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~ The Ups and Downs–We are Finally Trained!
–As with ever Weimaraner, it is a work in progress.
I wanted to send an update on Henry. It’s been a while. The last I emailed I was asking for help regarding Henry growling when he was in a cozy spot on the couch or our bed. We ultimately decided that we did not know how to manage the behavior and sought out professional help.
We learned that he was resource guarding. He had always done this with a full bowl or food and we just left him alone while he ate. Along the way Henry had also developed other bad habits, like counter surfing, barking incessantly, and greeting company way to enthusiastically.
You know better than most that weims are very hard headed, and Henry is no exception. Henry boarded with a trainer for one month, and during that time worked on better leash manners, recall, and ways to stop resource guarding. We knew that we he came home it would be like having a puppy in training all over again, but it has been so worth it. He is a new man!! One of the things we are doing is hand feeding him, we use feeding time to practice skills like going and staying on his rug, here, and heal. We also have a leash on him at all times while out of his crate, that way if he growls, or doesn’t listen, we have a way to control him. We don’t expect to have to use the leash for long, but it has been a great tool to reestablish the hierarchy in our home. Prior to training, Henry would stay for as long as you wanted him to only when incentivized by food, otherwise he would get up two seconds later. Now he will stay for long periods of time without food rewards. If I am in the kitchen, he goes to his rug and stays. Another improvement is leash walking. We used to either take Henry leashless on his training collar or with a gentle leader (we called it his soul crusher because he hated it), now we take him on his regular collar , and sometime with a training collar–with a leash around my waist.
He is still a work in progress, but the fact that I can take him on his regular collar and his doesn’t pull is amazing. He does need occasional reminders to heel, sometimes he listens without any correction, other times he needs a reminder. Henry is chomping at the bit when he knows we are going for a walk. Since we always have him on a leash, he is unable to counter surf. Barking is very minimal now, not sure how or why, but he gives us a few warning barks, then stops, thank God!!
He has not had to wear his bark collar since he came home. We will continue to work on greeting guests, but as you can imagine during such times, we don’t have many. The few times we have, we have let the company know ahead of time that Henry is in training, and to bear with us as we slowly let them in. This is a work in progress, but all has drastically improved.
The moral to my update, it took 4.5 years for Henry to develop bad habits, and years of us not dealing with it correctly. He is smart, and did everything in his power to outsmart us, so now we are in training together!!
Weims are not an easy breed, as you know, but Henry is so worth the time investment. He is the sweetest guy ever, and the best snuggle buddy.
Thank you for all you do and are doing with Henry. Each Weimaraner presents with challenges (much like various human siblings)–and somehow, they know how to find our weaknesses and how to push our buttons, too. The conundrum of the relationship should never be discounted–and this is where we say, better now than later to have managed the issues. The Weimaraner tends to wrap their paw around a person, manipulate the situation to their liking–and it is hardly in their best interest. Ah, and Cliff is thrilled you have moved to the flat color and are doing well. Keep up the excellent work.
( April 8, 2020) I am a day late by Maverick celebrates his 4th birthday yesterday on 4/7. He’s just a bit loved and spoiled! He has certainly enjoyed the time we have all been spending with one another during this shelter-in-place we have going on here in California. He will get to enjoy this through the month of July as I am a teacher and get to do teaching via distance learning.
Maverick was able to go out on a few pheasant hunts this past season with Bill and my boys, Ethan (13) and Owen (11). Oh does he love to hunt those birds! He is definitely a creature of habit. If that routine breaks ritual, he is sure to be the first to let me know! It cracks my husband up how silly Maverick is.
He loves his blankets to cuddle with at night, even going as far to dragging them around the house while I get ready for bed. You ask him to fetch up his rope, he brings it back to your feet… ask him to fetch up his bow, there it is, at your feet…. this can happen until all his toys are lined up.
