Category Archives: Dixie X Boone
~ The Battle of the Wills
It has been awhile since I have sent you an update. Push is all Weim in every sense of the word. He is a manipulator par excellence! We are still working on the check cord that Cliff recommended. Pushkin will come 90% of the time. It is the remaining 10% that comes to a contest of wills, and mine is stronger! We started puppy classes about 3 weeks ago he is doing well with everything but the “down stay”. Again it becomes a contest of wills. Last week we worked on agility. He did great in the tunnel. I would run, he would run and he would be sitting outside the end of the tunnel waiting for me and of course his treat. He is feisty, stubborn and completely lovable. Thanks so much for the great dog!Marie
P.S. he now weighs 36.5 pounds.
Two Weim Family Status
~The Dream Come True
Someone loves his baby sister…lol. Have a great evening! Jessica
Freyja is accepted and much loved. It makes us so happy. Thank you, for sharing your joy.
More about our Adventure
~ Part ThreeUps and Downs
We had some trouble early on with puppy biting. When I tried to correct Loki he would get angry, which worried me. I’ve since used your advice, Shela—a good screech stops him in his tracks! Since then, I’ve screeched and redirected him to something he’s allowed to chew on, and I haven’t had many issues this past week. I’m keeping Cliff’s trick in reserve in case we have more serious difficulties in the future, but for now, we’re on a good, positive track. Though Loki did well with the crate the first couple of weeks, he’s become more vocal this past week and I’ve temporarily revoked his office privileges (his crate is now in an area where his complaints won’t bother anyone). I imagine his increasing energy levels have something to do with it, so I’m making sure he gets more exercise, and he still gets some nice breaks from his crate throughout the day. I’m hoping this is just a phase, and that he learns that fussing won’t get him out of his crate (I’m also doing work to make sure that his crate is a positive place for him—he just objects to not being the center of attention, I think!).
We had a nice visit with the vet for Loki’s 9-week shot. She was impressed with the detailed portfolio you sent and is supportive of the vaccine protocol. She is also happy that I’m feeding the Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Chow with the NuVet supplement. Good news—one of Loki’s testes has descended, and the other was in a good position, so I think we’re going to be just fine on that account. She is also an advocate of neutering closer to the 6-month mark rather than to wait longer.
Loki and I are getting along quite nicely. He’s already my little adventure buddy, and he’s always up for snuggle time at the end of the day. I love this little guy—he is so intelligent and energetic. Though I wrote a fair amount about training, to Loki it’s all fun and games, and I intend to keep it that way. Thank you for all your help in selecting Loki. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
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Click Here for Part Two
Thanks, Erica, for providing so much information about your process and Loki. The photos were outstanding, too! We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Keep up the great work.
The Trip Home
~Part One–Our Beginning
It’s been an eventful few weeks; however, Loki and I had a fairly uneventful trip back home. We stopped by Walla Walla on the way to see my family, who fell in love with Loki—I wasn’t sure they were going to let us leave!
There were a few housebreaking accidents the first week… but I’ve learned pretty quickly. So has Loki. He goes to work with me every day and has the office under his spell. He is curious and friendly with strangers, and though he is quiet in new situations, he comes out of his shell once he’s had a chance to take it all in.
We are so happy to hear from Erica. She sent us a lengthy update which we will break into three parts. We appreciate her detailed explanation of the experience thus far. There is more at stake with Loki–as he is hopefully going to become a part of the Search and Rescue (SAR) team with Erica. This pup is her first to train for SAR, so there is a lot to consider. Nothing but the best combined with attention to every detail– at the same time she keeps calm and collected. This approach will get the desired result.
Finally, let’s all remember raising your first pup is a growth experience. Well–raising the Weimaraner is always a growth experience. They require you to dig deep and to get ahead of the stuff that comes with as well as to avoid being reactive. (OMG) Well, anyone who has been down this path knows that there are surprises. Some are welcome and others not so much. More than anything, the Weimaraner needs to bond and develop the desire to want to please you. Of course, that doesn’t mean they do not have to obey and achieve specific necessary skills. There are those who became so enamored with their intelligent and engaging pup that in the excitement they forgot this is a journey for the Weimaraner and their human. Respect is a two-way street. We cannot wait to see what Loki and Erica achieve together. It is not a race with a time limit. It is a journey to see what they (Erica and Loki) can accomplish as partners.
Day Three with Libbie
~ our thoughts and the process–Day Three
You might remember that Libbie traveled home on the airplane (as her Mom’s carry on luggage). We have had two reports since we met her at the airport. Click Here to read the first, and here to catch the second. The news is a bit old, but it is never too late to share this kind of report, right?
I’m still amazed at her intellect and being able to remember!
Yesterday, was very busy, productive and successful :)! She introduced her herself to the crate in the kitchen, her home while we are away from home. I had the door open hoping she would want to go in and explore, and she did, all on her own with no encouragement! She went in, sniffed around and laid down. After a couple of minutes, she got up, went and got her pig ear, went back into the crate and chewed on it until she fell asleep! Precious!!
