Category Archives: Swimming Weimaraners

Last of Summer

Not Long Ago

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The Weimaraner is going to love the water if they feel at home in and on it. Tikka and Bill are off to a great start together. garins-sup-4Big Sister ( Luna) does the Standup Paddle Board too! When watersports are something you love and want to share with the Weimaraner the introduction to water is essential.

Achieving the water retrieve might take patience. Some Weims are more natural swimmers than other. Nonetheless, they all have webbed toes and can become proficient swimmers. garins-luna-nails

Luna Sets the Standard

Tikka has a lot to learn, and Luna will be sharing the inside secrets. Nail grooming is key to being girlie. Other tips are important to such as how to cover up properly. The undercover Weim-mode is crucial to the Weimar person.Garin under-cover1

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.

Stella

Not Short on Adventures

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I think Stella’s about nine months old now and we just moved into our brand new, very own home!   That’s some good news.  The bad news is that we are working on our backyard.  Of course, Stella thinks it’s awesome because she has a lot of dirt to bury bones in. She is so silly and dirty.

Running Free and Swimming

Another piece of good news is that Stella’s been on lots of adventures with her dog pals!  Here are some pictures from our last trip up the Deschutes River.  There’s no bad news to that.  Stella runs free and happy through the woods and eagerly swims in the river!  She’s also ‘almost’ stopped jumping on all the people she meets.  Maybe that’s some bad news….

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Anyway, the worst news is that on the day she was contained in our new dog run and had access to our garage in case of rain…. she opened (or we left open) the door to our new house. There were builders in the backyard putting up the new fence.  Anyway, long story short…SHE ATE A STAIR!  She’s never chewed anything!  Yikes!  I included a picture!

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Anyhow, through that whole adventure, we love our beautiful girl still.  That’s the best news.  I attached a picture of her posing.  Or maybe, she was contemplating her next move!  Hahahahahaha.
That’s the scoop from our family!  We hope your family is doing well.
Jill, Timothy, and Stella
Oh, Shela!  Our daughter is enrolled at TVCC (Treasure Valley Community College0 there in Ontario and playing basketball.   She’s loving Ontario!  Hooray!  Go, Chukars!

Breeder Comment

Relocating a Weim can be laden with pitfalls. They don’t do change well, but it seems Stella is adapting well. The most significant concern may be that she is developing the habit of digging. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner is tough to retrain once they get the idea that something is the norm. (oops) This way of thinking can carry over into all areas. Well, such as chewing the stairs could transfer to fencing, etc.

It is outstanding that she is water-friendly–swims in the river. Jumping up on people she greets is not pleasant for those being welcomed; however, at least she is super friendly. We would Prepare these jumping-up issues rather than dealing with a Weimaraner that is not people-friendly. Thank you, for the great share. We truly appreciate it!

The Last for the Year

At the Nielsen Farm Pond

Atti X Boone Swim.jpgWe promised an OwyheeStar client who is getting one of the Atti X Boone pups that we could swim the pup before they depart. Any promise is subject to being derailed by circumstances beyond our control. Mr. Winter could push in and steal the stage. He has already made it evident that he is intent on an early arrival. We didn’t get snow; however, other not so far away places did–Cotton Mountain for one. The forecast has been for a warmer fall, and we hoped for the Indian Summer weather that we love so much.

The icy temperatures departed, and the pups came of age. Isn’t it grand when the stars align? The pond filled and despite the straw-like trim that floated around the edge it made for the perfect opportunity to get the swim accomplished. The last induction to water for the year. We don’t have access to an indoor swimming pool.

We love adding the puppy swim to the list of early life experiences. Nevertheless, many OwyheeStar Weims swim without the benefit of this imprint experience. Therefore, folks getting a winter pup should not fear their pup won’t take to the water. In fact, any Weimaraner can become an excellent swimmer. Some are more natural swimmers than others. It takes knack and patience. The right setting also helps you achieve the swim. A love of the retrieve is an invaluable tool. If you are patient and keep working on this discipline, we have no doubt you will achieve a positive outcome.

Water Weims

Webbed Toes

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The Weimaraner is a powerful swimmer once they get going. The trick is getting to take the first step. Their toes are webbed making them better equipped to paddle.

There is no one way to get them to swim; however, we find having a love of the retrieve ingrained goes a long way towards accomplishing this discipline. (Sorry to some of you!) For the non-hunter, many times the retrieve is not an important thing. They allow their Weimaraner to abscond and run around the yard with the toy or the bumper. Yes, this is a hoot–although it is just one more Weim antic, this is one we suggest you not allow to take root.

The Recall

You want the Weimaraner coming when called. The Recall is a safety issue and the underpinning of compliance. Two areas where compromise cannot be allowed (in our opinion). Depending upon your approach to training there are various ways to get this done–we will forgo the discussion on methodology. Let’s just say get this done!

Early On

When you first bring your puppy home, there is so much going on, and the atmosphere is ethereal. It is hard to stay focused or to decide what is most important. Housebreaking and crate training is at the top of the list; however, a little retrieving work is a smart investment.

Cliff suggests you find a place to do this exercise. One place that works well is a hallway. Close all the adjoining doors (so they cannot take off with the bumper of the toy). Make this a special event and stop before they tire–while they are still begging for more. He also suggests you use a dedicated toy or bumper you save for this activity only. Depending on your pup’s attention and skill level keep the number of reps down–at first maybe as few as three. Bear in mind; the idea is to make this celebratory and fun. You want them having the desire. This activity will serve you well on so many levels and enhance your training outcome positively.

