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Maverick and Goose

     ~Las Vegas

Schneider's Maverick and Goose_2411We have the almost 14-year-old Maverick (grey), he will turn 14 in April, and the 3-year-old goose (blue). I figured you may get a kick out of seeing 2 of your little guys all grown up!
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Our Goose loves to steal spoons from the counter and hide under the couch with them! Both of the dogs also have to sleep under the covers with us, I guess they might be a little spoiled.
Happy Holidays,
Scott

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear both boys are well and waiting for Santa’s arrival. I have no doubt they will make out like champs. They are living the life in Las Vegas. What more should we expect? Thanks Scott for thinking of us. It means the world to us.
Here is the last Blog we shared featuring your Maverick–click here!

Berkley

In The Groove

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Berkley is settling well into the routine of our family. She loves her walks. She likes to eat ice. She’s learning lots of commands and especially how to contain her enthusiasm by NOT jumping up on people. She thinks the living room is her jungle gym, jumping from chair to couch with very little effort. We’re working on curbing that. She has begun meeting other dogs and is showing an appropriate blend of curiosity and submission. She also enjoys riding in the car.

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Her naughtiest moment so far (which really is not her fault…Blame it on her nose and on my husband) : My husband got a pizza out to put in the oven. She was sleeping peacefully on the couch at the time. He intended to return promptly to put it in the over so it would be ready for my return home, but he got sidetracked and forgot. When I came home he remembered that he didn’t put the pizza in the oven. I said, “no problem, I’ll put it in.” As I entered the kitchen, I realized that Berkley had pulled the pizza off the counter and eaten half of it! Thankfully, other than a little gas and the need to go outside in the middle of the night (which my husband took care of), she was fine.

Preventative Action

Sooooo…our friends showed us a trick to keep her paws off of the counter and it’s working so far. The second she puts her paws up on the counter, we shake this thing we made out of foil pans. It is so startling she takes off running and several days go by before she attempts to put her paws up again. As you can see from the picture, she is sitting on the chair in the background quite content to be away from the scary shiny shaker. As long as we have it on the counter she remembers to stay down. Our former Weimie had the same tendency… Such a good nose and such a strong desire for food!
One of my favorite times of the day is when, after the kids are in bed, she snuggles up on the couch with me, tuckered out from the day’s activities.
Berkley is a tremendous source of laughter and entertainment in our family, and we are thrilled to be making memories with her!!!
Thanks again for making such a great match!
Sincerely,
Amanda

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to hear of your continued success and joy. We are in the business of making dreams come true–at least that is our goal. This breed is not for everyone. Anyone who loves the Weimaraner finds they both want to expound on the fabulous life with the Weimar and at the same time warn others it is not all that easy to raise one.

You are doing fabulous! I think it is vital to get the basics done; then you work on things such as counter-surfing, living room agility, and meet-and-greet techniques. Nonetheless, a friendly, happy, and active Weimaraner is a delight. I am sure we can agree on that fact.

Some of our readers recently began the training of a Weimar pup. They quickly learned that freedom is earned. You want to get the housebreaking, crate-training, and the desire to please engrained very soon. Then you can move on to other things–like compliance on the leash. We were so thrilled to see not all that long ago you had achieved excellent loose-leash-compliance. (Click here to read the previous Berkley update.) Those things go a long way toward having a well-adjusted and easier to live with Weimaraner. Keep up the great effort and thank you for thinking of us.

Final Thought 

For those embarking on a journey–remember not to compare your situation with others. They (like this family) can give you hope of what can be achieved. Nevertheless, each family is unique. This adventure is a journey. It takes as long as it takes. It is a one-step at a time thing. Achieve the basics, so you have the solid foundation. Then, together, you can see what you can become.

Gobble Gobble

For Thanksgiving

          ~What We Don’t Want

Where's the Turkey

OK–I see you, now where is the good stuff?

