Category Archives: Nosework

Lucy and Toby

From Liberty Lake, Washington

Crane's Toby Fall 2017
Toby is sure a great dog. Full of love and cuddles and super soft. He’s got a great nose and is getting more and more adventurous!
Crane's Lucy Fall 2017
The adventures of Lucy Goose she was happy to get out and get those legs moving today. She treed a porcupine and I didn’t think to take one, only to get her away from it.
It’s sure amazing what healthy dogs can do for your health! ~ Jeff

Breeder Comment

We appreciate your continued loyalty. Our relationship spans more years and Weims than we ever imagined.

Trigger

My Versatile Hunting Weim

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I just wanted to take a minute and tell you a little bit about my weim. He has been a ball of joy since day one! He is my best friend, and we literally do everything together. And he gets so bummed if he doesn’t get to go with me when I leave, for something like school or work.
23231453_10156136166669411_7213260034136713095_nFrom a little puppy, I worked with him to become the amazing hunting buddy he is today. I’ve trained a couple of dogs before, and none of them were so coachable as him. He’s not perfect, but we are still in some of the training. By next summer he should be on point!!! He has an amazing nose, and I’m amazed by what he’ll find.
He is always happy and loves to go for rides in the truck, bed or in the cab with the windows down. And he starts whining like crazy when we’re getting close to our hunting spots outta excitement.you can tell hunting is in his blood, he’s all smiles and joy when out in the blind, he watches all the birds flying and starts to wag his tail like crazy when they start coming in.
He does an amazing job at retrieving and pointing on birds, he does great in water and loves to be outdoors. He loves hunting!! 4:30 in the morning he’s up and pumped to go hunting and has plenty of energy to hunt all day but when we get home, and its time for bed, he jumps on my bed and turns into a snuggleball and take up most of my bed but I love it.
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He has been the best hunting dog, truck passenger, Saturday explorer and most importantly, my best friend. And I’d like to thank you so much for everything you’ve done over at Owyhee Star. You’re my number one choice when getting a dog and always be!! Everyone asks where I got such a beautiful dog and Owyhee Star’s the answer!! Thank you again so much!!

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to learn that Trigger is a great Versatile Hunting Dog. Thank you, for the endorsement. It means the world to us. Most of our business comes from repeats or referrals.
Dear Readers, can we ask you a favor. This young man has an incredible business. If you know a serious Waterfowl Hunter, here is a great idea for Christmas. Order a custom duck or goose call from Hunter’s business — Northern Custom Calls.

Nosework

Hello from the snowy Rockies!!

 

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Shiny had his first nosework competition last weekend, and was Amazing!!!
He placed 1st in exterior search, 2nd in interiors, and qualified in both vehicles and container searches to earn his NW1 title; placing 5th overall out of about 50 dogs!!
  • Placing at a competition is based on time. For example, Shiny went into the exterior search area and alerted that he found the odor in 10 seconds. (We were allowed 3 minutes to search.) He alerted the interior search in 14 seconds. Very fast!!

 

  • Nosework is based on 3 odors (birch, anise & clove). At the first level, the dogs only need to know birch. Luey & Shiny have already passed the tests for all 3 odors and are ready to sail through the competition levels!!
Luey has qualified to compete as well (there’s an “Odor Recognition Test” to pass before competition). The noses on these dogs are downright incredible!!! And we are all having so much fun with the sport!!

 

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We have done some Shed Hunting Too!

 

Haegar's Shiny_2321My boyfriend, Mark, has started Shiny on sheds & he found his first shed a couple months ago. It was an old one too! Once the dog has some basics on odor recognition, I think it would be really easy to introduce additional odors….hmmm, I wonder if we have truffles around here….

 

Breeder Comment

 

Congratulations on this huge achievement. We look forward to hearing more about their nosework.

Griffey

At One Week
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Griffey is doing absolutely fantastic and fitting into our family perfectly.

