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~ 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.
~Loves to Snuggle
Well, we can’t remember life before Remy! What a perfect fit she has been for our family. She is doing great, growing fast (25lbs at her last appt) and so attached to us all. Every morning she waits at the baby gate at the bottom of the stairs and has to greet us each with tail wags and kisses until she can relax and have her breakfast. I really enjoy my days with her and she usually rides along in the car with me during all the school & sports drop offs/pickups. She is really biting a lot but we are just trying to be as consistent as possible with redirection and using the spray bottle as necessary to deter. I know it is a stage. The other challenge is getting her to stay off the couch, she sneaks up every chance she can get! But I admit I treasure the snuggles 😀
My parents watched her for a week while we were on a family vacation and we missed her terribly but she was spoiled like crazy and had a great time with them. They can’t wait to have her back sometime!
Anyway, we continue to love her more and more each day, she’s just a wonderful and beautiful dog. ~ Haley
We don’t have a lot to add here. I think we can all agree that the Weimaraner captures our heart and soul—-unless you are not a true Weim addict. We cannot thank everyone who sent us an update enough. I am sure our readers agree. These glimpses where we live vicariously (or relate) to another person’s experience at heartwarming. Thank you, for loving this pup so much–and for all the hard work.
Waiting At the Bus Stop
Just a quick update on Remy. She is doing so great! She has a very sweet personality, and she sure is smart. She enjoys getting out for little walks and is getting much better at walking on the leash. Every day she waits with me at the bus stop for the kids to get home and she now starts her excited tail wagging as soon as the bus rounds the corner. She has so easily fit into our family.
She is still doing great with potty training and being in the crate. She has also learned to sit, stay, come and even shake. We haven’t worked with her much yet but she picks up the commands quickly. She is getting better with the biting, a few times we have used a little spray bottle to spray a bit of water in her face to stop her, but she usually can be redirected with a chew toy. I cannot believe how much she has already grown! She has a big appetite.😀 She is a joy and such a beautiful dog. We are so happy she has joined our family.I hope you are all well and we’ll stay in touch!Haley
I just want to thank you both again for bringing this little boy (“Bear”) into my life. He had a rough time in his first few weeks of life, and it was questionable if he would pull through. But he is a survivor and is definitely making up for lost time.We are having a great time bonding and getting to know each other. He is super smart and has already learned to retrieve to my hand (amazing!). He is such a fast learner. I’m impressed. We have many more things to learn together.You both do a great job and I am thankful for your gift.
This pup is the little boy who gave us so much concern. A round of antibiotics and he bounced back with no sign of an issue. He has such a great personality. Not every pup gets off to the perfect start. No Breeder wants to talk about mortality rates. Places like AKC publish those statistics. We secretly are thankful our numbers are below average. Nonetheless, no one can avoid every problem. It is impossible.
We are happy that you folks wanted ‘Bear’ even knowing full well about his early challenges. We are blessed indeed to meet some of the planet’s best humans. Thank you, for loving this boy so much.