Category Archives: Mousse X Stackhouse
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!
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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.
I can’t believe this guy is almost one. It’s been a crazy 9 months with him. Overall he’s a pretty good dog. Just a few quirks to work, like barking at the smallest noise, and how he greets new people, he struggles to sit and wait to be greeted. Happy to report we have very little weim crime. The worst was my Fitbit, but that was months ago. Now he mostly tells on himself when he is trying to get in trouble. He brings his loot, socks or a stuffed animal, right to us, and drops it on command. Lol.
Even the most diligent Weim family will end up with some quirks. We have seen so many folks get a second or third Weimaraner–citing how they want to avoid the mistakes they made the first time. It seems in the effort to avoid one thing, something else develops. (It is a lot like raising our human children–each is unique.)
We prefer the too friendly (jump up and greet) Weimaraner to the fearfully aloof type. Each has their set of challenges. Teaching them to sit and wait to be greeted is a good idea. We didn’t say it was easy, but at nine months if they are doing fairly well it is a good thing.
The Weimaraner is a Watch Dog–not a Guard Dog. This trait means they want to alert you to anything that concerns them–it might be a butterfly or leaf. Goodness, if it is a dog, cat or a person they might sound a more concerned alarm. The big issue is the habitual barking thing. Once a behavior starts, it can be tough (and sometimes impossible) to stop. It becomes the norm. Nonetheless, with the type of relationship you have developed, there is a good chance you can thwart the behavior because Henry wants to please you. Thank you, for the update and all you have done with (and for) your OwyheeStar.
We love this expression. We see it most often when she wants to be outside on a walk, but she’s stuck in the house instead. Poor baby.
The weather is making exercise difficult. We have heard that some Weims walk on the treadmill. I think a better plan is to get round disc they spin and it creates electricity. Wouldn’t that be great? Think of how much we could cut the electric bill!
Pretty and High Energy
We walked to the vet today to get on the scale, and Piper is 44.8 lbs! All muscle 😉 This pretty girl has a lot of energy and is always on the go. It was a beautiful and sunny day today in Washington, so I thought it would be a good time to get some pictures of her for you. I included a full body picture for those that are curious about what the un-docked tail looks like. Piper is very playful and loves other dogs. Puppy training has really paid off; she loves to get treats (pics). It will be a while still before she is fully grown and ready to run with me long distance, but we have been working on getting ready for it.
Piper is still a handful as expected! That puppy brain of hers can only focus for so long before she gets bored or a leaf flies by, and she tries to attack it. Some of her favorite things are sticks, birds, earthworms, slugs (yup, I have dug a few out of her mouth), rocks (mom takes those away from her before she swallows them), and digging holes. Luckily mom is always watching! We are having a blast exploring trails with all of those nature smells and playing with other dogs at the dog park. Her coat is velvet soft, and she loves to cuddle too. I get a lot of compliments on Piper when we are out and about; she is a beauty. She’s a good girl too :0) I hope all is well there!
Getting the undocked tail requires planning. We must know in advance of the litter’s arrival because tail docking happens at a very young age. The reason for the early procedure is it is a minor procedure and easier on the pup. The deposit is larger for the obvious reasons. The American Breed Standard for the Weimaraner is the docked tail; however, there is one exception–the Longhair.
Hello from Tony @ Tonasket, WA
I wanted to give you an update on Apollo. He is doing well. He is now just going to turn what 8 months old and he is already hunting, setting birds, pointing a little bit, and doing so retrieving. I have had him out every week hunting since bird season opened and he loves it. He goes 90 miles on hour and has tons of fun. He is a wonderful dog hunting. Really truly a gifted hunter. I am not into trials or those things but I tell you want he could be trained to champion I mean he is WOW.
THANK YOU SO MUCH. I cannot say thank you enough. I really thank you from my heart I lost my other dog and still hurt for that loss. But Apollo has been a wonderful addition to my life and really I cannot say thank you enough.
I hope you are well also.
We have heard from Tony twice. He is a very busy attorney who also owns a ranch. He didn’t include a photo. In lieu of a photo of his Gray Ghost we can speculate a bit. This is a litter mate related to the following featured pups.
Hope all if well in Weim land! Maverick is now a little over 6 months old and is FULL of endless energy! He is a smart puppy, a little too smart if you ask me! Maverick is a true Weim, through and through with his antics and personality.
He is in training and doing well. He likes to jump up on people and nip, so we are working on that. He loves to run and fetch and run some more… and then some more. I seriously do not know where he bottles all of his endless energy. Bill will be working him in the field this Pheasant season with our older Weim, Sawyer, almost 12 years old. He is showing great potential as a bird dog and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do, especially since Sawyer will be retiring from the field after this season.
I wanted to ask you a question about Weims and shots. Do you recommend Maverick getting a shot for Kennel Cough? Most of the places I am looking into for doggie day care to get him more socialized with other dogs require dogs to have this shot to protect the. I just wanted to check with you and see your thoughts.
Thank you, Jennifer, for the update. We really love the photos you sent along with the update. You pose a good question.
Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Vaccine Protocol Recommendations–click here!
The use of Corona, Leptospirosis, Bordatella and Lyme vaccines are not recommended unless these diseases are prevalent in the area; and should never be administered along with the core vaccines listed above, but rather separately, and at a time when the pup’s immune system is mature. Rabies vaccinations should be given as required by law, but not coincident with other vaccinations. If possible, wait until the puppy is older than 16 weeks.
We recommend vaccinating your Weimaraner. That doesn’t mean throwing every vaccine possible at them. It does; however, say that they need a Weimaraner friendly vaccine protocol.
You have to be the keeper of the Weimaraner’s vaccine protocol. Ultimately, you decide because the Veterinary practice most likely will offer (and in most cases encourage) additional vaccine. This broad-based Veterinary Office Vaccine protocol may suggest doubling up on vaccine–more than one vaccine at the same visit. We recommend you separate vaccine–one to a visit. That means you would not get any other shot when you get the Rabies, and then–you would wait for at least two weeks before getting another vaccination, such as the Bordetella. It would be wise to wait for more than the two weeks in our opinion.
As for the Bordetella (Kennel Cough ) vaccine. If you are going to be doing classes, using daycare, or even frequenting the dog park, it is probably in your best interest to get them vaccinated. Fall is a good time to consider the Kennel Cough protection. Like the flu and cold season, fall, winter, and early spring are the time to expect an outbreak.
Disclosure–Cliff and Shela Nielsen are not licensed Veterinarians or Licensed Vet Techs. These recommendations are based on the WCA vaccine protocol which is developed with the Weimaraner’s best interest in mind.
Tallyn says, “Oops–I was going to blame this on Tobryn.”
No one is happy to find something like this. Regardless, Weim folks seem to see the humor in it all. Ron is a responsible owner–on top of things with the two Weimar boys. Nevertheless, even under the watchful eye things will happen.
For those persons who shake their head and think their Weimaraner would never do something like this, we hope you get one from someone other than us.
Not so Long Ago
Here is what we like to see.
June Bug makin’ a mess…again…she looks so innocent, doesn’t she? LOL!