Commands: He is very good with the “sit”, “fetch”, and the “here” commands. We were pleasantly surprised with how easy these were to him. A couple 10-15 minutes sessions the first week did the trick. We are still working on “drop it” and “stay” but I am sure he will get it as we are more consistent with him. He loves his bird toys and tennis ball.

Eating: He eats like a champ. We make him sit before we allow him to his bowl and he is now used to that and eating in one sitting (generally 2-5 minutes).
Potty training: He is a dream when it comes to potty training. Because I work from home I am able to keep him consistent and he has only had 3 accidents in the house (all of them being my fault). We never punish him for this as it’s not his fault at all. When we do take him out he immediately eliminates. I generally kennel him a few hours a day while working and we always use the backyard afterwards.
His brother Nordy (the cat): They still are warming up to each other but Nordy has made huge progress. Nordy will lay in the middle of the living room while we love on Griffey. He sits up on top of the couch and watches Griffey. Nordy is patient with Griffey when he paws at and nips at Nordy. I am optimistic they will be great friends very soon.
Crate training: The first few nights were rough, but that is to be expected. The last couple nights have been great where he sleeps from 9:30ish – 5:00 or 6:00 when we normally get up. We have slowly moved his crate back to the far corner of our room (where he will remain).
Leash: He is getting more comfortable on the leash. We leave his lead on a couple times a day to get him use to the tension and we walk him around the house and yard when he eliminates so he is used to that as well.
 
Quirks: A couple of the funnier things that he does are…
  • He loves to put bark in his mouth (our backyard has bark in it), which we obviously disallow and don’t want him swallowing.
  • When he sleeps hard he rolls over on his back with all four paws extended out and sometimes snores which we think is adorable.
  • He likes to play hide and seek under the bed (which we tried to keep him from but the cat goes under there and I think he wants to play).
Griffey truly has stolen our hearts and we cannot wait to give more time and love to him to make him the best dog we can. Thank you very much for breeding amazing family members and all the hard work that goes into delivering amazing dogs to your clients.

                                                                        Alex & Morgan

P.S. I will be going down to Roseburg next week for work and plan on bringing a couple of my sheds home so he can start smelling and touching them in hopes we can get him out (after shots) to find more for us.

Breeder Comment

We couldn’t be more thrilled to hear of your quick success. Getting off to the right start is vital. Thanks for the additional follow up. Everyone will love to ready about your Griffey.

Weim Crimes

Is A Thing

haffeys-goldee-prima-donnaThe Modeling Mogul Prima Donna (Goldee) has her moments. She loves the camera for the most part. Unless it were to interrupt a search for vermin that might gross out some who adore her. She has been known to nab a mouse or gopher. Recently, the turkey leg search was captured on video. Seriously, poultry is dangerous once it is cooked. They can eat the entire live bird with no ill effect. Cooked bones are another matter. Thank goodness this was more a search than a find.

 

We are honestly not sure what this says about the humans who love their Weimaraner. haffeys-goldee

Best Dog Ever

Tango Gets It Done!

I thought that I would send you a note.  Tango is just the best dog we could have ever hoped for.  Great family dog, great with kids, our cats, other dogs…. tango-boys

I have not spent as much time training him for hunting as I had hoped.  We were just out last weekend for the guys “Cast & Blast” weekend hunting Chucker and Bass fishing down on the Snake River.  This weekend is challenging for him.  We hunt with other people, multiple people shooting, multiple birds down….Plus it is on the steep rocky slopes of the Snake River Canyon.  Two long days hunting, and he was the only dog with us….  We got about 40 birds for the weekend, ~30 Tango found and retrieved, probably 15 would not have been found without him…  He has gotten better every year. 🙂  (He doesn’t understand why we fish when there are more birds to get.)  Here is a picture of the boys with Tango and some of the birds…  He is a little camera shy. 🙂  (Really he doesn’t want to stand near the birds that are put on the ground, he isn’t allowed to pick them up a second time.)  I do follow your website from time to time, and always love to hear your advice and comments.  Sorry for not keeping in touch more often.

