom in the air) and add a slight bounce to let you know they are ready to play.

What to do

  • Plenty of exercise
  • Practice learning new tricks and commands
  • Stimulate their brain with puzzle games and scent work
  • Play with your dog more
  • Hire a dog walker or pet sitter if you need to be gone for long periods of time
  • Rotate her toys so she doesn’t get bored or tired of seeing the same toys all the time

Alarm or Fear

When your Corgi is startled by something or surprised by something they weren’t suspecting they can react with a bark.

This could happen if your Corgi wasn’t paying attention and something or someone snuck up on him, or sudden movements.

Sometimes dogs with poor hearing can be startled more easily.

Sound and Body Language

This is usually one or two barks with most dogs then they can usually calm down. With Corgis on the other hand it’s usually something that sets them off and then they just keep going until they are redirected.

It can sound higher in pitch at the beginning and may include a yelp and then will move to a deeper more protective sounding bark.

Their body posture is hard to predict because they are surprised and not expecting to bark in the first place, but you may see them startled or jump quickly from a resting position into a defensive position.

What to do

Try to figure out what startled your dog or what their fear is based on. Some dogs don’t like vacuums some don’t like garbage trucks, most are scared of fireworks.

The more you socialize your dog and get them used to things in their world the less likely they will be to react to things in their everyday environment.

I always teach my students in my new puppy classes the importance of exposing your puppies in a positive way to as many different sights, sounds, people, and animals as they can in the first year or so of their dog’s life.

Separtation Anxiety

Your Corgi may be feeling very anxious or upset when left alone. If they are so attached to you that they can’t stand it when you leave and howl or bark at your absence then they probably have separation anxiety.

Sometimes when they notice that you are getting ready to leave they will seem upset or agitated. When you leave you may hear your dog reacting with barking or howling.

When you return it may seem like they haven’t seen you in ages.

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Sound and Body Language:

If your Corgi is barking because of separation anxiety the barking will be persistent and accompanied by howling or high pitched whining. Your dog will be tense and possibly pacing or digging and scratching as well. Extreme separation anxiety will have other behaviors with is such as going potty or poop in the house and chewing up things that they shouldn’t. Barking and howling

A dog who has separation anxiety might bark or howl when left alone or when separated from his guardian. This kind of barking or howling is persistent and doesn’t seem to be triggered by anything except being left alone.

What to do

Your response to this depends on how deep the anxiety runs and how long your dog barks and howls while you are away. It’s important to have some way to assess how your dog is doing having a camera or some way to monitor them while you are gone is important.

We take a deep dive into ways to help your Corgi in this article.

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If your dog has mild separation anxiety then you will just need to work on creating a positive association with you leaving. Extra treats while you are gone. A new or favorite toy saved for when your dog is alone are some ways to make this better.

Sometimes getting a friend or playmate can help, but read this article before you do that.

If your dog has severe separations anxiety and is destructive you may need to get some professional help and spend quite a bit of time working on desensitizing your dog to being left alone.

Territorial & Protective

This type of barking whether you see it or not is almost always prompted by someone or something that your corgi feels is a threat.

Because they were bred to take care of livestock on the farm his responsibility was to chase away strays or unknown animals in a very protective way.

Most Corgis tend to do well with other family pets. But get around a strange dog, cat or another animal they don’t know and you can most likely expect them to start a barrage of barking.

They may also bark like this if they are feeling trapped with no clear way to escape a situation.

Sound and Body Language

These barks will usually be deeper and may have a growl with them. They will also keep going low and continuous until your dog feels like the threat has passed.

Their body language may be different for different types of dogs.

Usually, the dog will have their body a bit lower to the ground. Their head will be in a lower posture. Their tail will most likely be stiff, or possibly very slightly wagging.

A less confident dog will have its tail between its legs and maybe slowly backing up.

If your dog stops barking and is only growling continuously and looks as if they are frozen in place you need to be very careful as this is a warning that he may be about to attack.

For anxious/fearful dogs, their body language will usually include a tail between the legs, hackles raised, and low head posture.

Either way, your dog will be very tense.

If it’s just territorial barking, then the body posture may include having the ears and head at attention and the tail straight. This is the dog’s way of indicating that they are larger and may bite.

In both scenarios, the dog’s body will be tense.