The emergency Vet Vist probably tops our list. It is the quickest way to spoil our celebration. Nonetheless, is there a time when our attention is more divided? The snatch and grab Weimaraner could abscond with some spectacular finds. They are everywhere–the counter, the dining table, the plates, and possibly on the floor. One thing you might overlook–the rising bread dough or rolls. Bread Dough Toxicosis can prove life-threatening. Maybe a toddler is waving a turkey leg. Is that an invite? The opportunist Weimaraner will make the most of this food-driven holiday gathering.

The humans at your table–they are a significant threat to the Weimaraner. Who doesn’t want to sneak the pup a treat? But too many sneaks and the gut can become overloaded even with acceptable food. The sensitive Weim might have a bout of pancreatitis from too much fatty food. Then there are the cooked poultry bones–be sure if you throw them out it is where the Weimaraner cannot steal them.

You Might Consider

What if you made a plate for the Weimaraner that everyone could help share? This plating idea might work. Here are some excellent choices.

  • Turkey — no bones
  • Green beans (plain)
  • Squash or Pumpkin (plain)
  • Apple slices (without the seeds)

Avoid These

      ~ to mention a few

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Nuts (pecans and Macadamia)
  • Grapes and Raisins

You can bake a Weim cookie or a Weim pie that forgoes the seasonings. Eggs and pumpkin and a tiny bit of milk will bake up nicely. You could make the crust using treats. Possibly make them in a silicone cupcake pan or cupcake papers. We are not saying it cannot be a lot of fun for the Weimar too. However, no one wants the unthinkable to spoil all the fun.

Six-Months-Old

Need I Say More?

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It’s crazy to see how much Koda has grown in the 4 months we’ve had him.  He used to fit on my lap with no problems and now… well not so much. LOL!  He’s doing great.  Typical 6 months old.

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You Know What I Mean

Ornery, loveable, too smart, counter-surfer and a huge cuddle bug!!!  Every day I’m reminded why we added another Weim to the family.

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Weim Mentoring

Koda has taken on several behaviors from our 13-year-old, Gabriel.  He drools while waiting for you to put the food in his bowl, has to be with one of us constantly and thinks the couch/bed is their property just to name a few.  They are truly incredible animals!!!  Thanks again for adding so much to our family!

~Chris

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Chris, for the glimpse into raising your Koda. We know there have been challenges of the sort you would expect. Nonetheless, you have dug deep and accommodated the new fur-family-member. You are in the thick of adolescent behavior issues, but here you are working at the keyboard with your new kid helping you (tongue-in-cheek humor). The rewards are many, but we understand what it takes to make all this happen. Keep up the great work, and we appreciate your frequent updates on the process–as do our readers.

Shelli Reports

Cookies and Rosie

 

 

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What are you looking at Mom? I am not really in the kitchen…

20621844_10212893962519225_7186283693976040662_nI made cookies this evening. Rosie is not supposed to be in the kitchen. Note where she is. She is just WAITING for me to go back to binge-watching West Wing so she can sneak in and eat the entire batch. Pain in the butt.

 

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Breeder Comment

I always say if you are looking for a perfect dog–and you define perfect as one who would never manipulate or trick you, keep looking. The Weimaraner is not for you. People who have other breeds imagine that you could just get after them and the behavior will stop. They don’t understand at all.

Weimlovers are those who enjoy the antics for the most part. Some actually encourage them a bit too much. To us it is laughable that they divert their eyes and make certain faces–it is human-like. They hook our heart in ways we could never imagine happening, and there is no explanation. Even we can laugh at ourselves and mostly at the Weimar antics. Rosie is great! Many of us can identify with the missing pan of cookies; the pot roast went missing, etc. Despite the fact that the Weimar is middle age, this situation doesn’t change. Obedience is relegated to the leash, the recall, and other primary disciplines.

 

Making Mischief

I Spy Pizza!

The Weimaraner is the ultimate Counter-surfing wonder dog. (Oops did I say dog? Forgive the slip).

Don’t be deceived. Maverick is being very good. Many agile light-footed Weims could bound up on the counter or over the gate with ease.

