Colby is Three, and big changes are on the horizon

Can you believe our little troublemaker is already 3???  Hard to believe that so much time has passed since we brought him home in March of 2010.  It still seems like it was only recently that we picked him up from your farm and brought him home!  As I write this up, he is devouring squeaky toy #2 of several toys I dropped on the floor for him this morning.  Needless to say, he is a happy boy!

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Colby is doing well.  At 3 years, he has calmed down quite a bit.  Though he does chew the occasional shoe or throw a tantrum when we are not giving him enough attention (as you can see depicted in a recent photo I took).

This last year, he survived my deployment to the abyss.  Which he would not let me out of his site for weeks after I got home.  He also learned to use Skype in the process.  He got to chase (and literally inhaled) a few birds.  He met new people, visited new places and learned a few new things.  I still can’t (for the life of me) get him to go into the tub for bath time.  BUT!  I think I may have found a solution to this.  I have discovered that if I point to a random spot in the bathtub and yell “GET THAT BUG!”  He’ll go after that nonexistent bug…  And may even jump in to go after said bug.  I think that this will only work once for bath time.  But I have not tried it yet so we shall see!

Colby is getting ready to welcome a little brother or sister, due on March 27th.  With that, I need to seek some serious advice.  We have had small children in the house before.  And he has not done well with them.  For example, this summer, my best friend visited with her 1 1/2 year old, and her 4 year old girls.  Both of them ADORED Colby but he did not share the feelings.  He was ok with some petting and playing.  However, he got irritated easily when they poked him in the eye trying to pet him, or touched him in some areas that I (or any other adult) can normally get away with.  During these instances, he growled and even snapped on a couple of times.  I removed him from the kids in these instances.  But if there were no other adults to intervene- or he got even more irritated- I get the feeling that he may have actually bitten one of the children.  This has me worried quite a bit.  I’m not sure if he would growl or snap at an infant.  However, I’d like to prevent this from happening with my baby.  Is there anything I can do to get him ready to integrate a new baby into the house.  And if so, what steps do I need to start taking to ensure that Colby and baby are going to be okay with one another as baby grows?  I did poke around the blog a little.  But I didn’t really find anything on the subject.

Well I think that’s about all I have for now.  So I shall close this book and get back to the day.  Hope all is well with everyone over there! ~ Jenn (10/17/2013)

Breeder’s Note: Change is never easy for the Weimaraner. Early socialization with babies and young children can make a huge difference; however, bringing home the human baby changes the family dynamic. These guys pick up on the hormonal ups-and-downs. They react to the change before it comes their direction. The Weimaraner senses and reacts to your concern, and your anxiety. Some people manage to bring home the new baby, and things go well. Other people bring home the baby, and
things did not go the way they hoped. It can be a process. the baby and the Weimaraner might not be the best of friends early-on. Jealousy, being-sidelined, and not liking being mauled can all play into how this works. This is the time (before the baby comes) to ensure you have the upper hand, and not they, the upper paw. They need to want to please you, and to be comfortable in the crate. There are times when the kennel is going to be important. It is not a punishment, or a doggie jail. However, the crate is a safe place. When you are not comfortable or cannot supervise it is good to use the crate.

Cliff will give you some personal time if you need help with obedience or training. You know how to contact him via email if you need to set something up. We know you will work this out. Colby doesn’t want to share you, or to have to be flexible. Neither of those scenarios are going to work. Congratulations on the new baby–your life is going to change. Thank you for your service to our country, and the world at-large. We prayed for your safe return while you were gone. We are glad you are back, and home-safe in Idaho.

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Posted on October 24, 2013, in Previous Pup Update, Star X Blue and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Happy Birthday Colby! I hope all things go well and Colby will be a good friend of the new family member.

  2. A friend of mine was in the same situation with his dog and a new baby on the way. He bought a baby doll, and made a CD of a baby crying, and other baby noises. They would play the CD, and give attention to the doll. When his dog came over to investigate, he would give the dog some praise, attention, and a treat. He repeated this excercise everyday before his baby was born. Once the real baby came into the home, his smart dog watched the baby carefully, and when the baby began to cry, his dog would go and fetch him to alert him of the crying, and then get his praise, and treat. My friend’s dog became a great baby sitter in a very short time. The baby in the home became fun and positive for his dog, and meant more attention, and treats. I don’t know if this is a good idea or not. I’m certainly not a dog trainer.

    In Sunny’s 1st year he was held, hugged, and petted by so many different kids on my boat, it just became a way of life for him.

  3. Thank You Rod! This is a very good idea. Who can say what will work for another person. Each person, each living environment, and each Weimaraner is unique. Personally, I think this has merit, and would be worth a try. More people have kid-friendly Weims than not; however, much of that has to do with how the Weimaraner was raised. It takes a knack, and knowing how to get them to want to please requires thinking outside the box. :O) If you think like a person, you create more problems. All too many people molly-coddle their dogs. Spoiling them is not a bad thing, but there is an invisible line where it does them more harm than good.

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