Miss Darcy–Part One
We just wanted to update you on our sweet Miss Darcy. Sorry it’s taken a while! She is now 4 months old. We love that she bonded to us so quickly. She loves us, and we love her, too! She is a huge snuggler, which we love. She also loves to run and play chase games with the kids, and to retrieve….sometimes. Darcy has so much attitude and personality, and she is very independent. She definitely has the attitude of “what’s in it for me?” when it comes to training, or obeying simple commands (like “come”). She is definitely not an easy dog to train, but we love her anyway. In fact, that personality of hers is actually one of the things that we love most about her. 🙂
For a while there, we were getting a little worried about the biting. She was constantly biting everyone! Some of her biting was playing, some was because of the need to chew (puppy teething), and some of it was her trying to play dominant, especially to the kids (ages 2, 6, and 7). Our poor kids’ arms, legs, and clothes constantly looked like they had been mauled by wild animals. We read and researched everything we could find about puppy biting, and tried a lot of things. In the end, the only thing that worked for us, was saying “no” every time she bit and redirecting her biting to an appropriate toy (we told the kids to carry something in their hands every time they played with her, so when she went to bite them, they could shove the toy in her mouth instead). If she was getting especially bitey, we would remove her from us for a few minutes so she could settle down. As weeks went by, it didn’t seem to be getting any better, though, and we got a little worried that she would never outgrow it. Then one day, it just seemed to click for her. She realized that she liked to play with us, so she was willing to stop biting so we would play with her. She still needs reminders once in a while not to bite, but it is so much better. The kids now love playing with her, and they have learned what things she likes doing. It’s fun to see them getting along so well. Their favorite thing to play with her is chasing (they chase her, or she chases them), and the “stay” game. They get a piece of her kibble, and tell her to sit and stay, then they back away, all the way across our backyard, and finally say, “Ok, come and get it!” and she runs to them.
Watch for Part Two!
It has been said that a biting Weimaraner puppy is one that rarely becomes an adult biter. Of course, that implies that the shark-biting ways were handled well as a pup–curbed. What this means is the fear-biting Weimaraner is hard to teach not to bite whereas the natural snapping by the puppy can be managed–taught it is unacceptable. In the end, they learn not to do that.
Success just often requires endurance and follow through to achieve. You want the pup to want to please you–this is key to reaching a lot of your Weimaraner goals anyhow. Everyone’s household, skill level, and style are a bit different. Each pup is unique. There are basics. The things that should work across the board, but you have to find your way with each Weimaraner pup you raise. This truth applies even to the most dog savvy person. You just cannot repeat the process in a step for step manner. Just as each child is different, so are every Weimaraner. Then too, you are never at the same place in your life either.
Posted on August 24, 2016, in Bringing home the Weimaraner, Children and Weims, Getting started with a Weim, Mousse X Stackhouse, Puppy Development, Puppy Tips & Info, The Weimaraner and tagged Beginnings, Companion Weim, Companion Weimaraner, Companion Weims, Family Weimaraner, Gray Ghost, Gray Ghost Weim, Idaho Weimaraner, Oregon Weimaraner, OwyheeStar, OwyheeStar Weimaraner, Silver Gray Weim, the Weimaraner. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.