Category Archives: Raising Versatile Hunting Weims
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!
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.
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.
The 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.
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! 🙂
Natural AbilityMaverick 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 WatchHe 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.
Sawyer and MaverickOur 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.
The Basics and Still LearningHe 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.
Thank you for another wonderful dog from Owyheestar!
Jennifer, Bill, Ethan, Owen, Sayer & Maverick
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When We Travel
We spend quite a lot of time in the car. My brother has things to do that takes him away quite often. I have quite a few toys–some I confiscate from the laundry, etc. “Woof!” You know what I mean. I was looking this VTech thing and thinking that those icons should be slightly larger to accommodate my nose bumps.
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One year ago today, we said our final goodbye to the beloved Deli. She was right at the 16 year mark. Her life was full and well-lived until the very end. The photo and the video was taken nine days before her departure. You know (if you have walked this path) about the breath holding and wondering when the inevitable will come. It is never delayed enough.
There are many OwyheeStar notables. Possibly few are as foundational as Deli. Many of our clients have her lineage weaved into their pedigree. Here a few pups we saved over a period of fifteen years (and three generations).
- Callie (Deli X Zeke) <–retired
- Moxie (Deli X Zeke <–retired
- Pepper (Mollie X Zeke) <–retired
- Mollie (Deli X Dash) <–retired
- Ginger (Callie X Zee) <–retired
- Cindee (Callie X Zee) <–retired
- Midge (Callie X Benton) <–retired
- Millee (Moxie X Benton<–retired
- Bernie (Millee X Stackhouse)
- Wilma (Mesquite X Stackhouse)
- Mesquite (Moxie X Benton)
- Hollee (Deli X Zee) — Deli’s last baby
- Mousse (Callie X Zee)
Weaving the DNA
You might understand more clearly what our DNA weaving involved. We used different sires with the females over time to gain our outcome. Ultimately, the pedigree will contain one or more of our foundation Weimars–Dash, Dusty, Stormy, Blue, Zee, Zeke, True, and Topper. I am sure there are others that should be mentioned but those are the most prevalent. It was a costly venture on every level to do this type of thing rather than to stick with a narrower process–only adding a new Stud Dog as the need arose.