Why does my corgi poop so much

Why Does My Corgi Poop So Much? (Everything You Should Know)

So, your little puppy is pooping nonstop. And you’re seriously wondering why.

You’re probably asking yourself:

  • Am I feeding too much food?
  • Is he sick?
  • Or are corgis supposed to poop constantly (like every 25 minutes?)

Wondering what’s going on? Why does the furball constantly need to be taken out?

In this article, we’ll talk about these topics:

  • The number of times (and how often) your corgi should poop
  • What influences how often your corgi poops
  • How to control or adjust the pooping schedule
  • And more

Sound good? Let’s get this dirty business taken care of.

Why does my corgi poop so often?

There could be a multitude of reasons why your corgi constantly needs to go outside (or on his pee pad).

Based on input from online corgi owners, the average corgi will poop about 3-4 times in a 24 hour period.

Your corgi may need to poop more or less depending on a variety of different factors.

Some corgis like to do it all at once. Others will poop just a little bit and then hold it. And then continue again later.

So you may just see smaller feces come out of your dog.

For example, you may take a morning job with your corgi and he’ll only go 2 times.

But then they may go out at odd times (after feeding, a nap, or playing) and go again. This can total up to 6+ times a day while other corgis may only go twice a day.

Or you may take your dog out and he’ll go poop. Then come back and need to go again in 20 minutes. Then again after 5 mins on a walk. Maybe even twice on that same walk.

That’s completely normal. Corgis have small bodies and they have extra room for all their digested food because of their elongated, dachshund-like bodies.

So this lets them hold a lot of poop until they need to go. That’s why it’s hard to completely “empty” a corgi!

All of these variables can determine and change your corgi’s necessity to relieve himself:

  • How often you feed
  • At what times you feed
  • How much you feed
  • How often you take walks
  • How often you play with the dog
  • A daily routine
  • The age of your corgi
  • Possible parasites, worms, or a disease

All of these factors influence how often your corgi needs to poop.

Note that it can be just a single variable, such as exercising your corgi more during the summer (burning more calories) and less during the winter (fewer calories consumed).

Thus, your corgi will eat a lot more food during the period of exercise compared to being sedentary. And this will directly affect how often your corgi poops.

Something as simple as that canmake all the difference.

That’s why you need to ask yourself about any recent changes to your corgi’s routine (food consumed, hours slept, etc.).

(You should be keeping track of all these anyway- your vet will thank you.)

How to control or limit corgi pooping

Corgi pooping outside.
You can control the poop.

Believe it or not, you’re nearly in complete control over your corgis pooping schedule.

You control the food source, how often he goes out, and how often he gets fed.

So if you’re tired of taking him out every hour or in the middle of the night, there are things you can do to change that habit.

Of course, things like how much he defecates outside aren’t controllable. But other variables are definitely adjustable by you.

There are some things you can fully adjust to limit how often your dog needs to do his business.

Stop feeding before bedtime

A corgi at the park.
Don’t feed a few hours before sleeping.

A neat trick is to simply stop feeding him late-night dinners.

Don’t feed him 3-4 hours before bed. This will make him less prone to poop in the middle of the night- but only if you have him go outside before he goes to sleep.

A typical puppy will take anywhere from 2-4 hours between “poop intervals.” so if you stop feeding at 6PM and he goes to bed at 10PM, then he’ll relieve himself before bed.

This may help stop him from waking up at 2-3AM to go again.

You need to play around with these numbers to see what works for you. Every corgi is different.

Check how much you’re feeding

Corgi outside waiting to poop.
Corgi poop can be controlled and managed by regular feeding.

If you’re overfeeding, which many new dog owners will do, he’ll need to go more often. Be sure you’re feeding the right amounts of dog food.

Read the feeding chart on your pack of dog food. Every bag should have one, unless you’re using a shady unknown brand (to which you should promptly replace with a reputable brand).

Feed according to the chart and based on the number of calories your dog needs to maintain his baseline caloric metabolism.

Then add more food based on how much exercise he gets, how often he’s awake, and how often you already feed him.

You can use this calculator to check his baseline amount. This is the minimum you should be feeding him based on calories.

Puppies should be fed 3-4 times a day and it should taper down to just 1-2 meals a day as an adult.

When he reaches full size, do NOT overfeed by keeping the same amount you fed him as a puppy. Puppies eat more food than adults. Not the other way around.

Overfeeding will lead to dog obesity, which 56% of dogs currently suffer from. Don’t make your corgi sick without knowing it and making him suffer.

Limit and keep track of human food

Feeding table scraps should be discouraged and only done for training rewards or as a supplement to their regular staple kibble.

But then again, resisting those puppy eyes begging for human food is hard.

(FYI: There are ways to feed table scraps without having him learn to beg for it!).

Regardless, you should be tracking human food added to his diet.

Newbie dog owners will feed huge portions to their dog, which is bad for many reasons:

  • It leads to overfeeding
  • Your dog will beg
  • Your dog will learn to dislike his regular kibble (which should be nutritionally balanced)
  • Human food poses the risk of being toxic to your corgi (caffeine, nuts, etc.)

Unless you’ve spend countless hours building the perfect diet that satisfies all the nutritional needs of a dog, you should leave that to the professionals (reputable dog food makers)

No dog food is perfect. But their guaranteed analysis of necessary nutrients (protein, calcium, etc.) is often following strict guidelines by the AAFCO.

