Category Archives: Training

Azula

Smart and Opinionated

     ~Quick Study

Azula is super smart, she was already bringing her toy back to me.

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She is an opinionated and self-assured little girl – and has bonded to us quickly.  She’s also been super good about going outside to do her business!  We love her  spunk and affectionate manner. Now if only her tiny raptor teeth were less sharp…

Azula was sleeping in her crate 😊. As you can see, she doesn’t always sleep in her crate.   Right now she’s crashed out next to my 16-year-old.

Other Fur Family

Here she is checking out one of the cats….

Neither of our two cats is amused by her – but the one you saw will actually probably be fine soon – she loves to play and was out hunting voles while we were keeping Azula entertained…

 

Breeder Comment

We are happy that little Miss Azula is settling in quickly. Before long, she and the cats will have things worked out–probably a chess match situation. We appreciate the update–the photos and the video is fabulous. We look forward to hearing how things go as she matures. We expect great things. Thanks for your loyalty. We don’t take it lightly.

 

 

 

 

A Natural

Extremely Nosey

   ~In a Good Way

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I didn’ t realize that Henry has only been learning scent-work since March.  We got involved because being an energetic, 3-year-old Weim, with a flair for being extreme nosey, it seemed to be fit.  Also, I  found the science behind a dogs nose fascinating.

What We Accomplished

Henry has completed Level 1, 2, 3 and working in level 4.  More than anything though, it has been an experience for me!   I have learned more about myself in the last few months and for that, I am most grateful to my handsome Blue boy.  Scentwork is a team trust sport.

Your dog knows what to do, however until dogs and humans can speak the same language, the sport is much more about learning patience, watching your dogs every move, and even more important, trust.   We have had good trials and not so good, one thing is certain Henry loves this sport and so do I.  We take away something new from each practice or trial.  We figure a way through false alerts and keep rewarding the sourced odor.

Henry’s hard work has left us with 3 titles, Level 1 and 2 C-WAGS, Level 1 ABC games, Noteworthy, in our seemingly short period of time.  I am very  lucky to have Henry enjoy this sport as much as I do.  It’s a special bond with a Weimaraner, I’m finding out truly how extraordinary Henry is.  Thank-you Cliff and Shela!!

Breeder Comment

We are happy to hear about your continued success. Congratulations to you Patti–what a great team the two of you make. Fun–that is something that is so important. If you are having a good time more than likely, the Weimaraner is as well. At least in Henry’s case, this seems to be his element. Keep up the good work!

Rumor Has It

An Unsuperversized Weimaraner

My response when you ask me _-2There is a common saying about the unsupervised Weimaraner. We are not repeating it. Maybe the sign should say, “You didn’t Watch Me, Shame on You!” Or it might read, “Got you again, when you were not looking.”  Possibly, it might even read, “Your dinner was delicious, thank you!” Of course, they would ask what we are having tomorrow. (OMG)

My response when you ask me _

Milly

At Sixteen Weeks

     ~We can Report

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I wanted to give you a quick Milly update.  She is 16 weeks old today and weighing in at 28lbs.  I’m so curious as to how big she will be, how large was her mom?  She is such a sweet girl with the perfect amount of spunk!  image4
She is patient (mostly 😉) with the kiddos and is such a quick learner!  The piranha syndrome is slowing down a bit too which is great.  She has taken to her crate like a champ and enjoys most everyone we meet, person or dog.
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We have been working with her on pheasant scent and a wing and she has a beautiful point! I have included a picture of her pointing below.  We plan to expose her to some live birds soon.
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She had her titer test today in lieu of the 16-week vaccine and her vet says he predicts she will have good numbers!  Thank you for such a wonderful pup!  All your hard work is evident!  We had such an amazing experience with our last Weim, I was worried I would never have such a wonderful experience again.  Milly is proving that she is up to the challenge of taking over where her predecessor left off!

Breeder Comment

~and your answer

How large is Bernie? Bernie is smaller than a lot of Weimaraners–she has the more compact body style. I cannot be sure, but a good guess is she weighs around 55 lbs
I must say—I find this the most obnoxious thing about the Weimaraner puppy—the mouthing and biting. Even though it is shark-like (despite what some folks think), it is not aggression. They are a very mouthing-type of a puppy—possibly the worst of all.

