Boundaries

The Weimaraner needs them!

Potential pitfalls are a good topic for discussion. The groundwork for many a major issue is laid by setting unclear boundaries, or the failure to establish any limit; some folks don’t realize how important it is until it is difficult to make a relationship change. Lucky July 29 2014-16You the human-element are the one setting the gold-standard for what is acceptable in your relationship. Nevertheless, it is wise to realize the Weimaraner is always mulling over their plan to gain more territory. How dangerous is this for your relationship, and their future in your home? We feel this is a very serious topic of discussion.

Boundaries — Respect 

Lucky July 29 2014-26Weaving these four listed elements (boundaries, respect, calm expectation, and upbeat fun) together will take you a long way in the right direction. When we talk about having the knack (to pull off raising the Weimaraner), this is where it is useful. Balancing the right limitations while requiring the pup show age-appropriate respect sets the atmosphere for positive learning. The snappy-shark-biting Weimaraner puppy needs to learn bite inhibition, but it is unrealistic to expect a young pup to act adult-like. Don’t reward their bad behavior; require more compliance at each step along the juncture.

 Calm Expectation — Upbeat Fun

Getting compliance, respect, and setting the age-appropriate boundaries is vitally important. Nevertheless, unless this process is tempered with upbeat fun, and anchored with calm expectation your efforts may be foiled. The pictured pup is being rehabilitated. Not so long ago, he would not share his toys, and to reach for them would net a growl followed by a snappy-bite. At his age, this is not acceptable. Cliff began the process of rehabilitation by letting him chill. There was no real expectation; furthermore, there was no opportunity to engage anyone over a toy, food, or a bone. Training had to begin from ground up, with him realizing we don’t endorse the bad behavior. A few weeks later Cliff, and Lauren, have him playing with the toys. He is retrieving to hand. He sits inches from the toy, and waits the opportunity to have it. How grand is this?

This behavioral issue was managed with a special knack. Yes, there were limits–no growling allowed. Redirection, and upbeat fun are both very important. The  perfect underpinning is set with the right attitude. It is important to have a non-reactive, calm, and in-charge persona. This is not about (you) the handler. It is about getting results.

Prevention is Preferable to Rehabilitation

The four disciplines we mention (boundaries, respect, calm expectation, and upbeat fun) are equally important. Leaving any one of these out will not produce the desired goal. Each achievement is carefully tested, and monitored. A second-chance placement for such a Weimaraner needs to fail-safe. If you engage a trainer for your Weimaraner puppy, these elements should be identifiable, and you should see positive results. Most of the training would be teaching you have to achieve these goals with your puppy. Read more about the pup pictured in today’s blog–click here!

 

Note: This male was nearly eight months old when he was returned. He was intact. Check with anyone who deals with canine rehabilitation, and dog problems. They will all tell you getting the dog altered in a timely manner is imperative. Hormones affect behavior. Please get your pets altered in a timely manner. Thank You!

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We are Professional Weimaraner breeders--with forty years experience at raising puppies. For many years, we have focused exclusively on the Weimaraner! If you are considering the Weimaraner, or live with one, we welcome you to sign up to our blog. We sincerely hope you will find the information, the stories, and varied posts insightful (as well as entertaining). To those who live with an OwyheeStar Weimaraner, we send special thanks. We appreciate the photos, the news, and your friendship. Thank you for being a part of the extended OwyheeStar family.

Posted on July 30, 2014, in Behavior & Training, Information and Education and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Is that the boy Cliff picked up a couple of weeks ago? Many thanks to Cliff and to you that you gave this guy a second chance.

  2. hmmmmmmmmmmm a while back. Hard work but getting there. Sooooo VERY sad someone had to let him go. Heartbreaking for everyone concerned. On the other hand, once the downhill starts, most folks just have trouble doing what needs to be done. It is better to relinquish them than to have something worse happen. A few times we returned the pup to the same home. It didn’t work. We got them back again. Some people just cannot make the environmental, and leadership style changes that it requires. They cannot see how they could change. I hope that makes sense. We all have these areas, but sometimes it results in this type of scenario.

  3. I agree, they try to change something, but only their way, never the way what’s essential… I’m glad you offered help& a home for this pup, without you it would probably end bad for this pup.

  4. Who can say; but that is my guess. It is easier to turn a blind eye. In reality, most of these things could be managed. No one program, trainer, or program is going to work across the board. I just know, we would go to extreme measures before we let a Weim go down the path of no return–meaning they have to be put down. That was not necessary. We were firmer than usual, but still very patient. Nonetheless, boundaries have to be absolute on certain things.

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