The Weimaraner puppy presents both possibilities and probabilities. They come packed with mischief, full of life, and a lot of that thing called potential. What you become together takes time. The journey has twists and turns. There are pitfalls, potholes and a wealth of distractions.
What you become together is about having the right relationship. Remember these puppy eyes and sweet kisses can melt you into an ineffective do-nothing leader. (Oops) We may excuse the accidents and problems as puppyhood; however, there is a balance. Too many excuses and it might be time to look in the mirror and see if you are failing to follow through. The other extreme is being too harsh and demanding. The confident non-reactive leader is one who capitalizes on the opportunity to build a respectful relationship.
Respect is Important
What does respect look like? That is an excellent question. Keep in mind there are variables in a successful outcome. You and your Weimaraner have a unique relationship; however, there are some constants. For example
- Achieving the recall. Your Weimaraner needs to come when called.
- Achieving the loose lead walk–at a heel.
- Not allowing the Weim to mouth you or jump on you–or others.
While it may be a relief to put on a head halter or front hooking harness to stop the pulling on the leash, it should not be a long term solution. Leaning on these devices instead of getting compliance is not in your best interest. Nor is it to your Weimaraner’s benefit either. Devices to initiate the first two listed disciplines are OK for a season; however, your ultimate goal is to achieve willing compliance. Here is Cliff’s advice.
The Weimaraner who is only compliant when they are in control (for example–off-leash) is not a trained and obediant companion. Off leash should be reward for compliance. This type of compliance involves all three disciplines listed above. Otherwise, in my opinion, they should be kept on the leash. Don’t we all want the freedom. Let’s work toward earning that together.
The bottom line is nothing is more important than your relationship. Be the right kind of leader and remember this is a journey. It is not about proving you are dog savvy or your Weimaraner is the smartest ever. It is about what you can become together.
Posted on January 26, 2016, in Behavior & Training, Bringing home the Weimaraner, Companion Weimaraner, Getting an OwyheeStar Puppy, Hot Topics, Information and Education, Next Generation, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar Gray Ghost, OwyheeStar News, OwyheeStar Weim, Raising Versatile Hunting Weims and tagged Blue Weimar, Blue Weimaraner, Companion Weim, Gray Ghost, Gray Weimaraner, Longhair Weimaraner, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar Weimaraner, the Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.