Thanks, Turkey track, and I would love to see a picuture of your Corgi. They are about as cute as they come, and the thing about them is, they stay cute!!! Ours will grow up and not be cute as she is now...but yours~they are cute forever!!!
Our daughter had one that got stolen. She called it RD for Rotten Dog. She didn't like the family to leave and raised holy hell when they did!! Hard to imagine what all that dog did!!!
I would like to caution you about working your dog too young. All the trainers say not to let them work until they are close to a year old. We have found that to be good advice. We have seen pups that work too young and get hurt, they are never as good as they would have been before they got hurt. It makes them afraid, it makes them bark, it makes them run to you for help if something is after them. Just a word of caution.
We just changed the name of our pup today to 'Dusty.' She has had several names so far. This one might not stick either. Sometimes we can name them right off the bat, sometimes it takes a few names before one sticks. Our old dog we called 'Zip' and it was her name right off the bat. Fit her well. They are not hyper dogs at all, but they are busy. Very controllable, however. And when it is time to be done, they are done.
I used to raise Shelties, and they were awesome. We had a spring storm in 1973 and our Sheltie was in heat. We had a major wreck going on due to the weather, and when the weather cleared, we turned the dog out and we got busy checking on everything. We were across the creek when we saw our Sheltie and the neighbors cowdog together...well, she whelped those pups and they turned into great cowdogs. And sheepdogs. One especially was really, really good.
But to cross a Sheltie with a Cocker and have them turn out to be a working dog, I would have never guessed that one would work. Shows you just never know. He sounds like he was such a good one too. What did he look like? Post a picture, if you would. I am very interested to see what he looked like. Isn't it terrible to lose them, though?
We have had dogs all the time, for years. Sometimes 3 at a time, but my husband really bonds with them and he can always control them, easily. They might not all be the best dogs, but they all do MIND. For years we had Heeler Cross and liked them very much. Again now, we have a Heeler/Aussie cross that is a very nice dog. In fact, he is so laid back and has been good to the new pup. He was a year and a half old before he decided he was going to work. I had given up on him totally. But I was wrong. My husband never gives up on them, he loves dogs the most of anything.
We went through some pups that chewed up things so bad. I mean bad. We had never noticed this in the past. And now with the new pup, she doesn't do that. We are wondering if it is caused from being weaned from the mother too young. One dog actually chewed the sheet rock from under the door going into the house from the garage. She also chewed up the armrest in the Scout, chewed up the seat, chewed up the insulation in the tractor, chewed up everything. We finally gave up on her and gave her away. The people that took her have sheep and they really like her. Maybe she was about to quit chewing, when we quit her!!!!