Category Archives: Puppy Information

Elio

At 16 Weeks

Lorenzen's Elio June 23 2017Elio continues to be an absolute joy and an incredible addition to my little fur family! ¬†He’s a calm, well-mannered puppy who picks up on things incredibly fast! We’re going into week 3 of puppy classes and he’s doing great! ūüôā

Breeder Comment

Vaccine Crossroad

A Reminder to Proceed with Caution

The Sadie X Stackhouse Litter will celebrate their sixteen-week birthday on this coming Sunday (June 25th). That brings everyone to a crossroad. By now a lot has happened, and everyone will have found themselves insanely busy raising their Weimaraner. The Weimaraner’s¬†(and the OwyheeStar) Vaccine Protocol can have been forgotten.

Your Veterinary office will have a different (broad-based) vaccine protocol. Even if they agree to follow the recommendations, it will fall on the pup’s owner to remember these details. We suggest putting the dates on your calendar and ignoring the Veterinary office alerts. Otherwise, it gets very confusing. If you have forgotten the protocol read on1

 

  • 6-Week¬†NEOPAR¬ģ Puppy Shot(given at OwyheeStar)
  • 9-Week *Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • 12- Week¬†*Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv
  • Other vaccines such as Lepto and Kennel Cough (Bordatella) should be given¬†as needed–and avoided when possible. We recommend not combining these shots with any other vaccine–, especially¬†rabies. Vaccine challenges the immune system to build antibodies; therefore, we strongly encourage you to space Lepto, Bordetella, and Rabies vaccination at least two weeks apart. We realize that many veterinary practices give multiple vaccinations at a single visit; however, this approach is easier on the immune system. If a reaction does occur, then you know what caused it and plan to avoid it in the future. Yes, we understand this is a more costly approach–avoiding the risk is worth it!
  • 16-Week Crossroad <== Opt for the Vaccine Titer Test instead of automatically getting another puppy shot.¬†Your Vet is going to recommend just doing the shot because that is typical for the all-breed approach; however, a percentage of Weims are vaccine sensitive. Although your pup probably never had a reaction before, please do not ignore this warning. Even a mild vaccine reaction can trigger immune system issues–some of these lead to on-going health problems and in certain instances death. It is not worth the risk! The vaccine titer test runs more than double the cost of the typical puppy shot, but it might save you thousands over time as well as the potential heartache. Almost without exception, our protocol has been producing immunity by week sixteen, which means your puppy doesn’t need any more essential vaccine. If you need the optional vaccines (Bordetella or Lepto) these can be done; however, please space them at least two weeks apart from the Rabies.
  • Vaccine Blog Post¬†¬†¬†For the OwyheeStar Client Only¬†click here! (requires password)

PUPPY VACCINE CLARIFICATION (Lepto)

There is a significant push by the Veterinary community (due to the recent rise of Lepto) to include Lepto in the puppy shot. The Weimaraner Club of America (as well as others who study this breed) recommend you wait to give the Lepto, etc. until the puppy shots are completed. The puppy shot should not include Lepto or Corona. No other vaccine should be combined with the puppy shot. Waiting for the Lepto, Bordetella, and another vaccine until the pup is a little older is less risky. It takes more effort and costs a bit more to space the vaccine, but is worth it.

What is the DAPPv?

Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 1 (Hepatitis), Adenovirus Type 2 (Respiratory Disease), Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus (Click Here to read more about the vaccine we use. Remember the Puppy Shot should not contain the Lepto or Corona.

OwyheeStar Disclaimer

The Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) Vaccine Protocol

We are neither Licensed Veterinarians nor Licensed Veterinary Techs. Our recommendations are based on twenty-plus years breeding the Weimaraner (exclusively) as well as the breed recommendation (from the Weimaraner Club of America). Ultimately, you have to decide what is the best approach. This protocol is considered a more Holistic and safer approach. That being said, our advice cannot replace that of your Veterinary of choice. 

Snacking

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It begins from the day you bring them home. Chewing and mouthing everything the pup challenges you to keep them away from your household and personal items. After all, they all contain your scent and what do they love more than you? Nothing!

