Sunny Loves Everyone
In regard to OwyheeStar Weimaraner’s News
Taking my Weimaraner pup, Sunny, to work sailing with me from the very beginning presented some challenges. I focused on making sure I didn’t allow him to be put into a situation that he would surely fail. For example: many people love to play rough with a puppy with their hands, often roughing up their faces. Then when the pup goes crazy play biting with their razor teeth, the person yells “NO” at the pup. Pups clearly can’t control themselves when they are young when people play in this manner, and it’s not fair to the pup to expect them not to bite, in my opinion. I controlled how people played (and interacted) with Sunny. I substituted toys, and in lieu of letting people engage the pup with their hands. Hundreds of people have interacted with Sunny over the last two years, and he loves everybody. We still have our challenges for sure, but overall, we’ve found a balance.
Breeder’s Note: Thank you Rod for sharing your unique situation with us. We know you have made several adjustments over the last couple of years. Sunny doesn’t sail with you all the time. Nevertheless, Sunny has a grand life. You have a friend, and companion. The reason you have been successful is you worked through the situation. You were in control. You were going to overcome the obstacles, and work through the problems. You were not easy on Sunny, nor did you let him reel out of control. That doesn’t mean you were mean, but it does indicate that you required him to act according to a certain way. At the same time, you did not set him up for failure. You are right–people often bait their pups with the rough play, and then they are upset by the biting. Pups bite. Weimaraner puppy biting is horrendous at best. You don’t want to fuel the desire to engage with their mouth–especially things that are not appropriate.
Posted on August 12, 2014, in Previous Pup Update, Sage X Blue and tagged Boating with the Weimaraner, Fun Cat Sailing Catamaran, Raising the pup on the sailboat, Sailing with the Weim, San Diego Weims, Weimaraner puppy biting. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.