Category Archives: Bringing home the Weimaraner
What could be more fun or work than raising the Weimaraner? It is vital to get the basics done right, so you can have years of enjoying your early effort. Housebreaking, crate training, the recall and walking on the leash are some of the most fundamental achievements.
Are you down and out with the holiday season in full bloom? We certainly hope not. We hear and understand that for some this can be a depressing time. Let’s say no to letting the pressure and (for some) the seeming isolation take hold. Positive thoughts help us buoy to the surface; however, we wonder if there is anything more therapeutic than the Weimaraner. Of course, we all know that Cliff and Shela are anything but without bias.
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!
Not Long Ago
The Weimaraner is going to love the water if they feel at home in and on it. Tikka and Bill are off to a great start together. Big Sister ( Luna) does the Standup Paddle Board too! When watersports are something you love and want to share with the Weimaraner the introduction to water is essential.
Achieving the water retrieve might take patience. Some Weims are more natural swimmers than other. Nonetheless, they all have webbed toes and can become proficient swimmers.
Luna Sets the Standard
Tikka has a lot to learn, and Luna will be sharing the inside secrets. Nail grooming is key to being girlie. Other tips are important to such as how to cover up properly. The undercover Weim-mode is crucial to the Weimar person.
Dash had his 12-Week Vet Visit and the Parvo Shot today. He is 24 pounds and has the best disposition. He is just a gorgeous boy!
Dave, we are happy to learn you and Dasher are off to a great start. It is also a blessing to know that you are delighted with your new family addition. We know how important that is and never more so when someone has had a less than ideal experience before coming to OwyheeStar.
The importance of looks–while often a top consideration, pales in comparison to temperament and health. A beautiful unhealthy Weimaraner is heartbreaking. We realize that living creatures have issues–some more than others. Regardless, getting off to a fantastic start with a thriving pup is something we wish for every OwyheeStar client. Of course, we give tips that can help maintain these goals–follow the OwyheeStar Weimaraner Vaccine protocol, keep guard against parasites (they are everywhere), and get the basics done. Each of these things is foundational. There may be hiccups and rabbit trails along the journey, but nothing is more imperative than getting off to a good start.
Parasites are something not discussed much on the blog. Nonetheless, a goodly percentage of pups become infected–OwyheeStar and other than OwyheeStar. Possibly the biggest culprits are Giardia and Coccidia–one-celled parasites that are found in the environment. To some degree cleaning practices can help avoid these issues; however, puddle-drinkers and paw-lickers can ingest these opportunistic predators. When they do, they can take off like a wildfire in the gut. This scenario is best avoided–it can undo housebreaking at its best. A simple fecal check can help prevent this unraveling adventure no one wants to visit. Of course, keeping the young pup wormed is essential too.
Loose stools can be caused by stress but should you see them it is best to keep an eye on things. The cost of the fecal exam can put your mind at ease. Many times these issues resolve without medication–that is optimal. Pumpkin or squash are helpful. Bloody or mucous filled stools (a bigger concern) should be checked. If you see them, don’t think the worst–so far, no OwyheeStar pup has been lost to the Parvovirus. (I hold my breath as I type that statement, but following our recommendations helps keep your new family member safe). There are a number of things that can bring on such an event (terrible diarrhea)–the parasite infestation, and irritated gut, etc. Some Weims have a very sensitive stomach. The same ones may not leave the woodpile alone or stay out of the trashcan. (oops) It is imperative that you are proactive and find a solution–not only can ingesting these garbage-can-finds be upsetting, but it can also be life-threatening.
Happy In Seattle
She is super happy in her new home.
She was shy Sunday & Monday – but happy & confident now.
Love this photo.
Luna Puppy fell asleep in my chair and kitty decided to join the snuggle. Look closely.
We Love Bedtime
We are thrilled that she is happy and that you folks love her so much too. She is off to a great start. Thank you, for sharing with us.
