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How to Clean Corgi Ears – 6 Great Tips

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Corgis are friendly little dogs with adorable, floppy ears that fold downwards as puppies. However, as they grow, their ears start to stand straight up. Although the dogs’ ears are a defining feature of the breed, they are prone to developing ear infections and need to be cleaned properly. In this guide, we’ll give you tips for cleaning your Corgi’s ears and examine which signs may indicate your dog has an ear infection.


The 6 tips on How to Clean Corgi Ears

1. Be Patient with Your Corgi

Your Corgi isn’t going to be happy with you cleaning his ears. You need to be patient with your Corgi and avoid rushing the cleaning process.

Never yell at, curse at, or be mean to your dog, as that will make the dog more challenging to deal with. Instead, talk softly to your pet the entire time you clean his ears for the best results. Dogs pick up on your emotions, so if you’re upset or stressed, you can guarantee that your Corgi will be, too, which will make cleaning his ears a nightmare.

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2. Gather Your Supplies

Before trying to clean your dog’s ears, you must gather any supplies you might need. The last thing you want is to get your pet settled in, only to have the dog run off or get upset again when you have to get something you’re missing.

Some of the supplies you’ll want to have ready to clean your Corgi’s ears are listed below:
  • Dog ear cleaning solution
  • Gloves
  • Cotton balls or gauze for ear cleaning
  • Treats
  • Microfiber towel to clean dog’s face

3. Avoid Q-tips

When they see dirt or water in their Corgi’s ears, many pet owners reach for the nearest Q-tip. Q-tips can push debris, dirt, and water deeper into the ear canal, and if you’re too rough, you could damage the nerves in the ear. Instead of a Q-tip, use a cotton ball or soft gauze to clean your dog’s ears.

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4. Do Not Use DIY Ear Solutions

You’ve probably seen YouTubers and influencers telling pet owners to use DIY ear solutions to clean their dog’s ears. Although some homemade formulas may be safe to use, it’s better to trust a canine ear-cleaning solution. Ear cleaning products and kits for dogs are inexpensive, and your vet can recommend the best product for your Corgi.

5. Keep Your Corgi Comfortable

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, it’s time to take your Corgi to the ear-cleaning area. You’ll want to keep your Corgi comfortable throughout the cleaning process so that the dog will remain calm. First, fill your pet’s ear canal with the recommended number of drops and gently massage the outside of the ear near the opening to work the solution around. Your Corgi will shake its head to remove the excess. Then, wipe the ear gently with the cotton ball and clean its face with a towel.

If your dog is extremely agitated and won’t calm down during the cleaning process, it’s best to stop and consult your vet so that they can recommend something to keep your dog calm and quiet until the cleaning is complete. If nothing else, you may have to take your Corgi to a professional groomer.

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6. Give Praise and Treats

Once you’ve managed to clean your Corgi’s ears, and he sat still for it, make sure to give him plenty of treats, praise, and even a new doggie toy if you have one lying around. This can be a traumatic experience for your pet, so make sure that you reward him. Your Corgi will love you for it and might even associate grooming with positive feelings (because of the treats), making it easier for you next time.


Signs of an Ear Infection in Your Corgi

Now that we’ve given you some tips for cleaning your Corgi’s ears, here are a few of the signs that your Corgi might be suffering from an ear infection.

  • Ear discharge
  • Odor coming from the ear
  • Excessive shaking of the dog’s head
  • A crust in the ears
  • The dog rubbing its ears on furniture and other belongings
  • Swelling or redness in the dog’s ear canals
  • Pain
  • Itchy ears
  • Foul smelling ears

If you notice any of these signs in your Corgi, he may have an ear infection. You’ll need to immediately make an appointment for your Corgi with your vet for diagnosis and treatment options.



Corgis are adorable dogs that make great pets and are fun to interact with. However, their ears can get infected easily, so you need to ensure that doesn’t happen to your canine pal by cleaning his ears regularly. You can clean your pet’s ears every 1 to 2 months to keep them healthy, but if you have to clean them more frequently, your dog may need to see the veterinarian.

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