~She Sleeps In–It’s Perfect!
Miranda (Bettee × Manfred #10 pink) has settled right in and started her first training class on Wednesday (or perhaps I should say hubby and I started the first training class!).
This puppy loves to sleep in late and then makes such a production of yawning and stretching before emerging from her kennel. I must admit I so enjoy those first 2 mugs of coffee before she starts her day! I wanted to get you photos for the blog–Jeepers, I had no idea how difficult it was to capture a photo of a stretching or yawning dog! Here is a collage of Miranda in her wake-up routine which spans many minutes!
What a great story, and I know everyone will love these adorable photos as much as we do. So cute, this girl, and we love how well she is adapting and fitting into your household routine. Thanks!
She is really enjoying her new house and already knows her crate is her home and we can hardly keep her from hanging in it all day!
We are pleased that she likes her crate. Sometimes the crate training is hard to master. It is good to have a right-sized safe-feeling location. Once they accept it, then the only other hurdle might be if they get territorial. The Weimaraner can be protective of their space–it is a good idea to move the location of the crate from time to time. This helps prevent them from protecting their corner of the room so to speak. (OMG)
Lend me your ears
Those that follow our blog realize this has been anything but a typical week. Cliff has been wanting our blog to share with you (our readers) the most important key factors (from his perspective). Understanding and embracing these truths will net positive results. It will give you a firm grasp on what you need to accomplish with the young Weimaraner. Each day, this week, we have shared a topic dear to our heart; the kind we believe will bring you closer to the relationship you need (and desire). Whatever type of relationship you are involved in (human or Weimaraner), respect will lead to a healthy right-type of relationship. Unfortunately, we all too often, create an unhealthy relationship because of who we are, and what we feel we need. Our weaknesses, our bias, our preconceived ideas, and our realm of influence all play into what we hear, as well as how we interpret what is being said.
Simple and Pro-Active
OwyheeStar recommends a pro-active approach. Our hope is you will embrace these simple truths, and in turn reap the benefit. At the same time, you will avoid many of the potential setbacks along the way to success. When you get the foundation laid, that stays intact. You don’t rip up the foundation unless things go completely awry. As you build, the new activities should be well-supported by the good foundation laid.
What is success? It doesn’t always look the same. Nevertheless, it shares those attributes we have been sharing this week. The average Weimlover needs to achieve these goals, and to incorporate them into their life.
- Loose Leash Heeling (on a regular flat collar)
- Come; followed by the Sit-stay
Accomplishing the four listed disciplines will help you with proper socialization, and off-leash compliance.
We love the idea of Freedom
Is freedom your their primary goal? Your list might looks something like this….
- Get free from using the crate.
- Get off-leash
We love freedom; however, making it a focus all too often backfires. We recommend you stay crate-friendly, and maintain the loose-leash heel throughout the entire relationship. A person can never say what life will bring their direction, and if the Weimaraner has these two skills; they can make it through the tough times. We understand some folks cannot embrace the crate-training concept. On the other hand, overall the Weimaraner is better for being crate-trained.
Achieving a measure of freedom is important. You want to shoot for the goal of not needing to rely on the crate in every situation. You want the Weimaraner to be able to experience the exhilaration of off-leash adventures. Nonetheless, achieving compliance must be the primary goal. Then freedom will come, and socialization will have a better result. Jumping up, not coming when called, and other not-lovely occurrences are easier to avoid when the Weimaraner is rock-solid in the four (above listed skill sets).
Many training programs rely on enticements to get compliance. During the early training phase, a treat-for-performance approach can work. Please know that the cookie approach might not serve you well during the heat of the moment. Too many Weims have lost their lives, when they failed to return for an enticement. Folks, you need to very quickly move past the idea that they get a treat for doing the required work. Treats should be random rewards.