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More about our Adventure
~ Part ThreeUps and Downs
We had some trouble early on with puppy biting. When I tried to correct Loki he would get angry, which worried me. I’ve since used your advice, Shela—a good screech stops him in his tracks! Since then, I’ve screeched and redirected him to something he’s allowed to chew on, and I haven’t had many issues this past week. I’m keeping Cliff’s trick in reserve in case we have more serious difficulties in the future, but for now, we’re on a good, positive track. Though Loki did well with the crate the first couple of weeks, he’s become more vocal this past week and I’ve temporarily revoked his office privileges (his crate is now in an area where his complaints won’t bother anyone). I imagine his increasing energy levels have something to do with it, so I’m making sure he gets more exercise, and he still gets some nice breaks from his crate throughout the day. I’m hoping this is just a phase, and that he learns that fussing won’t get him out of his crate (I’m also doing work to make sure that his crate is a positive place for him—he just objects to not being the center of attention, I think!).
We had a nice visit with the vet for Loki’s 9-week shot. She was impressed with the detailed portfolio you sent and is supportive of the vaccine protocol. She is also happy that I’m feeding the Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Chow with the NuVet supplement. Good news—one of Loki’s testes has descended, and the other was in a good position, so I think we’re going to be just fine on that account. She is also an advocate of neutering closer to the 6-month mark rather than to wait longer.
Loki and I are getting along quite nicely. He’s already my little adventure buddy, and he’s always up for snuggle time at the end of the day. I love this little guy—he is so intelligent and energetic. Though I wrote a fair amount about training, to Loki it’s all fun and games, and I intend to keep it that way. Thank you for all your help in selecting Loki. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
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Thanks, Erica, for providing so much information about your process and Loki. The photos were outstanding, too! We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Keep up the great work.
Don’t Forget To Update
Are you moving across town or the country? If you have moved or are moving one thing that is often forgotten is to update the Microchip Registry. Better yet, before you move make sure your contact information is up to date. What if the unforeseen happened during the relocation? Moving is demanding. All the packing and logistics of the relocation takes a concerted effort on your part. We understand how easy it would be to forget this little detail. AKC Reunite has you covered–Click Here to get to the Website.
Did You Forget Altogether?
When you took home the OwyheeStar puppy, it was microchipped. Our records indicate a percentage of you didn’t register with AKC Reunite. The fee is a one-time thing. That is your only cost for the microchip. We have you covered. Inside your portfolio, there were three papers all containing the microchip number.
- The OwyheeStar Health Record
- The AKC Reunite Portfolio
- The Veterinary Report
All three of these records can be found in the front flap slot of your puppy record folder. We talk a lot of people who feel displaced during the holiday season. Pets can also be left out of the mix and the Weimaraner, in particular, could suffer from anxiety. Separation anxiety often surfaces during a time of change or when the Weimar is left behind.
Older Girl Learning New Tricks
Here are a few pictures of Mesquite out in the field today, south of Prosser in the Horse Heaven Hills. I have been waiting to be sure the snakes are in for the winter.
She is having a good time. She loves to get out.
Everything is going well. She eats good. Just to be sure, she reminds me when it is time to eat! We both love her dearly and are very happy with her. She has adjustedvery well. I think she has trained us.I still don’t have her dialed in on hunting pheasants yet, butshe is comingalong. I have been using pheasant wings, which I hide in the tall grass andweeds. She has no trouble finding them at all. I hide them and tell her tofind the pheasant, and that light the burner and she is off. I can’t figureout how to get her to range out from me farther. She has trouble with arunning bird when she gets the scent she thinks the bird is right there,but of course, the bird has moved on. She has trouble telling fresh scent from an oldscent. That may be a drawback of using old wings. She will figure it outone of these days. Mesquite loves to go hunting. I get a kick out of her,when I go somewhere and don’t take her when I get home, she goes around andsmells the tires on my Tahoe. I guess she is checking to be sure I haven’tbeen out hunting. She is sharp as a tac. She will click one of these days.A big problem is there aren’t enough birds around.~Lyle
Cliff says to keep working on it. You’ll get it. It is amazing how well you are doing in a very short period of time. Her lineage is well known for their ability to hunt. Thanks for loving her so much!
Willow Does It Again!
~Willow attained her AKC Trick Novice title today, what a good girl!
She is now—
UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-Trial Champion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Trick Novice, UKC Rally Obedience I, Therapy Dog International certified!
From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.
TRICK DOG TITLE INFO:
AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.
The processing fee for each title is $20. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.
Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.
All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.
4 TRICK DOG TITLES –
NOVICE TRICK DOG (TKN)
The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.
INTERMEDIATE TRICK DOG (TKI)
The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.
