Featured Weimaraner — Moxie

Moxie is a Joy!
IMG950585Here is week  our 2 update. Boy she is a joy. She is adapting to our life very well.

Housebreaking…etc

Potty trained, loving our backyard, and pointing daily at the birds. Eating well and pooping like a machine 🙂 She fetches really well.

The biggest hurdle…

IMG950357The only issue is biting/nipping. We are working on that though. Overall a 100 out of 100 in our eyes. First vet visit is next Thursday

Breeder’s Note: While some people seem to struggle on every side, things seem to be going quite excellent with Moxie. Nonetheless, puppy biting in this breed is always a challenge. Some people want to label this as aggressive behavior, but it is completely normal.

Getting through the biting or curbing it…

The more stimulus in the household, the harder it is to curb. Everyone has their ideas on how to stop the biting. We suggest you use one method (at a time). Changing up methods may exacerbate the process of getting through this phase. You don’t want to confuse the puppy by doing three different things to try to stop the biting.

Finding a solution might not happen overnight

Use one method. If you change methods, give it an honest try. More than anything, try not to get upset, or take it personal. Work toward getting the pup to want to please you. Your relationship will take you further than any training method.

Moxie -- keeping her cool!

Moxie — keeping her cool!

Keep your cool, and find your way through

No two pups will respond identical. No two persons are the same either. Within the litter, biting is curbed by a loud screech (eek or ack sound), as well as ignoring the offender or biting them back. We don’t recommend biting your puppy. People have been able to make a myriad of methods work–some better than others. Cliff has his own method that works without fail for him. Other people disrupt the biting by shaking coins in a container and diverting the pup’s attention, making another kind of sound, using a squirt bottle filled with water, or shunning the pup. Whatever method you use, it is more about making it through the process, and earning the pup’s respect. If you get frustrated or angry, things will not go well.

You might also note, that Moxie is another blue longhair, and related to Atticus (featured on yesterday’s blog).

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Posted on February 12, 2013, in Lacee X Dusty, Previous Pup Update and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. She is a sweet girl ;o) I think fo the biting my staff used a wrong method: they laughed…

  2. Sunny did alot of “affectionate” nipping, and I donated my fair share of blood, but slowly but surely it got better. Now at a year old, this issue has passed completely, and he’s very gentle with his mouth. Now still working on calm greetings, and not jumping up when over excited…… It’s been very fun.

  3. I think laughing is not all bad. The folks that get mixed up, mislabel, frustrated, or keep scrambling trying to fix the issue get into a bad place. At least your humans exercised their liver. That is an important type of exercise.

  4. Great job Rod! I remember your concerns, and look where you are today. Jumping up is another challenge. Maybe we can talk on the phone, because Cliff’s Moxie used to use my tummy as her personal trampoline. I am not up for that either. I got her broke, …………Cliff had the right idea that worked in her situation. you might not have the same scenario……..regardless, it is so great that you lived through the first stages. Not only did you live, but actually you excelled.

  5. Thanks alot….Sunny is amazing. For some people their weimaraner is “part” of the family, and for others like me, their weimaraner “is” their only family.

    One more comment on the puppy nipping. I have learned that it is very important to control the interactions that my dog has with people we meet along our travels together. People often wanted to play rough with Sunny with their hands, and then he got out of control, and started nipping. Then, I don’t think it’s fair to the dog to correct him for nipping after he got too wound up. These weim puppies just can’t control themselves when they get too excited at a young age. So I used to always carry a booda bone or toy to substitute when playing. Biting the toy…..good dog…… ! If someone I meet won’t play with my dog in an acceptable way, I take Sunny away from the situation immediately.

  6. You are so correct. There are many things that can happen. One reason we kennel everyone when guests or unexpected company arrives. We like to be in control. We get them out and maintain a certain Alpha role during the situation. Beyond that, there are some people dogs will not like. There is always a reason. I never trust those folks, but you also don’t want your dog biting them for even a good reason. There are some bad dude and dudettes. Lol Dogs have a sense about them. They also pick up on the general atmosphere. It is involved. In your setting this is even more important Rod. …..Big smile, and a heartfelt thank you!

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