Category Archives: Socialization
~Part Two– Off to a Grand Beginning
Now that Loki’s had a solid start on the basics (potty and crate training), we’re adding some simple commands. He’s beginning to learn the house rules that my roommate’s dog is expected to follow—sitting and waiting before charging out the door, not jumping up on furniture and being respectful at mealtimes. For the last few days Loki has had to work for his food—he is now responding to “sit,” “down”, “wait”, and “ok!”. When he’s doing well I add something new, and if he’s having a more difficult time I go back and do something easy. I’ve noticed that he’s been more positive and respectful since I began this new meal routine. It also slows down his eating! More importantly, he is learning to settle and look to me– we began with that before I added any verbal commands.
Loki doesn’t know it yet, but there are some big plans for him. Right now he’s focused on being a puppy, but I’m learning and preparing for training a search and rescue canine. Loki’s formal training will begin once he’s passed the CGC test. For now, we are working on socialization and doing as many new things as possible (that are safe for him at this age, of course). He voluntarily walked for most of a two-hour hike in the snow, had a blast playing with his toy and riding an elevator up and down, and observed the other dogs during an HRD (Human Remains Detection) training. His best-behaved days are the ones where we’ve done something new and exciting, so I’m doing my best to keep him busy!
Breeder Comment—Watch for Part Three. Coming Soon!
~Veterinary Visit News
(November 14, 2017) — I weighed Cypress at the vet today, she weighs 31 pounds!!! OhMyGoodness!!! And there is not a speck of fat on her…
(December 1, 2017) — Cypress had her sixteen-week titer and it came back fabulous so she won’t need another DAP right now. We did her rabies vaccine, so she is set for a while. I plan to do the two-vaccine Lepto in a bit, as we do have Lepto in this area, it is not a combo vaccine (I did that with Willow too). Cypress is very healthy, no signs of parasites and she is gaining weight. Her condition and coat are beautiful. She is very clumsy, she is like a foal or a fawn, she trips over her own feet and legs sometimes! She is around 35 pounds now at four months.
~At Class With Jan
I took her to obedience class this week, she is just learning her basics and I was able to use her for demos. I am happy now that Cypress’s immunity is in full swing, she can meet more (safe) dogs. She is kinda shy and reserved at first with people and new situations, she is more that way than Willow was, but she is coming around. With that type of temperament comes the very positive aspects where she stays close to me and doesn’t wander off, checks for my approval constantly, and is VERY bonded with me. She is VERY biddable.
~Cypress and Willow (with Daisy)
Cypress and Willow and Daisy adore each other, they all play and play, and they all have similar gentle play styles. I chuckle that at first Daisy was unimpressed with a new puppy in our family, but within a very short time, they became fast friends! Willow is the best big sister ever, she is so gentle and patient with Cypress, I am so happy. I always make sure to give each dog their separate, special time with me, while I leave the other two outside or whatever- I feel that is one of the reasons I have always had multiple dogs that get along.
Talk to you soon, Hugs, Jan
PS: I am always happy to be a reference as you know!
SUNSTAR All-Breed Dog TrainingP.O. Box 98072, Des Moines, WA 98198 (206) 241-2908-Home of “Willow”- UKC Best-In-Show and High-In-TrialChampion Sunstar Willow of OwyheeStar, CGC, TKN, URO1, UAG1, TDI
I love her so much ❤️ Jan
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The Bonding Process
~ Nancy Reports
The Bonding Process
Bill is working very hard to help his bond with Tikka. He gets up very early (twice a week he’s up at 2:30 AM). Now he has added Tikka to his morning routine; he gets her up with him (which isn’t too hard since she sleeps in bed with him!). He feeds her, plays with her then before he leaves he brings her back to bed & tucks her in beside me (and Luna :).
When he gets home after working 10 to 14 hours he spends more time with her. Puppies are exhausting and require quite a bit more energy than older well-trained dogs do, but he’s determined. I do coach him and remind him to do things sometimes, but she does seem drawn to him. If she comes up with a stray sock it’s always his, she also enjoys getting into his work bag and dragging out his work items, not to chew on just to carry around.
Tikka likes the grandkids and other critters too!