ADVANCED TRICK DOG (TKA)
The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.
TRICK DOG PERFORMER (TKP)
I n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS YOU CAN EARN AKC TRICK DOG TITLES:
1) Perform the tricks (from the check list in the Title Application) in the presence of an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator. The Title Application will need to accompany the check list for the particular title you are applying for.
2) AKC will recognize Do More With Your Dog!™(DMWYD) titles at Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels. The Title Application will need to accompany proof of the DMWYD title being earned, such as a copy of the actual title.
DMWYD Titles Grandfathered Until End of 2017
If you have a DMWYD title that is above Novice, (i.e. Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) until December 31, 2017, you may send proof of the title (copy of DMWYD certificate) and pay only the $20 title fee for the highest level title for which you are applying to earn the equivalent AKC Trick Dog title.
If you have a DMWYD Intermediate certificate, send the AKC Intermediate Trick Dog application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Intermediate Trick Dog title.
If you have a DMWYD Advanced Trick Dog title, send the AKC Advanced Trick Dog Application with the $20 title fee and AKC will issue your AKC Advanced Trick Dog title.
If you would like to earn the AKC Trick Dog Performer title, send a copy of your DMWYD Expert Trick Dog or Champion Trick Dog certificate, along with the $20 title fee, the AKC Trick Dog Application for the Performer level, and, YOU MUST INCLUDE A VIDEO.
For more information about the Trick Dog Program check out our Frequently Asked Questions.
Congratulations Willow and Jan!
Make Sure You Got This Covered!
Yesterday, was National Pet Day. I should have posted this then, but it is better late than never. The Importance of registering your microchip cannot be overstated. Halloween saw a Boise man’s dog end up at the shelter. He struggled to get his dog home. Click here to read his story. It ended well, but we want to remind all our clients to get their microchip registered.
Today Trigger is an integral part of his family’s life. He goes on most vacations and spends a lot of time hanging out. There are walks with Mom too!
Your Beloved Weimaraner Went Missing?
Would You Get Them Back?
Dear OwyheeStar Client,
Question–Did you register your pet’s AKC Reunite Microchip with AKC?
Almost two years ago we upgraded to this fabulous program called AKC Reunite. Anytime after spring 2014, your OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy came home with the AKC Reunite Microchip installed There was also paperwork in your packet to help you register that microchip. If you have not registered the AKC Reunite Microchip with the AKC Reunite Organization we urge you to do so.
Cliff is aware of the number of chips registered, but not to whom they were registered. If you have lost your paperwork just have your Vet office scan for the microchip and use the number to get them registered. Having them associated with the AKC Reunite Program might pay off in ways you never dream. Please read on about Trigger’s recent experience.
Trigger Went Missing
Thank you, thank you thank you for microchipping your pups before they leave your home. Our Trigger is now safe at home. Our daughter accidently left.our gate open and we couldn’t find him. So relieved to get a text saying our pet has been found. What a blessing. I don’t know what we would’ve done. We all cried when we picked him up. They think a female is in heat and that’s why he took off. Time to invest in an invisible fence since the vet suggested waiting to neuter him till he’s a year old. Whew. Crisis averted thanks to Owyheestar!
Do You Want to Know More?
I registered him with the AKC reunite with the paperwork you sent home with him. The humane society scanned him and my info came up. He wasn’t in their database, but he is now so if it happens again, they will have him.
The AKC reunite is who sent me a notification that he was found and gave me a number to call. The humane society also called me. So I had two different people helping him get home. Yes! Please use our story on the blog so it will help others. ~ Natalie
Here is the notification…
Celebrate and Protect Your Weimar–Get Them Listed with AKC Reunite Please!
I can’t believe this guy is almost one. It’s been a crazy 9 months with him. Overall he’s a pretty good dog. Just a few quirks to work, like barking at the smallest noise, and how he greets new people, he struggles to sit and wait to be greeted. Happy to report we have very little weim crime. The worst was my Fitbit, but that was months ago. Now he mostly tells on himself when he is trying to get in trouble. He brings his loot, socks or a stuffed animal, right to us, and drops it on command. Lol.
Even the most diligent Weim family will end up with some quirks. We have seen so many folks get a second or third Weimaraner–citing how they want to avoid the mistakes they made the first time. It seems in the effort to avoid one thing, something else develops. (It is a lot like raising our human children–each is unique.)
We prefer the too friendly (jump up and greet) Weimaraner to the fearfully aloof type. Each has their set of challenges. Teaching them to sit and wait to be greeted is a good idea. We didn’t say it was easy, but at nine months if they are doing fairly well it is a good thing.
