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Celebrating Two Candles!
~The All-Around Versatile Weimaraner
Greetings from San Jose, California! Maverick celebrates his 2nd Birthday today and I wanted to give you an update. He is very energetic and non-stop, like the Energizer Bunny! A little 5-10 minute rest and he is ready for another round. Funny thing… about 8pm at night, he is ready for his snuggles with me on my bed. Once he has about 30 minutes of that, I tell him “it’s time to go to bed” and he jumps down and heads right to his crate.
He has been crate trained since he was a puppy and sleeps in it every night and spends a few hours a day on it as well. Our 13-year-old Weim, Sawyer, has learned when it’s cold it is better to tolerate Maverick and let him cuddle for body heat.
He LOVES going nuts from inside as he sees squirrels and birds out in our yard and does his “cry” to let him out for the chase. Bill, my husband, takes him pheasant hunting and reports that he had the natural instinct the first time he went out in the field last year and this year did an even better job of pointing, flushing and retrieving the birds. He is a fantastic family and hunting companion. Maverick is exactly what we wanted in a Weim and you delivered!
We are thrilled Maverick is as advertised (so to speak). I think you folks know we take this process seriously. It is not our first placement with you. Of course, along the way to here and now, you have had a couple of Rescue Weims, too.
We realize that it is a significant risk to trust us to do what is best. Thank you, for your loyalty and this update on Maverick.
At Almost Two
~ Part Two
From the start we followed Owyheestars advice on crate training, freedom is earned. And our guy has earned his freedom. This is where he seems to all the sudden be grown up, but in reality, he’s been working on this since we first brought him home. Most days as of the last few months he spends very little time in his crate. Sometimes you’ll find him snoozing on one of the sofas, sometimes our bed, but most the time he opts to just follow us around the house. Henry has a definite bedtime, he gets sleepy around 8:30-9pm, cuddles until we go to bed, then happily goes to his crate for the night. Henry has also spent more time out of his crate when we leave the house too. It’s rare we all leave for more than a few hours, so he probably only gets left alone for 2-3 hours at a time.Not sure if I told you that Henry got a roommate last year, our cat Bill. When we first brought Bill home we separated them, mostly because Bill was tiny. Over the course of six months, Bill and Henry had more exposure to each other. Henry used to chase him every chance he got, but Bill always stuck up for himself. Never running under a bed, or a closet. He would just run under the dinner table and give Henry a few swats. Before long, Henry got bored of chasing the cat. He still does every once in a while, but as soon as Bill stops running, Henry walks away, I don’t think he actually wants to catch him, I think his dog instincts say “I must chase a moving object, oh wait that’s my friend, never mind” hahahaha.The only thing I can think to complain about is how often and how loud he barks. It drives us insane. When I am sleeping during the day he has to wear a bark collar. Although it doesn’t even need to be turned on, just putting it on him makes him stop.Henry is a very smart dog. I think the biggest factor to our success with him at this point is that 95% of the time someone is home with him, I also think it is, for this reason, we have dodged separation anxiety and Weim crimes. He loves to please his people. I don’t think our puppy days are gone, he is a Weimaraner after all, but I think they are getting fewer and farther between. He’s the most handsome and loyal dog, and almost two years since we adopted him, we couldn’t be happier with how awesome he is.
You know, Weims are a lot of work, but I can say that after 2 years, all the effort we have put in to training him and being very consistent with him has paid off, and we are to the point we just get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.Sincerely, The Flieger Family
At Almost Two
~ Part One
Thank you, for sharing this information about Henry. Everyone likes to read what others experience–how they train and manage their Weimaraner. We so appreciate all you have done with and for Henry. Keep up your efforts.
At two–you expect them to turn a corner. Nonetheless, many claim Weimaraner teenage flakiness can pop up even until they are past their third birthday. Then too–we are talking about the Weimaraner. Do they ever grow up? Good question. There are always the Weimaraner quirks and quandaries. Some of this is directly related to your relationship and how easy you are to manipulate. Some of it is the breed. Kudo’s to this family who finds a way to go above and beyond with Henry.