At Home With Three
Well…you can tell who’s a priority in this household! Lol #weimlove
Previously in Liberty Lake, WA
~October 28, 2017
We made it home safely (humans exhausted, dogs ready to play). It was an uneventful trip. Toby slept most of the way in Jeff’s arms. Lucy is just beside herself that we would get her a real, live puppy! She can’t wait until Toby can play at her level. Max…he’s indifferent and glad to let the youngins do the playing and let him rest.As usual, we’re in love with another OwyheeStar puppy!!! Thank you for all the love and hard work that went into making Toby!Love Melissa and Jeff
It is so great that your Old Man Max (the rescue) has adjusted first to Lucy, and now to Toby. Seeing him there with the new kid on the sofa speaks volumes. It takes a bit of knack to incorporate three Weims into the household. Of course, nothing but the furniture and prime location for the celebrated family members in this house.
Thank you, for being a part of the OwyheeStar extended family. We appreciate your loyalty and ongoing friendship.
Note: This is a repost of an article we have shared several times. Our pups are ready to acclimate to their new environment upon arrival. We recommend not over-thinking at the early stages.
- Be committed — Commitment to the process is primary. Training your pup will take time. Think of this as a journey (a road trip) with a destination in mind. Don’t set timelines; instead, take this adventure together. It will take as long as it takes for each achievement. Sometimes just when you think, you have arrived; your Weimaraner will hit a snag or transitional phase. There are many of these stages in the first couple of years. As with an adolescent, they can be going along well and suddenly regress. Please take this in stride it is nothing personal. The first occurrence could well be prior to week twelve. Stay calm and move ahead–this is how to avoid ingraining fear or some unwanted behavior.
- Keep your eye on the young puppy at all times—This is vitally important for at least the first 2-3 weeks, or until you have the housebreaking part accomplished. Use a crate, bag, or soft-side crate to confine the pup when you cannot be vigilant. The crate should not be too large. If it is more than they need they may select one end for a potty area.
- Be consistent–Do everything in the same manner! For example, the pup wakes up and stirs. At first, you would pick them up and carry them out to the area where you want them to go potty. Each time you see them circling or rousing from a nap go to the potty-area. If you use the bells hung at the door, then ring them as you go out the door. Soon they will be ringing the bells as a signal for you to open the door.
- Keep it simple — Although your pup can learn amazing things, it is best to do a few simple things and build upon those experiences. The process will unfold naturally if you allow it to do so; start with getting them to come. Although they all follow and come to us, it is different once they start to mature. Do the hallway exercise (5-7 retrieves each night). By using a hallway (with adjoining doors closed) there is nowhere for them to escape with the toy, ball, or dummy. Some people treat them when they bring the item to their hand. It is not necessary. The activity is a reward in and of itself. Have a couple of bumpers or toys (designated for this activity). Make it an event every day until you move to the yard because you have compliance.
- Keep it fun — Weimaraners are brilliant and learn quickly. A trainer might tell you to work for an hour and even a half hour doing one exercise every night, but we suggest ten minutes. Do it for ten minutes and then do something fun. This approach works for us! If your Weim pup loses interest, you lose ground in the training process.
- Remember it is about your relationship — No matter what you are doing it is important to remember that Weims are all about relationship. If they get their feelings hurt, things can go sour quickly. Your bonding experience is vital to the success of this relationship. Take time to think and see things from their perspective. You are the center of their world. They not only want to control you, but they want to own you. Weimaraners are the ultimate Velcro dog and must learn how to stay alone. Your relationship is a double-edged sword. They need a lot of time, attention, and affection. They also need to find ways to cope when you are absent. We recommend starting this process very early, or they will come to expect you will be there 24 X 7. Separation anxiety can be a huge issue in this breed.
- Be patient — When you go out to teach your pup a skill, make sure it is a learn-able task. Plan enough time to accomplish the task–but keep your training focused to ten to twenty minutes maximum. The short bursts of success are more effective than lengthy sessions. Your attitude and demeanor play into the equation too! If you are feeling stressed, forego training your Weimaraner. There are many methods of training. Nevertheless, choose one that enhances your bonding experience and one that creates a respectful environment for all concerned.
The best Weimaraner people are those that are natural leaders. Anytime you feel your relationship is stressed then you are going down the wrong road. The persons that are neither too strict nor too lenient are usually, the ones that excel. Regardless of what happens, it is always best to pro-active than to be reactive. Stay calm. Keep it simple. Get results. Plan little steps of learning and build upon them. Try our 7 steps to Success, and we believe you will be on the right path.
Wishing you fewer puppy bites and more puppy kisses
~ Shela and Cliff