~ Not So Pleased Mama Changed Things
Got ambitious this morning and decided to do an overhaul on the master bedroom/closet. Minimizing is on the mind so thought I’d take Waylon’s crate out of the bedroom and replace it with his favorite dog bed.
Clearly he’s pissed
Judging on his selection of dads gym shorts to pack around tonight, he’ll con him into bringing it back when I’m at work tomorrow.
When I saw this photo, my response was, “Weimars do not do change.” they most certainly do not like change. One thing I continue suggesting is to teach your Weimaraner how to adapt. Teaching might include moving the crate a short distance or moving their bed to a new location–every once in a while, so they learn how to adjust. Change the feeding schedule, or add something new to their bowl. Get them used to smaller changes–including various schedule changes. If you come and go at the same time every day–they cling to that schedule as if their life depended on you arriving at 6:15 PM. While it is said that a minute is the same as an hour to a dog–well, somehow, they can also tell time. I think the minute the same as an hour thing comes into play when you are a couple of minutes late–there is the panic as if you were two hours late. They want to know why you are late. The fact that the sofa is destroyed is payback–or stress relief chewing. (Oops) Of course, that is extreme–but one client who had a favorite pair of designer heels stopped off at the mall one evening. She arrived home to find those heels in the center of the bed chewed. I am sure it was a comfort—Mama’s scent and the leather to chew. The Weimaraner was in so much trouble was dropped off at her Mama’s grandparents. She was devastated, angry beyond words, and felt betrayed. She needed space–and time to weep and compose herself. We were happy to hear that Waylon was never destructive–it probably means you did many things right.
For all those folks who never achieve crate-training, here is how it looks. At a minimum, a Weimaraner will embrace getting into the crate when you tell them to kennel up. Other Weims, come to love their safe place–and keep in mind if they learn to sleep there, then they don’t chew things or potty somewhere during the night. It is a fabulous house-breaking tool.
Well, we have a little link you might want to check out–Waylon four years ago.
Hi Shela and Cliff! Well as much as I have thought about giving you an update on Miss Emma Blue, I cannot believe it has taken this long! The last year has been a busy one for us and Emma too. In the last year, we have sold our house, bought a new place out in the country, moved twice, taken vacations with and without Miss Emma and done numerous household projects. Emma did absolutely wonderful throughout it all! Our first move was to my mother-in-laws home where we stayed for 2.5 months while we waited for our new home to close. It was in the middle of the winter and my MIL is not a huge fan of dogs. She had strict rules for Emma and Emma met the challenge perfectly. She didn’t run in the house, get up on furniture or come in the kitchen. She was very happy when we made it to our new home though and the furniture rule was over 🙂
I am busy; I am happy…
Emma loves her Crate–thank goodness for that!
I owe a majority of our success to crate training. Throughout the moving process the crate was a blessing. You know how dangerous it can be to be packing boxes (things laying around that aren’t Weim safe), moving boxes (people leaving doors open and more non-weim safe items) and unpacking boxes, and because Emma had learned to love her crate it was a safe and comforting place when it needed to be. It also was a great tool when she was adjusting to the new homes because she had a constant that she could go too. However, she did better with the move than I think we did. I think the only thing she cared about was that we were with her. She really seemed to care less that her entire environment had changed overnight.
Emma’s Park and Playground
It probably helped that our new place is like her own personal dog park. A fully-fenced, six acres worth of running room that comes complete with an endless supply of birds, squirrels and critters for her to chase. There are also an abundance of deer that have made themselves a home at our place that constantly taunt Emma. We do our very best to make sure they aren’t around when we let Emma out on account of she is not scared of them and wants to chase them….I’m afraid she’ll run into one during rutting season and get hurt 😦 We also live across the street from a lake, which until the summer began she thought was her own personal lake as well. (Click Here to watch Emma Swim!)
She has had her fair share of injuries since we have come here. I promise you she is under constant supervision, however she still seems prone to bizarre injuries. We joke that we need to bubble-wrap her to keep her safe. She is tough though and so far has healed well from all her accidents 🙂
Her birthday is coming up! Can’t believe she will be two on July 30th! She has been an absolute joy, a life-changing experience, and a blessing. She is our everything and we can’t imagine life without her. Thank you so much for giving us the most beautiful thing we have 🙂 ~Tanya & Aaron
Breeder’s Note: We understand how busy life can become. Thank you for remembering us in the midst of all you faced this year. We wish you many more years of joy, and fewer mishaps.