The Weimaraner is a Watch Dog–not a Guard Dog. This trait means they want to alert you to anything that concerns them–it might be a butterfly or leaf. Goodness, if it is a dog, cat or a person they might sound a more concerned alarm. The big issue is the habitual barking thing. Once a behavior starts, it can be tough (and sometimes impossible) to stop. It becomes the norm. Nonetheless, with the type of relationship you have developed, there is a good chance you can thwart the behavior because Henry wants to please you. Thank you, for the update and all you have done with (and for) your OwyheeStar.
One year ago today, we said our final goodbye to the beloved Deli. She was right at the 16 year mark. Her life was full and well-lived until the very end. The photo and the video was taken nine days before her departure. You know (if you have walked this path) about the breath holding and wondering when the inevitable will come. It is never delayed enough.
There are many OwyheeStar notables. Possibly few are as foundational as Deli. Many of our clients have her lineage weaved into their pedigree. Here a few pups we saved over a period of fifteen years (and three generations).
- Callie (Deli X Zeke) <–retired
- Moxie (Deli X Zeke <–retired
- Pepper (Mollie X Zeke) <–retired
- Mollie (Deli X Dash) <–retired
- Ginger (Callie X Zee) <–retired
- Cindee (Callie X Zee) <–retired
- Midge (Callie X Benton) <–retired
- Millee (Moxie X Benton<–retired
- Bernie (Millee X Stackhouse)
- Wilma (Mesquite X Stackhouse)
- Mesquite (Moxie X Benton)
- Hollee (Deli X Zee) — Deli’s last baby
- Mousse (Callie X Zee)
Weaving the DNA
You might understand more clearly what our DNA weaving involved. We used different sires with the females over time to gain our outcome. Ultimately, the pedigree will contain one or more of our foundation Weimars–Dash, Dusty, Stormy, Blue, Zee, Zeke, True, and Topper. I am sure there are others that should be mentioned but those are the most prevalent. It was a costly venture on every level to do this type of thing rather than to stick with a narrower process–only adding a new Stud Dog as the need arose.
The Best Pup In The Litter
What defines the best pup in the litter? What attributes are necessary to earn such a label? Shock–this is often a relative thing. The best pup for a particular person or a family is the more apt description.
- Coat Color
- Coat Length
- Size–weight, height, body shape, etc.
~Lifestyle and Activity Considerations
- The Hunter
- Upland game birds — pheasants, quail, chukar, etc.
- Water fowl — ducks and geese
- Small animals — rabbits and other small fur critters
- Sheds –castoff antlers
- Each of these disciplines require a certain skill set. Natural ability will need to be developed. Nevertheless, the pup with the nose to ground is going to be able to develop a a good search. Some pups are more interested when presented with a bird. Some are natural pointers; some take to the water with ease. The right mix of traits makes a big difference.
- The Non-Hunter
- Family Companion
- Short Distance Running Companion
- Long Distance Running Companion
- Dock Diving
- Etc.–the list of options is lengthy
We have a process– it involves our Discovery and Placement Test. Each pup goes through a series of exercises. This allows us to get a glimpse of their potential skill set. All of these findings are that–just a discovery of what is there that can be developed with patience and time well spent.
Every Weimaraner has potential. Some excel at certain things. Much of what they become will depend upon their Forever Family’s investment and ability to develop their talent. Nothing is more important than a relationship; however, on-going socialization is vital. Understanding this breed and the many pitfalls can save you from making a wrong turn. Despite what many say, there is no magical formula to success. It is day by day as well as one step at a time. The journey should unfold naturally and you will build success upon success. We suggest you forego setting a timeline to accomplish things. Instead focus on your relationship, socialization, and achieving the basics–the solid recall, the loose lead walk, and such. This will serve you well.
The insanity of it all cannot be overstated. Until it is your turn to capture the Weim’s photo, you might not appreciate what goes on behind the scenes. Or, more aptly you might not give it much thought.
No Mama; Not Santa
Mia was not thrilled with meeting Santa!
Merry Christmas ~Sara
Mia might not have been amazed. Regardless, the photo was captured and will be treasured. Should you attempt a Santa photo with the Weimaraner? That is going to depend upon how well the Weimaraner is socialized. It is going to depend upon the setting. Not every Santa is fur family member friendly. It is hard to beat Terri Jacobsen’s Santa, and he has been captured with a variety of critters. His expressions are priceless. The camera loves him.
Don’t ask your Weimaraner to do something that they are not ready to handle. Things can go badly. Even thought Miss Mia didn’t appreciate Santa, they captured a great photo. Know what you should ask and limit the risk factor. No picture is worth freaking them out and having a scene. Holiday stress and the demands that come with add up for everyone. Our fur family members are not the exception. Can you imagine? They must go along with the insanity.