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Liberty Belle

Breeder Comment

Last week we shared about Libbie’s (Liberty Belle) trip home on the airplane, as well as her extraordinary initial adjustment.  It was nothing short of phenomenal, but a lot had to do with how she began her journey. She learned to settle in the carryon bag–yes, I did work with her before she left OwyheeStar. Regardless, there is something to be said about the pup that settles–they can learn nearly anything. The carryon bag is like an extreme crate-training session–only you must succeed to be able to fly with them in the bag. Here are some photos of Libbie on her day of travel.

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Finally, a calm follow through makes a lot of difference. So, there were two huge factors contributing to the excellent start. 1. There is the settling in the carryon bag. 2. There is the human factor where they stayed calm and followed through. Honestly, it is not all that easy, but it is effective. All the human emotion and excitement can be the unraveling the transition. (OMG)

Day One with Libbie

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We got up this morning and started the daily routine. I took off work to help her transition to her work days with Scott, and get familiar with how it’s all going to work. As I’m typing this, she is sleeping and figuring it out.
She has really done phenomenally so far with everything, I, we are truly amazed at her learning things and remembering them. It’s almost scary as to how smart she is, are we going to be able to keep up with her staying interested and busy learning more 🙂 ?!
What an incredible gift you have given us! We are more grateful than you can possibly know!  As I mentioned earlier, our family is complete again, and we owe it all to you. Thank you!!!!
Thank you for all of the suggestions! I’m definitely going to check out the AKC Good Citizen Title program, sounds fun and will help me keep Libbie learning and interested and obedient :)! Also, I’m going to start the standing process as well, what a great idea, makes total sense!

Breeder Comment

Watch for the next segment in this story. We hope you enjoy the explanations shared her and marvel at Libbie’s quick adjustment. Make sure you don’t compare yourself to this experience. Everyone is unique. Let’s face it–we are not all wired exactly the same. We humans have to grow and learn and some of us struggle a lot more. Also, once a mistake is made it can take a lot of effort to make an adjustment. It is wise not to let frustration take hold if such an event occurs–the Weimaraner takes their cue from you. If you are concerned, worried, or frazzled they will know. Even when you wear a smile and the outward upbeat attitude, the Weim knows what you feel. It is hard to hide our true feelings from the Weimaraner. (oops)
I do believe there are some useful lessons here. Cliff and I appreciate Libbie’s family for sharing in elegant detail their experience. It is a gift to everyone who reads this blog. Oh, and if you are wondering what we were discussing regarding the standing, it a  process where you stand your Weimaraner on a short table and more or less pat them down all over. It is more detailed than explained here. Nevertheless, in essence, you get them to love being touched and make sure the Weim accepts the touching of their face, tail, ears, etc.

Liberty Belle

Is Home!

     ~ Boise to Las Vegas Flight

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Libby at OwyheeStar

Breeder Comment

We met Julia at the Boise Airport (on Tuesday) where to was ready with her carryon to transport Liberty Belle (Libbie) home to Las Vegas. Yes, some airlines allow you to carry a puppy on the plane–not all. The federal law requires the pup be eight-weeks-old. Most airlines require a health certificate.
Julia has been kind enough to provide us with a glimpse of the experience. We will have segments featuring Libbie and her family introduction. We hope you enjoy the journey.

Julia Speaks of Boise, etc.

 

Libbie did perfect the whole day! Oh my goodness, I can’t believe how well she did!! I took her potty right after you guys left then we hung out in an empty area for a while to play, bond and work off some energy. I put her in the carrier, and that’s where she stayed until we got home. She didn’t put up a fuss, she was relaxed and slept most of the day and flight home, even thru rough turbulence.

Las Vegas Arrival

Scott picked us up at the airport, and she was continued napping for the 15-minute ride home. Once we got home, we went straight to the backyard to potty, ringing the potty bells as we went out the door. She instantly went potty as soon as she got off the patio, both pee and poop. She was praised and given treats, and then we went in for some food, water and family bonding time. Scott is in love with her too! There was no doubt that, our family is complete again :)!

Busy Day; Fun Evening!

We had lots of playtime and several potty breaks, each time she rang the bell to go out! I can’t believe it! At first, we thought it was coincidental because it could be a great play toy, but she went potty every time, except once, when I think she just wanted to go outside to play.  Did you by chance train her with the potty bells? If not, we have one super intelligent puppy :)! I seriously cannot believe how fast she took to that!!

