Moving Up to Two
Posted by OwyheeStar
The Bonding Process
~ Nancy Reports
The Bonding Process
Bill is working very hard to help his bond with Tikka. He gets up very early (twice a week he’s up at 2:30 AM). Now he has added Tikka to his morning routine; he gets her up with him (which isn’t too hard since she sleeps in bed with him!). He feeds her, plays with her then before he leaves he brings her back to bed & tucks her in beside me (and Luna :).
When he gets home after working 10 to 14 hours he spends more time with her. Puppies are exhausting and require quite a bit more energy than older well-trained dogs do, but he’s determined. I do coach him and remind him to do things sometimes, but she does seem drawn to him. If she comes up with a stray sock it’s always his, she also enjoys getting into his work bag and dragging out his work items, not to chew on just to carry around.
Tikka likes the grandkids and other critters too!
When You Drop the Ball
~ or change doesn’t work well
Also (along the bonding line) last week Bill broke his routine with Tikka and it messed her up! He put her back to bed right after going potty, instead of letting her stay up to do whatever they do when they get up in the wee hours of the morning. She tried & tried to get comfortable (she usually goes right to sleep). Luna ended up moving to the end of the bed. Teek was being entirely too squirmy! All of the sudden she heard the coffee grinder and sat straight up. I said, “do you want to go see dad?” She was off the bed and at the door, before I could blink an eye, when I opened the door she was full speed to see dad! 😊
Tikka is very fortunate to slide into your family without a hitch. Luna has adapted about as well as anyone could ask. We realize that a lot of this occurred due to the human element.
Typically a Weimaraner gravitates to one of two persons in the family and picks them. They might have a very different relationship with each family member. We have known of a Weim that would only play ball with the son, would just hunt with the father, and only snuggled in bed with Mama. Not every family structure works out like that, but it does make you laugh. Bonding with the Weimaraner implies more than being friends. In this case, you would be their human of choice. Not that Tikka doesn’t love Nancy and she is glad to be with her when Bill is gone, but when he comes home it is a different story. Why? It is because he made it fun. Not only that, he was able to get her to want to please him. We are delighted to hear about his investment in the relationship. The story speaks for itself. Bill put a lot of work into the relationship. I guess all relationships require such an investment to thrive.
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Posted on November 30, 2017, in Behavior & Training, Bernie X Boone, Companion Weimaraner, Elle X Blue, Getting an OwyheeStar Puppy, OwyheeStar Gray Ghost, OwyheeStar Weim, Owyheestar Weimaraner, Previous Pup Update, Socialization, The Weimaraner, Training, Two Weimaraners, Weimaraner puppies and tagged Oregon Weimaraner, Oregon Weimaraners, Oregon Weims, Two Weim Family, Two Weimaraners, Two Weims. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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