Many people are frantic to find something that occupies their young Weimaraner and at the same times satisfies their need to chew. Flavored Chews are popular. While we never use rawhide, a lot of folks swear by it. You might ask why would use the all Natural USA Pig Ears for a young Weimaraner but refuse to incorporate the rawhide. Both are made of the outer hide so to speak; however, the pig ears are digestible. They are primarily fat. In our experience, the Weimaraner often has a tender gut. Bits of rawhide can cause irritation leading to diarrhea or even a bloody stool. Worse yet, these can lead to an intestinal blockage.

If you opt to use the rawhide for your voracious chewer, there are things you ought to do.

Monitor them when they are chewing to make sure they are not tearing big chunks off and ingesting them.

  1. Make sure you get the product of USA–this doesn’t guarantee they are chemical free. If fact, there is no such thing when it comes to rawhide.
  2. If you have children and your dog is guarding their food and bones, only allow them to have them in their crate. You need to work on getting them to allow you to pick up their food, etc., however, never take a chance with your children.
  3. Be alert! If they are vomiting or lethargic put the rawhide aside and keep a vigilant watch. Go to your Veterinary office if this doesn’t pass quickly.
  4. Rawhides are not the only concern — socks, trash finds, shoes, stuffed toys, and the list goes on and on.

Weimar Parents Know

Extracting a bit of fabric from their bum is not our idea of a good time. Nonetheless, you cannot have the Weimaraner dragging that disgusting bit around the house. (Ewe) Shoes are expensive–they like designer leather, but a good tennis shoe works as well. These carry your scent which is a huge plus if they miss you, but they also can carry the Parvovirus and other bacteria, etc. that can be ingested. The trashcan is choice shopping. A paper that smells so chicken–yum. My personal favorite was a discarded artificial Christmas Tree limb. Fortunately for Turbo Mama was in tune with him and caught the issue in time. It required surgical removal. Other extractions included bits of a rope bone, rocks and part of a Kong toy. Even those heavy duty rubber toys eventually crack–toss them when they start to wear.¬†As you see, we are not limiting the concern to the rawhide items; however, they are something we don’t recommend with a clear conscience. Yesterday, we saw a post where golf balls were removed. The list is endless.

Please note that although Waylon escaped his crate and got into things, nothing was destroyed. What a good boy!

 

 

Crate Training Journal

One Family’s Journey

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Chris Reports

May 3, 2017

Hi All!¬† Koda slept through the night on Saturday.¬† I woke him up at 2:00 to go out then he woke us up around 5:30-6:00 to go out.¬† The last couple of nights it‚Äôs been more of what I expected.¬† He wants out every 2.5 ‚Äď 3 hours.¬† During the night he does great in the crate.¬† It‚Äôs rougher during the day for sure.¬† Patience is the key along with staying on the plan but wow, does this boy have a set of lungs! LOL.¬† He‚Äôs been doing so good for the most part.¬† When we go out to potty he does his thing then goes and sits in front of the door to let you know he‚Äôs done and ready to go back in.¬† We‚Äôve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs ‚Äúbathroom‚ÄĚ and he sniffs around then goes.¬† We have a separate yard that we‚Äôve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom.¬† He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I‚Äôm pretty sure he was stressed a bit.¬† We had a tough morning with my son.¬† Most days he wakes up great but occasionally he is a total bear.¬† Argues, is mean, etc.¬† Today was that day.¬† After everybody settled down so did Koda.¬† We all got puppy kisses and he fell asleep on the couch with his blanket and a stuffy. J¬† He‚Äôs asleep right now under my desk, between my feet.¬† He is so smart, cute and loveable!!!¬† Thank you so very much for helping bring him into our family!!!

May 4, 2017

Hartung's Koda_0993I got 6 hours of sleep last night!!!!!!!   I was feeling reeeaaalllyyy tired, to the point I was just running on auto pilot.  Koda and I fell asleep between 10 and 10:30, he was in his kennel which I moved closer to my side of the bed.  I woke up about 4:30, amazed that it was that late and wondering if I should wake him up.  He must have felt that I was awake, he gave a couple small scratches at the gate to let me know and off we went to the bathroom.  Of course he didn’t want to stay there when we came back in so we snuggled on the floor in front of the kennel. I know he fell back asleep and I must have because my wife’s alarm woke me up about 6:15.  He is such a good snuggler.

