~ Dog Park Incident
Just a quick update on Stone. Recently, we were engaged in a puppy playdate at the park – which I’m lucky enough to live two blocks away from. It’s at the bottom of my street, surrounded by trees and usually pretty empty.
There are about five or six puppies around the same age as Stone that live close to me – what luck! Stone was playing with three other puppies when a woman came into the park with her older dog and let her off leash. The dog came over to our pack and then attacked Stone. The lady didn’t say anything and didn’t leash her dog or take him away. I only saw later that Stone was actually bleeding. His bite became infected and we were off to the vet a day later. Needless to say, the puppy network has heard and passed along the story. We are all a little bit more wary. I don’t assume an off leash dog is friendly. The irony is that I avoid dog parks because of this and I only let Stone off leash when I know the dogs. This time I trusted too much.
All is healed and it didn’t slow Stone down one bit. In addition he is recovering from a yeast infection in his ear. None of this has phased my very happy little guy. Here are some pictures of Stone frolicking at the park where we go 2-3 times a day. And of course his next favorite thing, sleeping with Blue.
All my best,
We are always happy to hear from you, Victoria–and to learn about the adventures of Stone and those who accompany him. Nonetheless–we are sorry to hear about the attack at the dog park. It is not the first attack we have posted on our OwyheeStar Weimaraner News Blog. Not every dog or owner is encounter friendly–that is a reality we have to consider. Thanks for bringing this topic to our attention.
Loving the Farm
Spock is doing great. He absolutely loves the farm, he’s a little hesitant around the horses still but I rather him be that way then over jealous. I’ve attached a couple photos. He is so handsome 😎
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First Dog Park Experience
His first time to the dog park another dog tried to play w him and he ran away so the other dog started chasing him. Poor Spock squealed the whole perimeter of the park before running back to me and literally jumping into my arms. He has since gotten more used to the chaotic dog park but that first visit he was so worried. He is also a professional de-squeaker of toys if u ever need someone to get rid of your squeakers 😉
Every Weimaraner has a skill set. The development of the squeaker removal talent is linked closely to how to they see the world. The normal according to Spock is to kill the squeaking critter inside the new toy. (Oops) Spock is living the life on the farm and loving it. What could be better? Thanks ever so much for the great photos and sharing a porthole into his life with you.
The Dog Park–it is a mixed bag of socialization. Many rely on the dog park, but it can be a precarious adventure. There are reports from other OwyheeStar clients who had their Weims bullied or even attacked at the dog park. This type of thing should never happen, but it is always wise to be on the alert. The first trip to a new location may find the Weimaraner uncomfortable. It is ever so important to socialize them in as many settings as possible. New things can be daunting and unsettling. They have to learn how to adapt to change on every level. Regardless, when introducing a new element, it is more important to be vigilant and to stay very calm.
The Weimaraner picks up on your cues. If you are concerned, then they are concerned and wary. This atmosphere can trigger an unwanted event. At the same time, we recommend being aware of the other dogs and their demeanor. If you spot trouble or have a concern about someone and their dog, it is best to avoid them. Not every person who uses the dog park has an appropriate dog for that setting. Their problem can become your nightmare. Despite these risks, the opportunity for off leash frolicking with other people and their pets is invaluable. Just remember Wolfie who met an unfriendly Rottweiler–aggressive might be a better description. The good news is he healed up and continue to visit their dog park–they avoided that person and their dog from there on out. Read more on Wolfie–click here!
Note: The above photo was taken of Wolfie after he suffered a bite at the dog park. Click here to read his story.
From Marcy: Wolfie is doing well and surprisingly, he is not as defensive at the dog park anymore. Sometimes I get nervous because he runs away from me and gets in the middle of a group of dogs who are just congregating and just wants to find out about the dogs that have come in. In the past this would have meant trouble because he wants to sniff but he does not want to be sniffed especially by male dogs. But now, even though he is apprehensive, he tolerates it and once he has met everyone, he searches for me and runs to me as fast as he could, seemingly happy about the introductions. Of course I am watching the whole thing and most of the time I just tell him that the other dogs are friends and for him to be gentle. This coaxing always works.
Today, we can’t get out of the garage because of the snow and he has been crying because he wants to go to the park. I don’t know how long this crying is going to last. We have brought him in the backyard but the dog park is what he wants. Oh well, he’ll be disappointed because we are not going today. A lot of times they don’t plow the parking lot right away and it is easy to get stuck unless you have a 4-wheel drive, which we don’t.
BTW, Wolfie just came from outside and he is now pestering me and I know what that is about.
A few hours later Marcy writes: Yes, we caved in. They finally shoveled our driveway and Bob happened to be still at home so, off to the dog park we went. We parked close to the street instead of close to the enclosed dog park. Didn’t want to risk it. You should have seen Wolfie gallop!! Also he does not poop in the backyard if he could help it so the first order of business upon reaching the park is pooping. Bob said we are totally enablers to this persistent weim.
Well, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Breeder’s Note: For those reading this, please note (these wonderful people who are owned by Wolfie) are professionals–a doctor and a lawyer. They are not new to the breed either. For those getting off to a start, please make a note to yourself that the concrete-thinking Weimaraner likes routine. However, when they get used to a schedule, a change can come at a huge cost. Many Weims will pester you to death. Some Weims will freak and become destructive.
Another way to handle this situation is to teach your Weimaraner to be a bit more flexible. Do not make the dog park an everyday thing, or if you do–vary the time and route. Adjust your schedule a bit. Change when you eat, run, or whatever. Try not to do anything at the same time (or in the same way) habitually. Even moving their crate or food dish can be upsetting to some Weims. As you raise your puppy, you can implement small changes (such as moving the crate across the room or changing the feeding location), and help them become a bit more flexible. In the long haul, this approach would serve you and the Weimaraner well. Their concrete-thinking propensity can work to your advantage when training, but later can bite you (and them) in the back end if you know what we mean.