Category Archives: Information and Education
~Willow Makes a Splash
We wanted a water dog & we weren’t disappointed with Willow. She’s definitely claimed Ventura Beach and isn’t afraid to jump in. She’s also an avid ball chaser. She cracks us up with her stealthy fetching skills. At 10 months, she’s grown into a gorgeous Weim, and such a love. We couldn’t be happier with our new baby.
We are glad that Willow didn’t disappoint. We appreciate all the Facebook posts featuring Willow. So, we have known you for a very long time–our connection is through the Weimaraner. First, it was Roxy and now Willow. Thank you–for your loyalty and keeping us updated.
~ Sounds Like
I often wonder how we do it. You know–raise a puppy. We bring the little bundle home and hover over them. It is essential to do the hovering thing–otherwise, how can you accomplish the housebreaking, etc.? But this obsession with our new fur baby runs deep–some of this never goes away.
Their every sound–a rattling, a snore, a hacking sound is cause for alarm. We watch breath-abated wondering if we need to run to the Vet. Ah–it is hard to know sometimes. We always suggest you wait and watch a bit–possibly take their temperature. Remember that a pet’s temperature is much higher than ours–typically around 101 degrees. Anything above 104 degrees is emergent. Of course, if you were monitoring their temperature and it was 102 degrees and then within an hour 103 degrees, there might be cause for alarm. Always err on the side of caution–but rushing to the Vet for everything is probably not necessary. In fact, your alarm will be internalized by the puppy increasing the stress-factor. Try to stay calm.
A lot–and I do mean a lot, of our concerns, are for nothing. Puppies can cough, they snort, the sneeze, they can reverse sneeze (something we recently learned), they choke, and create a myriad of noises. Many of which are concerning. Most of which are in the end nothing at all. Thank goodness.
Keep your eye on them. A pup can ingest something in quick order–so despite saying not to overreact, there is vigilance. Recently, Henri went under my recliner and came out with a packet –that must have been attached underneath the chair. We didn’t realize it was there, but Henri found two–probably toxic packets. Oh my gosh–it is good we heard the crackling sound and asked what she had. We retrieved each package and tossed them in the trash. Thankfully they were not broken open.
~ Our Prima Donna
Hope this finds you and Cliff well. Attached is a picture from Remy’s birthday last month. The kids insisted that she get a special doggie cannoli from our local pet store. She is obviously spoiled.
I have been working a ton on her leash training and she’s doing much better. She is still scared of other dogs but overall we are making progress, tons of positive reinforcement and she isn’t lunging anymore. The only time we have a problem is if a dog is off leash and approaches her on the leash, but that is understandable at this point. I am hopeful that we can get past the aggressive behavior and I’m seeking some 1:1 training with a professional.
We had a scare – she was spayed last month and there were complications. The surgeon nicked a vein or something and she lost a lot of blood. They sent us home but we were concerned that she still had internal bleeding and took her to urgent care. Glad we did because she probably wouldn’t have made it. Poor thing, she did not need additional surgery luckily and had a rough recovery, but is fine now.
Anyway, until next time 😀
We are sorry to hear you have issues. To us, this sounds a lot more like a territorial behavior (which is a Weimaraner thing) mixed in with some fear. Who can guess what brought it on? There are a lot of unknowns. Here are some links that might be useful.
The worst thing to do with FNS is to force your dog to do something he’s frightened of. It’s also not a good idea to soothe or praise the dog’s fear in this situation. That can unwittingly reinforce the dog’s fearful behavior, while using force may lead to a permanent fearful response. The best approach is to be patient, be jolly, remove your dog if possible, and know that adolescence is just a period—and it’s my fervent hope that it’s short-lived.
There is some useful information in these articles; however, like every bit of dog-related advice–it is essential not to overreact or make something into more than it might become. I am always cautious when labeling a dog as aggressive–especially in a situation where they don’t like another dog in their space or even humans coming at them. This issue seems like a fear –but territorial behaviors are also a bit issue with this breed. Don Wilbur (a long time Weimaraner breeder /expert) said of them, “they may be the most territorial of breeds.”
Territorial behaviors may express in many ways — protecting their crate, their fence line, a corner of the room, etc.
Quite possibly the most successful way to deal with this behavior in our experience is to remove the trigger and not to force the issue. I think we expect that we will be able to do everything with our fur family member and sometimes it is not possible. Seriously, every environment is unique. We each have different leadership skills–and worst of all when we are disappointed or frustrated our Weimaraner picks up on the cues. This information may help someone. I think it is essential to realize there is any number of things that can occur. There is not always an easy solution. Thank you to Remy’s family for all the hard work and making her life special. And Happy Birthday Remy!