This is much safer for the typical corgi owner who has no idea of what nutrients corgis need.

Supplementing with human food messes up this balance and can lead to overweight corgis, excess nutrients, and other diseases which can be avoided easily.

Establish a routine for everything

Dogs are creatures of habit and being completely random on a daily basis may make basic house training more difficult.

Once you have a routine setup, you’ll find that it’s much easier to keep track of when your corgi needs to pee or poop and how often he needs to go.

A routine means literally everything:

  • Feeding
  • Playing
  • Taking him outside
  • Mandatory naps
  • Training
  • Waking up and sleeping

Keep everything at the same time every day as much as you can.

This makes your dog get used to a flow of activities. And it makes it easier for you to predict when he’ll need to poop and pee (and when).

For most people who have typical jobs (9-5), you can establish a morning walk and feeding session. Then go to work.

After you come back, you can continue with another walk, feeding session, playing/training, and settle down for the night.

It’s not always easy especially for busy individuals. You can consider having a friend, relative, or dog sitter help you out with the burden.

After all, this should be something that you consider before adopting or getting a corgi, as corgi’s aren’t dogs that can be left alone at home.

This may lead to unwanted bad behaviors like separation anxiety, biting and chewing everything, barking and poor socialization.

It’s always sad to see another corgi given up and surrendered by their unsuspecting owner who had no idea they were so much work.

Or for those who quickly search “popular dog breeds” or “smartest dog breeds” and decide on giving a corgi to someone.

That’s one of the points of this site- to help educate people on all the corgi care requirements and what to know before they get one! If this is you and you feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone.

Make sure he plays and exercises frequently

Sleeping corgi after pooping.
A sleepy corgi after a long day out.

Corgis are born to move.

Not only is proper exercise required for a healthy corgi, but it also helps them get their poop flowing (sorry).

The vibrations, excitement, and just being both mentally and physically stimulated at the same time seems to work magic on these dogs. It makes them have to use the bathroom shortly after, especially if they’re still a puppy.

Make sure you get in the daily exercise amounts daily and expect your dog to have to go poop shortly after.

This is one way you can control how often he poops and helps empty his stomach. In other words, you’re giving him a little “push.”

Have a set amount of time each day to play or exercise your dog.

Time how long it takes to usekes to go poop afterwards. Combined with a routine diet, feeding time, and feeding amounts, you’ll be able to easily predict when he’ll need to go again.

The running around will help facilitate his next defecation.

You can do anything from playing Tug of War, running, tag, fetch, and even just frisbee to keep him mobile.

You’ll soon see that you can “make” him go poop after a serious play session! Use this to your benefit and control your corgi’s pooping regimen and schedule.

Avoid free-feeding

When your corgi’s just a puppy, you’ll want to feed 3-4 times a day at equal intervals at the same exact time.

For example, you could feed at 8AM, 12PM, 4PM, and 8PM.

Measure out the proper amount of food for your corgi before the first meal.

Then place the dog bowl down and let him eat for 30 minutes.

After that, remove the bowl until the next feeding session. Adjust as necessary based on caloric energy and your dog’s age.

There’s a lot of debate between feeding on a schedule vs. free feeding.

Free feeding is where you just leave access to food 24/7 (fill up the bowl and leave it there).

Whereas feeding on a schedule is using measured amounts and feeding throughout the day at equally spaced time periods.

Personally, I think feeding at scheduled intervals beats free feeding for multiple reasons:

When you feed on a schedule, your puppy’s next poop session becomes very predictable.

Feeding on a schedule helps build food motivation, which is necessary for training, obedience, and other food-based interactions.

It keeps your corgi fixed to a routine, and dogs are creatures of habit

Routines make training and housebreaking a LOT easier because you can tell when your corgi needs to poop

You can use kibble or the staple food as a reward, which means less treats (which should only be 10% of the diet)

It helps build appetite for picky dogs (he’ll eat the kibble if he’s starving plus not being able to eat it at anytime)

Think about it: you’re rewarding your corgi following commands by using his FOOD rather than treats.

This is healthier for the dog, as treats are just treats. Kibble should be 90% of his food source. and you spend less cashon treats since one bag goes a long way.

This is why I always recommend feeding on a regular schedule over free feeding, especially when your corgi is just a puppy. It builds positive habits early.

How long can my corgi hold his poop?

If your corgi is still a puppy, there’s not much you can do to “extend” the amount of time he can hold it.

Waking up once or twice a night to let him go outside is a normal thing and part of puppyhood. They don’t call it puppy blues for nothing.

The rule of thumb is that they can only hold it for their age in months + 1.

  • So a 3 month old corgi can hold it for 4 hours.
  • And a 4 month old corgi can hold it for 5 hours.

Get it? Good.

As your corgi grows up to the rebellious teen phase, they’ll slowly be able to make it through the night without having to wake you up.

Your corgi should go as often as needed, on a healthy schedule.

This is why it’s important to always feed your dog on a routine schedule. This means the same amount of food, at the same time, every single day.

Further reading

Here are some references you may find useful:

It’s normal to poop often

Corgi on beach.
Don’t be worried.

Now you should have some more knowledge about controlling and managing your corgi’s pooping behavior.

It’s all about getting into a routine and establishing predictability. This will make his “business hours” more around your hours.

If you have any questions, leave a comment. Or if you found this page helpful, please let me know!

Thanks for reading.

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