Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment. It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.
Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)
Day One with Libbie
We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know! As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!
~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight
Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.
Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.
Las Vegas Arrival
Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!
Busy Day; Fun Evening!
We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play. Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!
Our First Night
We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep. She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3, whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty. We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!
Breeder Comment (part two)
Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.
Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.
Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!
Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.
I thought is let your know that Gracie is doing great.
She is learning quickly on how to walk next to me and stay close.
She knows sit lay down and roll over as well :). She does chew on everything!!!
Lol here’s a picture 🙂
Breeder’s Note: We love that you wanted to drop us a note about Gracie. It is important to us to know about our pups. It is especially good to know the two of you are doing well. We love hearing she is walking next to you. A loose lead is important, and the pup should learn to heel. This is part of them respecting you, of which the importance cannot be understated.Thank you for thinking of us!
I just wanted to say hello and send a few shots of Wader (Elle x Blue, 2011). He is a beautiful and athletic blue boy weighing 75 lbs.
He is fun!
We have so much fun together, both adventuring outdoors and snuggling inside. He is a real “comfort king,” always seeking out the softest, warmest, comfiest spot to sit, which is generally either the couch or over a heating vent. We recently moved to the outskirts of town so Wader is enjoying a larger yard where he stays during the day (likely in his heated doghouse most of the time).
The quail and rabbits come through and keep him busy. Dan hunts chukar with him; Wader finds birds and retrieves well. He went duck hunting once this fall and retrieved in icy water. He is very confident outdoors; on our walks he races to retrieve his dummies, taking huge jumps and climbing through brush.
Wader and the Canoe
We started him in our canoe as soon as he could swim; he sleeps in the middle on a foam pad while we paddle and fly fish. He casually looks over when a fish is brought into the boat, and sometimes sniffs it. He also likes to balance on the canoe gunwale and watch the birds on the water.
I have recently started trail running with him, he can also run next to a bike using a Walky Dog leash. In the summer he loves to swim in the river every day, retrieving stick after stick.
He is friendly, intelligent, and obedient!
Wader knows his commands well, loves people and dogs, and is extremely intelligent. He gets compliments for being beautiful everywhere we go. Thank you for breeding such a wonderful dog – we are so happy to have him in our family!