In many cases, we see Weimlovers, who are so addicted to this breed that they are willingly blinded to the Weimaraner’s ability to manipulate them, and their surrounding world. Most of the time this is not lethal as with Jonestown, but it can have some pretty ugly outcomes.
Mouthing can seem harmless. Over time, it can become a problem. It can be so cute when the Weimaraner meets you at the door, and gently grabs you by your arm. They continue on by leading you (arm-in-their-mouth) into the house. Their tail is wagging, and there is nothing aggressive about this behavior. It might scare another person, but you (the beloved human) find it amusing. The two of you have a special connection. That being said, mouthing from a Weim’s point of view puts them in control. It gives them the upper-paw. You are the one blindly letting them leading the way. This is empowering to the Weimaraner.
We suggest you discourage this behavior. Don’t overreact, but find ways not to allow this to happen. For example, carry a ball that you hand them; keep a toy by the door that they get when you come home. It is so much the better they carry this, than they lead you. We are sure some of our readers will post suggestions here. There are other ways to stop this unwanted behavior.
This behavior can Prove Costly
Consider the risks involved. Allowing them to mouth you could escalate into a battle of the wills. You must always win their respect, and gain their compliance. At the same time, you have to maintain your composure, and stay upbeat (as well as positive). A fun atmosphere produces positive outcomes. Beyond the jockeying for compliance, your best friend might get into trouble when someone catches a tooth. Older people have thin skin, and a tooth can create a deep gouge that appears to be more than happenstance. This can cost you emotionally, and financially. Someone could file a grievance against you and your beloved (well-manner, and well-meaning) pet. They don’t love them like you do. Children are another danger.
It Comes Back to Your Relationship
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Posted on November 5, 2014, in Behavior & Training, Information and Education and tagged Gaining compliance, Gaining Respect, Mouthing Weimaraner, Relationship with the Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Seemingly Harmless.