Category Archives: Hunt Info

Fireworks Sensitivity

From Steve Snell

      ~ Gundog Supply

Be Careful with Your Dogs and Fireworks!

Fireworks can screw up a dog faster than anything.

Everybody needs to be careful with fireworks around their young dogs and older dogs that have not been properly conditioned to gunfire (see video).

Fireworks are unnatural. You don’t have a lot of control over when or where the noise happens. Fireworks can screw up a dog faster than anything. It’s a lot harder to fix a gun shy or noise sensitive dog than it is to prevent gun shyness in the first place.

This year, only one of my dogs is showing a little gun sensitivity, so Loretta is going to stay in the house over the holiday while the neighbors are shooting off fireworks.

Here are some tips to prevent fireworks sensitivity in your dogs:

  • Keep your dogs as far away from fireworks as possible.
  • If possible, bring your dogs inside in a closed-off, interior room.
  • Block out the noise with a TV, radio, or white-noise maker.
  • Check with your neighbors about their fireworks plans.
  • Ask for a phone call before they start.

Sometimes the fireworks start before New Year’s Eve or the 4th of July and run a few days after the holiday.

There is NO REASON for a dog to be around fireworks, and I do everything I can to keep my dogs away from them. Usually dogs conditioned to gunfire can handle the noise of fireworks, but there really isn’t anything good about them as far as dogs are concerned. We sell a couple of products that are designed to help dogs get over the fear of fireworks, but I really prefer NOT to have to sell them.

CONCERNS

My biggest concern is that a dog will hurt themselves trying to get away from the noise. My second concern is that exposure will create a gun shy or noise-sensitive problem where there doesn’t have to be one.

NOISE-SHY DOES NOT EQUAL GUN SHY

Just because a dog is noise-sensitive to fireworks, does NOT necessarily mean that will translate into gunshyness, but why take a chance?

My best gun dog ever, Em, never had a problem with gunfire, but she was so afraid of thunderstorms that we had to build a special top for her kennel run so she couldn’t climb out or hurt herself trying.

HOW NOT TO EXPOSE A NEW PUP TO FIREWORKS

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I was at a party a few years back and watched a new dog get exposed to fireworks completely the wrong way. The dog was in her kennel but still in full view of everything that was going on. Once the fireworks started she became more and more upset and wanted out of the kennel. To calm her down they let her out of her crate and she made a break for it. They didn’t find her for two days.

The volume and brightness of fireworks is just too much for most dogs and nothing good is going to come from it. Please take the time to protect your pets while the possibility of unexpected explosions are around.

I do my best to keep all my dogs away from any kind of fireworks. Even dogs that have been properly conditioned to gunfire can become upset or nervous when exposed to fireworks. It just isn’t worth it.

Fireworks happens twice a year with New Year’s and Fourth of July. You might want to condition your dogs to fireworks, especially if you live where your dogs will be exposed a couple of weeks out of the year. It never hurts to check with your neighbors about their fireworks plans. Give them a heads up that you have a young dog and ask them to give you a call before they start.

People don’t think about fireworks until it’s too late, so think about it a little now. The majority of dogs don’t have a problem with it, but some do. Why take a chance? No point in stressing your dogs out.

Remember, if you want to shoot fireworks, be safe and have fun. Just keep in mind that unexpected noise and stress could create a problem where one doesn’t exist.

                             —  Steve

Breeder Comment

We talked about fireworks yesterday; however, we thought it was good to hear from someone who is intimately involved with the sporting dog industry. Steve makes a living advising and selling supplies that help canine enthusiasts. In all his great tutorials and bits of information, he provides there is a segment on introducing a dog to gunfire. His advice might prove helpful to some of our OwyheeStar Weimaraner News readers. We hope you find a nugget of truth that helps you get through the next two weeks without incident. Most of all, prepare, plan and make provision for what is about to come.

Be Safe and have fun!

Click Here to go directly to Steve’s article.

