~Our Newest Family Member
We have been so blessed to call Bruno a family member since February 2019. In these 5 months, he has pushed EVERY boundary and tested as much patience as possible. Just when one thinks there is nothing left, he climbs up next to us and snuggles as only a Weimaraner can do. All is forgiven and we move on to the next day.
This puppy is the most dominant we have had to date of the 4 we’ve trained in the past. He is a natural hunter and loves to pick up the scents on our property, searching for the abundance of bunnies, raccoons and skunks we have available to the point of waking us up at 1:30 AM to go out so he can pick up the scent. He also follows Ollie around the house, copying his household 3 year old Weimaraner brother, but he seems to feel he can do things better and only Bruno should be pet and loved!
He has the sweetest personality and is great with the kids but seems to be weary of strangers although we have friends and family over regularly. That is a new thing for us as we’ve never had a Weim that wasn’t excited to meet new people. We wouldn’t trade him for the world and thank you so much for doing such an amazing job with this pup! You are our “go to” from now on!
Thank you! The Gervings
We are ever so happy to hear the news–and see Bruno is doing well.
Thanks again for everything, Bella is doing really good, we are all in love with her.
Bella is doing great, getting bigger everyday and she is a sweetheart.
Breeder’s Note: We love hearing how the new pup is adjusting. Those involved with us know, we put a lot into getting them ready. What that means is they are set up for the person bringing them home. They are ready to housebreak, crate-train, and whatnot. No matter what they know here, when they arrive at their new home, it is unknown. The humans are waiting, and ready to be molded (as well as manipulated). It is shocking how quickly the pup has you wrapped around their paw, and in compliance. It would be so amazing if we were half as sucessful.
Some of the best pet-lovers fall victim to their Weimaraner. They fail to get loose-leash compliance, and they resort to pinch collars, head-halters (like a gentle leader). We are not a fan, because although they are unable to pull you down the street–they do not give you the respect of their compliance. (Click here to read a previous blog on this topic.) Earning respect is a two-way street, but for many dog-savvy people it requires they dig-deep to achieve. The Weimaraner is up to the chess match that we are playing. They intend to bring us to a checkmate. Each compromise is a loss for our beloved friend. The backdrop to what I am speaking of is that every week some dog (many times it is a Weimaraner) loses their life because they failed to comply to the recall–or they just took off. Sadly, many times these are well-trained Weims. It happens to the best of us, but we up the odds in our favor by achieving the loose leash lead. Ultimately, we want them to want to please us more than to have their own way–not to prove we are the best trainer, but to create a positive atmosphere that fosters all the attributes we are hoping to achieve. This takes patience, follow through, and more than a little knack. Jan Magnuson has had the Weimaraner for more than thirty-five years, and she is one of the best trainers in the northwest. Click here to read a comment from Jan, and more about what we believe is the ideal goal.
Cliff and Shela try to learn from their own mistakes. They also try to learn from the errors other people make. With the Weimaraner, it is important to get it right up front, because the propensity toward concrete-thinking makes it difficult to undo the bad habits once formed. Seeing the rocks in this photo with Bella, we cautioned Sri to keep an eye on Miss Bella. It seems that Bella has been found with at least one in her mouth. Here is yet another read (click here) for those who think nothing happens to Cliff and Shela. This link mentions Dusty, and an encounter with a rock.
Dusty recovered, but we learned a valuable lesson. We also changed vets after the experience. It took a lot of effort to get Dusty back to the same trust-level after the not-so-happy veterinary office experience. Today, he is awesome with everyone. He still doesn’t totally trust anyone wearing ode-de-vet-office cologne. He is better, but it took years to get past the ordeal he suffered. Some things are best avoided.