OwyheeStar’s Succeeding with the Weimaraner.9
Is The Weimaraner Right for You?
~ Part One
Look into my eyes. Let your name not be listed among those that turned the likes of me into a shelter or gave me to a rescue organization. Never be named on the list of folks who returned me to their breeder. I hear you saying it would never happen to you. Let us be clear. Every person who turned in the Weimaraner never intended to do so; therefore, ask yourself how so many end up in rescue.
Seeing the adoring and well-behaved Weimaraner on the beach is not living with one. Nor can it be confused with raising the obedient and compliant Weimaraner. This outcome is not something that comes naturally in case you didn’t know. It requires a level of commitment and more than a little knack to achieve. If that doesn’t cause you pause, then consider that more than a few dog savvy people have failed.
The Heart Wants–What the Heart Wants
We have heard it said that the heart wants what the heart wants; however, in this scenario, we are talking about a dependent living creature. They get no choice in whether they get you or not. Everything they become is dependent on you and your relationship.
Relationships require work. We all know this when going into them; however, all too often when things don’t go our way we bail out. It may well be true that people will hang in there longer with a fur friend. Nevertheless, we live in a disposable society. After the destroyed designer shoes, or when the police arrive after the neighbor’s fifth complaint about the incessant barking are you at your whit’s end? How did we arrive here? Take a look in the mirror. The destructive behavior or the incessant barking started early on. The lapse in early training can lead to a lifetime behavioral issue. Freedom must be earned. If not, then who pays the price?
In light of statistics, we suggest you pause to reflect on the cost and the consequences of any one of your shortcomings. Here are a few matters that require an honest answer.
- Do you have time for the Weimaraner? They need attention throughout the day. No, they cannot just stay in the yard ten hours and be petted at night.
- Do you have a securely fenced yard? Define secure for this breed–remember some unlatch gates, climb fencing, and tunnel under a fence to escape. Maybe they are not escaping so much as looking for you.
- Will the Weimaraner be where you are–on vacation with you, in your living room, and a part of whatever you are doing?
- Are you active? Do you run, walk, or hike on a regular basis. Regular being almost daily.
- Are you attracted to them because you are a neat freak? Yes, they do shed eyelash length hair. No, it is not all over your furniture and clothing. They like to put their nose on your windows, and goober up door frames. Ask any Weim fancier and if they are honest, you will learn about more than a few messes they endured.
- Are you annoyed by someone demanding attention–leaning on you, pawing you, or nose butting you? The Weimaraner is the ultimate Velcro Dog.
- Do you envision having the perfect dog with the perfect manners? Stop right there. If you are obsessed with this idea, this breed might not be your best choice. Most Weimlovers are quick to admit the demands are enormous, and compliance is difficult to master. Perfection is overrated.
We realize that everyone wants a well-trained Weimaraner but if this is one of your primary goals, you and the breed would be well served if you opted for something different. Few, if any, Weimaraner folks have escaped destruction or damage. There are many reasons for this; however, even the best trained Weimaraner seems to get into the occasional bit of trouble.
They might shred their bed. They would likely snatch the pot roast–given the opportunity. Finally, they are prone to separation anxiety. This can play out in the most unusual of circumstances and end up with damaged household goods. Chewing soon becomes habitual and the catalyst can be any number of things–too much freedom, boredom, or the stress of feeling abandoned. Sometimes we fail to realize there is a problem until it is the norm. It is then their name appears on Craig’s List (God forbid) or they are dropped at the shelter with a flimsy excuse.
There is no way that anyone seeking a Weimaraner puppy is thinking we will just get rid of it if it doesn’t work out. They always feel they are cutout for the breed. It is a fact; however that most Weims who end up castoff do so because of human error. Raising one is more work than they thought or they didn’t get it done right early on. The Weimaraner with an incorrigle habit got that way because their family failed them. These are left to the breeder or rescue folks to retrain in hope of finding a more than suirable second chance home.
We realize that there are unforeseen circumstances where a person cannot keep their Weimaraner; however, not for one moment do we believe every Weim in rescue qualifies. It is imperative as a breeder that you screen applicants to ensure the pup’s future.
We cannot approach this topic without giving the rescue organizations a shout of thanks. Without doing the work of rescue and rehabilitation it is impossible to comprehend all that is involved. They scour the ads and check the shelters to make sure no Weimaraner falls through the cracks. God bless them everyone.
Coming soon- part two of this topic.