Category Archives: Socialization
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.
The Weimaraner Knows
~my eyes are on you!
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!”
~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?
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.
Work to be Accomplished
Everyone should have the willing and able assistant Weimaraner–Not! No, they are not going to delight everyone for any number of reasons. They are often clingy and in your way. They help you achieve whatever household task you are doing. Here are a few chosen ways they provide assistance:
- Clean the kitchen counters–especially if you left the pot roast or some other delicious mouth tingling treat, typically, known as dinner.
- Sort the laundry and keep it warm–especially when it just came out of the laundry. This process serves more than one purpose. It is warming the Weimaraner’s soul and at the same time leaving you with their beautiful scent–marked.
- Decorate the house–window painting is a favorite. It is sometimes called nose art.
- Help with the computer–they love to work the keyboard.
We know this is a short list of the endless number of essential tasks they perform. They are invaluable in the yard and garden. They pick produce–mostly eaten berries etc. They eradicate rodents and bring you their find as a tribute. The watch out for the humans they love and soak up affection that might go wasted. Possibly the most important duty is to make us better people. We learn invaluable lessons every day.
Much Loved Lily
It is Sunday. We all need to feel like this Weimaraner. Today, we hope you feel enveloped in love. That you have what you need and more importantly, you feel safe. Keep your focus on who and what matters.
Hi, Shela & Cliff !
I haven’t talked to you in a while but I think of you all the time!
Zeus just turned 5 years old on the 17th! It’s hard to believe how time flies! It just seems like yesterday that we were picking up our sweet little puppy from you!
This picture was right after his birthday party. Yes… we had an actual party for him! His two best friends were there. Louie is a black Standard Poodle who we met in obedience classes when he was almost one. He has seen him just about every day since then. Louie’s mom and I are great friends now thanks to Zeus!
Also, his new girlfriend “Jazzy” who is a French Bulldog mix was there too! A strange combination but he loves her and now Jazzy’s mom hikes with us everyday also!
I want to thank you millions for Zeus…he has been such a blessing in my life. He is my constant hiking companion (we still do at least 5 miles a day) He just loves it! It’s good for me too! He always gets lots of hugs and kisses every day and is a constant source of entertainment for Mike and I.
Effort Pays Off
He has settled down a little since he was a pup..haha! You can finally see the results of all the obedience classes he has taken. He is such a smart guy! I can’t imagine my life without him in it. He always brightens up my day! 🙂
I hope you and Cliff are doing well… I think the world of you guys and it makes me happy to see how much time and effort you put into all the puppies you have. It must be rewarding to know that you have made such an impact on so many people’s lives by introducing them to their best friend!
Jeanne & Zeus
Thank you ever so much for all you have done for and with Zeus. We also appreciate your updates. They mean a lot to us. Happy belated birthday Zeus!