Dutch

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Dutch and Molly (my Grandmother’s OwyheeStar Weimar)

This is our Dutch dog. From the very beginning, you could tell he was going to be a great hunter. But to tell you the truth he’s always going to be my kid. When he was just a babe I started him out young training him with pheasant wings and of course ‘the ball.’ Dutch wouldn’t stop..and in his training he became great.
I decided about three years ago to teach him how to swim. ( Oh, he was 2 years old when he first swam.  ) Mind you he always liked the water. Short hairs usually don’t like the water but he’s a mix* because his Dad is a Longhair. I’d thought I’d risk it. We live on some pretty big water in Boring, Oregon along the Sandy River. The day was hot and water just right. I started him off slow throwing him a stick a little farther each time. After a few trial by error and gulps of water Dutch learned to raise his head and use that long whipping tail as a rudder. By that rate I couldn’t stop him from taking the plunge, jumping in and swimming against the strong currents. Dutch is unstoppable. Thank you, soo much for the joy you’ve brought into our lives. He’s really such a great dog!  😘 ~ Bonney

From Bonney’s Mom–Jane

Dutch has been the best of all the Weimaraners that we have owned.  Some of that may be due to our own growth in how to train a hunting dog, but most of it has to do with his personality.
He plays alone with a stick ball or blanket…throwing it up into the air and pouncing on it, tossing it and chasing it on his own while he spins, jumps and prances.
He plays well with other dogs, too and will lower himself to their level if they are small breeds.
Of course, we treat him like a human member of our family, but he has his own dog bed and toys.  Bonney has assisted greatly in his training to hold or stay.  He will allow Sam to walk around the area while he is on point (hold) and Dutch loves to dive into the brush to retrieve.  He does not like to come back empty handed.  He has also been swimming in the Colorado River and loves the water.
Mom’s dog, Molly, was born about 12 days after Dutch.  Mom and Bonney keep me up to date!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to get news for both Molly and Dutch. It is so great that they are doing well. Bonney, we thank you for the lovely video of Dutch swimming. 
*Bonney says he is a Mix–she means that Mama (Cindee) was a traditional Silver Gray smooth coat Weimaraner, whereas the litter was sired by Stackhouse who is a Longhair Weimaraner. Although a great percentage of the OwyheeStar pups learn to love the water, Stackhouse most certainly is a strong swimmer. Nevertheless, most Weims swim because a few things happen in the right way. One thing that really helps is getting the strong recall and the love of the retrieve ingrained. This strategy can work in your favor. Some folks who do not want a bird dog allow their Weimaraner too much freedom–they get the idea they can play keep away. They do not retrieve to hand. Achieving these two necessary skills opens additional doors of opportunity for the hunter and the non-hunter. It is important. Believing it is possible also is key. Getting the Weimaraner to swim is doable! Even in the most reluctant of swimmers, it can be achieved, but exposing them to water early on is best. 
Our puppies swim before leaving here when the weather permits. See the first swim of 2017 below.

At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter

2017 23rd Saturday Recap

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A couple of nights ago we took Winnie for her first Gator ride. Sorry–we didn’t capture any photos of her in the Gator. At first, she was a little unsure of what was happening but very quickly she took to the idea. Of course, she was delighted when we stopped at the sanctuary and let her explore. It was not a training mission. This trip was just for the humans to chill a bit and Winnie (Next Generation OwyheeStar) got to join us. We have to spread the opportunities around. There is never enough time and opportunities to do all we would like to with the Weims.

Look at how much she has grown in the last 90 days. For those getting a puppy, consider this–the growth rate is staggering.

 

Lite Snackers_1149Cliff has been busy managing weeds. One day soon, we hope to have the Three Cliff’s sanctuary planted with grass. I am not sure the exact type of grass we will use, but something appropriate for this area. In the meantime, Cliff has mowed the natural weed-mix we have going. We don’t want the cheat grass to dry out and throw it’s barbed into our beloved Weims. Sadly, we went from a very green lush fauna to this dry floor covering. Nevertheless, it is better than what would be if Cliff had not gotten it mown. We will be using this area a lot in the next few weeks.

Dusty Endorses Chewy and Suggests This Healthier Snack <== Dusty Speaks!

This Week on the Blog

Here are the week’s posts if you wish you may review or visit them today!  I welcome updates from any of our OwyheeStar clients. Thank you–especially those folks that dropped us a little something. (Whew, (again) it really helped!)

Sunday—June 11 — Juniper 2017

Monday —June 12 Exhausted in Oregon

Tuesday —June 13Mourning

Wednesday — June 14 — Maybe you Remember

Thursday  — June 15 — Snacking

Friday  — June 16 — Laughing Again

 

On a very personal note

IMG_5822Cliff has been extremely busy around the Farmhouse and the farm in general. It is an overwhelming amount of things that need his attention. He constantly reminds himself that although the list is endless and demanding, he has accomplished an unbelievable amount of the project in two years. (Hurrah!) We are just not youngsters anymore. Anyone our age wants to function as they did at 30, and feel no consequences. (OMG) This week’s accomplishments might seem meager to some; however, to us we celebrate them. They include a paver walkway laid to the parking area, parking barriers, the utility bath got the last of the tile that we had installed, the lawns were mowed, fencing problems resolved, and other logistical issues were managed.