Raider

This girl always amazes me…

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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. ❤

Adventures in House Sitting

with Hank on the Home-front

I was single at the time and would leave Hank at home during my work hours and always come home and spend my lunch break with him. Hank had full roam of the house during these hours and l always left the backdoor to the yard open for him as well so he could go in and out as he pleased. Hank was accustomed to this schedule and would be waiting for me at the door at lunchtime. Well one particular day I get home and he isn’t at the door ready to jump, playfully bite, and lick me to death. I of course find this weird and being to look for him, not on the couch where he usually slept, not in the backyard… at this point i start to wonder what is going on. Well I go into the bedroom to look for him and I hear the water running in the bathroom. I begin to give myself a butt chewing, how could i leave for work and leave the water running all morning, stupid of me I thought. Well as i rounded the corner to the bathroom I look and see this pitiful sight.

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hank3Hank had somehow gotten up on the bathroom counter, turned on the water for both sinks, and then was too scared to get down, see the sad/im in trouble face in the photos. I couldn’t help but snap a couple photos and then laugh about it. He reminds me more of a little person than a dog. And he is always doing something that makes me laugh. I will try to get some other photos your way. Hank wanted me to attach the 3rd photo and see if you could forward it on to any single weim ladies out there, he is really schmoozing it up for the camera.

My computer ate my homework

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It makes perfect sense ….

I knew I should have eaten every morsel--I got full!

I knew I should have eaten every morsel–I got full!

Sometimes it is not the school work that is devoured. Dog beds seem to be shredded about as often as toys.

I can attest to the fact that what hurts the most is they love to target our cherished things–our favorite shoes, the quilt we love, and just about anything that has our scent can become the choice (of the day). When the deed is done, they know guilt. Opportunity knocks, and the Weimaraner opens the door. What can we say? Do not give them opportunity–especially with something you treasure.

Deniability works, right?

I don't see what you are talking about..

I don’t see what you are talking about..

They will go to great lengths to get something they want, or feel they need. The guilt-ridden look can also take the shape of denial–you cannot pin this on me. These incidents often occur after the Weimaraner has their feelings hurt; they are not exclusive to a reactive behavior. They seem to be drawn to getting into a bit of trouble. When they don’t find it in front of them, they can be very creative.

Counter-surfing is an art

countersurfingThey can also climb the fence, leap to the dresser top, and think of ways to get what they want. Unfortunately, some of their exploits are life-threatening. The Weim-parent must be vigilant. They are not a train-in-three-months dog; and then glide along in uneventful bliss. Nevertheless, we love them. Weim-addicts cannot account for their addiction, but they often state nothing else will do.

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The Counter Surfing Weimar

IMG_0249The Weimaraner is not the only counter surfing dog; however, it may well be the most dogged (pun-intended) surfer around. They have been known to steal food from every conceivable location, but a favorite location is the counter (seconded only by the trash can). The fare is usually better from the counter, but it doesn’t have to be. This year a Weim died from ingesting their owner’s heart medication. Weims are opportunistic by nature, and it is amazing what they can eat. If it smells like you, it is fair-game–this includes your leather shoes.

Kekoa eyes the bacon sitting by the range

Kaekoa's got it covered!2The best approach is not to let it happen. That is sometimes easy to say, and in the end difficult to accomplish. Beating the Weimaraner is not an option–it would break their spirit. Other breeds might take that kind of correction and bounce back, but the Weimaraner has a sensitive spirit. So, what can a person do? First, never leave food unattended. Secondly, even when you are standing there making the kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, if you are distracted, the Weim may well count them self among those having a snack–and in turn, help their self to one or more sandwiches. This habit can be nearly impossible to break. So, it is best not to let it get started. Some people will have to resort to using the kennel (or crate) during food preparation, and meal time in general. There is no leaving a cake on the counter or table. You will not want to forget the bag of raisins on the counter (they can be deadly). The sponge, dishcloth, and other food-scented items are open for discussion (as well as ingestion). Some Weims have eaten a bar of soap–you don’t want to imagine the mess that leads to.

Keep Accessible Items to a Minimum

Have a system where snacks are stowed away, bread is kept in the refrigerator (or the bread box). Have lids on the trash can, or pullout bins. The old adage is it is better to be safe rather than sorry applies here.