When You Drop the Ball
~ or change doesn’t work well
Also (along the bonding line) last week Bill broke his routine with Tikka and it messed her up! He put her back to bed right after going potty, instead of letting her stay up to do whatever they do when they get up in the wee hours of the morning. She tried & tried to get comfortable (she usually goes right to sleep). Luna ended up moving to the end of the bed. Teek was being entirely too squirmy! All of the sudden she heard the coffee grinder and sat straight up. I said, “do you want to go see dad?” She was off the bed and at the door, before I could blink an eye, when I opened the door she was full speed to see dad! 😊
Tikka is very fortunate to slide into your family without a hitch. Luna has adapted about as well as anyone could ask. We realize that a lot of this occurred due to the human element.
Typically a Weimaraner gravitates to one of two persons in the family and picks them. They might have a very different relationship with each family member. We have known of a Weim that would only play ball with the son, would just hunt with the father, and only snuggled in bed with Mama. Not every family structure works out like that, but it does make you laugh. Bonding with the Weimaraner implies more than being friends. In this case, you would be their human of choice. Not that Tikka doesn’t love Nancy and she is glad to be with her when Bill is gone, but when he comes home it is a different story. Why? It is because he made it fun. Not only that, he was able to get her to want to please him. We are delighted to hear about his investment in the relationship. The story speaks for itself. Bill put a lot of work into the relationship. I guess all relationships require such an investment to thrive.
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Cypress, Willow‘s new Weimar sister, is learning the ropes from her big sister. Jan expects that she will follow in the very large paw-prints Willow has left in the sand. There big plans in store for little Miss Cypress with the long ears and big toes. She is already busy winning friends and influences others.
First Vet Visit
I just wanted to let you know that Cypress had her vet appointment today, Dr. Onorati loves her temperament and health! She is 100% healthy, negative stool sample, had her DAPPv and got treats and hugs from vet staff.
I also took her to DMPD for a quick visit, of course, everyone adored her! It was an exhausting day for the newest superstar.
We are happy that you two are off to a great start. Getting in the 100 hundred touches in a hundred days–all in low-risk locations. We know how important it is to avoid the places that people unknowingly frequent with their infected pups–leaving behind the dreaded Parvovirus. At the same time, we need to continue the socialization process. Where Cypress is going to be working with the public, it is even more vital. We are sure she is going to take to all the attention.
Happy To Be Dropped At Daycare
Lily’s Mom Writes…
Thank you so much to our awesome daycamp for the pic! I can’t believe how much @lily_the_weim loves day camp. Makes me so happy that even if I just have to run some errands, I can drop her off and she is so happy to play. She just loves it there. (Photocredit @petshotel2242 ) that face. 💚💚. I am such a sucker for that face.
When Lily’s Home
~ I am a Watchdog and a Gamer
Ping Pong Anyone?
Lily now wants to play ping pong every time anyone from our family does. It all leads to lots and lots of laughter from all. It has been super hot here lately and these little things keep her busy while also out of the heat.
Thank you, Lily, for being you! The fun, as well as healing you bring everywhere you go, is inspirational. Girl–you are a much-loved fur family member. You are the first Weim we ever heard of that plays ping pong too! I think you are full of life and it oozes on everyone around you. Cliff and I love it!
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Mesquite Finds A Home!
It is with a sweet-sad note we mention that Mesquite has found a Golden Year Placement of the best kind. Early in our experience, we wrestled with the idea of placing one of our beloved Weims with another family. It wasn’t long until we discovered this was a win-win situation. Doing what is best for them and their future is the right thing.
This decision may offend some of you. Nonetheless, we have a different situation. Females only produce for 2-3 years; sometimes they produce a fourth litter. Regardless, they deserve all the best for the remainder of their life. Some are more adaptable to the change than others. We believe Mesquite will make a good transition.
~ for Welcoming our OwyheeStar Weims
We decided to take her to town for an outing. The two places we frequent with a Weim tag-along are Home Depot and D & B Supply. Other local businesses welcome pets as well; however, in our experience, both of these have worked well.
The first aisle we traversed could have been tempting. There were boxes of treats and pigs ears at Mesquite’s eye (and nose) level. She was a little unsure of where we were taking her. She had never been in a store setting. She has been with people and out and about in the past; however, it had been some time since she left the farm. She was quite excited about the trip around town–the people and cars didn’t faze her in the least. She kept a watchful eye but never barked. She did kiss me every once in awhile–a wet sloppy one too!
Most people ignored her but one of the employees asked to greet her, and of course, we said yes. She was well mannered. As we approached home, she took notice of the approaching homestead. It seemed to please her.
Everything is New and Different!
Mesquite’s family were delighted to meet her and to discover she was not large. She is the more compact body style Weimaraner, and they loved it as they are used to living with the Vizsla. They also were delighted she was not quite as wild as some Weims previously encountered.
