Off to A Good Start
We love our Berkley. You chose well!!
Here’s an update on CRATE TRAINING:
She was totally content in her crate for the 4-hour ride home from Oregon. We stopped once and she went potty. Her first night home, she was not happy at all to be away from her litter mates and her mama. We put her crate in our room so she could see us, but she still howled and whined much of the night. Yesterday we put her in her crate several times, for 20-45 minutes each time, during the day while we ate our meals and ran an errand. She was a little vocal about it each time but got better as the day progressed. We hosted a lunch event and a dinner event, and she did splendid meeting and greeting all the shoe-less guests (parvo precautionary rule). She was the absolute center of attention for a good chunk of the day. When it was time for bed last night we put her in her crate and she went right to sleep. Not one howl or yelp! She stirred at 2 am and gave me a little whimper. I took her outside and she went potty right away. She went back to sleep in her crate until almost 6 am, which is my wake-up time anyway! We were so thrilled and gave her lots of praise for doing such a good job.
An update on POTTY TRAINING:
We used the bell method with our first Weim, and it worked like a champ. So we knew this was the way to go the second time around. Every time we take her outside to go potty (after she eats, wakes up, just before bed or crate time, or every 30 minutes or so), we take her little paws and ring that bell and say “outside”. Yesterday she rang the bell all on her own. We took her out and she went potty right away. Then again today, she rang the bell on her own, and the same thing happened!!! She is catching on so fast. We haven’t had to clean up after any accidents. I am shocked.
An update on TRAINING AND LIFE IN GENERAL:
She is retrieving like a champ to our hand….stuffed toys, mostly. She isn’t into the balls yet for some reason. She is coming on command and just starting to get “sit”. I started working with her on heeling as well, but that’s a little trickier. She is starting to get it, but barely. Berkley went with us to take big sister to school for her first day of school today. And then she snuggled on the couch with us and listened in as I read a Sofia the First story to our youngest. She’s one fun pup. I attached a few pictures.
Thanks so much, Amanda
It was very sweet of you to update us on Berkley. We appreciate the follow through you are doing too! It is paying off. Yes, we try to set the pups up for success, but it takes more than a little knack to step quickly toward success.
The potty training is excellent. I love that you used the bell system. Around here that would not work, but in a traditional family setting it can get you off to a good start fast. Be sure to get a fecal exam. Giardia and coccidia are common one-celled parasites that can quickly multiply and reek havoc on the pup’s intestine. Treatment isn’t a big deal if you catch it early. Pups prefer puddle water, and they also lick their feet all the time. These are great ways to ingest something that can take off like a wildfire.
For those that have never collected a sample–you invert a baggie (Mark your name on this baggie first to ensure it is labeled). Grab a portion of a suspicious looking sample and invert and seal the baggie. Label a second baggie with your name, the pup’s name as well as the date and time the sample was collected. Keep this sample cool (not frozen). Freshness is important; therefore, get the collected sample to the Vet office ASAP. Collect it just before you leave when possible.
This one thing can save you a lot of trouble. Stress diarrhea is a thing. We might fear the worst, and it could be stress. Canned or steamed pumpkin is great for correcting a loose stool. It is not a bad idea to give your pup a couple of tablespoons twice a day and even some berry yogurt–the kind with live cultures. These are very good for their digestion, and the yogurt helps ward off yeast infections too.
Ideas about dog breeding, and the puppy-placement-process have evolved. In the last twenty years, our society has seen many dramatic changes. Information is more readily available-this is largely due to technology. Unfortunately, information is not one-size-fits-all. This can work against the most well-meaning (and best laid) plans for adding the new puppy to our home.
Preconceived ideas are potholes best avoided
There are many variables. These include the breed you are considering. The breeder you are looking at trusting. Current lifestyle is a huge consideration. Yes, your lifestyle figures into the equation, as well as the household structure. The family (or the people residing in the home) speaks to the environment. This means who lives within the home, their schedules, their interests, the location, the configuration of the home, and more. Another consideration we see defining planning is timing, and again, the viewpoint about the best time to add a pup is affected by too many variables to list. Thoughts on the most opportune time to get a puppy are affected by the work schedule, vacation plans, seasons, weather conditions, etc. Yes; all of these factors play into the metaphorical picture you are painting, but nothing affects your decisions more than preconceived ideas.
Earning the pup’s respect takes you further than making them happy!
Equating the current scenario to past puppy homecomings, may lead to creating problems you didn’t foresee. Unfortunately, the desire to get things perfect (and to avoid problems), many times creates new issues. Clients will trust the breeder’s advice, or turn to the most popular dog training guru–the latest book, training video, or television show. Sometimes these dog-whisperers are the main factor in the equation–it is about their confident leadership. Any method would work, because they are able to elicit respect from the fur-client and the pet owner. They make it look easy. However, there are many people who are not easily trained to do the things it requires to be the leader of the pack. Therefore, while we can learn from the puppy-whisperer, we may not achieve the same exact result.
Trouble often finds the well-meaning puppy owner…
In truth, the majority of problems people see with the Weimaraner stem from human-error. Here are two ways puppy owners get into trouble.
- The first way people get into big trouble with the Weimaraner is by viewing everything from the human perspective. While the Weimaraner acts in the people-like mode, they think like the concrete-thinking Weimaraner. They are a dog, (but please do not voice this in front of them). Nevertheless, keep in mind that what makes them happy, healthy, and well-adjusted is not what works for the human baby.
- We mentioned the second pitfall in the first. Most people get into big trouble because they want their puppy to be happy. This sets the stage for many unwelcome occurrences. The manipulative Weimaraner puppy is very cunning, and quick to take advantage of this situation. This can happen by barking at the human, until you get what you want. This often starts during crate-training, where the puppy barks incessantly until the human takes them out of the crate. Please do not under estimate the pup’s ability to read your human heart. They know they are getting to you, and if you are upset (or feel bad) they will keep treading on your nerves until you rescue them. This sets the stage for getting their way from here on out. Getting the upper paw can lead to quite a fiasco within the household. The Weimaraner finds this very entertaining, and other find it amusing too!
This is the short version…….
Some of these topics mentioned are book-worthy. We have only touched on them. There is no way to explore any one topic in depth here. Nor, can we write each person a detailed explanation on these various thoughts. What we suggest is using this as a springboard, and taking the approach that no matter when you get the pup things are not going to be as planned. 1. The pup is going to react in ways you didn’t expect. 2. It is smart to look at this like a journey. Let it unfold. Too much planning (and too many preconceived ideas) thwart the spontaneous bonding experience. Possibly, what a person tries to avoid the most is the thing that is going to enrich, deepen the experience.
About Cliff and Shela (OwyheeStar Weimaraners).
They have been raising dogs for more than 40 years. Shela’s parents raised dogs in the 50’s Cliff grew up on a farm south of Ontario, Oregon. They have worked at many other things in conjunction with raising dog. Currently, they reside on the family farm, where Cliff also does a little farming. However, the daily efforts are focused on raising the wonderful OwyheeStar Weimaraners.
Cliff first fell in love with the Weimaraner in the fifties when his uncle raised a litter and gave him one. Doc was a great dog. He left huge paw prints on Cliff’s young heart.
Note: We hope our philosophy, ideas, and thoughts on the Weimaraner are helpful. Experience is a great teacher! We try to learn from our mistakes, as well as those of others.
~ Shela and Cliff