Growing, Learning, and a lot of Fun!
Berkley is growing like a weed. Sometimes we call her “bean stalk” because she is growing so fast.
She’s learning more and more every day and we are enjoying her so very much. She is sweet with a twist of feistiness!
Berkley and Our DaughtersBerkley is excited about learning Latin along with our daughters.
Then, she is showing off her ability to heel alongside our 7-year-old. We use the Starmark Collar you recommend on your website and taught our girls how to use it properly.Until next time,Amanda
We are delighted to learn that things are going well with Berkley. It is great she is such an integral part of the family. Then too–it is beyond surprising that she is heeling for your 7-year-old daughter. Many of our adults (write us) that they are unable to achieve the loose-leash heel. When you understand how to use that collar, and it is used (correctly) a lot of good things can happen.
We sincerely appreciate you thinking of us and sharing a window into your life with Berkley. Keep up the consistent effort and things will continue to move forward positively.
Off to A Good Start
We love our Berkley. You chose well!!
Here’s an update on CRATE TRAINING:
She was totally content in her crate for the 4-hour ride home from Oregon. We stopped once and she went potty. Her first night home, she was not happy at all to be away from her litter mates and her mama. We put her crate in our room so she could see us, but she still howled and whined much of the night. Yesterday we put her in her crate several times, for 20-45 minutes each time, during the day while we ate our meals and ran an errand. She was a little vocal about it each time but got better as the day progressed. We hosted a lunch event and a dinner event, and she did splendid meeting and greeting all the shoe-less guests (parvo precautionary rule). She was the absolute center of attention for a good chunk of the day. When it was time for bed last night we put her in her crate and she went right to sleep. Not one howl or yelp! She stirred at 2 am and gave me a little whimper. I took her outside and she went potty right away. She went back to sleep in her crate until almost 6 am, which is my wake-up time anyway! We were so thrilled and gave her lots of praise for doing such a good job.
An update on POTTY TRAINING:
We used the bell method with our first Weim, and it worked like a champ. So we knew this was the way to go the second time around. Every time we take her outside to go potty (after she eats, wakes up, just before bed or crate time, or every 30 minutes or so), we take her little paws and ring that bell and say “outside”. Yesterday she rang the bell all on her own. We took her out and she went potty right away. Then again today, she rang the bell on her own, and the same thing happened!!! She is catching on so fast. We haven’t had to clean up after any accidents. I am shocked.
An update on TRAINING AND LIFE IN GENERAL:
She is retrieving like a champ to our hand….stuffed toys, mostly. She isn’t into the balls yet for some reason. She is coming on command and just starting to get “sit”. I started working with her on heeling as well, but that’s a little trickier. She is starting to get it, but barely. Berkley went with us to take big sister to school for her first day of school today. And then she snuggled on the couch with us and listened in as I read a Sofia the First story to our youngest. She’s one fun pup. I attached a few pictures.
Thanks so much, Amanda
It was very sweet of you to update us on Berkley. We appreciate the follow through you are doing too! It is paying off. Yes, we try to set the pups up for success, but it takes more than a little knack to step quickly toward success.
The potty training is excellent. I love that you used the bell system. Around here that would not work, but in a traditional family setting it can get you off to a good start fast. Be sure to get a fecal exam. Giardia and coccidia are common one-celled parasites that can quickly multiply and reek havoc on the pup’s intestine. Treatment isn’t a big deal if you catch it early. Pups prefer puddle water, and they also lick their feet all the time. These are great ways to ingest something that can take off like a wildfire.
For those that have never collected a sample–you invert a baggie (Mark your name on this baggie first to ensure it is labeled). Grab a portion of a suspicious looking sample and invert and seal the baggie. Label a second baggie with your name, the pup’s name as well as the date and time the sample was collected. Keep this sample cool (not frozen). Freshness is important; therefore, get the collected sample to the Vet office ASAP. Collect it just before you leave when possible.
This one thing can save you a lot of trouble. Stress diarrhea is a thing. We might fear the worst, and it could be stress. Canned or steamed pumpkin is great for correcting a loose stool. It is not a bad idea to give your pup a couple of tablespoons twice a day and even some berry yogurt–the kind with live cultures. These are very good for their digestion, and the yogurt helps ward off yeast infections too.