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What to do

  • Make sure your Corgi is strong with basic commands
  • Work towards 100% recall
  • Don’t let your Corgi Resource Guard
  • Socialize him well
  • Make your Corgi work for everything (be the alpha)
  • Desensitize

Pain or Discomfort

If your dog has been injured recently or is getting older and has other ailments barking may be a way for him to communicate to you that he is in pain and wants your help.

When dogs lived in packs in the wild they would use their verbal skills such as barking and whining to communicate to their pack what was going on.

From toothaches to tail pain your dog could be in pain for a number of different reasons. If you think your dog is barking because of pain schedule an appointment with your vet immediately.

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Sound and Body Language

This bark is more high pitch and can also sound like a bit of a yelp. Your dog may back up when you try to touch or pet them.

What to do

Make a visit to your Vet. Make sure to observe your dog carefully so that you can supply your vet with as much information as possible to the possible causes of pain in your dog.

To hear the Sound of Their Own Voice or For No Reason at All

Let’s be honest sometimes we have no idea what our Corgi is barking at. It may seem like she just enjoys listening to herself make noise. For Corgis that are a 10 on the barking scale, it may be that they are so used to barking that they like the way it sounds or it could be just a bad habit.

Sound and Body Language

Your Corgi is barking for no apparent reason at nothing in particular. He may be just sitting or standing or even lying down while in a normal position just barking at nothing or the wall.

What to do

Check out our list in the next section of what other Corgi owners did to try and curb their Corgis barking.

Can you Train a Corgi Not to Bark?

Training a Corgi not to bark or at least to not bark as much is possible. The most proactive strategy is to start with your Corgi Puppy and be as consistent as possible at training from day one. The older your Corgi gets and the more he is allowed to bark the more difficult it will be to train better behavior.

Always remember to reward for quiet behavior, and address any persistent or underlying behavior that may be causing recurring problems.

Don’t yell at your Corgi or Bark back. This will not teach them to stop barking.

Corgis don’t bark, if your believe that then they also do not shed. – Cory M.

Here are some other suggestions from Corgi owners on how to help teach your dog not to bark as much.

  • Use a plastic bottle filled with popcorn kernles or coins to shake at your dog just to get their attention then redirect them to do a task or a command. Reward when they do that task and they are no longer barking.
  • Use a spray bottle with water. (not recommened by most professional trainers. This article talks about the pros and cons of this method.)
  • Teach your dog the speak and be quiet commands
  • Citronella bark collar (affiliate link) Read about how effective they are here!
  • “tugging on the leash, talking calmly/firmly/reassuringly. Being calm & consistent. Will say things like “ manners young lady” “that’s ok they are our friend”, etc” -Cheryl R.
  • “My Kozmo is a big barker and barks at everything! I got a collar that beeps and vibrates ( it has shock but I never use that function). I put it on him when he goes outside. When he starts barking I beep it twice then I use vibrate. It works great! He usually doesn’t even bark anymore with the collar on unless he sees a squirrel 😂If it beeps 3 times he knows it’s time to come inside.” – Christina M.

What do Corgis Bark At (Owners Tell All)

What are some of the main reasons Corgis bark and some of the humorous things owners have discovered about their dogs barking? I have them all listed below.

  • He is a watchdog and he watches everything and everybody!
  • My pup barks at the wind and every little noise in between.
  • But my smart 13 yr old cardigan taught himself to also do medical alerts by barking.
  • One reason is ALWAYS a train going by. It’s their job to keep them on the track and out of the yard (it’s a half-mile away.)
  • He barks at his farts! Read all about Corgi farts here.
  • At strangers and scary things.
  • When she’s jealous of me paying attention to another dog. 7 Signs Your Corgi is Jealous? (What to Do)
  • He barks when we are in the care and it’s earsplitting.
  • Loud noises like alarms or if we are yelling back and forth to each other.

And if your Corgi seems to bark and bark no matter what you do just remember Love then anyway!

Meet Simon, he barks when I talk on the phone, when I open a sweet n low packet, when I sing, when I type on the computer, and when I shake the can of coins at him. The water pistol reminds him to move out of the way before he continues barking.

He’s done an excellent job teaching the other two corgis to bark at about half of the things he barks at. I’ve learned that Simon is very insecure and when he feels like the world might get out of control, he barks. I’m guessing he will never change, but I love him anyway.

Paul G.
Thank you Paul G. for use of your photo and quote!

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