~ Vigilant, too!
Henry is also an eternal optimist. He sits patiently, not making a noise unless you count drool hitting the floor, waiting for me to drop something. I usually let him lick my plate when I finish!!
We have been talking about training and living with the Weimar. I think it serves us well to remember they have stealth on their side. They are cunning and crafty as well.
Open and Shut
~ Still Learning New Things
Henry loves to let himself back in the house when he is outside. This morning I started training him to close the door. Tonight, he is closing it without me pointing at it, I’m confident he will be closing doors soon. Still such a smart boy.
Henry is amazing, but so are his humans. Kudos to both! Click here to read the last blog that featured this lovely Oregon Weimar.
~ Newest Trick
Henry’s newest trick. Bring me everything I need to take him on a walk.
First, he brought my hat, then my shoes. He has yet to bring an unmatched pair.
Henry Works His Charm
Henry got what he wanted, a hike up Pisgah with his BFF Tule. For extra fun Henry found a wiggly rope (snake) and brought it out to play 😳
And he is a blessing. Most of the time, lol. He loves to chew on wood, he finally has a victim….bamboo coasters. I told Kevin last night that Henry is a wild boy sometimes, but at least he has only ruined our coasters. Lol.
Have we mentioned that we meet the most incredible people in the world? Kiley is amazing with Henry. When she is not orchestrating a family event–like the laundry, an outing, or whatever Henry has planned you might find her saving lives. That’s right — Kiley is a nurse. I am sure she has a more impressive title, but to anyone who ever needed specialized medical care for their self or someone they love, we can agree nurses are incredible.
Thank you, Kiley, for letting us use your video and photos and for sharing your Henry tails. We sincerely appreciate your dedication and your sense of humor.
North Central Washington
~ Hunting Dusty and Ruffled Grouse
Hi guys, I hope your summer has gone well. Just wanted to send some photos from our grouse opener weekend- (between me, a friend and George from Stackhouse and Mousse) we hit about 15 dusky and ruffed grouse over 3 days!We were hunting in north central Washington, there’s a lot of empty public space out there. It’s not as high as our Cascades are there, normally I see mostly duskies and rarely ruffs but this was the opposite.~RichardFor those that don’t know–, these are forest grouse or mountain grouse.Dusky/blue grouse are northwest birds but ruffed grouse are the nature northern part of the continent. You see both in thick forests and blue grouse only usually above 4 or 5000 feet.The other American grouse species like sage grouse or prairie chickens or sharp tailed grouse are mostly plains or desert birds so that would be more likely what you’d see down your way.
Hi guys, just wanted to touch base. George had his NA (NAVHDA Natural Ability) test last weekend. He pointed 3 chukars during the field search (even grabbed one on the wing) and, taking after Stackhouse it sounds like, has turned into an enthusiastic and strong swimmer, but blew the tracking phase. He’s tracked dozens, maybe hundreds of birds this year so that was disappointing. I have my theories but it is what it is. only took home a Prize III and we were hoping for more but it’s just a trial and he’s already a proven field dog. I thought I’d send over some photos we got. I hope everything’s going well.
Richard and George
Earning any Prize is noteworthy. We always have to remind ourselves even though the Weimaraner has a steady skill set that on a given day any number of things can go awry. Everyone covets the Prize I and some folks travel from NAVHDA test to NAVHDA test to snag one. We don’t have that luxury.
The most important thing is the field performance. He is a young Weim with a solid set of skills. We are positive that competing in the NAVHDA event even though it didn’t net you the top prize helped cement the skill set even more. Thank you, for doing that and reporting back to us. Also, we love the photos you shared. Keep up the good work with George, and we wish you many years of success in the field.
