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~Habits Good and Bad Take Hold Quickly

Innocence –but there is one in the Group (Haha)

Habits form quickly–once a behavior (good or bad) starts it can soon become habitual. For example, the Weim can become an incessant barking machine. I swear they can bark at a cloud. Maybe it looks like a bird. Incessant by definition means unceasing or Continuing without interruption. Maybe that is an overstatement, but if you have that behavior ingrained, it will not seem an exaggeration.

Barking, digging, territorial behaviors, chewing on everything, and the list goes on–if you allow it in a small dose, it can become a thing. Us humans, often get duped and our efforts undermined.

To prevent that and other unwanted behaviors a person must be vigilant early on. It is not one and done thing either.  The childlike tendencies often last past their third birthday with the occasional teenage behavior surfacing from time to time. I laugh at people who want this breed and expect them to be easy to manage. A lot can and should be accomplished in the first three months; however, you are not home free so to speak. At the same time—getting the basics done right up front will save you a lot of trouble. 

Also consider that the Weimaraner who wants to rule their world can employ growling and snarling. They can withdraw and sulk. They have all kind of ways to get what they want–some are acceptable, others are not. One thing for sure–do not reward or excuse bad behavior.

This Face

Never Tired

     ~of seeing the cuteness

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Well, I must admit I never grow weary of puppy faces. I know I am not alone. While they are not mine to keep, for a day or two I care for yours.

What can they become you ask? Well, for the most part, it remains to be seen. The journey on which you embark may have twists and turns. Sometimes the desire to get everything right this time is your undoing. Well, isn’t it the truth that we overcompensate and create a new issue in all likelihood? Or so it seems.

Quirks and quandaries are a thing. You cannot go far when exploring the Weimaraner before you run across something downright silly. Their antics are celebrated. Well, these are for the most part celebrated. There are the hair-pulling crazy times I suppose. Yet we are addicted. What can I say? You know what I mean.


Crazy hunting dogs!

Roxie's Porcupine-2

Can you spot the dark spot beyond the tire and the snow–it is a porcupine.

You know these critters we love and adore. Yes, I am speaking of the Weimaraner. We adopted a couple of adults from Cliff and Shela–one was Roxy. Let it suffice to say they each have their things–one chews plastic. There is the toting of gloves, shoes, etc. You know quite possibly for what I speak. A person has to be on alert always, and it seems never to end. Roxy had been restless for some time at night. Mothers hear the rustling and the moving because our ear is attuned to it. I had been wondering what might be the problem. Anyhow, I spotted this critter thanks to Roxy.



I am merely doing my job

Mike had to work yesterday, which is unusual for a Sunday.  There sat the porcupine gnawing on a log in our back “yard” about 30 feet or so from the house. This taunting action (that troubled Roxy to no end) went on for a couple of hours.  Roxy was very excited and drove me crazy.


I finally went out the front door and walked the two Weim kids (Roxy and Sage) because Mike was taking forever to get home.  He came home and got rid of it for me.  Now there are quills everywhere.  Roxy was on high alert up until she finally crashed for the night.

 Last night was the first night in a long time when Roxy wasn’t stirring…  Maybe this is what has been bothering her, though it could have been anything like deer, raccoons, coyotes, etc.  Putting up the 7-foot fence up was worth every penny.

I think we need to shut off the sensor light Mike put in at night, though if there is a full moon, it doesn’t matter.


Breeder Comment


The Weimaraner has an incredible scenting ability. They also seem to be able to spot critters. Who can guess if the night light turning on is her alert? Maybe not, but quite possibly. In our experience, it doesn’t take much to trigger the sensor lights, and they flip on. Many a night I have gotten up to see what triggered our light to find nothing and to conclude it was probably a night prowling kitty.




Ready for bed, can you find me?

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Multitasking Weimar

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His nose was wet, hence the dark spot. He had just stepped out of the shower, assisting our cat with his bath time. Our cat takes showers daily. Opus barges in, drinks water and cleans the cat.

He is very talented. ~ Melinda

Dear Melinda,

How are we going to guarantee there are cat-cleaning Weimars available? We have heard of Weims who shower with their family members, but one that cleans the cat is a bit unique. Here is a question for others reading this post. Does your cat take a shower? Inquiring minds want to know; Cliff and I really are speechless. The comments are open.

We are positive everyone will recognize the squeaker pile. They enjoy them so much; therefore, why the need to extract them. These are but a few of the puzzling things that occur on a daily basis.

