Category Archives: OwyheeStar Weimaraner Puppy
Behind the Scenes
~ Luna and Me (Nancy)
The backdrop–we wanted to add another Weimaraner. I admit contacting Shela many times wanting to get our next puppy; however, behind the scenes I had some apprehension. As Shela knows, I shared with her my reluctance regarding the addition of a second weim. Of course, I kept that to myself until Tikka was safely in our home. But as the day approached and then it became a reality I worried. One significant concern I had was about the household relationships. Luna is bonded to me, and Bill wanted the next (as I did) to bond with him. Now, we faced our plight to influence who the new pup’s “person” would be.
Then There Was Tikka
We’ve had Tikka in our home for almost a month and a half. As I stated, I had two major concerns about adding Tikka to our pack. First and foremost Luna. I didn’t want to compromise or change her status or our relationship. Secondly, I wondered if and how we could we actually “make her” Bill’s dog.
~ Here is how that worked out
Luna and Tikka are awesome together! I still spend a lot of time with Luna and our relationship hasn’t changed much, she is and always will be my #1 dog and seems to know that. Tikka is learning some things just from watching Luna. This second Weimaraner learning from the first makes a lot of things easier. But we also want Tikka to be her own dog, (or person) so we ensure sure that Tikka gets to do her “own things.”
Luna is obsessed with her chuck it balls no other dogs get to play with or retrieve her balls, so every few throws Luna is put in a sit stay, and Tikka is allowed to retrieve the ball, good for both dogs! One of the first “cute tricks” we teach our dogs for treats is a sit stay. Tikka who isn’t even four months yet has a pretty decent sit stay already; I am currently working on having them sit together and releasing them individually.
Tikka and Bill are doing pretty well, things that are a habit for me (like every time I go anywhere Luna goes with me), Bill has to be reminded, but he’s learning too! He has realized how much work and patience go into raising a well-balanced puppy.
Tikka loves us both (as does Luna). Last night both dogs were asleep (On the couch!!), and Bill went outside for something; Luna didn’t bat an eye, but Tikka got up and went to the door wanting to go with her dad! It may not be a monumental sign, but I think we are all heading in the right direction 🙂 ~ Nancy
Watch for More on Bill and Tikka and how they are bonding.
In The Groove
Berkley is settling well into the routine of our family. She loves her walks. She likes to eat ice. She’s learning lots of commands and especially how to contain her enthusiasm by NOT jumping up on people. She thinks the living room is her jungle gym, jumping from chair to couch with very little effort. We’re working on curbing that. She has begun meeting other dogs and is showing an appropriate blend of curiosity and submission. She also enjoys riding in the car.
Pizza For Dinner
Her naughtiest moment so far (which really is not her fault…Blame it on her nose and on my husband) : My husband got a pizza out to put in the oven. She was sleeping peacefully on the couch at the time. He intended to return promptly to put it in the over so it would be ready for my return home, but he got sidetracked and forgot. When I came home he remembered that he didn’t put the pizza in the oven. I said, “no problem, I’ll put it in.” As I entered the kitchen, I realized that Berkley had pulled the pizza off the counter and eaten half of it! Thankfully, other than a little gas and the need to go outside in the middle of the night (which my husband took care of), she was fine.
Sooooo…our friends showed us a trick to keep her paws off of the counter and it’s working so far. The second she puts her paws up on the counter, we shake this thing we made out of foil pans. It is so startling she takes off running and several days go by before she attempts to put her paws up again. As you can see from the picture, she is sitting on the chair in the background quite content to be away from the scary shiny shaker. As long as we have it on the counter she remembers to stay down. Our former Weimie had the same tendency… Such a good nose and such a strong desire for food!One of my favorite times of the day is when, after the kids are in bed, she snuggles up on the couch with me, tuckered out from the day’s activities.Berkley is a tremendous source of laughter and entertainment in our family, and we are thrilled to be making memories with her!!!Thanks again for making such a great match!Sincerely,Amanda
We are delighted to hear of your continued success and joy. We are in the business of making dreams come true–at least that is our goal. This breed is not for everyone. Anyone who loves the Weimaraner finds they both want to expound on the fabulous life with the Weimar and at the same time warn others it is not all that easy to raise one.
