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
Murphy the Smurfy
Here are several pictures from the past year…
Murphy was with us for the last camping outing of last year (Cucumber on his eye) and then one from our first camping of this year. He did GREAT on both! He likes to sleep in my sleeping bag tho…..
On May 31st our little blue boy turned 1!!! Murphy (or as I call him “Murphy the Smurfy” (Cause we all know Smurfs are ….. blue… hehe)..
We feel so blessed to have 2 OwyheeStar Weims in our house!! As everyone always posts, they always get lots of attention when we are out, some of the pictures included are from a 5K walk (heart walk) we did last weekend ON Murphy’s Birthday and the Weim Duo got LOTS of comments! At least one of them took down your info after asking us some questions!
Murphy has grown up to be a big sweetheart! He’s so full of life and wants nothing more than to be under our skin about all the time.. He’s learned any tricks I’ve taken the time to show him, unfortunatly my work has been a real bear the last 6 months so my time to really work with him has been minimal. He mastered shake within a few days and as much as I’ve tried Charlie Mae REFUSES to shake! It’s so funny, but I continue to try to teach her and keep Murphy practicing! Overall he’s getting more and more obedient respecting the yard boundaries we have, mostly stern talking to is discipline enough.
We are constantly getting comments about how striking the blue color is! My only complaint about his color is that he’s almost like a stealth dog. He’s impossible to see at night, he blends in almost perfectly with our car’s interior, he’s about the same color as asphalt..
Thanks for the awesome Weim Duo! WE LOVE THEM!