Our First Night

We did our usual bedtime routine and put her in the crate in our bedroom. She pitched a little fit for about 5 minutes and then went to sleep.  She woke up around 2:30 and again around 3,  whined a couple of minutes then she went back to sleep. I had made my decision before bed that if she woke up after 3:30 I would take her our potty. She woke up at 4, I went to the bathroom and then took her out of the crate, rang the potty bells and as soon as her feet touched the ground, she went potty.  We went back to bed, she whined for less than a minute and went back to sleep. It couldn’t have been a better 1st night!!!

Breeder Comment (part two)

Julia, you and Scott, did everything right. Libbie is a lucky girl. No, she was not trained to the potty bells nor even to the door. It would not matter if she were because it was all new territory. We have countless stories (from past experiences) where we had pups housebroken and crate-trained only to hear that their new family was disappointed. Well, there is a trick to doing things, and while it involves follow through, it also takes a bit of knack. It requires the humans to go about business unfazed and matter-of-fact. The moment we humans hesitate the pup reads our hesitation and follows suit.

Libbie is a super smart girl–like her Mama. Ringing the bells upon arrival set the stage. For those that wonder–, you don’t want to ring them like a wild person and make it a scary thing. You want to entice them to want to use them. It is a fun thing. Shortly, it might be abandoned because the pup learns to ring them all too well. (ha!) Who can say? It facilitates the housebreaking process –that is the goal.

Libbie can hold potty for a while. As you saw on your trip home, she didn’t potty the travel bag. When she woke up, she needed to relieve herself. All too many folks are too quick to take their pup out in the middle of the night. Soon, the puppy wants to go every hour or two all night long. For some folks, this pattern continues for months. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner who gets the idea that they go out at night can make life tough for the exhausted puppy family. Habits form readily–good ones and unfortunately, bad ones too!

Getting off to a good start and avoiding the unwanted behaviors is the best approach. We talk a lot about getting the basics done. It cannot be overstated. We hope all of Libbie’s littermates are excelling.

 

 

 

Ohren

Growing Like A Weed

 

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Our Two Share a Bed and Blanket Situation

Ohren is beautiful and a little troublemaker.

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Does This Look Like Trouble?

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I do my fair share and even Prewash the Dishes.

 

We love her so much and are so thankful to you for providing us with this little monster.

She’s growing like a weed! I hope others like seeing our new addition. I love seeing everyone’s furbabies!!!!

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to learn how things are going. It means a lot to us to have this update. Thank you! We know our readers will also enjoy it. One can only bring home so many Weimaraner puppies in a lifetime. Living vicariously through other’s experience is fun.

Featured Weimaraner — Opie

Opie did great on trip home.Opie likes his comfort March 2013

Didn’t get sick and slept most of the way. He seems to be settling in just fine, hasn’t whined at all. He has been playing with the kids and sleeping.  Opie is Home and Sleeping

Featured Weimaraner — Wader

By the riverHe is beautiful and athletic!

I just wanted to say hello and send a few shots of Wader (Elle x Blue, 2011).  He is a beautiful and athletic blue boy weighing 75 lbs.  

He is fun!

We have so much fun together, both adventuring outdoors and snuggling inside.  He is a real “comfort king,” always seeking out the softest, warmest, comfiest spot to sit, which is generally either the couch or over a heating vent.  We recently moved to the outskirts of town so Wader is enjoying a larger yard where he stays during the day (likely in his heated doghouse most of the time).Muddy

Wader is a Versatile HunterWader hunting

The quail and rabbits come through and keep him busy.  Dan hunts chukar with him; Wader finds birds and retrieves well.  He went duck hunting once this fall and retrieved in icy water.  Young Wader in canoeHe is very confident outdoors; on our walks he races to retrieve his dummies, taking huge jumps and climbing through brush.

Wader and the Canoe

We started him in our canoe as soon as he could swim; he sleeps in the middle on a foam pad while we paddle and fly fish.  He casually looks over when a fish is brought into the boat, and sometimes sniffs it.  He also likes to balance on the canoe gunwale and watch the birds on the water. Scouting for duck season

ProfileHe is our running companion too!

I have recently started trail running with him, he can also run next to a bike using a Walky Dog leash.  In the summer he loves to swim in the river every day, retrieving stick after stick.

He is friendly, intelligent, and obedient!

Wader knows his commands well, loves people and dogs, and is extremely intelligent. He gets compliments for being beautiful everywhere we go.  Thank you for breeding such a wonderful dog – we are so happy to have him in our family!