~ A Little Story For the Blog
You brought Sophia to live with us on Tuesday. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were quiet days in our yard. Saturday afternoon, the two pre-teen girls next door were out in their backyard and when they were talking loud, Sophia barked and ran a few feet towards their yard, stopped and barked again and then ran a few more feet and then stopped and looked at their yard for less than a minute and promptly resumed play.
I told you the story of Azura, as a puppy, running and barking towards the perceived threat, so I thought you’d appreciate this one about Sophia. When Azura barks, Sophia promptly sits, alert, and watches where Azura goes and then runs after her to see what’s going on. This little girl is such a sweetheart, so smart, so alert and learns so quickly. Well, except for the biting thing!
Oh, Sophia is a smart one–and again, a shark-toothed girl, too. (Haha) Thanks for the cute story. Secretly I was deeply concerned about the expectations–what we were looking for in Sophia. Who can guess what will happen, but this story was unusual–and yet, here we go. She did the same kind of confident thing. (Hurrah!)
For anyone raising the Weimaraner, click here to read about the puppy biting thing. I highly recommend this read.
~Winning the Battle
Thank you you guys are the best!! Her eyes are changing more green and not as bright. I just love her but oh man when I get home and she is with Chris all day she gets so excited and starts biting me with her sharp teeth. I’m trying to control the biting but I hate to say its been hard finding a good trainer to follow. I just bought 2 books on Amazon by Kyra Sundance are you familiar with her? All her training books feature a weimarinar on the cover.
I know she doesn’t mean too nip, but she got my lip good today. She nips just when she is really hyper. I need to find some good tips and practices cause boy she got my ear good too.
She sleeps next to us every night and loves her dog bed and silly toys. She is so smart and loves to retrieve and does so well with dropping her toy and repeating the process. She is so cuddly and sweet. It’s the biting I am struggling with it’s my job to teach her and she is in her best time period for learning. I say no bite and point my finger which isn’t working because it seems to provoke her. Today I turned and crossed my arms and she just bit me from behind. Don’t get me wrong she doesn’t do this all day just when she is really excited and over stimulated. I look like a goof with this mark on my face. Talk soon thanks again so much!! Bridget
You might remember the link I posted about embracing the biting Weimaraner–in the end, once you have the bite inhibition worked through it will work in your favor. The worst kind of biting is fear biting. This puppy biting thing is how they treat those they love–but if you observe them in the litter or with their mother–there are consequences.
Click Here to read Ann Taguchi’s insightful article on the Weimaraner puppy biting. I have posted this before, but if you missed the article, it would be a good time to read it.
I am happy to report Bridget is getting a handle on this issue (we spoke yesterday), but I wanted to post this because we all know how frustrating the biting can be. Yes, it seems it is always something.
More about our Adventure
~ Part ThreeUps and Downs
We had some trouble early on with puppy biting. When I tried to correct Loki he would get angry, which worried me. I’ve since used your advice, Shela—a good screech stops him in his tracks! Since then, I’ve screeched and redirected him to something he’s allowed to chew on, and I haven’t had many issues this past week. I’m keeping Cliff’s trick in reserve in case we have more serious difficulties in the future, but for now, we’re on a good, positive track. Though Loki did well with the crate the first couple of weeks, he’s become more vocal this past week and I’ve temporarily revoked his office privileges (his crate is now in an area where his complaints won’t bother anyone). I imagine his increasing energy levels have something to do with it, so I’m making sure he gets more exercise, and he still gets some nice breaks from his crate throughout the day. I’m hoping this is just a phase, and that he learns that fussing won’t get him out of his crate (I’m also doing work to make sure that his crate is a positive place for him—he just objects to not being the center of attention, I think!).
We had a nice visit with the vet for Loki’s 9-week shot. She was impressed with the detailed portfolio you sent and is supportive of the vaccine protocol. She is also happy that I’m feeding the Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Chow with the NuVet supplement. Good news—one of Loki’s testes has descended, and the other was in a good position, so I think we’re going to be just fine on that account. She is also an advocate of neutering closer to the 6-month mark rather than to wait longer.
Loki and I are getting along quite nicely. He’s already my little adventure buddy, and he’s always up for snuggle time at the end of the day. I love this little guy—he is so intelligent and energetic. Though I wrote a fair amount about training, to Loki it’s all fun and games, and I intend to keep it that way. Thank you for all your help in selecting Loki. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
Click Here for Part One
Click Here for Part Two
Thanks, Erica, for providing so much information about your process and Loki. The photos were outstanding, too! We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Keep up the great work.
Happy six month birthday to our Beorn! (It’s a little early, but the 26th is coming up fast).
He is a family member!
I am very excited to give you an update about Beorn and his place in our family. He is growing fast, like always. He is weighing in now at 48.5 lbs. Big boy!
Puppy Bites are not fun!
We lived through the puppy nipping and got wise and started wearing gloves when we were training him. He now only mouths us in a very gentle way.
We all were on the same page with our training program!
The Don Sullivan collar and training video helped us manage this behavior while Beorn was young, so I think it saved us all. The other very helpful thing we did was to include the whole family (except the cats that is) in the training process. Beorn listens to commands from both the kids now too (11 and 4).
Our 20lb male cat is still the dominate pet in the house. He tells Beorn when he gets to close, but they get along ok. Our younger female cat and Beorn are great friends. They play hide-n-seek, all in good fun. They even snuggle together. He has never shown aggression to our cats, which is a relief.
Beorn is developing into a Running Companion — appropriate distances for his age of course!
We are busy and on the go and he seems to be adjusting to our schedule. Alex is at home during the day and I’m home on the weekends. He does not spend to much time alone honestly, but we do use the crate daily. Most importantly we use the crate at our family meal times and when we are not at home to watch over the pup.
Beorn travels and adapts well to each adventure!
Beorn will be neutered in March as he is showing he is ready for this. We have an excellent vet and are a little nervous about the surgery, but we know all will go well.
I guess a lot has happened since our last message. I’ve included some of our favorite pictures. We are so thankful for Beorn and our chance to be his family. He has changed our lives in so many ways, we are very happy. Thank you a thousand times!