~Why we don’t use a harness
One of our greatest frustrations is reading or seeing that a Weimaraner is out of control. A lot happens on to the way to developing a problem–typically, those who get into the biggest mess, are the same ones trying to do everything perfectly–in the correct manner. (Deep breath.)
Yes, the best intentions can lead you down the path to problems–serious issues. The little things that people want to dismiss might grow into something disruptive or even worse. When we talk about not liking harnesses, head halters, prong collars, etc.–we have a reason. In our experience, the use of the devices typically means the Weimaraner is not compliant. Somehow, you have to go from forcing control, to evoke their desire to want to please. This process is easier said than done.
Raising the well-balanced (obedient) Weimaraner can be tricky. Even with a lot of socialization, things can go sideways. This type of issue can lead to frustration–frustration is like throwing wood on a burning fire. Folks they (the Weimaraner) read us–they know how to play us, and they are out to get their way. Sometimes this is cute, and other times not so much.
If you are an off-leash advocate, be careful. Some of you tell us your Weim only behaves when they are off leash. What does that say? Honestly, it means they don’t want to be under your control. Once the Weimar gets the upper paw, things can become scary–lunging, pulling, and going after other dogs, or sometimes certain people. These behaviors are ones you want to avoid. Can we suggest that you get the Weimaraner compliant on the leash?
We have helped a lot of people who found their self in this type of dilemma–Cliff taking the Weim getting compliance in short order. However, when the leash is passed back to the owner–things quickly go sideways. Letting your Weimaraner win this battle is not a win for anyone.
There is one exception to this thought. That would be one designed for a Service Dog or when it is used in a particular discipline–like this one Loki uses. There are times when a harness is a must.
Trouble finds the Weimaraner
Maggie is Not Alone at Finding Trouble…
We are aware this is not a strange headline for our beloved Weimaraner. Nevertheless, we spend a great deal of time trying to prevent the unthinkable from happening. These inquisitive, smart, saucy, human-attitude-type dogs, are challenging. Their nose, and investigative ways often lead to trouble of one kind or another. More than one has eaten a kitchen sponge, a bar of soap, socks, underwear, or medication. They ingest the ghastly item without giving thought to it, as if possessing in ingesting it is reward enough. This has lead to more than one emergency; a too many losses.
This time good training probably saved the Weimaraner’s life…..
IDAHO FALLS — An eastern Idaho hunting dog named Maggie survived getting caught in a snare trap meant for coyotes by remaining calm.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game spokesman Dan Kelsey says the 5-year-old Weimaraner’s leash training likely stopped her from pulling against the snare and choking herself to death.
To find out more about the potential dangers, and Oregon’s new laws click here!
We have spent a great deal of effort explaining the importance of getting loose-leash compliance. The dog that pulls, is resisting your leadership. In the end, this can lead to the unthinkable. Hunt trainers are known to set the dog up with training that teaches them not to pull on the lead. You will never achieve these goals by using a head halter (such as a ), or a front-hooking lead. These are tools people use to be able to handle their dog. The problem is these devices do not teach the dog to comply with what you want. Failure for your Weim to learn not to pull on the lead can lead to all sorts of issues–some behavior, and others are life-threatening. The dog who doesn’t pull against the lead is less likely to pull on a collar (or leash) that gets inadvertently caught. The dog that resists (pulling with purpose), will do so until they strangle their-self.
Please achieve the loose lead compliance on a regular collar, even if you do not achieve other obedience goals. This is a must!