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!
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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.
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…
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.
Zula Blue’s Pups slated to Join Their Families
(photos featuring Alice (Zula Blue X Blue 2013 litter)
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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.
~a few simple thoughts on avoiding one unthinkable scenario
The much-celebrated Weimaraner Puppy
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Even-Keel is a Good Approach
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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.
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……
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. 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.
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!
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.
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.
There 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)