Category Archives: Crate Training
What’s For Dessert?
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.
- THE BARk —The Dangers of Rawhide Dog Chew Toys
- Web Md — http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/rawhide-good-or-bad-for-your-dog#1
- Natural Pawz — https://naturalpawz.com/blog/the-most-dangerous-pet-chew-ever-rawhide
- Dog Food Advisor Recall Notification <== Important Recall Notice!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
Off To A Good Start
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!
AKA June Bug
I just wanted to drop a quick note to update you on our little June Bug, she is doing great!
She is doing extremely well in her training, she is smart and biddable. As you know, we completed one Puppy Obedience class, and now I am bringing her with me to teach the group Obedience classes that I conduct- I use her for demonstrations, as I tell my students that I am in the same boat they are, with a five-month old puppy just learning the ropes! Everyone thinks she is adorable and as we wrap up the hour, I take questions and such as Juniper lies at my feet, then she begins to roll and kick and act silly and everyone cracks up! She is enjoying meeting all the other dogs in class, she is quite submissive and really enjoys the smaller dogs and the calmer puppies the most. I plan to enroll her in another Home Obedience class in about a month so she gets more training as well.
We are going to enter more UKC dog shows that are in October, she will be in the 6-9 month puppy class so I am grateful that the judges understand puppy behavior- it will be a challenge to get her to stand still and gait without getting distracted, but we will do our best and most importantly, we will have fun!
She is fully housetrained, we did not have even one single accident. Amazing.
Once we got her over her initial drama about being in her kennel crate, she now loves it. She has her blankie and her squeaky toy and I give her a chewie treat, it is her safe haven and she will run into it on her own and take a nap, even with the door still open.
She is quite the huntress like Willow, they stalk and catch little prey on my property here, such as voles, mice, moles and an occasional bird. They love to run the pastures while I work around my place, which is what we will do today as I have chores to do.
She is perfectly healthy, strong and bright and beautiful, I get compliments on her (and Willow of course) continually.
Willow and Juniper have very different personalities, which is fun- I enjoy watching them interact with each other and build their “sister” relationship. Juniper is much more of a challenge to raise, I am glad she is with me because I think a novice dog owner would have had a difficult time with her. Willow was a breeze to raise, Juniper takes more work but she is precious and we love her. I can tell that she will be a fabulous adult dog when she matures, she needs to be guided in the right direction and we will be successful.
Thanks again for my two wonderful girls, talk to you soon, Jan~
Where do I begin?
~We are Living In Idaho!
We’ve moved to Middleton, and we have been here for over a month. I am finally settling in.This pup (Cooper) is full of energy, I’ve stopped trying to compare anything to Ada (my former Weimar). He’s his own beast.
He took to the crate with no problems. and I can now leave him out during the day (doggy door to go out) while I’m at work and there’s nothing out of place minus the random stick or rock he brings in. I’m pretty amazed honestly.
I’ve been working 15/20 min a day (well try to) with a bird wing. and he is taking to it and the training pretty well. I tell myself he’s still just a pup and try not to expect too much at the moment. My dad got a pup that’s just a few weeks older, and it’s been fun watching them develop.
Thank you for this crazy weim. And I’ll try to give you some future updates without as much time passing.
We are happy to hear that Cooper has made a good adjustment despite all the change that occurred. This move may work to his favor in the future. The more adaptable Weimaraner is the better-balanced adult. Thank you for the time and effort to send us the update.
Photos at Six-Weeks
~Prior to Leaving OwyheeStar
Apollo is adjusting well. In fact, I would venture to say he has settled into our home and is now taking to trying to become the boss like any weim would. He is a very good puppy. He has a very active day each day and lots of good rest at night. He is very “birdie” around the quail and I am looking forward to working him in the field this fall. He is really taking to working the birds albeit slowly as he is a puppy. He gets sidetracked with fun sticks and other such things. He appears to be doing very well and I have had him to the vet and the vet says he is doing well.