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It is good to have a helper like Mr. Stackhouse

 

I managed to get a few things accomplished, but as always I am limited in what I can do. I wonder if the limitations will hold us back for the rest of my life. I don’t know. Regardless, it is not good to dwell on such a thought. With the summer heat pressing in, I have to manage the Lymphedema–so far, so good. Letting my left arm blow up would not be a good thing. It would require physical therapy and a lot of attention to get the swelling under control. Right now I have wrinkles–you might think wrinkles are a bad thing but look at your wrist area. There are wrinkles where you bend your wrist. Also, my veins show too! At one point the physical therapist said I might have to accept my left arm size to be the least it would ever get. I am happy to report (despite the 20 plus lymph node removal) the arm looks nearly the same as my right one. Regardless, I can never lose sight of the fact that the heat can trigger swelling in a moment. The arm actually talks to me, and I need to get out of the situation or pay the price. Right now, I am ever so thankful that it is doing well.

The (seemingly) ever-present wretched cough continues to cling on, but it is less of an issue. Every day I hope not to have the coughing spells. Improvement means more nighttime sleep which is vital to the healing process. It would be easy to grow weary of the process and to become discouraged. Attitude is the most important part of the healing process.

George NAVHDA

Natural Ability

Dealy's George_0084Hi guys, just wanted to touch base.  George had his NA (NAVHDA Natural Ability) test last weekend.  He pointed 3 chukars during the field search (even grabbed one on the wing) and, taking after Stackhouse it sounds like, has turned into an enthusiastic and strong swimmer, but blew the tracking phase.  Dea;y's George_0113He’s tracked dozens, maybe hundreds of birds this year so that was disappointing.  I have my theories but it is what it is.  only took home a Prize III and we were hoping for more but it’s just a trial and he’s already a proven field dog.  I thought I’d send over some photos we got.  I hope everything’s going well.

Richard and George

Breeder Comment

Congratulations Richard!

Earning any Prize is noteworthy. We always have to remind ourselves even though the Weimaraner has a steady skill set that on a given day any number of things can go awry. Everyone covets the Prize I and some folks travel from NAVHDA test to NAVHDA test to snag one. We don’t have that luxury.

The most important thing is the field performance. He is a young Weim with a solid set of skills. We are positive that competing in the NAVHDA event even though it didn’t net you the top prize helped cement the skill set even more. Thank you, for doing that and reporting back to us. Also, we love the photos you shared. Keep up the good work with George, and we wish you many years of success in the field.

Blue

Just Like That

                      We went to Two!

 

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Things Happen For A Reason! If you would’ve asked me one month ago if I wanted another puppy, I would’ve told you-you were crazy and on drugs, but then we met blue. He had been returned to the breeder for reasons that make no sense to me how could you ever give back a baby!!! ALL puppies are work–Weimers a lot of work. But at the end of the day, they have turned into my favorite dogs! Gunner is so happy to have his new friend!! We love Blue!!! I’m so grateful to have the chance to be in the Weimer family with amazing people and great dogs!! Thank you, Nancy, for bringing this loving baby to me!! ~ Beth

Breeder Comment

OwyheeStar received word that the puppy (known as Blue) was not working out. Nancy (Weimlover extraordinaire and NW Playdate host) has experience at doing Weimaraner foster care. We contacted her for assistance in picking up Blue, and she also agreed to keep him until we found a second-chance home. Well, as good fortune would have it there was more than one OwyheeStar vetted applicant. Thanks to Nancy’s intervention and transitional work, Blue has made an excellent adjustment to his new family. Thank you, Beth, for bringing him home too! We are happy that he is a fit.

Gunner loves his new brother. If you want to read about young Gunner–click here! Yes, Gunner is a Blue Longhair.

Salem, Oregon

Weimar Playdate

18222225_10209281664579599_7295419611517416256_nThis has been happening for awhile now. Weimlovers gather at Nancy’s place for fun bringing the fur family members. Last Sunday was the May Playdate.

Nancy writes–for anyone who may be new 🙂 Plan to come and be dazzled by all the weimies, it’s kind of magical. The property is completely fenced with plenty of room to run, hunt or wrestle around. The Weimer’s pets typically share a meal, this time we are doing salads, finger foods or desserts. We will provide iced tea, water and we also have a German beer on tap! If you would like anything else to drink please bring it! When you arrive, you can either walk right into the house (no need to knock!) or you can also go straight to the back there is a gate at the back of the garage. I have no problem with dogs in the house & PLEASE don’t take your shoes off, there’s just no need to do that! 🙂 Hope you can join us!!

