Category Archives: Next Generation
Hope is 13 months old, and yesterday was the first time she had been to the pond since she was a pup. I don’t remember exactly, but I am reasonably sure she did the puppy swim about a year ago.
Regardless, she has not been acclimated to the water until now. Cliff took her out to the pond on Monday evening. She got into the water chest high but didn’t swim. Tuesday, a whole different thing happened. Remember when we say to ingrain the love of the retrieve. Here is why–
~Her First Swim
Cliff has had her to the pond a couple of times–and retrieved in chest-deep water before. The key to the quick success was her love of the retrieve. This water work is one of the many benefits of having your Weim crazy for the retrieve.
Please note that there was a couple of bumpers left from a trip out with another Weimaraner earlier–and Cliff tossed a rock to try to get Henri to retrieve the additional bumper. Hurrah–for-Henri she did several water-retrieves, and there was no hesitation at entering the water. And, she picked up that extra bumper too!
~We recommend the Titer Test
You might wonder if we follow our own recommendation–we do. Henri is coming up on her sixteen-week birthday. She is slated to have the titer test done at the Idaho Veterinary Hospital in Nampa thanks to Dr. Calhoun.
Click Here to learn more about this inexpensive Titer Test option. This particular test is a relatively new option. I think Henri will be the first client to give it a try. We are very excited.
Here are some random (unedited) photos Christina and I managed to capture yesterday. After this, she will not fit into the cabinet. (OMG) Weimaraner pups grow so fast. As you can see she is not thrilled with her Prom Dress.
Many of you are aware we have a new Blue Stud Dog–Dusty was our first and then we had Blue. Unfortunately, eventually, they are too old to produce litters. Long story made short–we found this lovely boy and we named him ‘OwyheeStar’s Boone’.
I’ve been bemoaning the lack of photos so we went to the sanctuary and captured a few.
What’s Not to Love?
‘Boone’ is unflappable, loving, happy and intelligent. He has already sired a couple of litters. Prior to using him, we did some health checks. More recently we got health certifications. These certified examiners submitted their tests to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- Preliminary Hip Rating was Good with good elbows.
- No evidence of thyroid disease was recognized.
- No indication of congenital cardiac disease.
- He was found to be free of observable inherited eye disease.
We also sent off DNA to AKC to get him on file as a frequent used Stud as well as to DDC Veterinary to check to see if he carried the Longhair (or fluffy coat) DNA marker. He did not–which means no litter he sires will ever produce Longhair puppies.
To answer your question–no all these tests have not been completed on our females. Most of them we have owned for generations. Secondly, while this testing is beneficial, it doesn’t always prevent things from happening. Honestly, we have purchased two Weimaraners from parents with both excellent OFA ratings only to find their offspring had the worst hips ever! It was extremely discouraging. Twice this happened. Regardless, it is essential to have our Stud Dog tested. We are thrilled with the outcome for our beautiful ‘Boone’. Thanks to the Idaho Veterinary Hospital for making this possible via their Breeder’s Day.
Pondering the Future
Yesterday, we left off with Goldee wondering about the new arrival and the baby preparations. The Queen Bee Diva of Western Oregon may not be quite as thrilled to see the new baby upstaging her. In truth, it is an excellent idea not to let that happen. Lavish your resident Weimaraner with additional attention and at the same time, the new pup should get what they need. Every effort should be made not to displace Goldee. Of course, we know that will never happen.
Goldee loves Grandma’s camera. Terri has blessed us with an abundance of photographic captures. They are a delight. No doubt Maverick will learn to play along. Are you wondering which one is Maverick? He is the smallest Blue Male born to the Sadie X Stackhouse 2015 litter. The one on top. Hello, Maverick!
Maverick the world is awaiting your face captured by Terri’s Weimloving camera.
The Weimaraner puppy presents both possibilities and probabilities. They come packed with mischief, full of life, and a lot of that thing called potential. What you become together takes time. The journey has twists and turns. There are pitfalls, potholes and a wealth of distractions.
What you become together is about having the right relationship. Remember these puppy eyes and sweet kisses can melt you into an ineffective do-nothing leader. (Oops) We may excuse the accidents and problems as puppyhood; however, there is a balance. Too many excuses and it might be time to look in the mirror and see if you are failing to follow through. The other extreme is being too harsh and demanding. The confident non-reactive leader is one who capitalizes on the opportunity to build a respectful relationship.
Respect is Important
What does respect look like? That is an excellent question. Keep in mind there are variables in a successful outcome. You and your Weimaraner have a unique relationship; however, there are some constants. For example
- Achieving the recall. Your Weimaraner needs to come when called.
- Achieving the loose lead walk–at a heel.
- Not allowing the Weim to mouth you or jump on you–or others.
While it may be a relief to put on a head halter or front hooking harness to stop the pulling on the leash, it should not be a long term solution. Leaning on these devices instead of getting compliance is not in your best interest. Nor is it to your Weimaraner’s benefit either. Devices to initiate the first two listed disciplines are OK for a season; however, your ultimate goal is to achieve willing compliance. Here is Cliff’s advice.
The Weimaraner who is only compliant when they are in control (for example–off-leash) is not a trained and obediant companion. Off leash should be reward for compliance. This type of compliance involves all three disciplines listed above. Otherwise, in my opinion, they should be kept on the leash. Don’t we all want the freedom. Let’s work toward earning that together.
The bottom line is nothing is more important than your relationship. Be the right kind of leader and remember this is a journey. It is not about proving you are dog savvy or your Weimaraner is the smartest ever. It is about what you can become together.
Gabriel began her life (on February 28, 2012) at OwyheeStar. She was one of seven pups born to Livee’s litter (which was sired by OwyheeStar’s Once In A Blue Moon). Some of her littermates have made an OwyheeStar Blog News appearance; none more than the amazing Maizie. There are some other pups from the same parents; however, they were born a year later. Possibly, the most famous of these lives in Idaho (Charlie Blue). Gabriel was the first blue to arrive in Russia. She traveled via courier and arrived safely. Of course, there was a huge adjustment period after the relocation. Nevertheless, she came through and shines bright. The judges like her beauty and conformation. Two participations and two positive outcomes. You can read more on Igor’s website (click here )!
We look forward to hearing more about Gabriel and her successful offspring– The Blue Girl O’Hara which netted the BJB (Best of Junior Breed).
CW – Class Winner
CAC ( National Dog Show Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat. Your dog will need 1-6 CAC certificates to become a National Champion. The number depends on the country of issue.
CACIB ( International Dog Show) Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beaute. Your dog will need 2-3 CACIB certificates which are highly compatible in order to become and International CH.
BOB – Best of Breed
BIS – Best in Show
Goes to Town
~ D & B Supply (Ontario, OR)
“Deja Vu” born August 1st, 2015 to Ginger’s litter sired by “Blue”. Sunday she made her first trip into town with us since she was pup visiting the Veterinary.
She was amazing! No previous leash training had been done with her–our schedule has been crazy! She didn’t get into things–even those at her eye (nose level). She greeted everyone with joy and was appreciated by all.
Deja is compact. She is also a happy and tail-wagging girl. Here she is in action!