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At Sixteen Weeks

     ~We can Report

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I wanted to give you a quick Milly update.  She is 16 weeks old today and weighing in at 28lbs.  I’m so curious as to how big she will be, how large was her mom?  She is such a sweet girl with the perfect amount of spunk!  image4
She is patient (mostly 😉) with the kiddos and is such a quick learner!  The piranha syndrome is slowing down a bit too which is great.  She has taken to her crate like a champ and enjoys most everyone we meet, person or dog.
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We have been working with her on pheasant scent and a wing and she has a beautiful point! I have included a picture of her pointing below.  We plan to expose her to some live birds soon.
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She had her titer test today in lieu of the 16-week vaccine and her vet says he predicts she will have good numbers!  Thank you for such a wonderful pup!  All your hard work is evident!  We had such an amazing experience with our last Weim, I was worried I would never have such a wonderful experience again.  Milly is proving that she is up to the challenge of taking over where her predecessor left off!

Breeder Comment

~and your answer

How large is Bernie? Bernie is smaller than a lot of Weimaraners–she has the more compact body style. I cannot be sure, but a good guess is she weighs around 55 lbs
I must say—I find this the most obnoxious thing about the Weimaraner puppy—the mouthing and biting. Even though it is shark-like (despite what some folks think), it is not aggression. They are a very mouthing-type of a puppy—possibly the worst of all.

How delightful it is to have an engaging and friendly Weimaraner. Not every Weim welcomes those outside their inner circle.

You folks are doing fabulous with her.  Thank you, for doing the titer test instead of automatically doing a 16-week puppy shot. And for staying on top of other things as well. Once they arrive, the work begins afresh. Thank you, for all you are doing and have done with her. I am excited to hear more in the future.

Loki

More about our Adventure

     ~ Part ThreeSAR pupUps 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!).

The Vet

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.

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those eyesLoki 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!

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Breeder Comment

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.

 

News of a Different Sort

Dear Friends, and Weimlovers..

We have made a concerted effort (over the last few weeks) to post news regarding Zula Blue’s litter. Actually, we planned to post something weekly, but time gets away from us.

Our  must-do list has a voracious time-eating appetite. We made mention of the pups on several occasions. Here are the two blog posts we posted…

Puppy Therapy

They have reached the five-week mark. It is time to let you see what has transpired. They look a little different than the last viewing on the blog.

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Zula Blue’s Pups slated to Join Their Families

(photos featuring Alice (Zula Blue X Blue 2013 litter)

Ready for her flight home with her new happy parents

Alice preparing to fly from Boise to California

Zula Blue’s pups will leave for their forever home in a few weeks. It will happen after the Christmas holiday. By then, and things will have settled a bit. It will work to everyone’s advantage. Pups arrive on a schedule that is not always ideal; females come into season every six to eight months. We are sure there are people scanning the Internet in search of a Christmas puppy.

Christmas and the holidays impact our lives in unique ways. Some people find that little changes for them. They lead a quieter life, either by choice, or design.  Other folks find every moment jam-packed from Thanksgiving to the New Year. These types should never add a puppy to the mix. It is irresponsible, and an unfair thing to do to a puppy. To others, the addition of the puppy is more important than the usual holiday fanfare. To say no one can do a Christmas puppy is not fair. We are not all cut from the same cloth (as the saying goes). Nonetheless, there is always a public outcry, because all too many who are caught by the puppy-under-the-tree-idea, are anxious to drop the Christmas-pup at the shelter by Easter. Beyond the holiday scenarios, there are other reasons a placement fails. Zula’s pups are promised to excellent home. Most of these folks have waited for some time to get a puppy; they look forward to beginning the new year with a new family member.

Alice and Emma share the new bed

Alice and Emma share the new bed

Alice (Zula Blue X 2013) flew home on the big airplane with her parents. We show two photos of her; one as she left, and the other of her a few months later. She has an older sister (Emma); she is also an OwyheeStar girl. We thank Cheryl and Dave for their dedication, and loyalty.

Realistic Expectations

~a few simple thoughts on avoiding one unthinkable scenario

Weimaraner pups grow up fast. They go from what we might consider a mouse-sized beginning, to be adult-looking in four-months. They are by no means adult-acting; and setting expectations beyond the pup’s ability is fertile ground for disappointment. Frustration often leads to blaming, and trying to find someone to fix the perceived problems. Labels get attached, and the focus goes from embracing the new family member to fixing them.
A pup, once labeled, will feed off the owner’s frustration. This in turn leads to more acting-out behavior, and a breach in the relationship. It is a combination of the two working together that produces an escalation in the unwanted behavior. Nothing is more significant than your relationship; it is the key to turning around any situation. Regardless, when things seem to awry, it is important to remember what is most important. The key to turning things around is a healthy relationship where you are gaining not only their adoration, but their respect.