Thanks again for all you do.

Best regards,

Andy & Tango

Houston, we have a problem

Not A Party Problem

The Weimie party was fabulous as always. We had a wonderful time and we got to meet Francie and Maddie. That little Francee is adorable.

haffeys-goldee-prima-donnaGoldee was in rockstar-form when we arrived. Poised and beautiful.

Halo Issue

However, I’m afraid Goldee’s halo has fallen and is now severely tarnished.

Haffey's Goldee Gopher.jpegYes, the little girlfriend dug a 10 ft trail chasing a gopher down.

Holly was somewhere on the other side of mortified and terrified. It probably didn’t help that many of the weim moms stood there holding our sides from laughter and in between the howls of laughter I was taking photos the whole time.

That is quite the little huntress you built.

Buck’s mom Beth was the hero as she tried to pry the little bugger out of Goldee’s mouth. Apparently “drop it” only applies to tennis balls and not true treasures like gophers.

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George

My Newest Hunting Partner

          ~ Developing Field Skills

Hi guys, I just wanted to check in and give an update on George from Stackhouse and Mesquite. He’s doing great, he’s a sweet well-behaved dog. He’s growing fast. This past few days I took him out on his first hunts, for sooty and dusky grouse. Day one he followed the older dog studiously and by the day he located my last downed bird (didn’t retrieve it yet, just found t and growled at it, but a good start).  By the second day, he was pointing tweety birds and to my amazement located this enormous dusky in his own in a beautiful, low, Weimaraner point. He held steady until the beagle came in and flushed it, and the beagle took it out of the air and I didn’t even need to shoot. Needless to say, I’m proud of my dogs. ~ Richard

Breeder Comment

 

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George’s Early Beginning

We make no apology for the reference to hunting. The Weimaraner is a Versatile Hunting Dog–used to assist with the upland game, waterfowl, and small game. To some, this is unthinkable. Nevertheless, we best not forget that this is first and foremost a hunting dog. Secondly, these folks are not hunting for the joy of the kill–our hunters eat their take. Responsible hunters and fishermen are those that consider the environment. This harvesting in moderation is a long tradition that benefits all –many folks away from this lifestyle do not understand it. That being said, we live in America and freedom has come at a high cost. Live and let live is our way. Your pet city Weimaraner may retrieve a small critter one day. They will believe they have brought you a great treasure.

 

Toes and Nose

Happy Independence Weekend

Haffey's Maverick

 

Be Like Maverick

Navigate the day with grace, skill, and style. Keep your nose in the game and stay on the tips of your toes. Have a beautiful Sunday!

Beginnings

George is Adjusting

June 11, 2016

Everything is going well.

George seems totally housebroken, the older dog is starting to tolerate him a little more and he’s adjusting happily to the house. He’s eating 3-5 cups a day ravenously and I can see him getting bigger by the day.

The Desire to Please

Looking forward to a couple weeks when he had enough stamina for some outings besides short walks. He’s also showing intense interest in leftover quail and ring-neck deaths I had in the freezer. He’s a sweet mellow dog and you were right- he shows real interest in trying to understand what I want him to do. I think he’s probably smart anyway but this motivation is really what’s making him so easy to train so far.

Breeder Comments

Cliff and I are happy to hear that George is adjusting and settling into your family–as well as the household routine. It is good that you have some birds to use between now and hunting season. He has an excellent nose and keeping the interest forefront is a good idea.

Gulping of Food

Gobble StopperWe believe it is in the best interest of the Weimaraner to encourage them to eat slower. Gulping their food can soon be a habit, and many believe this can lead to an episode of bloat.
Fun Feeder

The puppy stage is the time to implement measures that thwart gulping food. Many people have found the special bowls that require a pup to eat slower beneficial. Check out the bowl choices–click here! There are several styles (these are often called the slo-bowl), and people have written to us about having success using several variations. We feel it is worth checking out and considering.