May 5, 2017

I wish I could say that sleep was my friend last night but Mr. Koda had other plans.¬†¬†He didn’t want to settle into his kennel at first.¬†¬†Finally around 11:00 or so he did.¬†¬†Woke up at 2:30 wanting out then really didn’t want to be in the kennel.¬†¬†Took about 30 minutes and me laying in front of it for him to sleep.¬†¬†Up at 5:30… no way was I going to fight that fight so snuggled him for 30 minutes until it was time for us to get up.¬†¬†I need coffee ūüôā
May 6, 2017
Koda threw a fit for a long time last night. Julie thinks it was almost 2 hours. My wife and the kids were sleeping upstairs and I was with Koda downstairs. After about 45 minutes I fell asleep. LOL!  I was tired and I have some good ear buds.  Tough love it is. Thanks again!!!
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May 8, 2017
Great night last night!!!  Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!

Breeder Comment

We have found the most important aspect of crate training is the human element. By that, we mean that if you feel sorry for the pup, they will play on that until they get the upper paw and you let them out. The slightest waver or questioning of your methodology is something the intuitive Weimaraner can work with–use to manipulate you. Oh, you might think it impossible for them to start that process at 8-weeks-old. Do not be deceived. The moment they come to you the dance begins. You wrap them in your arms, and they find a way into your heart. It is not all bad; however, winning the small battles is important. Good job Chris–one down and others to do.

Swimming Pups

The First Swim

I posted this video on Facebook yesterday. I never gave it much thought, but it deserves an explanation. There are six puppies; four are Longhairs. Of the six, five have the natural European-style tail–full length. This tail length is typical around the world for the Longhairs–and it is the Breed Standard. You may have noticed that the one Blue Ghost puppy has a full-length tail too. It was by request.

B-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-4.jpgThe traditional undocked puppy requires advance notice. We have a very specific protocol for this situation. I will forego the details here, other than to say we require a larger deposit for the obvious reasons. The number of inquiries regarding the undocked tail continues to increase each year.

Introducing Something New

The pups had never seen more than their water dish. Cliff set them in the water as gentle as possible. They all swam. The Weimaraner has webbed toes, and it should be noted that they are often excellent swimmers. When introducing them to water, it is important to be sure they don’t get spooked. Cliff uses lots of patience when he is working an older pup or an adult into the water. Obviously, you cannot carry them out into the water and then set them gently as Cliff did with the pups.

It is important not to spook them. The best technique is to engrain the love of the retrieve from and early age. This obsession with the retrieve works in your favor to get them into the water. A pond with sloping sides is ideal. First, get them retrieving along the water’s edge. Gradually you will ease them out where they must go beyond the bottom. This process could take a couple of days or weeks. With patience, any Weimaraner can learn to swim.

Here is Stackhouse

     ~ another Longhair

Keep In Mind

All Weimaraners have the potential to take to the water. It takes a bit of knack and patience. Our puppy imprinting does guarantee success–nor does it hurt the process. The retrieving and water-work sometimes get cast to the side during the flurry of early adjustment. There are so many things pulling at the process it is easy to forget a few. Socialization (a lot of touches in a safe way), exposure to noise, ingraining the love of the retrieve (not playing keep away) as well as engaging the pup with water are equally important. Balancing everything you are trying to accomplish–the basics we keep talking about and a lot more while doing it in the right manner is not a small task. It is important to spook them and create a fear of people, places, or situations. Some pups are more sensitive to stimuli, and others let it roll off their back. Approach the process with caution staying optimistic and upbeat. Small steps to success will get you results. Preconceived ideas should be shelved. See what you can become together.

Henry

At One YearFilger's Henry Special

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

Breeder Comment

Knowing when and how to add age-appropriate exercise is hard to define. Being a serious runner means you want to get the maximum benefit from the time you have together. Longer distances and frequent runs will eventually affect their body–just as it does with humans. The extreme athlete typically would benefit from a major medical insurance policy. A torn ACL or ligament can mean a sizeable Veterinary bill. One such injury often leads to another. No one wants to face such a situation. Nevertheless, this type of thing is a reality even if you have done everything right along the way. Insurance–another consideration when speaking of you and the Weimaraner.

