From Shannon (06/05/2016)

Hi and long time no hear.  Gretchen is doing well, getting up there in age and has put the pounds on but overall is doing well.  My husband and I were just talking about you as our son wants a husky, we thought we would rescue one since they were all over Craig’s List and have uncovered the term rehoming fee which sent me on a rant leading to you and how you advertise you sell puppies; however, what I get in turn in honest, ethical, hip certs, AKC, breeders who hold me account and I have protections on my end as well along with the God forbid circumstance of you taking the dog back no questions asked should I not be able to keep her.


Shoupe's Gretchen_0994

Our Gretchen Olivia


Thank you for being and outstanding breeder, producing the most amazing lazy weim ever who is 10 but will still play with the best of em for a short time. If you know of any Husky in need of a home please keep us in mind.  I don’t want to risk my luck with another weim as Gretchen was and has been super mellow after the puppy stage, loves to sleep more than run, and isn’t the hyper energetic dog everyone talks about.  She’s a couch potato and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Breeder’s Comment

Storm-4752-2Our Stormy (who just passed on) was Gretchen’s mother. Although we all want the sixteen-year scenario, it is not always so realistic. As with humans, some live longer than others no matter what we do. Thirteen years is a goodly number for the Weimaraner. Nevertheless, their length of stay with us is never enough.

We appreciate the note and the photo Gretchen. It could not come at a better time. Yesterday, our mail saw someone who wanted to get rid of their Weimaraner. I find that sad when you think about it. For the Weim, it might end up being a positive; however, we will never know because we mentioned that the Weimaraner has to be taught how to stay alone. This ability to be left behind is one of those key factors so often forgotten (and probably not addressed by your trainer).

Heartbreaking Loss For Everyone

The reality is when someone wants to get rid of their problem, they ask for help. Nevertheless, when you try to help them understand why they are in the situation they may not want to hear what you are saying. The bottom line is the Weimaraner is the loser. No questions asked is most certainly our policy, but nerves frazzled things do not always work the way we want.

OwyheeStar Protocol

Our contract reads they must be returned to us. As you might guess it is a huge job to rehabilitate the returned Weimar. Nonetheless, we always will take them back. They must be returned to us at the family’s expense and effort. It is the contract folks sign. Regardless, when something goes awry, there is the finger-pointing and blame-shifting. In all honesty, in 4.5 years this person never reached out to us, but I am positive they spent a fortune on their trainer. So, another bit of advice. Don’t let things fester and develop into a big concrete issue. Get help from someone who will understand what is going on–be proactive. If you must return the Weim or have a serious issue our protocol is for you to contact Cliff via email.

Lessons and Tips

For those getting an application reply from us, I put a lot of time into adding pointers. These links and added tips are not mere suggestions to consider. They are bits of advice which have proven vital to the success of raising the Weimaraner. Our goal is to place each pup in a forever home and to equip our clients to get them raised. We also realize that there are many ways things can go sideways–the separation anxiety, the territorial behaviors, the socialization, and the concrete-thinking all weave together. This list of attributes can make for unexpected challenges and in some cases lead to behaviors the family is not willing to accept.





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Posted on June 7, 2016, in Behavior & Training, Companion Weimaraner, Information and Education, OwyheeStar, Training and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I love Gretchen and I love her name, it is such a perfect name for a german breed! I felt the same as I read the posts at FB yesterday… one wanted to give away an 8 year of Weim, because of “time problems” and the next one was heartbroken that he lost his pup in a car accident on friday (weim chased rabbit and was hit by car). Such things make my heart as heavy as a rock…

  2. It always makes me so sad when someone talks about getting rid of their adult Weimaraner due to behavior issues. As a 40-year Weimaraner owner and all-breed dog trainer, I can tell you that most severe behavior issues (in any type of dog) could likely have been avoided or solved with the owner doing the right things. Being a kind, calm, confident leader, setting the house rules immediately, tons of fun socialization, and being pro-active in training, are all very important. To avoid or reduce separation anxiety, leave the puppy with trusted people and in trusted places often right from the start, to teach them everything is fine when you are not there- because dogs don’t have the same understanding of time that humans do, leaving a puppy with someone for only ten short minutes and then returning to get them is really helpful; don’t make a big deal out of coming or going, just act nonchalant and calm. We all have training challenges with our puppies and dogs, but it helps to see them as challenges and not problems- dogs are just being dogs, we as humans have the bigger brain and it is OUR responsibility to train them and teach them what is expected of them. LOVE our Weimars! 🙂 Jan

    • Yes! These recommendations are important. I am sick — but some folks only see all the money they spend and the work– it is more complex. All can be avoided with a few simple steps early on.

  3. Such good words and advice from all of you. I remember the very first time we left Maizie alone at home–for 30 minutes. We told her, “We’ll be back!” It was no big deal to her–and to this day four years later, we still use that phrase and she knows what it means. No anxiety. If anything, a little excitement on her part to explore the house to see what we may have forgotten to put away!

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