We hope for an easy inclusion into her new family. Almost nothing will be the same–the location, the humans, the way of doing things, etc. She is going to have to learn where to potty, where to eat, where she is allowed–maybe everywhere.
The beginning is about forging a respectful relationship. We suggest putting expectations on the shelf until much later. Then take this one step at a time–seeing what you can do together. Often the relocated Weimaraner needs a couple of weeks to chill and adjust. The change is ultra shocking. Others are more adaptable and enticed easily. Even the most well-trained Weimaraner may not come or follow a command until the new relationship gels. Gel is a good word too! There is a little give and take in the healthy relationship–wiggle if you will. Big expectations will often result in frustration and breed additional problems.
The person who rehomes a Weimaraner needs to be uber patient. Each step of the process takes as long as it takes. No one can predict what might happen. Nonetheless, each accomplishment should be celebrated, and in time you will have laid a foundation for your future together. It remains to be seen what Mesquite and her new family can become together. We have a good feeling about it–great vibes. May it be fun for her family and her as well. Live long sweet girl and enjoy!
We received a phone call saying all is well. Mesquite is eating and drinking and checking out the new location. The trip home went well. They stopped near Baker City where there was some open ground. She brought back a find–a dead Magpie. Her new family hopes she will want to hunt–maybe this is a good omen.
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This Fall Marks Two Years
~ Here is that first Christmas photo for Cliff and Shela
Two years ago this fall Holly (unknowingly) arranged an event that would lead to our monthly play dates. Holly & her Mother (who is a professional pet photographer) set out to get as many Owyheestar Weims together to take a Christmas photo for Shela and Cliff.
One Crazy December
Support, Sharing, and So Much More
We’ve lost some dogs, seen several humans go through surgeries or illness, used each other as sounding boards and support. The family that we have formed through the Weimaraner breed is priceless. Our family very open and welcoming, we all come from very different beliefs and backgrounds but we all have Weims in common and that has been enough to support our family!
Play Date turned Camp Out!
~August 26 – 27th
You are Invited to Join in the Fun
If you wish to join in the fun, contact me via text, email, or on Facebook to get the details. We are very excited about the upcoming camp out. ~ Nancy
What can we say? We cherish the photo–all but one of those Weims originated from OwyheeStar. We have been privy to other photos and stories. There have been connections made and Weimlovers helping Weimlovers. Isn’t that grand? Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.
We are happy so many of you can participate. Nancy and Bill are gracious hosts. Thank you, every one who has graciously remembered us in any way. We truly appreciate the recommendations, referrals, and your endorsements.
Maddy had her first 1/2 day visit/play day at Lucky Dog Daycare this morning. The first couple hours she observed and figured out the lay of the land. We were told once she got the hang of it all, she was a social butterfly!! Our sweet girl is just observing at the bottom of the first pic (it’s a screen shot of the in-house video monitor). The second pic is her now on the way home!
A tired Weimaraner is a very happy Weimaraner!!! 🐾💕🐾
A lot of folks opt for Daycare. There are a number of reasons it works well–some need it during the work week. Others use this for a socialization outlet. Finally, there are daycare facilities that do training and boarding. A Weimaraner really needs to feel that where they board in your absence is a home away from home. In some instances, this can be a huge plus if the daycare offers this service too!
No one can guarantee they will never have to leave their Weimaraner. It is smart to have them affectionately happy about going to daycare or their alternative placement. No matter how you handle this situation, it takes planning. Knowing that the person who is watching them will ensure they are safe is important.
A few years back a young man had friends watching his Weimaraner and they forgot to secure the driveway gate. She went in search of her beloved human and was never seen again. We are positive someone picked up this lovely girl and made her their own because she was never found despite an exhaustive search.
~ Jan writes
Willow is amazing!!! She won TWO Altered Best-In-Show awards yesterday (Saturday June 3rd) at the UKC shows in Chehalis, we are all so excited! Big Thanks to judges Judy and Jim Jones for the wins and the nice comments, to Julie Lechuga for putting on the wonderful shows, and to Hillary Tregillus for the fabulous pro photos!
Willow is such a gorgeous, sound girl, and is so sweet- she enjoys visiting with everyone at ringside, getting petting and giving kisses to little kids!
Congratulations to Jan and Willow. They continue to net ribbons and titles as well as to make friends wherever they journey. This is most certainly not the last of their adventure. They have competitions slated for this summer.
~ Human and with Littermates
The 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.
Important 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.
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.
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.
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.