Category Archives: Behavior & Training
~ The Battle of the Wills
It has been awhile since I have sent you an update. Push is all Weim in every sense of the word. He is a manipulator par excellence! We are still working on the check cord that Cliff recommended. Pushkin will come 90% of the time. It is the remaining 10% that comes to a contest of wills, and mine is stronger! We started puppy classes about 3 weeks ago he is doing well with everything but the “down stay”. Again it becomes a contest of wills. Last week we worked on agility. He did great in the tunnel. I would run, he would run and he would be sitting outside the end of the tunnel waiting for me and of course his treat. He is feisty, stubborn and completely lovable. Thanks so much for the great dog!Marie
P.S. he now weighs 36.5 pounds.
~ Knows Her Place
The only tough thing about a Weim is you don’t own the couch anymore….they do!!!
You might remember this little girl earlier this year during our resolution-making season. Click here to see her then, and to read more about her and the sofa. You might also like to know that she is a sister to Luke and Bo–featured yesterday. We hear that Schatzi and the two blue boys are planning a play date sometime in the future.
The couch is shared in most every household despite efforts to prevent this from happening. Some do, but most don’t even attempt it. You might remember that Weimar rule list that used to be prevalent. It would start off where the Weimar is not going to come into the house. (Oops–then we are not placing a pup with you.) Then, it would quickly follow up, with–alright the Weimar is allowed in the house, but only by the back door. And this would go on and on, and pretty soon the Weim owned the house and was running things. (Ha!) We tend to share almost everything with our Weimaraners. Don’t you agree?
So, the sofa is in use. Well, if the human arrives first, they are welcome to be used as a pillow. Otherwise, you might have to try to squeeze in somewhere or opt for the recliner.
Many of you are aware we have a new Blue Stud Dog–Dusty was our first and then we had Blue. Unfortunately, eventually, they are too old to produce litters. Long story made short–we found this lovely boy and we named him ‘OwyheeStar’s Boone’.
I’ve been bemoaning the lack of photos so we went to the sanctuary and captured a few.
What’s Not to Love?
‘Boone’ is unflappable, loving, happy and intelligent. He has already sired a couple of litters. Prior to using him, we did some health checks. More recently we got health certifications. These certified examiners submitted their tests to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Preliminary Hip Rating was Good with good elbows.
- No evidence of thyroid disease was recognized.
- No indication of congenital cardiac disease.
- He was found to be free of observable inherited eye disease.
We also sent off DNA to AKC to get him on file as a frequent used Stud as well as to DDC Veterinary to check to see if he carried the Longhair (or fluffy coat) DNA marker. He did not–which means no litter he sires will ever produce Longhair puppies.
To answer your question–no all these tests have not been completed on our females. Most of them we have owned for generations. Secondly, while this testing is beneficial, it doesn’t always prevent things from happening. Honestly, we have purchased two Weimaraners from parents with both excellent OFA ratings only to find their offspring had the worst hips ever! It was extremely discouraging. Twice this happened. Regardless, it is essential to have our Stud Dog tested. We are thrilled with the outcome for our beautiful ‘Boone’. Thanks to the Idaho Veterinary Hospital for making this possible via their Breeder’s Day.
Freedom is Earned
Here is the thing —once a behavior (good or bad) starts it can soon become a habit. This type of thing can happen quickly like too! The Weim can become an incessant barking machine. I swear they can bark at a cloud. Maybe it looks like a bird. To prevent that and other unwanted behaviors a person just has to be vigilant early on and probably for a number of years.
The Weimaraner can remain juvenile-like for three years with teenage flakiness surfacing from time to time. I laugh at people who want this breed and expect them to be easy to manage and hope to get them trained in the first six months. They are not that kind of dog. At the same time, some experience extraordinary success. Their puppy is super intelligent, and their style of follow-through nets the desired outcome. Nevertheless, behavior issues loom large on the horizon.
A lot can and should be accomplished in the first year; however, you cannot achieve whatever and rest on your laurels so to speak. While the adult can seem like the perfect all around dog, it is a bit deceptive. This same dog can freak-out due to separation anxiety and eat the siding off your house. Left alone, they might dig a hole (in fifteen minutes) large enough to park a Jeep underground. Or, you might enter a room or arrive home to find the sofa arm forever gone.
Cliff and I never fail to mention that the breed is characterized by various quirks and quandaries. Nonetheless, for many nothing else but the Weimaraner will do. Many people who give so much to their clients (those working in the medical, criminal, or legal fields in particular) receive a type of therapeutic love from the Weimaraner. All that considered, my mantra is Freedom is earned. Giving a new puppy too much room, or forgetting to make sure they are able to maintain when you are out of the house (or just the room) can prove costly on so many levels.
Cliff needs a sidekick. Shela is otherwise engaged, and therefore Stackhouse is pretty much always on the heels of Mr. Cliff. He has been patiently waiting for Cliff to complete the current round of greenhouse additions. Stackhouse is ready to go.
While He Waits
I love finding him sitting in the Gator. To be totally honest, Mr. Stack sometimes wants to escape and explore. You might not think this is a problem, but he bothers the kitties and gets into stuff. (oops)
This sweet boy is like all other Weimars–all about the relationship; but the universe surrounds him. The world as he knows it (at OwyheeStar) is complicated. Before long the time change is going to rock his routine. How will we explain that?
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.
When projects happen, Stackhouse goes to work. He is not quite sure Cliff has it right, but he is doing as told–staying in the Gator. Since Dad is distracted it would be a great time to sneak off and check out any number of things–the bird pens, the cats, or to dig in search of a gopher.
Good Boy, Stackhouse!
At Positive Pets
~ See Her in Action
We wanted to check in and update you on Addy. She is doing amazingly well and since we had a trip we could not cancel, we decided to board her with her trainers for some extra training 🙂 thought you might want to see her in action (I attached the video they sent to us today).
Our Cuddle Bug
She is such a cuddler and has taken to the family beautifully! She enjoys her 30 miles of walking per week and is working hard in school 😉 The kids are doing so well with her and also getting an education on how much work our new family member can be 🙂 We are loving every minute! Thank you again for this opportunity!~ Addy’s Family
PS: Here is the link for the video that explains the training markers and how they are used:
Also, here is a link that talks about the interactive toys that will help teach them the correct things to chew on and keep their minds busy while by themselves.
A Dream Come True
We wanted to let you know how well our Dasher is doing. He continues to be all that we could have ever wanted. We just returned from a weekend in Truckee, his first snow experience, and he just loved it.
It got down to 18 degrees so we put a jacket on him and he was off grabbing every stick and pinecone that he could find. He noticed some grass weeds growing out from the snow and decided that he wanted to get to the roots. He buried his head under the snow and looked like an ostrich. He came out of it covered in white and went back for more.
He is one of the smartest pups I have ever had. He has taken to obedience training extremely well. He has all the basics down, including coming to us (off leash) when called. Well most of the time…. Unless he has a pine cone in his mouth then its a 50/50 proposition, he does come, but reluctantly! Shela, I remember you telling me that his mom ( Bernie) has the best temperament. Dasher is so balanced. He cuddles and plays gently until I kick it up a notch and get him going, then he settles right down and chills out. He has the BEST temperament. He and Dobby are best buds, and Dasher is just so beautiful to look at. We get compliments just about every time we go on a walk. He is built like a thoroughbred horse and is super healthy. Needless to say, we are beyond happy and are forever grateful for our Dasher.
Again thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all that you two do!
~ Sincerely — Dave and Audrey.