Category Archives: Getting started with a Weim
Off to A Good Start
We love our Berkley. You chose well!!
Here’s an update on CRATE TRAINING:
She was totally content in her crate for the 4-hour ride home from Oregon. We stopped once and she went potty. Her first night home, she was not happy at all to be away from her litter mates and her mama. We put her crate in our room so she could see us, but she still howled and whined much of the night. Yesterday we put her in her crate several times, for 20-45 minutes each time, during the day while we ate our meals and ran an errand. She was a little vocal about it each time but got better as the day progressed. We hosted a lunch event and a dinner event, and she did splendid meeting and greeting all the shoe-less guests (parvo precautionary rule). She was the absolute center of attention for a good chunk of the day. When it was time for bed last night we put her in her crate and she went right to sleep. Not one howl or yelp! She stirred at 2 am and gave me a little whimper. I took her outside and she went potty right away. She went back to sleep in her crate until almost 6 am, which is my wake-up time anyway! We were so thrilled and gave her lots of praise for doing such a good job.
An update on POTTY TRAINING:
We used the bell method with our first Weim, and it worked like a champ. So we knew this was the way to go the second time around. Every time we take her outside to go potty (after she eats, wakes up, just before bed or crate time, or every 30 minutes or so), we take her little paws and ring that bell and say “outside”. Yesterday she rang the bell all on her own. We took her out and she went potty right away. Then again today, she rang the bell on her own, and the same thing happened!!! She is catching on so fast. We haven’t had to clean up after any accidents. I am shocked.
An update on TRAINING AND LIFE IN GENERAL:
She is retrieving like a champ to our hand….stuffed toys, mostly. She isn’t into the balls yet for some reason. She is coming on command and just starting to get “sit”. I started working with her on heeling as well, but that’s a little trickier. She is starting to get it, but barely. Berkley went with us to take big sister to school for her first day of school today. And then she snuggled on the couch with us and listened in as I read a Sofia the First story to our youngest. She’s one fun pup. I attached a few pictures.
Thanks so much, Amanda
It was very sweet of you to update us on Berkley. We appreciate the follow through you are doing too! It is paying off. Yes, we try to set the pups up for success, but it takes more than a little knack to step quickly toward success.
The potty training is excellent. I love that you used the bell system. Around here that would not work, but in a traditional family setting it can get you off to a good start fast. Be sure to get a fecal exam. Giardia and coccidia are common one-celled parasites that can quickly multiply and reek havoc on the pup’s intestine. Treatment isn’t a big deal if you catch it early. Pups prefer puddle water, and they also lick their feet all the time. These are great ways to ingest something that can take off like a wildfire.
For those that have never collected a sample–you invert a baggie (Mark your name on this baggie first to ensure it is labeled). Grab a portion of a suspicious looking sample and invert and seal the baggie. Label a second baggie with your name, the pup’s name as well as the date and time the sample was collected. Keep this sample cool (not frozen). Freshness is important; therefore, get the collected sample to the Vet office ASAP. Collect it just before you leave when possible.
This one thing can save you a lot of trouble. Stress diarrhea is a thing. We might fear the worst, and it could be stress. Canned or steamed pumpkin is great for correcting a loose stool. It is not a bad idea to give your pup a couple of tablespoons twice a day and even some berry yogurt–the kind with live cultures. These are very good for their digestion, and the yogurt helps ward off yeast infections too.
At 16 Weeks
Elio 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! 🙂
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® 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.
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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.
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.
One Family’s Journey
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’s been more of what I expected. He wants out every 2.5 – 3 hours. During the night he does great in the crate. It’s 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’s 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’s done and ready to go back in. We’ve been setting him down then standing off to the side of the dogs “bathroom” and he sniffs around then goes. We have a separate yard that we’ve rocked for the dogs to use as a bathroom. He did have a couple of accidents this morning but I’m 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’s 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
I 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, 2017I 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 🙂May 6, 2017Koda 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!!!May 8, 2017Great night last night!!! Slept from 10:30 to 6:25 this morning!!!
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.
The 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.
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!
Rylee is growing so fast it is unbelievable. She is so much fun and is getting busier by the day with her endless energy. We just love her being a part of our family!!
It was a Great Family Outing
The photos are from Rylee’s first vacation with us. We didn’t take her out for walks for the first 8 weeks to ensure she was safe from the Parvo concerns. We limited most of her activity to the backyard and immediate front yard. When we got her in the car for our trip she just fell asleep like a little baby for the 5-hour car ride. When she got to the beach it was fun to get her some running room, digging areas, exposure to some water, bird chasing and just other people/activity. She seemed like a well-trained show dog at times but then we all just laugh since we know her energy spurts are just around the corner.
We thank you for taking the best possible care to raise Rylee in a safe environment. We appreciate you, and your daughter, for flying into Boise and carrying her home on the plane too! We were happy to meet you at the airport. As you have discovered, the adjustment period is important.