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!

Rule of Thumb–about three miles should be fine from day one until about a year. From there on out, you have to kind of guess. No one can speak to your exact situation. Of course, the Weimaraner is capable of running more than a nine-minute mile. The biggest concern is the pounding of the pavement or whatever surface on which you run. It is the impact factor because the growth plates are at the end of the bones. Click Here to read a blog on this topic.

More From Kiley

17425926_10155017109079564_5112457838743378612_nPs. 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.

Litter Socialization

Interaction Counts

     ~ Human and with Littermates

Evie and River-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-13The raising puppies and litter socialization has seen a lot of ink. There are different philosophies. Some variances are due to a particular breed. Personal preference, and in some cases scientific evidence define the protocol. It was once commonplace to pick up a puppy at five or six weeks of age. We now this is not in a pups best interest.

B-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-4Important things are happening within the litter from day one; however, from day thirty-five to the departure (around eight weeks of age) the litter hierarchy and interaction is vital to development. These lessons impact the Weimaraner’s future. It doesn’t mean that raising the Weim pup will be easy; nevertheless, these lessons cannot be short-changed. They are the foundation for socialization and the maturing process. Litter interaction is not the end of the socialization process. The first three years of their life (and especially the first eighteen months) require a concerted effort. Regardless, what seems like play is invaluable.

Considerations

A breeder has to manage the socialization and at the same time balance it with risk. Parvo being tracking onto the property would be a tragedy. Shoes must be sanitized, and access has to be limited. A constant stream of visitors would not be a healthy situation. Nevertheless, it is important to take advantage of the perfect opportunity. We believe it is important to have a child touch or handle a pup somewhere along the way as well as to have both female and males in the loop. The pups gain a lot of the experience, and their senses pick up on the different types of handling as well as the scents. Evie and River-Sadie X Stackhouse 2017 Week Five Adventure-6

Ongoing Socialization 

Exposing the pups to various experiences is also important. Not every litter can have the same exact experience. Summer pups are not going to experience snow. They should experience water–we like to swim the pups when possible.

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Jan Magnuson’s SunStar All Breed Training Graduation

 

Once they join their forever family, the process continues. Some recommend one hundred touches in a hundred days. This process has to be carefully managed too. Limiting risk (exposure to the Parvo virus as well as other dangers–aggressive dogs and some scary humans) is vital. Knowing how to react when something goes awry is equally important. Pups need to learn to love to meet people and other dogs. Each experience should be a building block. They also need to acquire skills that make them good citizens. Socialization takes place whether you guide it in the right direction or not. We want the best possible outcome–this is going to require you being an excellent handler/leader and getting involved in a positive classroom setting.

Waylon

Off To A Good Start

17192077_10210819050745348_7420979322273107579_oIt’s hard not to brag how good he’s doing! ¬†Sleeping pretty much through the night ( sometimes needs out once). He’s a chewer but sticks to his toys. ¬†He loves attention but isn’t whining at all when he goes in the crate ( I’ve been doing random times for an hour or so when I’m home so he isn’t anxious when he does have to be left). He plays a few hours and sleeps a few hours. ¬†He goes into his crate and sleeps on his own. And also goes into the living room to sleep on his bed. Needy but not anxious to be apart.

He has the calmest yet playful personality!!
Hope all is well with you and Cliff ūüźĺūüźĺūüźĺ

~ Cristi (Bend, Or)

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Cristi, for thinking of us in the midst of raising the Weimaraner puppy. We are thrilled it is going well–stay the course, and let it unfold bit-bit-bit. You are doing perfectly. There will be ups as well as downs–these guys tend to test the boundaries as well as your authority as things move along. Your relationship is key to the success. Getting them to want to please you now will pay life-long dividends.

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Stormy “So, you want a kiss?”

Waylon’s lineage is pretty amazing. It includes maternal Grandma Deli, Grandpa Zee as well as the infamous Stormy and Dusty on the paternal side. Dusty is the only living grandparent, but all the aforementioned Weims had more than decent longevity. Hollee was a late in life offspring for Miss Deli–a single pup litter (after many attempts in the hope of getting her. Almost every OwyheeStar pup is related to one or more of these foundational Weimaraners.

