What Does Your Weim Do?
We who love the breed know they are the ultimate velcro dog. This attribute can work against us; however, most Weimlovers are addicted to this trait. New to the Weimaraner–you might be shocked at a large breed being this clingy. They are also prone to separation anxiety.
How This Works
When present you are their security blanket. When their humans are absent, the unprepared Weimaraner may freak out. All too many have ended up in rescue or a shelter because unaware admirers acquired them only to discover they couldn’t live with them. Not understanding the separation anxiety lead to unearned freedom and coming home to destruction. It might be your favorite shoes. The sofa arm by the front window or the carpet might be the target of the Weim’s reaction to feeling abandoned. The arm-missing-castoff-sofas greet the unsuspecting returning owner. Most often the human counterpart is perplexed. They might have had a Weim before that didn’t behave like this; however, in this instance, something went awry. Your absence causes them to act out–typically chewing up something to relieve their stress. They fear you will not return to them. You forgot them. The amount of destruction can vary. Sometimes the Weimaraner can escape the environment and give chase looking for you–desperate to find you. The last scenario has ended in a loss more times than you can imagine.
Twists and Turns
Separation anxiety can take other forms. Some Weims sulk and then chew because they are upset with you. Nevertheless, they might withhold their love and refuse to even look at you. When your response is heartbrokenness and trying to win back their affection, they have the upper paw. Now, they can expand their toolbox with extreme manipulation. So, they can chew to relieve stress. They can chew because it has become a habit. They can chew to punish you. For those who are less committed, you can see how this can spin out of control.
Spiraling Out of Control
When coupled with incessant barking (and your neighbors are reporting you to the police) the destructive Weimaraner soon becomes abhorrent. People imagine that they would never dump their Weim at a shelter. Unfortunately, it happens too often. Therefore, our application process looks to discover the potential for failure with the breed as well as to gather the vital information necessary. Someone who is offended by us wanting the information may look elsewhere for their Weimaraner. It has to be that way. There are too many ways things can go awry–even for the most dog savvy person.
I wanted to send this photo of Opus. He is in the throws of terrible twos. It’s perfect timing the post you’ve made recently. He’s my third Weim. No surprises, right? Have a sense of humor, ye Weim lovers. He’s my challenge baby.
I’ve spent a week feeling sorry for myself because I feel I failed him as a trainer. After the blog posts I know we will be fine.
I haven’t been as mobile as I would’ve preferred with my foot in a cast for 6 weeks but I can still get my point across. Opus is a VERY mouthy boy. Would love for Cliff to offer suggestions. We have been praising him, redirecting and providing more chew toys but he really gets going when we walk in the door. It’s been months but he got up on the counter the other day. Pedro picked up the mouse trap and that’s all it took. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise-Opus recognized the tiny contraption and moved out immediately. ~ Melinda
Cliff Says: Keep up what you are doing; stay positive, and don’t let him get by with the mouthing. Some of the best Weims want to dominate you with their mouth. It is about ownership–they love you so much, they want to help you run your life too!
The mousetrap can thwart the trash-thief, or keep them off the counter. I don’t use them, because the sound of the mousetrap mimics the bird-launcher. It would be counterproductive. Then they would be afraid to bird train.