Preventing the Pitfalls…

……by recognizing them, and making the best possible decision…

Ruby tucked in Cliff's jacket

Ruby tucked in Cliff’s jacket

Dear Weimlover,

Meaning well, doesn’t guarantee nothing will go wrong. Following the latest, and greatest dog guru may not produce the desired outcome either. There are always those that go behind and pick up the pieces, and try to patch the Weims together after the unthinkable happens. They wear different hats, but it could be any number of folks that end up being involved–dog trainers, breeders, ordinance officers, shelter workers, and rescue organizations. Everyone wants to believe they are exempt when it comes to getting into trouble; however, nothing could be further from the truth. It is normally the most well-meaning gentle soul that accidentally ingrains a problem in their beloved Weimaraner. They may not be able to gain their Weim’s respect, because in their extreme kindness, the Weim finds they can manipulate them and gain control of their environment. 

Listing the Biggies

We (Cliff and I) may miss something on our list, but someone for sure will post the additional comment to finish this thought. Here are the most prevalent areas that see the Weimaraner struggling, and their owner frazzled:

  1. Puppy-biting that goes on for a long time, and gets labeled by everyone (possibly even you) as aggression.
  2. Territorial behavior–guarding the yard, the kennel, a corner of your office, a room, or the entire domicile.
  3. Food guarding (also called food aggression), often involves other items (such as toys, bones, and finds) too!
  4. Jumping up, and out-of-control behaviors.
  5. Fear of various things, and situations.

 Pivotal-Points and Frustrating Moments

These situations can leave a person wringing their hands, and at a loss. Normally, it is not a single situation or incident that leads to the bigger issue. Often it is a series of events. Regardless, there are a few pivotal-points (some of these are called fear-imprint stages) when things are more apt to go awry.

These pivotal-points are best identified from the sudden uncommon behaviors — sometimes they include a trail of destruction. One thing for sure, it is evidenced when the Weimaraner suddenly acts out of the norm. Usually, this means seeing unwanted behaviors. These behaviors get our attention, and our focus. How we address these behavioral situations makes all the difference. Usually this sends a person to the Internet to search for answers. Information can be wonderful, and at other times it leads down the wrong path. It is tough to read a comment on how to handle the situation, and implement it. Not every appealing suggestion is going to work for the Weimaraner; some are not going to work for you. A quick search of topical advice made us greatly concerned about the available information.

Common ground, but unique elements

There are always variables. The uniqueness of the situation can mean a common approach will not work. There can be variances, and a weave of things presenting in a crazy manner. In the end, it might not be as bad as it presents, but unraveling the mystery might prove challenging. 

It is important to stay positive, and upbeat. It may require us to rely heavily on the crate training. The crate can be used to allow you to regroup, and gain your composure. It is not doggy-jail, but time-out might be lifesaving on many levels. Working with a Weimaraner when you are upset is not going to produce a positive outcome. We might also comment that you cannot just put on an exterior smile (like you might do with your human friends), because the Weimaraner will pick up on the hidden cues.

Good Intentions doesn’t Guarantee Success

All too often, it is those of us that love them so much that set the Weimaraner up for failure. Take a deep breath. Most of these problems can be avoided, or managed. Nevertheless, what some people do thinking it will help solve the issue tends to fuel the problem. Many people are embarrassed, and others feel they (are dog-savvy); therefore, they can handle the issue. There is a time to get help–sooner is preferable to waiting. Who you get matters. The trainer choice is important; this is never more significant than when you hit a glitch. Yes, (sadly to say) too many times the trainer hired has made things worse instead of better. Not every method is going to work for every Weimaraner, or for that particular person. Methods vary. We don’t endorse being mean; however, a cookie-reward doesn’t solve every issue either. You must gain the Weimaraner’s respect–this is always an underlying truth. How that happens is a complex journey. There is no such thing as a one-size fit all program. Nevertheless, there are some basic principles. For example, gaining the loose-lead heel is vital to achieving respect. Click here to read more about what Cliff says about gaining respect.

Avoiding the pitfalls; Getting out of a bad situation

We will be addressing some of these topics as the weeks unfold. We believe they are important to discuss. Most Weim owners will (at least )see a glimpse of one of these behaviors. As the leader, you are walking a thin line between over-reacting, and not taking the right kind of action. Some people become upset, and frustrated. Other people find they are angry at the pup. More often than not, it is a mixture of feelings that result in an overwhelming frustration. Things had been going well, and then the pivot-point happened. Things changed on a dime.

Ruby Graduates from Jan Magnuson's Class

Ruby Graduates from Jan Magnuson’s Class

Note: If you are part of our audience at-large, we hope you will gain some insight, and help from our blog. If you’re an OwyheeStar client, we certainly want to provide you with as much help as possible. Cliff tries to get back to people who need help ASAP.