Did we say that the Weimaraner pup grows up fast? They go from what you might consider a mouse-sized baby beginning, to be adult-looking in four-months. They are by no means adult-acting; and setting expectations beyond the pup’s ability is fertile ground for disappointment. Wrongly labeled pups stem from one of two methodology errors–the first could be summed up as a failure to understand, and follow through. The second is the other extreme. The person who expects too much, and/or is being heavy-handed. Extremes do not produce the desired outcome. This approach is often based in a person’s ego; this is the person who feels their dog reflects their ability. We are all proud of what our dog does. Nevertheless, the person who wants the well-trained perfectly behaved pup, and they will settle for nothing less; this breed might prove beyond difficult.

This is a journey. This is about what you can become together. It takes time, investment of yourself, and more than a little fortitude to get the desired result. Sending a pup off to the trainer, is more often than not, a bad move. The Weimaraner is all about the relationship–you and they must find the way. Regardless, of what happens (and even if you chose to send them to a trainer), it is imperative that you are engaged with the pup. The type of leadership you provide must be one that evokes respect, and at the same time is sensitive to what works. A lot of people try to bamboozle the Weimaraner into doing what they want. Others exert pressure in order to force their dogs to obey. The Weimaraner needs to want to comply with your expectations. How do you get them to want to do your bidding? You have to invest the time, and follow through early-on. You spend time having fun together, and build this relationship. This journey is a life-time commitment. The Weimaraner is not one you train, and forget. Failure to remember them, and their special needs will end in disaster.

All too Often

The much-celebrated Weimaraner Puppy

                        ….becomes other than the expected!

Biting…

10703995_10203865392493285_2238146014813983610_n (1)It has been said many times. This is not the breed for everyone. Meeting the lovely creature, and their adoring (engaged) human on the beach, is not the same as bringing home the puppy. It means going from the approximately tiny ten-pound Weimar-pup to an adult-looking challenging pile of energy in about four-months. Sadly, too many folks don’t comprehend how the Weimaraner is wired, and they label them with all sort of untrue adjectives. For example, puppy biting is called aggression, or aggressive behavior. It is nothing of the sort; however, it has to be managed correctly. The Weimaraner loves their mouth, and using it can become a focal point. Within the litter, their litter-mates share bites equally. It is not mean; it is play-biting. The problem comes because we (humans) do not enjoy this; nor should we allow it to continue. We don’t bite them back. Their shark-like teeth leave marks. On children, and the aged this can be especially dangerous. You should never put your face into theirs–a bite can wreak havoc of a special sort on every imaginable level.

Concrete-Thinking

Anderson's Sylvie SmilesPuppy biting is the bane of nearly everyone who raises the Weimaraner. It is not the only challenge. They are concrete-thinking so allowing them freedom to roam the home can lead to accidents. It can become habitual in short order–the pup’s expected norm. We never recommend setting up an indoor potty area for this breed. The papers would be material to be shredded, and the area would become identified as the bathroom area of choice. This can resurface at the first sign of rain (even in year’s later). Accidents are best avoided; however, setting up the inside area identifies it as endorsed by you.  There may be some who have had success using these methods, but across the board, this is not a good idea. Of course, there are other reasons for housebreaking problems. A re-homed Weimaraner can suddenly decide to potty inside; they need to be managed like the puppy–freedom is earned.

Even-Keel is a Good Approach

533267_3219240673448_1039333164_33025599_1220887693_nThe puppy-frenzy-fever leads to the desired outcome. Eventually, you embrace the roller-coaster-high experience of bringing the pup home. Their much-awaited arrival is marked by celebration that would rival the human family member’s debut. If your family includes current fur-family members, it would be wise to meet at a neutral location. Bring the new sibling home (with the current) rather than arriving with the surprise. Even when this meet-up goes as planned, lavishing the vast majority of attention on the brand new adorable family member is not the way to go. In fact, although it is hard to accomplish, being matter-of-fact, and not making such a huge fanfare over the pup’s every move can serve you, your current resident, and the protege well. Sure you can lavish praise, but tone it down a little. Keep the biggest fanfare (initially) for the current fur member’s achievements. Your heart will already be doing flip-flops. We realize it is hard to tone it down a bit. Stay even-keel, and reap the benefits.

