Category Archives: Raising Versatile Hunting Weims
With Our Leo
Good morning! We have now had Leo a whole year! He is a wild boy, loving and thinks he’s one of our kids! I thought you’d enjoy this silly photo of him I took yesterday, he was loving rolling around in these morning glory vines in the heat. We sure love this goofy baby!
You may or may not remember Leo’s previous posts. Here is a couple if you wish to look back.
At One Week
Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.
Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
- He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
- When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
- He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.
Alex & Morgan
P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.
The Name Change
A Learning Experience
The Trip Home and Nordy
How It Went
We hauled some sand in for our project.
Blue really loves sand I hauled in several ton and he would not leave or let me spread the sand, he stayed there nearly all day.
We do A lot Together
As you can see by the photos, Blue is getting big. My parents love him too! Oh yea, and loves the water. He is doing really well with shed, pheasant, and rabbit hunting. He spooks out the small game a retrieves them for me.
We remember you driving all the way from Southern California to pick up Blue after completing your special mechanic’s training as part of your military assignment there in Missouri. The weather was touch and go, but somehow it worked in your favor.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
At OwyheeStar Earlier This Year
The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter
Hi 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. He’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
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.
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.
OwyheeStar 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.”
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.
Having Fun In Idaho
We are loving our boy, Duke! He loves to play with other doggies, go on bike rides and run, and is a big snuggle bug!
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.
~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.
- One person’s experience
- Lawsuit — Heartguard <= contains Ivermectin
- Ivermectin poses a risk to some dogs
- Another read that talks about various options
If you are thinking more of treating or managing fleas only here are some links:
- Natural Flea and Tick
- FDA Report
- Home and Garden
- Information about fleas and flea treatment–not safety per say
- Weimaraner Notes on flea bites and treating reactions
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!