How delightful it is to have an engaging and friendly Weimaraner. Not every Weim welcomes those outside their inner circle.

You folks are doing fabulous with her.  Thank you, for doing the titer test instead of automatically doing a 16-week puppy shot. And for staying on top of other things as well. Once they arrive, the work begins afresh. Thank you, for all you are doing and have done with her. I am excited to hear more in the future.

Raising

The Weimaraner

     ~ Few Insights

The young Weimaraner pup requires a lot of care and special handling. As you are aware, we employ various helpers. Often these are relatives or friends. We have been blessed to find people who wanted to work an odd couple of hours here and there. It is essential to the process. While it looks like a lot of fun, it is like any job. A lot of work. Not every aspect is pleasant. There is the cleanup for one–pooh and whatnot.

Our grandkids and the great-grandchildren love being involved. Evangeline fancies herself a young Vet. Who can guess what the future holds? To her and her sister, puppies are the norm. Puppies benefit from their interaction–kids are different than adults. The way they talk, the way they pet them, and their energy level. (Haha) I am sure River will be getting in on the action–she does get to the counter to help but has not yet asked for the stethoscope.

Personal interaction is invaluable. Nevertheless, engaging the world –the scents, the diversity, etc. is equally essential. As the pups develop, the world expands. We try to help them experience as much as is possible to prepare them for their new family.

We only set the stage. Once the pup arrives at your home, there is a lot of work. There are many transitional stages whereby you can get into trouble with this breed. Avoiding every pitfall is not always possible. Regardless, we sincerely hope the work we have done lays an excellent foundational start.

 

 

Letter

From Asher

    ~ guess we found our niche

Hey Shela and Cliff, Asher here.  It has been awhile but I wanted to update you with a Paw-Awesome report.  My days are filled with many adventures from joy rides to the coffee shop, Farmers Markets, and any store that allow dogs.  Funny thing about coffee shops is a friendly hello bark gets me treats.  Seriously, that is all I have to do to get a treat.  Love it!  (Psst, if any other Weim’s are reading this—heads up Chick-fil-A does it too.)

Sniff, sniff, sniff…there is a game that my mom and I play it is called Nose Work.  She hides treats and I find them.  I know right—more treats—love this game!  However, my mom tells me that she created a nose detective monster.  Asher_ORTAs I built my confidence in sniffing it came time for the Odor Recognition Tests (ORT’S).   My mom questioned, if she was ready and if she should enter all three or just the one.   I told her, “Mom—we got this!”

Paw-Awesome isn’t it?!?  My mom and I make such a great team.  We passed all three odors birch, anise and clove.  She was so happy—I thought, “stop-it mom you’re embarrassing me” but don’t tell her. I was really jumping up and down inside!

And that is how it all began, mom and I trained for the next event our very first trial.  She was nervous because it was the first time she has done anything like this.  She said, “Okay God calm my butterflies and let Asher do what you created him to do!”  She whispered in my little ear, “Okay, handsome—you got this!  Let’s go have some fun!”

We had some fun all right.  My mom was so excited; I think I even saw tears in her eyes—Gesh, woman!  I tell ya!  Well, here it is, nine months of preparation of training and confidence building.  We received our first title in Detection Dog Class Novice.Asher_1st_Trial

Asher_whoMENow that is my superstar moment but let me tell ya—the game of Rally-Obedience not so much.  My trainer told me, ”My focus has been upgraded from a gnat to a small fly.”  I know right, “Are you talking about me?”

Well that is a quick Paw-Awesome report, we have some more trials coming up later in the year and working towards our first competition in Rally-Obedience.  A small fly—I’ll show them!  Keeping my eye on the prize!!Asher_focus

But first, I am going back to bed!Asher_Sleep

 

Love,

Asher Von Owyheestar, DDCN

Winchester

Happy, Healthy, and More

      ~a gift to our family

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Winchester has been a gift to my family he is so loving and energetic and we are so happy to have him. We took him to his new vet’s office on Saturday for his 9-week booster and they said he is a very healthy pup and they all just loved him.

 

He has been doing much better with his kennel training. It is still not his favorite place but he is getting used to it. Brandon’s family members have been coming to let him out and play with him while we are at work. He loves his toys and stealing Brandon’s socks hee hee. He is still learning and growing but I know he is gonna be the best fur baby. Thank you so much!