One Year Old
Hard to believe that Maverick turned 1-year old last week. He is a little tazmanian devil, always on the go, full of energy! Right when you think he is tuckered out, he is up and ready to go again! 🙂
Natural AbilityMaverick has been on at least 4 pheasant trips this past season. Each time he did better and better. Bill has high hopes for him in the coming years. He has such a hunt drive that he likes to stalk insects, butterflies, squirrels, etc. If it moves, game on!
Fun to WatchHe is so much fun to watch prance around the yard with his toys, tossing them up in the air and then bolting around at lightning speed. He cracks us up! He also still loves to knead his favorite pillow and cuddle up with me when he does.
Sawyer and MaverickOur old timer Weimaraner, Sawyer, now 12, tolerates him. Luckily our next door neighbor recently adopted a puppy and he and Maverick get along so well together. They can both go multiple rounds and wear one another out.
The Basics and Still LearningHe has been crate trained from the get go and knows several commands, both verbal and hand. It is lots of fun watching him learn new things.
Thank you for another wonderful dog from Owyheestar!
Jennifer, Bill, Ethan, Owen, Sayer & Maverick
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At One Year
Question From a Weimar Mom
Okay, so Henry is 1. And I’ve learned that 18 months is when you can start running with your dog. I’m kind of confused by this because “run” is so vague with this breed. When Henry is playing catch, and darts across the yard with the speed of wind, I consider this running. It’s strenuous, fast, he breathes heavier, etc. I’ve taken him on a few short runs with me, less than 2 miles, and my observation, even though I run at a 9 minutes/mile pace, he appears to just be walking fast. Obviously I don’t want to cause health issues for him in the future, so I am wondering if you could give me more information. Are short runs with me, less than 5 miles, going to cause joint issues for him if I don’t wait another 6 months? And do you think a 9 minute mile pace is really considered a running pace for a weimeraner? ~Kiley
Joint development is affected by various things–their DNA, how fast they grow and the amount of high-pact exercise they see before the growth plates close. Typically, we expect the growth plates to close sometime between a year and a year and a half. During this time of development, recommendations are to keep the runs shorter–about 3 miles a day. With the very high-energy Weimaraner, this seems like too little. It is easy to forget the caution when you are trying to achieve a tired Weim pup. In light of this dilemma, we always suggest swimming. The water retrieve is the best and the safest way to burn a lot of energy without causing harm to the developing joints.
Speaking of high impact exercise–things like playing the frisbee is equally hard on the young Weimaraner. Jumping and beating their feet on the pavement should be avoided. The dirt or grass path is much easier, but still, we feel it is wise to hold off on the pounding regime of a long distance runner until they for sure have those growth plates closed. Only an X-ray can determine if the growth plates are closed. So, for the longevity you want, please take to exercising the young Weimaraner with care. Also, we mentioned it earlier–make sure they grow slow. Feeding the large breed (rather than the regular puppy) food is vital to the hips and joints. That puppy chow stuff will fill them out like a butterball and cause them to grow even faster. Slow growth is preferred. Regardless, they grow to adult-looking before the six month birthday. It is shocking!
More From Kiley
Ps. I wanted to pass along too how Henry excels at being an active and lazy dog. He loves his walks, loves being outside, but he doesn’t mind being lazy either. Last night I worked and Kevin was out of town, so Henry was in his kennel. I got home this morning, let him out, fed him, and then took him to bed with me this morning. He contently slept with me until 1:30. Exercising him is ideal, but on the days it doesn’t happen, he doesn’t get restless or destructive, he just goes with the flow.Other than the above questions, Henry has done well with our few runs. He stays to the left, remains mostly focused on me and what is ahead, and doesn’t pull. Henry will be a fabulous running partner for me!!
More Comments from Shela and Cliff
We like to say the Weimaraner has two speeds–on and off. Wiggle your toe while watching TV and they might assume you are getting ready to do something and in turn fly off the sofa.
More than anything the Weimaraner is all about the relationship. If they want to please you and they respect you and you them, it is a beautiful thing. You are off to an awesome beginning. We wish you all the best on your journey.