We are already on our third collar he is growing so fast.
Thank you again for helping me to get a new puppy. I truly mean that thank you.
Hello Cliff and Shela,
I have been reading about the pups settling into their new homes and it is wonderful to hear that so many people love their Weims as much as I do. Piper is doing great here and is a very happy girl. She is in training classes which has made a world of difference in her behavior and my ability to communicate with her. I highly recommend it to anyone getting a pup. Puppies are a lot of work and Weim puppies are even more work than other breeds (most hunting dogs are).
While I love to hear how happy people are with their pups, I want to emphasize that the Weimaraner is not easy. I know that you warn potential Weim owners on your page that the Weim is not for everyone which is great- people need to know the reality of having a Weim. They are extremely smart, high energy, and require a LOT of patience. I was expecting this, but for anyone that has not experienced having a Weim SMART means difficult. The Weim will test you at every opportunity that they get, they lose interest very quickly, they are distracted easily (dog, person, leaf, fly, STICK! etc.), they find new fun ways to get around whatever is in their way of getting what they want or getting out of what they don’t want to do.
Weims absolutely definitely are prone to separation anxiety which seems like, “Awe, my dog loves me so much that she wants to be by my side all the time.” Nope. This means that if you ever want a moment to yourself or you don’t want your house to be destroyed while you are gone, then you better crate train. Even if you crate train they will still throw a fit when you leave, but stay strong it does get easier, so stick with it. Remember how smart I said the Weim is? Yeah, they will find crafty ways to get out of going in their crate too (sad face, hiding, you can’t catch me, I don’t care that there are treats in there etc.) and it is a different game every day.
Have I mentioned the high level of energy? Not just hyper energy, but stamina. This is a trait that I love about the Weim because it makes them excellent running partners. The Weim is go, go go, and when you think to yourself, “she must be tired, I really wore her out today” you would be wrong. After a 20 minute power nap, the Weim is ready to go again. You must be an active person to handle a Weim! Everything is a game to them and their favorite things are playing (especially with other dogs), running, exploring, chasing cats, digging, sticks, and their human. The best part is that even with all of this energy, they love to cuddle when it is time to relax.
Thank you Cliff and Shela for setting Piper up for success by initiating her crate training from the beginning. I love her so very much! We have a great time together and there is no other breed that I would prefer even when she’s difficult. She is perfect :0)
Yes, Piper’s tail is undocked. This failure to crop the tail short was a deliberate choice by Piper’s mother. If you have never seen the undocked tail–here you go.
Is Doing Great!
We are doing great, getting acquainted with our Duke and he is getting used to his new home and us.
He was very good for the ride home; I sat with him in the back and he slept the whole way home.
We brought him home and went to our yard first for him to potty and he did. We haven’t had an accident in the house (yay!). He lets us know by sitting at the door when he’s ready to go out. He likes his crate and we have slowly been getting him used to that being his special spot. He whined for about 15 minutes the first night and then slept for about an hour. We took him out and put him in for a couple more hours (About 15 minutes of whimpering and howling. Then the next time we took him out to potty, we slept with him on the couch. We are trying to prolong his time in the crate each day as he gets more comfortable to his environment.
He slept for a couple hours earlier today in his crate, shut during the afternoon while we were close by and he did a little whimper and then didn’t fuss. It was very good. We are going to see how tonight goes for a longer period in the crate.
We are learning he likes to chew and get his energy out, so those pig ears and small toy with his family’s scent on it have been big hits for him, as well as a big stuffed dinosaur which is comical to watch and these tall grass reeds in our yard.
We still have to work on his retrieve.
He is a big lovebug and definitely likes to be close to us. 🙂
Thanks for all your help and tips. I will keep you posted and feel free to check in as well.
The Amazing Snuggle Monster
He’s been amazing thus far – has slept through the night since day 1, in his crate.