Water Exposure

Weather Permitting the OwyheeStar puppy will see the water before they depart. Nevertheless, this is not going to ensure they will swim. It will still require time, effort, and patience to get your Weimaraner to swim most of the time. A few suddenly jump in but don’t expect it to happen that way.

With the solid retrieve, you can begin working along the edges of a pond and very slowly ease them into the water beyond their comfort. It might take a few tries, a few days, or a few weeks. It takes as long as it takes, but if you follow this protocol, you will achieve the goal. Like anything with the concrete thinking Weimaraner, you want to make this part of the early life training. Then it becomes the norm.

Imagine the possibilities!

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Water Weim

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Update on Lucy

At first we were scared that she may not like the water, which would be rough since we spend a LOT of time boating and playing at the lake, BUT a couple of weekends ago, my brother’s lab, Harken, taught Lucy how to fetch sticks in the lake and ever since, she LOVES to swim and  is faster than he is! Thank goodness we have a swimmer! And thank goodness for playful friends who help us grow!

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Max, being 14 just chills and waits for Kisses from that crazy little Lucy.

She’s so good at paddle boarding, canoeing, boating, swimming, hiking and, when its all done for the day, cuddling isn’t a problem either!!

Breeder Comment

You were fortunate that she took up the water retrieve with Harken’s leadership. Some Weimaraners (who will remain nameless here) have been a challenge to get into the water. They will let the experienced Weimaraner do the work. Silly Weims.
There has never been an OwyheeStar Weimaraner that Cliff worked with that didn’t swim. Some loved the water more than others. The biggest obstacle he has with water work and hunt tests is getting the young Weimaraner to enter the water on command without the aide of a dummy.  Nevertheless, they all swim for him and even water retrieve.

Adventures

With Tripp

Companion Weims are the best! We can agree on that can we not?

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Rachel says, Tripp is amazing, I am so thankful to have him in my life! As you can see, he shares life with me on every level.

Tripp is such a great travel companion and water buddy. Lol as soon as I put my paddle board in the water Tripp jumps right on and is ready to go! Once we’re out in the water he feels so comfortable he gets up walks around, hangs out on the back of the board for awhile and then comes back up to the front and lays down! He’s amazing and I’m very lucky to have e him!

Thank you for Tripp! He truly is an amazing dog, he has so much personality and has adapted to my lifestyle for sure! He loves the outdoors and I’m so happy he loves the water as much as I do!

(lol) I still remember you (Shela) laughing at me through an email that I bought him a life jacket! You were absolutely right, he’s an amazing swimmer! (Lol, again) he swims better than I do and faster too!

I wish you could see him on the paddle board, he’s so good and I don’t even have to encourage him to get on the board, as soon as I put the paddle board in the water he runs over and jumps on, ready to go!

Breeder Comment

Tripp was rehomed with Rachel when his original family suffered a brutal loss during the last economic downturn. They lost their home and were struggling on every level. It was heartbreaking, but they felt finding him another family was in his best interest. We could not have gotten more fortunate for him.

Tripp is a companion Weimaraner sharing life on every level with his Mama. He is the best kind of friend–one who keeps all the secrets, keeps up with you, and celebrates everything you do together.

At Lake Michigan

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Abbey Comments on Ringo’s Tail

We love it, and it’s never been an issue or gotten in the way. He gives us great big wags every time we get home. Oakie has a short tail, and it startles us every time we visit.

Breeder Comment

 

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Oakie

Swimming is an excellent summer activity. It is cooling but also great exercise as well as being easy on the joints. You might notice that Ringo sports the undocked tail. Nick and Abbey requested the undocked tail. Oakley is Nick’s parent’s Weimaraner, and he has the traditional docked tail. They didn’t get him from us, so that is about all I know about him.

For those just took home a Mesquite X Stackhouse puppy, Ringo is from a previous litter born to the same parents. The undocked tail preference upsets a lot of people. Others feel you should be allowed to have a tail undocked by choice. In many countries, tail docking and ear-cropping are either illegal or discouraged. Personal preferences run deep.

 

 

Meanwhile

In Alaska

      ~introduced Sage to the kayak

 

Sage loves the boat and her cuddles

Quinn's Sage Plus2The dogs just love going on boat rides and they both like to have their own seat. As for sage cuddles, I guess she just needed some extra attention. She does not know what to think about the kayak yet.

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Breeder Comment

Life in Alaska is good for Sage–she loves the snow as well as her water sports. The Kayak is new; however, we are confident with the consistent exposure she can come to love the experience. It warms our heart to know she is doing so well and is much-loved. Thank you, both for the lovely update–the videos and photos are excellent.

Getting the Hang of It

Stella Swims!

          Before The Swim

Here are three pictures before the swimming part happened.  My daughter, Libby, threw the ball and not one of the three dogs (she has two-Merle, a black lab, and Millie, a Burmese mountain dog) would go get it.   Merle loves sticks and doesn’t really care about balls.  Millie is eight and she just thinks water is not that great.  Only Stella would consider saving her orange ball.  It was so hilarious!  Eventually, she did it!

I thought I’d pass along two videos.  Video_1 is her first moment of realizing that she can swim and the Video is actually the next day when she’s got it down pat and we are in a different part of Bend.

Then This Happened!

We are really lucky to live in a place that is very welcoming to dogs.  We have lots of trails and water areas that she’s been experiencing.   I love the persistence Stella shows in video_1 where you can almost see her thinking, I can do this!  We love our sweet girl.

Have a great week!  ❤️ jill

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Jill, for sharing Stella’s adventure in water retrieval. It is an amazing couple of captures.