Category Archives: Hollee X Benton
~Running with Haley and Jeff
Just a quick update on Remy. Both Jeff and I are runners and we’ve been gradually working Remy up to longer runs with us, she just loves it. She’s up to 20+ miles a week and is a great running buddy. She sees the running leash and starts spinning circles, it’s created a new bond for us.
I have mentioned she has had issues with aggression, but she does well on runs when we pass other dogs. We’ve had some successful socialization with her and other dogs too, going slowly but she seems to be building up more confidence around other dogs and is a little less reactive. We have a lot more work to do, but it seems she is moving in the right direction.
Hope you and Cliff are well!
Spinning circles is something we have seen a lot of over the years. Deli was the ultimate spinner. Currently, Miss Winnie is the biggest spinner of the group. This spinning is a fun activity, –, we always think it is a fun thing. Well, until something goes flying when they bump it in the moment of excitement. (Haha)
~Enjoy the Water
I wanted to share this video of Remy playing in the Columbia River. She loves the water and is a natural!
Dear Haley–We thank you for thinking of us, as well as giving this girl such a fabulous life with your family. We love seeing the Weimaraner with the family–doing whatever. We remember your early effort to make sure Remy loved the water–for those that don’t remember that post, you can click here.
~ From the Tri-Cities
I wanted you to see our Sky–and to thank you, for a great Weim. ~ Guy
We appreciate knowing that Sky is doing well, and that she is much-loved. Thanks for the photo–tell Sky I am sorry she had to endure having her photo taken. (Haha)
~ 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!
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.
You might remember that we adopted a puppy that was formerly called Ruby from you folks. We changed her name. Since she is a “Blue” Weimaraner we renamed her “ Sky Blue”. We call her Sky.
Anyhow, we wanted to say we are very happy with our Weim (Sky), she will be 1 year old Dec 31. Her genetics are fantastic. Thanks
Thank you, for remembering us. We are thrilled you are delighted with Sky.
Loves the Water
We spent the week in Coeur D’Alene and Remy joined us of course. She loved swimming and being on the boat with us. She’s such a great pup, we can’t imagine our family without her 😀
Hope you guys are well!Best,Haley
~ She has grown a lot since we brought her home
The Dog Park & More
~Dharma and Simian
Dharma loves me so much she gave me a dead bird for my birthday
This photo was taken in our back yard. If you look close, Simian has a rock in his mouth, that is a not so fun game he likes to play. “Mom… DON’T try to take my rocks”. Dharma however will try to take anything she can from him. Another note about this photo, look close at Dharma’s thigh muscles, she is about 25 pounds lighter than Simian, but eats the same amount of food as him. She brings the energy of the Weim to a whole new level she is so fast, muscular, and svelte. We are so happy to have them. Simian is quite mellow, so we have hope that as Dharma gets a little older she will mellow a little. If not, I guess it is good for me, because our walks get longer as the days get longer( good for me to have an exercise partner who is always ready to go)
Simian is an excellent frisbee player, I will try to get you a video. Dharma is getting better, but she often tries to catch the frisbee with her front paws
Well, rocks bring shivers. Mr. Dusty has swallowed a rock two times. The first was nearly the undoing of him–major surgery. I was out of town–in Colorado. I will never forget what I found upon my return home. It took a long time to get him back to his friendly demeanor. He didn’t trust people he didn’t know. The experience left him forever reactive to Veterinary scents. We changed Vets not too long after this incident. Rocks are hard on the teeth also. (OMG) The Weimar antics are fraught with danger it seems.
Dharma is a pocket-rocket type of Weimar. Simian is more mellow than Dharma. We think this scenario makes for a good balance. I am sure she will mellow some; however, there is a good chance she will always have two speeds–on (full speed ahead), and off (momentarily plopped down to regain the zest to go again). I guess you could say she is full of life. The Weimar antics are entertaining if nothing else.