Separation-Anxiety Challenges

1380135_542203065859668_188368145_n[1]The only-child Weimar knows firsthand the universe surrounds them. They feed off this (center-of-the universe-scenario) in the worst possible way. They are prone to severe-separation anxiety. Families tend to align their every thought around acclimating the Weimaraner pup into the family. This seems to be the right approach; however, it can also feed the separation-anxiety factor. The puppy is smart, and when they first arrive, they might act a little off. In no more than three days, they will have their surroundings scoped out. They will be using their innate skills to plan a way to manipulate their situation to their liking. Folks that want to take off two-weeks from work, and to use it for the pup’s adjustment mean well. The problem comes when they leave to return to their normal life. This leaves their little charge in a tailspin. cozyThey feel abandoned, and their wounded heart doesn’t know what has happened. This can lead to all sort of unthinkable behavior–chewing everything, digging, barking, and destruction. These are problems anyhow; however, when they are fueled by absolute devastation over you abandoning them, it can become life-threatening. The best approach is to help them acclimate by introducing them to their normal life. If you are employed outside the home, you are going to need to have a Weimaraner puppy plan to cover the time you are away from the house. If you stay home all summer to spend time with them, subsequently you are somehow going to have to help them adjust to your impending schedule change. It is the kind thing to do. It is much easier than trying to undo untold damage to your home, your relationship, and your pocketbook. Mark our words, the Weimaraner can ingest things that are life-threatening, and emergency care is not cheap.

The Weimaraner Breeder

countersurfingEvery prospective home sees their self as a good candidate. The puppy breeder is as well the gatekeeper for each pup they raise. In our way of thinking, it is their duty to screen potential homes, and to provide support. Unfortunately, no matter the effort there are going to be some pups that need a second-chance placement. There are many reasons this happens–some of these reasons are unthinkable. Tomorrow, we will look at these, and other reasons behind the placement failure. Nonetheless, keep in mind (and in your heart) that this breed doesn’t work for everyone. For some, there is nothing else that will do. Wrapping your thoughts around the two extremes can make the concepts discussed hard to understand. Dog-savvy persons want to believe they can deal with any breed, and there will be no problem. Sometimes this can end badly for everyone concerned. Our goal is to avoid the unthinkable!

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

September

   Football, and Other Fall Fun… 

We have turned yet another corner, and there is a lot to celebrate. We love the idea of harvest; however, I don’t care for the after-harvest bareness. Yes, the fields sport Weimar-gray, but if I had to choose an environmental team color, it would be green. I like all shades of green.

1_Lacee's  Summer 2014

Today, Lacee’s puppies join their forever families. They will not be biting my legs anymore when I am cleaning the lawn. (oops) Puppy-biting is one of the biggest issues with the Weimaraner. The underpinning of getting them to stop doing this is to earn their respect, as well as their compliance. If they want to please you, then it is easier to get them to stop the biting. The worst thing a person can do is to over-react. This could not only be counterproductive, but lead to on-going behavioral issues. Puppy-biting is not aggression, but the snappy-lunging not only seems to be mean, but its bite hurts. Your success at halting this behavior is going to be resident in how you feel deep within. It never ceases to amaze us that this behavior will continue with one person, and not another. That speaks volumes about the fact that they have less respect, and feel they are not required to be as pleasing to this person. For those guys who feel it is always the woman who ends up being the target, think again. We have seen instances when the young Weimaraner respects the woman of the house, and totally subjugates the man. (Go Figure) This is more about what the Weimaraner can do, and how they perceive the pecking-order. Children are a whole other matter. Of course, the Weim sees their self above the kids in the pecking order. Usually, the younger members within the family fuel the fire (and desire) to continue the puppy-biting. The young Weim sees it as play, and as a way to establish the upper paw. It is true, that all too often children, and young adults engage the pups in the wrong manner. One way they fan the flames is by using their hands to engage the puppy in play. Another tendency is to let the Weim win at games (such as tug-o-war) The young are like the Everready-bunny–they fill the air with excitement–add a spark to the mix. Cliff is a pro at getting a pup to stop biting, but his methods will not work if they are not followed exactly as he does them. In fact, if done incorrectly, it will make the biting worse. In the end, we must admit; we do not find ourselves embroiled in puppy-biting issues. We give, and get respect from the pups at an early age. Our seemingly good luck stems from the fact that we have more opportunities to work with a puppy than the average pet-person.