~ We Do What we are able
Cliff and I get a lot of Email inquiries–most are from folks hoping we have a puppy that can make their dream come true. Others are from folks like Dale–seeking advice and making commentary on our blog. We cannot always offer the level of advice some need or expect. Recommendations are hard to give when we are not in the loop and time is limited; however, we do what we are able to do. In this situation, we shared the food we have used and some information about the Weimaraner and heart issues. We have not seen many cases –so relax. Nevertheless, there are plenty of things that can go wrong when it comes to health. We always recommend being as Holistic in your approach as possible. I have posted Dale’s note (with his permission)–maybe some of you can identify with Dale. We all can agree that the loss of our beloved Weimaraner is something inexplicable. There are no words to adequately describe our relationship and the hole they leave behind. It is best to focus on what they brought to our life–to count every day allotted a blessing.
Hello Shela, Your Owyheestar blog is the first email I open EVERY day. And re-read. And forward to friends and family. I know it’s a lot of work keeping up with the blog, but know that you do a great job, and all these Weimaraner pix and stories warm a lot of hearts. Although we adopted Duke, our Weim, at 1, we did not get him from you. Though we will next time. But this question is important to you and all your Weim lovers. I stumbled upon your website a few months after we lost our beloved Weimaraner, Duke (below) at age 10. He was a bullet running, swimming, hiking, playing until two weeks before he died of asymptomatic congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. It’s been almost 8 months and I still can’t believe he’s gone. Such a personality. I’d like to discuss your food recommendations. I purchased what I researched as the best foods, mixing up flavors every month. The brands were Origen, Acana and Zignature. Mainly Acana. They all had high protein levels (28%), and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. No grain. He received 5 cups of food a day, mostly chicken, beef and fish, until shortly before he died. One month after Duke died, research came out from Joshua Stern, UC Davis, that certain foods that were high in legumes, were linked to heart disease in several breeds that lack a genetic history of the ailment. (Canine diluted cardiomyopathy CDM) Apparently these expensive boutique foods had a taurine deficiency. Meats have plenty of taurine, but legumes do not. So the red flag is legumes listed in the first six ingredients of the food. Also, chicken and beef are high in taurine, while many exotic meats such as lamb, rabbit and others, and legumes have little or none. Research is ongoing, and I know that CDM happens in these big-hearted dogs like Weims, pointers, etc. I don’t know if the food caused or contributed to Duke’s premature death, but given his excellent health, it is a possibility. But have you heard anything? And what foods do you recommend? Also, we’re wondering about getting another Weim at our age. I’m 66, my husband is 68, and we’re not sure we can keep up and do justice to another Weim. Any thoughts on this? Thank you for all you do, Dale
More than a bath
Thank you, for always thinking of us Cal. We appreciate the extra effort you put into these updates. We are tickled pink your two boys are well-adjusted, happy, and thriving.
Note: Before CW there was Melvin
The plan was in the works to add a second Weimaraner when Melvin crossed over the rainbow bridge. He could never be replaced, but he had the best possible life–was loved and cherished. Now, Roger and Camille begin a new journey with C. W. They have shared a few comments about their life thus far. It is a bit late in coming. CW left here January 3rd–Roger flew in and carried him home as his airline carryon. Thanks, again for your loyalty Roger. Now, for the story…
Roger Reports — It was a long trip and day. The dog is more than perfect. He is adjusting so well. He is velcro. I got him to go down at 2:00 A..M. I covered the crate with a black sheet for darkness.
He cried for 15 minutes, then he slept. He woke up at 6:00 and cried for 5 minutes. And, then he slept.
It was important that he just cried without being rescued. I’m trying to remember from 11 years ago. We want to be around him 24/7. So, the compromise is hard at first. So, he is bonding really well. I even have him going out the dog door. Trust is the first elementary factor in the process—I think. Thank you again for such a wonderful companion.
I hung the bells and prepared the crate area before I flew up to Boise. We are ringing the bell with him, and out the dog door, he goes into the fenced area. We are starting out right. 10-minute training in the hallway comes tonight. We are determined to get off to a good start.
From Camille — We are in puppy heaven!! Thank you for CW. He is so cute and Roger has him on the way to house trained already. These dogs are so smart. Above is a photo we took of CW and Eliel. It looks like the puppy has trained the baby to hold toys in his mouth!!!
Happy New Year! Thought I would give you an update on Dunkin…he turns 2 in January.
He is a great family member…he does not consider himself the family ”pet” ha ha…Smartest family member we have ever had!
He loves water…will launch in after a stick, Frisbee…whatever. Love pheasants, could care less about quail, is totally into ducks. We run into them a lot on our walks but have never hunted them because I would rather go fishing. He loves fishing in the boat.
He is great around other dogs; my son has a 6-month-old female pound puppy…she is feisty, pretty aggressive……and the two of them can play for hours.
He is an excellent retriever…loves to play Frisbee…is really good at catching it out of the air…we do this when I get home from work…whether I want to or not…..
I hope all is well with you. Scott
Thanks for the fabulous update. We are so happy to hear that Dunkin is doing well. Sorry, I could not get the video to turn–I hope it works okay.
One Too Many Flashes
~Are We Done Yet?
The wiggles, the squiggles, and let’s not forget the squint. Yes, the puppies find the camera too demanding. They try to escape. We squeak a toy, clap our hands, and try to get them to look at the camera. Sometimes we get the look–oh the process is so exhausting.