If you want to get in on the fun, contact Nancy ( nancy@garinmaintenance.com ) and she will get you the information on the next event. Hope you join in the fun!

The Eleventh Hour Scenario

Happy May Day!

We are saying goodbye to the April Showers and the fickle weather, right? Most of us are hoping we have seen the last of the snow and some relief from the pounding rain. Who can guess? In reality, as we move through life we learn there are many unknowns. There is no way to plan for every unfortunate situation.

IMG_0553OwyheeStar received notice that Puppy #5’s family has such a situation and they cannot bring him home. It was an eleventh-hour notice. That is never a good thing for us or the pup. So we say May Day-May Day-May Day. Is there anyone who contacted us before about a Longhair or that has been secretly hoping for one that is ready? Cliff is meeting two families with their pups on this coming Friday in Burns, OR.

Of course, he is an awesome little pup. He has a very good nose–would do well for the shed hunter, etc. Here is his first swim!

We are sending out a little May Day distress signal to you all. It would be ideal (for the puppy and our situation) if he found a home where he could join his family at the same time the other pups are leaving. Thank you, for your consideration.

 

May Day–May Day–May Day

It derives from the French ‘venez m’aider’, meaning ‘come help me’.

It is repeated 3 times ‘Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.’

“A Mayday situation is one in which a vessel, aircraft, vehicle, or person is in grave and imminent danger and requires immediate assistance. Examples of “grave and imminent danger” in which a Mayday call would be appropriate include fire, explosion or sinking.

Mayday calls can be made on any frequency, and when a Mayday call is made no other radio traffic is permitted except to assist in the emergency. A Mayday call may only be made when life or craft is in imminent danger of death or destruction.”
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In aviation, in addition to fire, a ‘Mayday’ distress call could be used for engine failure, electrical failure, fuel starvation, disorientation, control failure, or any condition where the safety of the flight is in question.

Duke

Having Fun In Idaho

Schell's Duke 2017We are loving our boy, Duke! He loves to play with other doggies, go on bike rides and run, and is a big snuggle bug!Schell's Duke 2017-3

He does tend to chew anything he can get his paws on! ;)Thank you again for breeding such wonderful dogs and taking such great care of them!

Was wondering if you have any recommendations for flea medication? How long you normally use this for (or should we have him on one continuously? We are going to be taking him to a daycare/boarding and they require being on flea control. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.

Breeder Comment

     ~There are so many factors to consider

We always suggest you approach medications with caution. Avoid Rimadyl as well as the generic form of this anti-inflammatory drug. There are other choices. In our experience, we have known of four Weims who developed seizures so severe that the unthinkable happened–they crossed over the rainbow bridge.

Any vaccine as well as medication–take pause and ask yourself if you are Holistic in your approach. More is not better. Vaccine reactions can trigger on-going immune system issues. The protocol for the Weimaraner is based on their best interest. Once there has been a severe reaction you cannot undo it. Flea medication seems innocuous. It is also very confusing. There is always some new treatment touted by even the most beloved Vet. Do your research.

A lot of people use a monthly heartworm treatment that protects against fleas and ticks too! There is a new one that causes us concern because of the reports. Even if other breeds or some Weimaraners are using it without a problem, we take pause in reading some of the online reports. Trifexis is one (the other we have read about is Comfortis) of the newer ones and we suggest you click here and read this report. Thank you, for taking the time. The old standby (Heartguard) would be a better choice in our opinion. Whatever choice you make, watch closely and discontinue if your Weimaraner doesn’t seem to respond well.

If you are thinking more of treating or managing fleas only here are some links:

There is no simple answer to the treatment option. Just keep in mind your Veterinary means to do no harm. Nevertheless, their practice is broad-based, and you have to be prepared. Most do not see that many Weims. Ask yourself if only about 10% (of all the Weimaraners) have a violent or life-threatening reaction what are the odds of your Vet having seen this a problem? We think the likelihood to be slim to none. We always suggest you take the less risky option for the beloved Weimaraner. Thank You!

Share With Us

Nicole, we appreciate you reaching out for our advice. We hope something here helps you and others make an informed decision. If anyone is reading this and you have information to share about your experience we encourage you to post a comment. It would be greatly appreciated by the OwyheeStar community. 