You are doing fabulous! I think it is vital to get the basics done; then you work on things such as counter-surfing, living room agility, and meet-and-greet techniques. Nonetheless, a friendly, happy, and active Weimaraner is a delight. I am sure we can agree on that fact.
Some of our readers recently began the training of a Weimar pup. They quickly learned that freedom is earned. You want to get the housebreaking, crate-training, and the desire to please engrained very soon. Then you can move on to other things–like compliance on the leash. We were so thrilled to see not all that long ago you had achieved excellent loose-leash-compliance. (Click here to read the previous Berkley update.) Those things go a long way toward having a well-adjusted and easier to live with Weimaraner. Keep up the great effort and thank you for thinking of us.
For those embarking on a journey–remember not to compare your situation with others. They (like this family) can give you hope of what can be achieved. Nevertheless, each family is unique. This adventure is a journey. It takes as long as it takes. It is a one-step at a time thing. Achieve the basics, so you have the solid foundation. Then, together, you can see what you can become.
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.
Don’t Forget To Update
Are you moving across town or the country? If you have moved or are moving one thing that is often forgotten is to update the Microchip Registry. Better yet, before you move make sure your contact information is up to date. What if the unforeseen happened during the relocation? Moving is demanding. All the packing and logistics of the relocation takes a concerted effort on your part. We understand how easy it would be to forget this little detail. AKC Reunite has you covered–Click Here to get to the Website.
Did You Forget Altogether?
When you took home the OwyheeStar puppy, it was microchipped. Our records indicate a percentage of you didn’t register with AKC Reunite. The fee is a one-time thing. That is your only cost for the microchip. We have you covered. Inside your portfolio, there were three papers all containing the microchip number.
- The OwyheeStar Health Record
- The AKC Reunite Portfolio
- The Veterinary Report
All three of these records can be found in the front flap slot of your puppy record folder. We talk a lot of people who feel displaced during the holiday season. Pets can also be left out of the mix and the Weimaraner, in particular, could suffer from anxiety. Separation anxiety often surfaces during a time of change or when the Weimar is left behind.
You remember our previous blog post and my concern about Luna and my relationship–well, we are doing well. There are the fun challenges. Have you ever walked a pup?
Tikka: She is doing great! Like all of the other reports, she is super smart, healthy & fitting in perfectly! She is very good about house training (only one accident, but we were not paying attention!), not afraid of anything (except Luna’s bark, must be serious if Luna is concerned!), we are working on a small remodel project and she’s not even scared of any of the power tools! Beautiful little girl!
Dear OwyheeStar Applicants
Communication is tricky–no matter whether you are writing, texting or having a discussion. The goal is communicating our idea or thought, or possibly trying to educate someone. I reply to a lot of emails. Then too, there are the application responses. Sometimes this involves a follow-up query to clarify the applicant’s answer or to fill in something left blank. A recent encounter left me feeling cold and licking more than a few wounds; however, I am sure my intent was misunderstood. Maybe I should have added some emojis–honestly, I am not too skilled at using those cute add-ins. That would set a tone rather than leaving the recipient to guess what I mean and the voice behind the ink.
Grammerly.com says, “If there’s controversy around emojis in business communication, then why do we feel compelled to use them? Why not forego them altogether? The simple answer: we want to be better understood. Email communication is notoriously problematic in that it lacks the emotional cues we rely on with face-to-face or phone conversations. Without tone of voice or facial expressions to guide us, there’s a lot of room for misunderstanding when we read an email. Messages meant to be positive are often interpreted as neutral, and neutral messages are interpreted as negative”.
Setting a Positive Tone
Well then, that leaves me being negative sounding a lot. Our application process is an area where I am positive more than a few persons have been miffed by the questions. In fact, someone said they were sick of my interrogation techniques–I was shocked because I was merely asking one question about a two-part question–the second part was left blank. I think the question is valid; they see my asking them as intrusive and are offended. In all honesty, I could have prefaced the question more tactfully–and the addition of emoji may have set a more friendly tone. Would that family have made a good puppy home? We will never know. Of course, I want to avoid these types of scenarios, but when it comes to matters of the heart a lot of things can go sideways. I was scolded and let know their money is good and their character the same. I am sure both things are true; however, that was not what was in question.
