Today (April 8, 2013) Wolfie turned 5 years old.
I still couldn’t believe that it has been 5 years since I picked him up from the Boise airport as a yelping little guy. He has grown to be a very loving and, as usual, manipulative companion. We definitely, either intentionally or unintentionally, help him be successful in being manipulative, that’s for sure!!!
We made some homemade treats to give to his friends in celebration of his birthday. But unfortunately, it rained last night and the dog park is muddy. This means that everyone just stayed home and we were not able to give out his treats. We went to the dog park anyway since lightning is the only event that will prevent us from going to the park. We didn’t stay long (30 mins vs the usual 1 hour or more) to see if anyone would come but as I suspected everyone skipped today. We’ll try again tomorrow. Fortunately the treats have a long shelf life.
I included a picture taken last Saturday at the dog park.
Again, thank you for this wonderful furry friend. ~ Marcy
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.