Now that spring seems to finally be here Loki and I are having all sorts of adventures. For the last month or so I’ve been working on introducing Loki to water. First, it was getting his toes wet, then the ankles, and so on. I’ve attached a video from this evening— we headed out to the lake after work. Needless to say, we’ve come a little ways from not getting our paws wet. You may notice the cord on the bumper— sometimes Loki needs to remember that the game is retrieving, not keep away, but the water work has seemed to really help this. Also great insurance in case he doesn’t go for it, so I don’t have to swim.
Other adventures include hide-and-go-seek at lunchtime on a trail system near my office. It’s a great game for anyone to play to help their pup remember to check in on hikes, but with Loki, in particular, we want to develop the idea that he can use his nose to find people. When we’re out on the trail, I wait until he gets just a little too far ahead of me, and I hide in the bushes next to the trail where I can still see him. He is quick to notice that I’m no longer in sight, so he runs back down the trail. He usually goes past me until he hits my scent (in the air), and then he usually works the scent cone back towards me. When he finds me, we enthusiastically play with his favorite toy.Another new thing is teaching Loki to pull me on my longboard. I keep it short and easy so as to not stress his joints, but it’s a great way to practice verbal directive commands. And to take the edge off the wiggles!Loki is also turning into quite a camping dog. Last week was his first tent camping adventure in Glacier National Park over Memorial Day weekend.The two pictures I’m sharing here show our work on the down-stay (he’s not tied in either). You can see the drool starting to come with the cheese! That’s what happens to those who attempt to counter surf. He got no cheese.
As always, we constantly incorporate sit-down-stay-heel-come into our daily routine. The heel is finally taking hold— at least 50% loose-leash on a flat collar, and his off-leash heel is almost better. The red harness he’s wearing in the picture is his working harness and includes a handle to help keep him safe on the chairlift. We are working on associating it with good listening and lots of fun search games.Anyway, I can’t believe he’s 6 months old already! It has gone so fast. ~ Erica
I just had to drop you a special note that we had a GREAT camping trip this weekend which was topped off by my first ever Weimaraner that swam without me having to throw them in 🙂
Warm Lake Idaho
We were at Warm Lake, and just messing around on the beach and started trying to throw a stick and the next thing I knew, Charlie Mae was swimming to get the stick! Included are some of the camping pictures and a couple links to YouTube videos of Charlie. One of them has Murphy jumping in, but I truly believe it was just an accident, he forgot it was water and jumped after the stick.. As much as we tried we couldn’t get a repeat performance.. The Springer there is a friend of ours named Gracie.. she’s a swimming champ!
Video 1: Murphy jumps in by accident, and Charlie is doing the “I’m going to die” swim back to shore with lots of splashing..
Video 2: Charlie swimming much more cleanly
Bella is just awesome, she tends to be a bit bossy at times. Typical in what I’ve dealt with in this breed.
Nervous peeing (click here for a link on the topic)
She has started to pital pee when she gets over excited. We are dealing with this daily by talking to her calmly and not adding to her already excited state.
Playing Fetch is Fun
She has pointed once or twice but that is all. She loves to play fetch so I’m working on commands of release with her.
She loves to sleep with us but we limit that as to not let it get out of control and she doesn’t share her pink chair with anyone. She knows that’s all hers!
Bella loves the car
We took a trip to Idaho and she loved the car ride, in fact if you leave the car door open she takes it over. That is about it for now.
The female Weimaraner most usually likes to run the house. They are clever, and manipulative. Oh, and maybe we should add, they are surprisingly creative. Despite the challenges, some people delight in the Weimar-antics. Bella’s parents are Weim-savvy, and have her number (so-to-speak).