Sunday August 31  — Celebrating the Trip Home

Monday September 1— The Working Weimaraner

Tuesday September 2– Goldee

Wednesday September 3 — Giardia

Thursday September 4 — Blu

Friday September 5 — Summer of 2014

OwyheeStar Summer Notes……

Duchess and Mousse Pups at 5 Weeks-7

This summer’s labor was blessed indeed. Lauren has helped us all summer long with whatever we needed to accomplish. Many people would see this is a glamour position; however, it is replete with things a person would like to avoid. There is plenty of cleaning–Weim ears, puppy baths, pooh, and a lot of other things have to be kept clean. Slater on 4 wheeler (5)The record keeping is involved, and must be accurate. We take and process countless numbers of photos. Lauren would arrive at the appointed time, and find a lengthy list of things that needed to be done. In many cases, she completed everything (or almost everything) on the list. Recently, Slater (her brother) has offered a helping hand.

Cliff has been working on the new hay field. There are a few minor things to complete in order to get water on the ground. He is starting to get a feel for some aspects of what we do. It takes a while to catch on where things are stored, and the protocol we follow. A willingness to learn, and a helpful heart go a long way. We truly appreciate everything they have done.

Looking Forward…

We are hoping for fall puppies; we certainly expect to have pups again before the holiday season. There are always so many unknown factors. Everyone would like news, but sometimes we cannot share, because we don’t know. If you are on the formal waiting list, and in line for a puppy, we will let you know when we are certain things are going to produce a litter. Thank you for being patient.

Thank you for your love and support. Keep the puppy updates coming. In the weeks ahead we can use them.

We appreciate you all! Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–(and the OwyheeStar Weimars too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!

Nose to Nose

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By the time the puppy is eight weeks old, sticking your face in theirs might not be a wise decision. The shark-biting Weimaraner puppy can leave a bloody gash in your arms, hands, legs, and on your face. Despite the veracity of the biting, it means nothing. Nonetheless, you should never encourage it by letting the puppy chew on your hands. From the day, you bring home the puppy you will want to discourage the mouthing, and the biting. Discourage is a weak word for what we want you to do. You need not to allow it, and there are several age-appropriate means to handle this situation. For starters, give them something they can chew on, and show your displeasure. Remove yourself from the puppy, and engage them when they are not biting. They are smart, and if they bond with you (and want to please you), the pup will come into compliance in this area. Nonetheless, it is not going to happen overnight.

The puppy in the photo is five-weeks old, and she is already biting. At this point in time, the teeth are not as sharp. The biting is not as snappy. Nonetheless, even now, we want to discourage the puppy-biting. She wants to nibble on everything–the nose, the fingers, and the toes–if possibles. It can seem harmless. It can actually be fun. Some people call this nibbling–corn-biting. The action we use to remove the corn from the corncob. It may seem harmless; it may tickle more than hurt. It is best to void allowing the biting–even the nibbling.

A lot of litter behaviors surround bite-inhibition. The pup’s squawk at each other, and avoid each other at times. They learn to get along, and how to cope with a biting pup. We will notice that when the play-biting stops, then the litter snuggles up together. We can learn a lot from the way pups interact.

Opus is a Hoot!

Opus eyelashes

Have you ever heard Bill Cosby’s routine about having kids? The first is so cute so you have another. And God laughs because the second is nothing like the first. Meet Opus.

I took this picture trying to capture his eyelashes. They are starting to grow in. He’s a hoot. Thank you for everything. I’ll send more later but it’s taken over half an hour to send this as I’ve been chasing a toddler. (I am speaking of Opus–the toddler in our home.) 🙂

 Opus is work in Latin.

winchester.babyThere could not be a more appropriate name for the Sharknado that hit San Antonio on the morning December 17! He is the most vocal weim I have ever met. I tell him to lay down in the kennel, he groans. We prepare to feed him dinner, he talks. I rub his ears, he moans. I scold for biting, he barks. We love him and he sure loves his people and Winchester. Winchester is the best babysitter ever.

Breeder’s Note: Isn’t the puppy-biting fun? (Not!) Perhaps you can teach your Opus to speak–possibly in Latin. As you aptly pointed out in a previous post, this is not your first rodeo. Nevertheless, each rodeo has twists and turns. You cannot predict everything that will happen. Much like with our children, we cannot afford to compare one Weim to another. The uniqueness makes everything about the experience special. Sometimes this means hair-pulling special. Regardless, the two Weims are adorable, entertaining, and yours. :O)