Whitney and Brandon

Breeder Comment

There is nothing we love more than hearing someone is off to great start. It is good you have help–family support. The photos are precious. Thank you, for thinking of us and for sharing on Facebook, too!

At The Vet

Life With Mr. Tilman

     ~ He is a delight

IMG_20180619_192105_654.jpgI just wanted to give you an update as we had our vet appointment last night and Mr. Tilman weighed in at 25 lbs! He sure is growing like a weed!
He is the sweetest, most happy boy and we are so loving him! He has recently discovered birds and squirrels and anything that moves is VERY intriguing. We just started puppy obedience and of course, he is showing off that he already knows sit, down, shake and come. What an absolute joy he is!
Take care, Emily

Breeder Comment

Mr. Tilman, you are lovely. I am totally biased–openly admit it. We are hoping you continue to do well. You have a big job. Your Mama has big plans for you. (Haha)

I love that you have such a fabulous life–keep up the excellent obedience. Your job is to make others smile if nothing else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wild One

Benson

     ~ Speaks

Mom says at the kennel they call me the wild one. It’s just because when we get to the kennel I run straight into the front door of the kennel and when Mom picks me up, I run from the kennel door into Moms car.

Benson’s Mom

Benson loves playing with other dogs. He is fast, happy, loves to retrieve, and is loveable. To his delight, there are deer and lots of quail in our backyard. He will retrieve into the lake but stops when it gets deep. We will continue working on this. I thank you for Benson, he is a big joy in my life.  Marsha

Breeder Comment

It is good to hear about Benson. Keep working on the water retrieve–you will get him swimming. We love that you love him so much. Thanks for thinking of us.

At Six Months

Updating You

     ~Loki’s Adventures

Now that spring seems to finally be here Loki and I are having all sorts of adventures. For the last month or so I’ve been working on introducing Loki to water. First, it was getting his toes wet, then the ankles, and so on. I’ve attached a video from this evening— we headed out to the lake after work. Needless to say, we’ve come a little ways from not getting our paws wet. You may notice the cord on the bumper— sometimes Loki needs to remember that the game is retrieving, not keep away, but the water work has seemed to really help this. Also great insurance in case he doesn’t go for it, so I don’t have to swim.

Aamodt's Loki_3761Other adventures include hide-and-go-seek at lunchtime on a trail system near my office. It’s a great game for anyone to play to help their pup remember to check in on hikes, but with Loki, in particular, we want to develop the idea that he can use his nose to find people. When we’re out on the trail, I wait until he gets just a little too far ahead of me, and I hide in the bushes next to the trail where I can still see him. He is quick to notice that I’m no longer in sight, so he runs back down the trail. He usually goes past me until he hits my scent (in the air), and then he usually works the scent cone back towards me. When he finds me, we enthusiastically play with his favorite toy.
Another new thing is teaching Loki to pull me on my longboard. I keep it short and easy so as to not stress his joints, but it’s a great way to practice verbal directive commands. And to take the edge off the wiggles!
Loki is also turning into quite a camping dog. Last week was his first tent camping adventure in Glacier National Park over Memorial Day weekend.
The two pictures I’m sharing here show our work on the down-stay (he’s not tied in either). You can see the drool starting to come with the cheese! That’s what happens to those who attempt to counter surf. He got no cheese.
Aamodt's Loki_3760As always, we constantly incorporate sit-down-stay-heel-come into our daily routine. The heel is finally taking hold— at least 50% loose-leash on a flat collar, and his off-leash heel is almost better. The red harness he’s wearing in the picture is his working harness and includes a handle to help keep him safe on the chairlift. We are working on associating it with good listening and lots of fun search games.
Anyway, I can’t believe he’s 6 months old already! It has gone so fast. ~ Erica

Breeder Comment

We are so delighted to see all that Loki has learned thus far–in such a short time. The development of his nose–scenting for the human is coming along nicely. The water work, the basic obedience, and all continue to come together. You are doing fantastic with him on every level. Thank you, for the diligent effort you are investing in training for the well-balanced (Search and Rescue ready) Weimaraner. Also, thank you for keeping us informed. We love being a part of the journey. We realize he is a typical Weimaraner in many ways (such as the counter-surfing thing); however, it remains to be seen what the two of you can become. Go Erica and Loki–we applaud your efforts.