Yah, the short row shaping gives it a rounded shaping. You're doing exactly as the instructions tell you to, even though it sounds weird. The unworked stitches just rest there until you join the work in the round again. If you're doing it right, this is going to look like a triangle as you go back and forth in an upward direction. It becomes poofy as you knit stitches together.
Welsh corgis are cool.