Since the day we brought Benson home he has been a total snuggle monster. His favorite place is to be right between my wife and me on the couch. Most of the time he is laying on his back with both of us petting him, or he’s sitting upright like a person watching TV with us. When I’m working at home, he likes to sit next to me with his head on my lap, or when we’re eating dinner he sits right under the table between both of our feet. Even at 10 weeks, he is very, very loyal and loving to both of us and we love him even more than we thought possible!!
Benson is off to a great start. He is this couple’s first Longhair Weimaraner, but not their first Weim. They are doing fabulous together. Benson had to slide into some big paw prints left by the former Weimaraner.
When a loss occurs, who can find the words? There are none that adequately describe the hole-in-the-heart experience of losing the Weimaraner. Some folks try to get another Weimaraner that is as similar as possible. A few opt to make a change in coat color, coat length or choose the opposite sex. No one can speak to what is right for another person. Nonetheless, having experienced this type of loss, we can agree it is heartrending. Thank you, Benson, for being awesome.
We have officially had Henry for a month now. He is busy for sure, but the things I worried about initially are becoming less of an issue every single day. Henry has improved by leaps and bounds as far as crating. He is still doing great at night, but during the day he has also improved. It seems like in just this last week he has begun to settle down very easy in his crate, and doesn’t even bark when we arrive back home after leaving him for some time. I think he is starting to understand that we really always will come back for him!!While Henry absolutely loves his people time, he will go out in the back yard and be entertained with finding sticks for long periods of time alone. Although today her snuck under a fence and gave us a brief panic, he was patiently waiting at the front door for us to let him in. So no alone time until he is grown up enough to not fit under that fence. Stinker!!!He had his second vet trip, he weighs 20 pounds and the vet increased his food from two cups per day, to two and a half cups per day.Our biggest issue at the moment is his shark teeth nipping. It is worse for the kids because they are low to the ground and like to talk to him in high pitched voices that get him excited. They are starting to figure it out. Lol.We still need to start puppy training, but his abilities at the point is sit, lay down, shake, wait (video included), he is still very good at loose leash walking, heeling, come is a challenge sometimes if he is distracted, so he half has that down.I think he is doing amazing and for the most part is laid back. He gets excited initially with new company, but settles down quickly, especially when we have him on his leash.Kiley (July 7, 2016)
The Beginning ( June 5, 2016)
Last night, we left Henry in the kennel. Took him potty every couple of hours. He did awful, lol. We know it will just take time. 😜. I just took him out and fed him, walked him a bit, hoping he will lay on the couch with me and sleep for a while. You’d think after all his crying he would be exhausted. Lol.We both know that crate training is the best. We don’t want him in our bed, but I was tempted last night.
Five Days Later
Well, it’s been almost a week with Henry and I’d like to think we are starting to get the hang of this puppy thing. Henry is doing amazing. He enjoys his crate at night, and have even started walking right in when he goes upstairs to bed, he naps in it in Kevin’s office.The issue for Henry is when he is in his crate, and he cannot see us, or hear us. I have read twenty different things about how to crate train, to the point I just feel way more confused about it. We need to be able to leave him. I feel like if we leave him in his crate and we leave the house that we are creating more separation anxiety for him, at this point he does not settle in when we walk away for a few minutes, let alone leave the house, (which Kevin did for 10 minutes). We put him in the crate while we are busy with other things, he can see us moving around, cooking, cleaning, etc, but he doesn’t seem to settle until we are close to him. Perhaps this is normal puppy behavior and I am over thinking it, and I should just ignore him, out of all the things you write about, separation anxiety gives me anxiety, lol. I want to help Henry adjust, but obviously, we do not want to scar him.Other than that he is doing great. We take him outside a lot, he has only had one small pee accident on the wood floors, Kevin caught him and took him out right away. He has even started to tap him jingle bells on the door when we are getting ready to exit. He truly seems like such an intelligent animal.Lastly, I just have to say how completely in love I am with this dog. Everything about him exceeds my expectations of what I thought he would be. He is gorgeous, seriously, that coat and those eyes!!!! Oh Henry!!!