The experience got you off to a great start. It was also a very memorable moment for you and your daughter (as well as for us). We hope things continue to go well, and we look forward to hearing from you in the years to come.
This would be a good time to mention that Rylee’s Mama is a Silver Gray Longhair. All of her pups were tradition smooth coats. This is because the sire of the litter (Blue) didn’t carry the Longhair DNA Marker (aka the fluffy coat marker). Had he of carried the marker 50% or more could have been affected –been Longhairs. For some folks, this is a troubling issue. Others understand the depth of the gene pool this brings as well as some other varied benefits. The photo below is of the younger Dixie–at about one year old.
The Sentiment Taken to Heart
Shela, it is ____(fill in the blank). It has been so long since I updated you as to this beautiful and fantastic dog (your pet’s name here). He was born ____. You bred him perfectly.
I wanted to thank you, and impress upon you and Cliff to please keep us in mind down the road. Your genuine care and expertise certainly blessed us with an incredible dog.
The above excerpt extracted from a recent note is commonplace to our email. In a future blog, we will be using the expanded note for a blog. Nonetheless, we wanted to make use of the sentiment for today’s blog. We get a lot of emails that say something similar. We even get inquiries from people we have never met that ask us to keep them in mind. (Whew) Even though the comments warm our heart, we cannot keep track of all the people that write to us hoping we will just think of them.
We could easily have several hundred persons on the Wait List at any one time. The reason we do not is the change we implemented about 15 years ago. We require a small (non-refundable) deposit to get on our Wait List. Before then, we often ran with a hundred plus names on the list and worked our way through the list each time pups arrived. Many on the list never replied. Others never spoke to us again once we asked for a deposit. This deposit requirement changed things for us. It meant we could spend our time on what is most important–the puppies and those who are committed to getting a pup from us. We also have a small personal life. (Haha).
A lot of folks make a comment about us asking them to complete the application. The application is how we gather all the information to determine if we are the right breeder and if we would be interested in placing a pup with you. It also is a systematic way to gather the much-needed information for our process–your contact information, who lives in your home, and what expectations you have for your relationship to the Weimaraner. At the same time, we spend a considerable amount of time and effort sharing pointers and tidbits of information that help ensure the puppy placement’s success.
A goodly portion of our Wait List comes from referrals as well as repeat business. Even then, a fresh application is of vital importance. We still require a small deposit to get on the Wait List as well as the puppy deposit. To the OwyheeStar savvy person, this seems reasonable and is to be expected. For those who has never experienced this type of process, it might seem a bit crazy. Regardless, it works.
We cannot thank our puppy families enough for their trust and loyalty. If you are new to the process, it is important to understand that this works the same for everyone. Secondly, it is not only in the best interest of the puppy but you.
With Our Gunner
~he is a Blue Longhair Weimaraner
Hello from Eugene OR.
We are just beyond in love with our pup Gunner. At almost 6 months I’m 61 pounds and very healthy! we are completely potty trained, (with only 1 accident since we brought him home), crate trained, and we start our hunting season this week. The vet says I am one of the best puppies they have ever seen –and they think I’m Stunning too!
What is He?
I also ride in shopping carts! I love going to Cabellas, Coastal Farm and Home Depot. EVERYONE stops to pet me and ask what I am. This summer I traveled everywhere with my family I LOVE TO GO IN THE CAR! Here are some photos from my summer! PS if anyone is ever looking for a pet-friendly vacation Sunriver and Bend Oregon are the BEST!
Things I love
– car rides
-babies and kids
-going to baseball games
– my favorite human snack is carrots
He is getting his feathers on his tail now pictures don’t do justice they are truly BEAUTIFUL dogs! Long hairs are the way to go!
Wow—we cannot ask for anything more. Thanks for loving Gunner so much and for sharing your lives with him. What a happy boy he is too!
There is no way to understand the Longhair without having the experience. You sharing your experience goes a long way towards helping others see them for what they are–a Weimaraner. The luxurious coat is beyond soft. The imagined hair issue is not as imagined. People who are drawn to the Weimaraner’s eyelash length hair (because they are tired of dog hair) typically will not even consider one of these fantastic creatures. The preconceived idea that there is hair on the furniture, your clothing, and in the car is not true. All dogs shed. Nevertheless, with a once a month grooming there is little to complain about. We recommend using the furminator to strip out the loose hair and honestly we even like using one on our smooth coats.
Currently, we have a few Gray Longhair pups available, and they are equally lovely. Many Weimlovers believe the Longhairs to be easier to manage–citing they are calmer than some of the pocket-rocket types. For sure–they have plenty of energy, but it does seem they are more willing to snuggle up and relax with you.
The puppy to the right is a Longhair Silver Gray Female. She is a previous puppy that joined her family this summer. As you can see, the coat color is not the primary concern. They all are lovely–many people prefer the gray or silver gray coat. I wonder if we would call these the Fluffy Gray Ghost? Or, a Fluffy Blue Ghost.