A delay may seem like I don’t value you or our application. It is in truth, nothing like that. Rather I am engaged with the must-do and the most pressing things. Some of these cannot wait. Each day I am amazed at the workload for both Cliff and I. At the same time, we give thanks for this opportunity to provide a service so many appreciate.
We Take This Process Serious
The importance of our application process cannot be understated. Asking clear and concise questions to get the information that will clue us about the pup’s future seems valid. Nevertheless, communication issues (being misunderstood) will probably always be an issue. There other factors behind the scene too!
1. Each inquiry has an agenda–sometimes these are hidden (you would be surprised).
2. Everyone has done research; however, no one can guess how deep you are going to be required to dig to get through the Weimaraner puppy phase.
3. Each person comes with experience–this is all too often not going to apply to the Weimaraner. It is hard for a diehard Labrador person to believe this breed is different.
4. Each candidate believes they are ideal. Implying anything less or inquiring about something is offensive. We understand.
5. Dog savvy persons fail with this breed–it happens for a myriad of reasons. Let’s not place blame; instead, let’s agree it happens too often.
6. First-time Weim folks sometimes succeed beyond our wildest expectations. A pattern seems apparent to us. Most of these listen to our advice on how to raise the Weimaraner and do their best to follow it.
7. Honestly, it takes patience and a measure of trust to work with us. We typically have a Wait List. We cannot guess exactly how things will unfold–whether a mating will result in a litter, how many pups will be born, what sex or what coat color they will be. Yes, we sometimes have an all blue litter or an all gray litter; however, most of our litters have mixed coat colors. Some litters will produce a few Longhairs–how many is always in question. There are statistics, but we have learned the hard way that it is an average. The same parents might only produce two Longhair (of eight) pups one year. The next they may yield six of eight. Therefore, when statistically it says you will get 50% or 25% depending on the situation, the percentage can vary more than we expected in a specific litter.
From our side of the Fence
We must consider the pup’s welfare first and foremost. If we don’t have peace about a situation, it might not reflect on you at all. It may mean that we are not the right breeder for you. Sometimes we dare to tell applicants that we feel another breed choice would better suit their needs. Should we ever say that? I think we should. It is our opinion. A person can take it or leave. They can buy the Weimaraner from someone else. If all else fails, they can get one online.
Despite Communication Hiccups
Over time we have forged some beautiful relationships with OwyheeStar clients. If we had passed on the street we might not have given each other more than a nod or a smile; however, our hearts are forever joined. It is amazing how a fur family member can impact our lives in ways we would never have imagined. So, when we delve into the ticky-tacky details we sincerely hope you understand our motive. We are not interested in how much money you have–just that you have enough to give adequate care. Yes, we realize having money means better food and unlimited veterinary care. Nevertheless, even when a person has plenty of money and the desire, it is not a rock-solid guarantee that things will not go sideways.
We thank you for your patience and your understanding. We are honored to think of some many of you are friends. Some of you are more like family. We share things others would never understand.
~ Shela (and Cliff)
Many of you who were waiting for a puppy arrival know it has been an unusual year at OwyheeStar. The girls didn’t come into heat around their typical cycle–leaving us to wonder why. We felt it was due to the harsh winter, but we will never know for sure. The typical spring puppy thing didn’t happen, but we have summer pups. It seems to work.
Our Wait List is officially short for the expected Fall pups. We have a couple of summer Blue Males not yet promised–we are accepting applications for them. Preferences run in cycles like everything. We go through times when we cannot get enough Blues and then, like now, it has been the Silver Gray (mostly females) people are wanting.
Whatever your preference, the Weimaraner is not for everyone. That being said, nothing else will do for others. If you are one of those folks doing research, we hope you understand it is tough to determine the fit by merely reading about them. Regardless, there are many blog posts that reveal the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly side of the Weimaraner. Living with them is different than you might imagine. They require attention–and supervision. They simply are not the get trained and throw in the yard dog. The Labrador adapts to that situation more readily than the Weimaraner. Some folks resort to using a daycare situation for their fur-baby; this can hold true even when they are well beyond adolescence.
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.