Jasper — The Featured Weimaraner
I just thought I would send an update on Jasper (our OwyheeStar) who turned 3 yrs old July 6th. I am sorry that I haven’t been in touch, but all is well in Portland. Actually John and Jasper and I have been living part-time in Northern Washington while John works on the Upper Baker Dam. Jasper is happy there because we go to the river, in fact our rented property is on the beautiful Skagit river, also there are many elk around and Jasper has learned to love Elk poop! He is very good and doesn’t run off, however I don’t allow him outside when one of us is not with him.
Jasper and I are together at all times which seems to be a good thing because it makes us both happy. He makes the long 5 hour drive in the car up North with no difficulty. I can leave him at home alone and uncrated with no problems, he has not chewed or done any damage in the house since he was a small puppy.
I took him to California with me for a month last May, he made that transition easily. I feel that it is good that he is flexible in his environment, he seems to be happy as long as he is with us and is not too bored. We have had a problem where we felt he was getting a bit too protective, especially around the perimeters of our house and even sometimes at the dog park. We took him to an animal behaviorist which turns out to be the only one on the West coast! The session with him (Dr. Pachel), went very well and John and I felt it was well worth the money spend, however, what we learned was mostly to ignore Jasper. What we had to do was basically ignore Jasper for a couple of days, we are apparently in the process of bringing down his “status level”. Ultimately this will make him less anxious, not only does he have to not worry about pleasing us, but we don’t have to please him all the time. You are probably nodding your head right now and thinking “I told you so… dominate, dominate, yes, now I get it, it is not a physical thing, only in body language, but a purely mental thing. Anyway, it is working really well. Also, we have read a book recommended, by Patricia MacDonald, “Who’s at the End of the Leash”, she is very helpful and informative.
My only worry is how much we love him, and how devastating it would be if something were to happen to him!
Anyway that’s how it’s going with us, just thought I would let you know. Hope all is well on Onion Lane and OwyheeStar.