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~ Not So Pleased Mama Changed Things

Got ambitious this morning and decided to do an overhaul on the master bedroom/closet. Minimizing is on the mind so thought I’d take Waylon’s crate out of the bedroom and replace it with his favorite dog bed.
Clearly he’s pissed 🤷‍♀️
Judging on his selection of dads gym shorts to pack around tonight, he’ll con him into bringing it back when I’m at work tomorrow. 

Breeder Comment

When I saw this photo, my response was, “Weimars do not do change.” they most certainly do not like change. One thing I continue suggesting is to teach your Weimaraner how to adapt. Teaching might include moving the crate a short distance or moving their bed to a new location–every once in a while, so they learn how to adjust. Change the feeding schedule, or add something new to their bowl. Get them used to smaller changes–including various schedule changes. If you come and go at the same time every day–they cling to that schedule as if their life depended on you arriving at 6:15 PM. While it is said that a minute is the same as an hour to a dog–well, somehow, they can also tell time. I think the minute the same as an hour thing comes into play when you are a couple of minutes late–there is the panic as if you were two hours late. They want to know why you are late. The fact that the sofa is destroyed is payback–or stress relief chewing. (Oops) Of course, that is extreme–but one client who had a favorite pair of designer heels stopped off at the mall one evening. She arrived home to find those heels in the center of the bed chewed. I am sure it was a comfort—Mama’s scent and the leather to chew. The Weimaraner was in so much trouble was dropped off at her Mama’s grandparents. She was devastated, angry beyond words, and felt betrayed. She needed space–and time to weep and compose herself. We were happy to hear that Waylon was never destructive–it probably means you did many things right.

For all those folks who never achieve crate-training, here is how it looks. At a minimum, a Weimaraner will embrace getting into the crate when you tell them to kennel up. Other Weims, come to love their safe place–and keep in mind if they learn to sleep there, then they don’t chew things or potty somewhere during the night. It is a fabulous house-breaking tool.

Well, we have a little link you might want to check out–Waylon four years ago.

Advice on neutering the Weimaraner

Oscar Dec 2012At what age should I neuter Oscar?

There is a ton of info out there and many different opinions.  I trust you (Cliff & Shela) the most so I would like to get your take on this topic.

 Bringing you up-to-date

I’m sure you probably remember Oscar. (He is from the Mousse X Benton litter.)  He is about 5.5 months old right now, and he weighs about 46 lbs.  He is very well behaved for a puppy and I have no concerns with him at this point.

Aggression or Dominance is not an issue

He does not show any real signs of dominance when around other dogs.  He likes to play but we haven’t seen any aggression or mounting yet.  He also still pees like a girl 🙂

Let me know what you think-Jeff (Jan 2012)

Cliff’s thoughts on altering the male Weimaraner

Jeff—as you noticed every vet and dog person has a different idea as to the optimal time a dog should be neutered. Although there are many proponents that feel a dog may be altered prior to their six-month birthday, I personally would not recommend altering them before six months.

Somewhere between six months and a year they will start to notice the girls. Once the hormones kick in it is wise (for safety’s sake, and to prevent an unplanned mating) to have them fixed. Otherwise, they are more apt to take off when they catch a girl dog’s scent. Even when called off, they may run across the road in pursuit of whatever. This puts them at risk on so many levels, but often results in them getting hit by a car. Not every male dog is going to develop at the same rate. For this reason, there is not one right answer to your question. It should also be noted that an altered male can tie with a female. Therefore, neutering your dog does not totally guarantee to eliminate sex drive.

The Weimaraner will continue to grow (and develop) until they are at least 2 years old. Some experts (and a few vets) feel that they should be left intact, because they need the extra hormones to grow properly.

All that being said, my recommendation is to neuter sometime between six and eight months of age.

Cliff with Red_4382Cliff Nielsen, OwyheeStar Weimaraners

(cliff@owyheestar.com)

Note: Cliff is a Weimaraner trainer, and breed advocate. He is also a go-to resource for all the OwyheeStar clients. The blog is provided as a service to the OwyheeStar extended family, but open to anyone interested in the Weimaraner.