Swimming Pups

The First Swim

I posted this video on Facebook yesterday. I never gave it much thought, but it deserves an explanation. There are six puppies; four are Longhairs. Of the six, five have the natural European-style tail–full length. This tail length is typical around the world for the Longhairs–and it is the Breed Standard. You may have noticed that the one Blue Ghost puppy has a full-length tail too. It was by request.

B-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-4.jpgThe traditional undocked puppy requires advance notice. We have a very specific protocol for this situation. I will forego the details here, other than to say we require a larger deposit for the obvious reasons. The number of inquiries regarding the undocked tail continues to increase each year.

Introducing Something New

The pups had never seen more than their water dish. Cliff set them in the water as gentle as possible. They all swam. The Weimaraner has webbed toes, and it should be noted that they are often excellent swimmers. When introducing them to water, it is important to be sure they don’t get spooked. Cliff uses lots of patience when he is working an older pup or an adult into the water. Obviously, you cannot carry them out into the water and then set them gently as Cliff did with the pups.

It is important not to spook them. The best technique is to engrain the love of the retrieve from and early age. This obsession with the retrieve works in your favor to get them into the water. A pond with sloping sides is ideal. First, get them retrieving along the water’s edge. Gradually you will ease them out where they must go beyond the bottom. This process could take a couple of days or weeks. With patience, any Weimaraner can learn to swim.

Here is Stackhouse

     ~ another Longhair

Keep In Mind

All Weimaraners have the potential to take to the water. It takes a bit of knack and patience. Our puppy imprinting does guarantee success–nor does it hurt the process. The retrieving and water-work sometimes get cast to the side during the flurry of early adjustment. There are so many things pulling at the process it is easy to forget a few. Socialization (a lot of touches in a safe way), exposure to noise, ingraining the love of the retrieve (not playing keep away) as well as engaging the pup with water are equally important. Balancing everything you are trying to accomplish–the basics we keep talking about and a lot more while doing it in the right manner is not a small task. It is important to spook them and create a fear of people, places, or situations. Some pups are more sensitive to stimuli, and others let it roll off their back. Approach the process with caution staying optimistic and upbeat. Small steps to success will get you results. Preconceived ideas should be shelved. See what you can become together.

Tazmanian Devil

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Beloved Companion

One Year Old

Hard to believe that Maverick turned 1-year old last week.  He is a little tazmanian devil, always on the go, full of energy!  Right when you think he is tuckered out, he is up and ready to go again!  🙂

Schweitzer's Maverick (1 Yr)

Natural Ability

Maverick has been on at least 4 pheasant trips this past season.  Each time he did better and better.  Bill has high hopes for him in the coming years.  He has such a hunt drive that he likes to stalk insects, butterflies, squirrels, etc.  If it moves, game on!

Fun to Watch

He is so much fun to watch prance around the yard with his toys, tossing them up in the air and then bolting around at lightning speed.  He cracks us up!  He also still loves to knead his favorite pillow and cuddle up with me when he does.
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Sawyer and Maverick

Our old timer Weimaraner, Sawyer, now 12, tolerates him.  Luckily our next door neighbor recently adopted a puppy and he and Maverick get along so well together. They can both  go multiple rounds and wear one another out.
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The Basics and Still Learning

He has been crate trained from the get go and knows several commands, both verbal and hand.  It is lots of fun watching him learn new things.
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Thank you for another wonderful dog from Owyheestar!

Jennifer, Bill, Ethan, Owen, Sayer & Maverick

Breeder Comment

Discovery and Placement Findings

It ‘s nice to know our Discovery and Placement Test results proved accurate. Some Weimaraner pups within a given litter (despite the breeding lineage) will always show more potential than others. Our findings are invaluable whether you are a hunter or not.
We appreciate the update and the great photos that accompany it. Your loyalty is also greatly appreciated. Before Sawyer (your rescue Weimaraner) you had an OwyheeStar. We cannot say what it means that you came back again. Many of our clients are repeats, and others are referrals. Your return means the world to us.

The extreme athlete

The topic of acquiring Major Medical Insurance for the extreme athletic Weimaraner is not new or novel. Just like their human counterpart an injury can occur. It is very costly and a lengthy process to treat a torn ligament. We always hope nothing like that will happen, but we are talking about a high-speed risky behavior type of situation. Eventually, something will happen, and then you will wish you had the insurance. Consider it!
No one can guess what will occur along the path to the end. Eventually, something takes our beloved away from us, and we don’t want it to happen any earlier than it must. When something comes along, we don’t want the pocketbook to be the deciding factor.

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