I quietly closed the door–she did look at me for a moment then went back to sleep. I disappeared for a while, when I came back she was awake, and I let her out. 1st try success! The door remained open, and she would go in several times throughout the day, taking various toys with her. Finally, she went in and went to sleep, no toy or collar, just her. I took the opportunity to actually leave the house to pick up a few things at the store. I was a little nervous leaving her, not really sure what to expect, and it was the quickest trip I’ve been able to make to the store. I was gone for a little over half an hour. When I got home, she was still sleeping! I quietly unlocked the door, and before I could open it, she woke up. I praised her and took her out. Success!! I was relieved! She continued going in and out with various toys and lying down. I would have to say she loves the crate and feels safe :).
She also learned “come” & “sit.” Scott was super impressed and didn’t believe it was possible till he saw it first hand. We also started with leash walking and will continue that until it’s down pat – our next full focus activity. That seems to be the most challenging, but I’m sure she will get it soon.
Last night, we did our regular routine and went to bed usual time. Omg, Shela, when we went into the bedroom, she went into her crate by herself with no encouragement but was praised, I closed the door, she let out a few barely audible whimpers and went to sleep. She did not make a sound all night!! I got up at my regular time, took her out and praised her. Then on with the usual routine. I am in disbelief with how well she did!
She is learning and getting comfortable with things so fast! We have also been learning “no,” and she pretty much has that down, except for with the puppy play biting. During playtime, She’s like a little piranha, mouth open and looking for something to chomp down on.
I’ve figured out so far to put a toy or pig ear in her mouth when she goes for something. We don’t allow her to chew on, aka my hands, shoes, etc. Well, “no” is not working with this, so I think I’m going to try to find another word that will work.
Ahhhh, she’s so funny and just a cutie! What fun we’ve had the last couple days and a lifetime more to go! We are so blessed!!!
Hello from Bremerton, Washington!
Freyja here just checking in. My big brother Odin has a toy I want that he won’t share so I’m up on the couch with mom pouting…lol.Human speaking now: Freyja is such a joy! She’s adjusted to our little family rather quickly, she has great energy and is very smart & sweet-natured.
Odin gets along very well with Freyja, he’s happy he has a friend! He is her playmate and protector always wants to be near her. He is almost kind of taken a parent roll, making sure we are doing our job!. He goes outside with her and shows her where to go potty, even though she is on a long leash if he feels she is going in the wrong direction he just gently guides her with his paw where he thinks she needs to go…lol.Freyja has really bonded to both Odin and me. Our little family feels complete with her here. Of course, we are running on fumes sometimes as Freyja is quite busy doing her puppy things. She is teething so she bites everything. I keep a toy with me always for a distraction as well as protection…lol. Feeding time is a challenge as she wants to eat out of her brother’s food bowl instead of her own..lol. Today she gets to go see the puppy doctor to get her next round of shots. Big brother gets to go too, he’s just gonna love that!…lol. killing two birds with one stone works for us though. Anyway, I could go on and on…thank you, Shela & Cliff, for all of your help and support and of course for our Freyja!! You guys have helped make this such a positive experience and we sincerely appreciate all that you do! Have a wonderful day! Jeremy, Jessica, Odin & Freyja💗💗PS: Just got back from the vets, she now weighs 18.2 pounds. The doctor and staff are in agreement with the shot protocol. She fell asleep during the exam she was so calm!!
Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment. It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.
Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)
Day One with Libbie
We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know! As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!
~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight
Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.
Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.
Las Vegas Arrival
Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!
Busy Day; Fun Evening!
We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play. Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!
Our First Night
We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep. She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3, whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty. We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!
Breeder Comment (part two)
Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.
Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.
Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!
Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.
In our Arms, and in our Hearts!
All is going well with sweet Zoe! She wanted to be held the whole ride home and has ever since been attached. The first night in the crate was rough, but last night showed a lot of improvement. She’s quickly learning where to do her business and has only had a couple of accidents in the house. She’s eating well & showing good signs of playful activity! We played fetch for about 15 min last night (retrieved every time!) and then she passed out! She’s so intelligent! She’s at home today with the grandparents who are as equally in love as I am. She is happy and adjusting very nicely!
I think the hardest thing is they bond with you and feel they will forever be in your arms from that moment—unless they bound out to do their own thing. Ha ha, Then we darned humans leave them in the crate. Ha
Thank you for all the communication and very easy process! Yes, she is a smart cookie……thank you, Courtney
Dear Courtney–you are correct. It is the most difficult thing to juggle the bonding and the crate-training. Both are necessary components. If the Weimaraner could choose, they would crawl under your skin next to your heart and make it home. They kind of do that, but it absolutely must be balanced with learning how to be away from you. If not, then bad things happen. These various negative occurrences frequently involve destructive behaviors due to the feeling of being abandoned. The Weimaraner is prone to separation anxiety, and it is so darned easy for us to make it worse. Our good intentions often take us from likely to suffer separation anxiety to a severe case. You are doing the right thing. Ultimately, this will help her learn to adapt and become a better-balanced Weimaraner adult. Of course, that is always our goal.
It is so difficult to remember that our good intentions often lead to behavior issues. Before you go with what seems right, it is always a good idea to ask yourself if this is what is best for the Weimaraner. Friends, family, and even some trainers are quick to offer ideas that might not prove beneficial for the long haul. Keep on the path Courtney. You and Zoe are off to a great start. We could not be happier!
Our Friend Jan
If you live near Jan Magnuson, I hope you can take advantage of her All-Breed Training. She has had the Weimaraner 45+ years, and therefore, she knows a thing or two about the breed. Here are a couple of ways you can learn more about Jan and get in touch with her.