We sincerely hope Waylon lives long and continues to thrive. Again, we sincerely thank you, for this update. We know others appreciate reading it too!

The Look

The Weimaraner Knows

           ~my eyes are on you!

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The Velcro-nature of the Weimaraner is no secret. Are you going somewhere? You best be taking me along or I am going to eat this place. “Woof!”

Separation Anxiety

         ~Its a Thing

Set an early goal to teach your Weimaraner how to stay alone. No one can say they will never have to be away from their beloved Weimaraner–the retired or those that work from home included. There is nothing harder than leaving the beloved new family addition. The dream and excitement of bringing your baby home all too often are what paves the way for well-meaning poor decisions. People align their whole schedule for the event–and so should they. Nevertheless, part of this needs to include finding a way to prepare them for when you are gone. Taking two weeks off from work to help the puppy adapt (and to feed your soul with puppy breath moments) is wonderful in theory. It can be a great experience; however, there is a question (or two) you need to ask yourself. Am I setting my new family member up to feel abandoned? Does my plan help them learn that they will be left alone but I am always going return? Is there another safe place and family that they will call their second home?

Preparing Them

Everyone’s lifestyle is different. It is more challenging to accomplish such a thing when you are home 24 X 7–the retired person, the person who works from home, or the stay at home parent. Through the Weimar pup’s eyes, they believe their initial two-week period to be their new lifestyle norm. You have replaced their litter. You are their everything. This feeling is both euphoric and at the same time presents unexpected challenges. Just balance the need to be everything to the new pup with the understanding you need to prepare them for anything. That is part of being an excellent Weimaraner parent. The unforeseen car accident, illness, or surgery means you need a plan. No one is immune. You Weimaraner needs to see the alternative living situation as something other than just being left behind. If not, things can go sideways just when you need stability–not something anyone wants to face.

 When we Create Extreme Dependency

All too often, the human element unwittingly sets the stage to create, even more, dependency. It happens when we employ our well-meaning doting type of behavior thinking. In our concerted effort to do what is best; we all too often create problems best avoided. The already prone to separation anxiety Weimaraner (when left behind) easily slips into a habitual acting out behaviors due to feeling abandoned. This goal of them feeling safe in your absence can only be achieved when they learn how to stay alone. There are several ways to reach this aim. Your plan needs to start early and be realistic for you and your lifestyle. Never forget freedom is earned–and each twist and turn is a new challenge that requires monitoring until the positive outcome is rock solid. Therefore, just leaving them in the yard can be a quick undoing of their previous excellent outdoor behavior. People typically find the crate training is vital to their success. Others employ the use of an alternative family or some other setting where the Weimaraner can learn to feel safe. You will return. The time to learn this skill is before it is needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Think Spring

Favorite Thing

We love making our trips to the sanctuary with the pups. It is so much fun to watch them play and interact. This is also our favored location to conduct the Discovery and Placement Test. bird-dixie-x-blue-week-d-p-2016_-5

The only access to this area on the farm is using snow shoes. We expect there will be a considerable amount of cleanup even though it a natural setting. The snow, and winter in general, most likely brought down branches and possibly a tree or two.

Virgil

Joins Skeeter Valentine 

          ~ At the Pool

 

January 23, 2017–Kaliece wrote¬†

          Hi! Wow, time flies.

heermans-virgilSo Virgil is doing great and I just can’t be more pleased with my Skeeter girl. She has accepted him so well and for the most part is really helpful in his training…except when she’s not haha. They are going to be best friends forever. So I have been doing loose leash training with Virgil and it is soooo beneficial to start from the get-go. He totally gets it, now the human needs to continue to follow through haha.Skeeter is really helpful in this area as she stays by me for the most part. So, super excited about this…

I booked Virgil’s swim assessment at Paw’s aquatic on February 2nd. I’m trying to make it so Skeeter can swim at the same time.

We captured this¬†you tube¬†video so we could let you know how it went. We’re excited to see him swim–thought he did great for his first time.¬†

Breeder Comment

It is great to hear from you and to see Virgil doing so well with training. We are glad you were able to have them swim in tandem. It is going to be great fun for all concerned. Thank you, for keeping us in the loop.