Blu Came Home
~in January 2013
Blu has faced a Big Change
Our Birthday Walk
Blu was the Perfect Pup
We are Happy to have Blu in our Lives
I am a huge dog-lover. As a kid, I grew up with Labs. As an adult (and as a father) I had to take a back seat to what dogs my kids liked. Needless to say, it has been a long time coming for me to have “My Dog”. The kids are grown, that is except for our four-year-old. She is not yet old enough to select her dog of choice. This time around it is my turn. I love the fact that they are friendly and feel part of the family. Have looked into this breed for years.
Blu is making his way into our home and hearts
Plenty of room for Blu to run around. My youngest Daughter is in love with Blu, and he likewise with her.
A Toddler and the Weimar Pup
When we got Luna, my grandson was ten months old. I was a little apprehensive to let them play because Luna was (is) a puppy. She plays a little rough and kisses with her teeth 🙂 she and Elijah have been besties since the day they met! Elijah makes sure she has enough to eat. Luna has never hurt him with her teeth. she’s so careful with him. They rest together, and they are constantly switching toys. In the picture Eli wanted the blue bone so he gave her the duck & took the bone …. Luna also wanted the bone, so she took it back, but still gentle enough to not cause a stir, I love their relationship 😍
There have been several folks who have had this same experience; however, there has been a call from a woman who stuck her face into her pup’s face, and she got bit. Did it mean anything? No–nonetheless, it is best to avoid those situations. Proceed with caution. Many times the Weimaraner pup will not trouble the baby whereas they young children get tagged. Their energy fuels a game, and it gets too rough. The pup visualized them as their littermates. They exchanged bites and knocked each other over too! We love this report. Thank you, Nancy!
Obi wan is doing great.
His obedience training is going swimmingly, and I have started incorporating some minor bird training. I got hooked up with a buddy from work who runs a bird hunting club and have gotten some training tips to start with but we don’t work long (10-15 min a few times a day). I’m looking forward to his shots being complete so we can get more outdoors.
As always him and my youngest daughter are best friends. He this far is a great addition to the family, and we couldn’t be happier. He will be getting a small taste of hunting in the fall.
Breeder’s Note: The photos were used with permission. Please do not reproduce them without the owner’s written permission. This note from Justin is a very nice update. We love that it covers the training, as well as living with the Weimaraner. Clearly, they are doing well. We appreciate the effort it takes everyone to raise the Weimaraner. Keeping us updated is a huge plus.
Our Family has Grown
This girl always amazes me…
She is not trained much, greets people at our door with a special embarrassing “sniff”. Raider has to be near someone at all times unless wanting that special something on a counter, in the pantry, or fresh water in the “right” dish. But she is super loved.
The Bug Visits our Household
Our household as been sick this week and Kim tells me this morning Raider slept in her room off and on last night but when she checked on Layne Raider was in his room on the bed watching him. He threw up and she was making sure he was good! Raider never sleeps in that room. She just knew Layne was sick and had to be near him. She loves these grand babies of ours and watches over them. ❤
This kids and I have named him officially. He is “Trigger Hugh”
He is adapting very well to Emery.
He is fast asleep in his crate with no problems. Thank you again and look forward to updating you on out growth and development as a new family.
Just a note from our busy lives to say thank you!
Zula Blue is a gem. Not only is she strikingly beau-ti-ful, she is so well behaved, mellow and loving. She has been such a wonderful addition to our family. We just adore her (and her undocked tail).
This note was over due, but as we approach Zula’s 3rd birthday, we wanted to loop back and say she has flourished, is well loved and just an all around lovely family dog. I hope you all are wonderful and making more families happy with these wonderful dogs. We adore everything about her. She keeps an watchful eye over the kids (at beach, in bath room), just being a pillow/cuddle bum, her love of being in the middle of things (not to mention her adaptability), checking out the garden from an upper vantage point and going to work with Emre.
Much thanks to you and Cliff. Kriste, Emre, Ezra, Zeyda and Zula Blue
Breeder’s Note: Getting the undocked tail requires planning ahead. Tail docking must be done very early in the pup’s life; therefore, if you are set on the tail not being docked, it will require advance notice.