I’m sure we can all carry on about how silly, quirky, loyal, lovable our Velcro Weims are. Thank you for ours. He has brought us many smiles and laughs over the past 4 years.
I remember the first time we spoke–so many years ago. Now–Maverick. We are happy to hear that he is bringing joy, hunting, and more. Thank you–we appreciate the update—happy belated birthday to Maverick.
~Loves that I Work the Nightshift
I work night shift, which means 12 days per month, I sleep during the day. It’s the one thing I don’t like about my job, but the one thing Henry loves!!! He doesn’t sleep with us at night, Kevin’s hard rule since we got him 3.5 years ago.
Like all Weims, routines are gospel, Henry knows when I walk in the door at 8 am that we are about to have some serious snuggle time, he stands right by my side while I make myself a little breakfast (of course patiently waiting for me to share something), and then I say the magic words, “you want to go to bed?” Henry runs up the stairs and straight to his blanket on the bed. Every once in a while he wakes me up, but most of the time, it’s Kevin waking us both up with coffee and opening the curtains. Hen is just as reluctant as me to open his eyes and get going.
I don’t know why Weims are a labeled as the crazy always energetic dogs, Henry sleeps all night, and happily settles in for another 5-7 hours with mommy!!!
The Weimaraner indeed loves to sleep–, especially with their humans. They can settle in for an afternoon of television and popcorn, too. It always amazes me that Stackhouse has been up less than an hour and he is crashed on the floor snoozing away. I guess beauty sleep is a Weimar thing too.
~My Running Partner
Now that Piper is fully grown we can run long distances. The vet told me not to run her more than 3 miles at a time while she was still growing (for the fist two years) because it could damage her growth plates. She is three years old now (time flies!) and she has become the best running partner. She trains with me for all of my races and when dogs are allowed, she races right along with me. People often ask me how far she can run and my answer is always, “farther than I can”. She runs all of the miles that I do and I know she would keep going if I did.
I asked for a runner and you picked the perfect puppy for me. Piper was a lot to handle being such an energetic pup, but we survived it with a lot of exercise and training. I used to joke that she never got tired; just a 10 minute power nap and she was back at it. I suppose that means she has always had endurance and it shows on the trails. We have a lot of fun running and there isn’t anyone I would rather be out there with. Piper is my favorite “person” 🙂
Thank you for bringing us together,
Thank you, Lina–for being a smart Weim parent. I always worry that someone will not heed the advice of letting the growth plates close. Honestly, you want to get as many miles as possible–and longevity for those hips and joints. No one can say for sure how long they will hold out (human or Weimar running partner). They have hip, knee, and elbow replacements for dogs, too. We hope it never comes to that. Yes, it appears you have an endurance runner for sure. Thanks for the update. We truly appreciate it.
~ And More!
We wanted to give you an update on our sweet Darcy. She is 2 years old now. We are so grateful for our beautiful girl. She is such a wonderful part of our family, and it’s hard to remember what life was like before she came to us.
She loves to hunt, hike, swim, play with the kids, give the baby lots of kisses, go running with mom, and torment the chickens. Everywhere we go we get compliments on what a beautiful dog she is. People familiar with weims also comment on how small she is. She’s 45 lbs and a lot smaller than other weims we come across. We remember you mentioning that her mother and grandmother were on the smaller side as well, so we’ve never worried about it. She is just the perfect size for us. 😊
We’ve attached a few pictures. One is on her birthday. She wasn’t very thrilled about the silly crown we put on her, but she tolerated it because she knew a tasty breakfast was coming.
Thanks again for all you do! We love our sweet Darcy.
We have fewer and fewer under-sized pups. That will make many sad. Nevertheless, you cannot keep breeding back to the same lineage. New blood (such as Boone) brings depth and diversity to our gene pool. That is a good thing.
We are thrilled to hear she is versatile on every level–the perfect fit for your hunting and the family life. What more could we hope? Thank you, ever so much for remembering us with this update. It means the world!
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.