Franny is living her best life. With work I have gotten creative with my hours and enlisted the help of a few friends with dogs, so that she can keep meeting friends, even if the humans have to remain separate. Starting Thursday, a couple hours after I leave for work, one of my friends will be picking her up from her kennel at my house and taking her to her hobby farm. Completely fenced, she will get to run, play with the other dog and meet some farm animals. She lives better than me!
We walk every day and other than flopping down when she loves a special spot of grass, she is doing great.
This dog could not be sweeter. She is confident but not aggressive, she already know several commands, and I don’t know if it is the NuVet, the food choice or both, but her waste is still firm. I have never had any dog with as consistent belly as hers. She is a bit bitey – but I am pretty sure she is teething her big girl teeth, so we are finding every possible thing for her to chew on that isn’t my arm, leg or the sneak attach to my butt!
I hope you and Cliff are well. I love reading your daily updates and I this pooch like crazy.
We could not be happier to hear the news that you are getting along so well. Most Weimaraners lead extraordinary lives–often better than their human counterparts. Puppy biting is the bane of getting them raised. Click here to read Anne Taguchi’s article on managing the biting Weimar puppy. Mouthing is also about ownership, and one way the Weimaraner controls their human–think on that a bit. It is charming, but you might want to rethink allowing that behavior if it becomes a thing as she grows out of the puppy biting–shark baby stage.
The food and supplements we suggest have worked well across the board for so many Weimaraners. It is the truth that no one food is perfect for every dog, but our pups have loved the food, and they consider the supplement yummy. I love the powdered supplement–just my preference. Together, this mix seems to help the immune system and keep the stools better. Weims can have such a finicky tummy–so glad to hear Franny is doing excellent.
~ 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.
~ Nursing Her Babies
Some of you have been following the current litter. Updates have been posted every week. We thought an excellent way to celebrate Labor Day might be to honor Mousse’s effort at raising this litter. What can we say? It is no small thing.
They love being out in the puppy yard. Mousse doesn’t like being with them so much now–she wants to see them, and then the sharp teeth cause he to rethink that desire. Nonetheless, she does nurse. What a good Mama. They are eating kibble, drinking from the waterer, and growing every day.
A mother’s labor of love is something to be celebrated, too! Happy Labor Day!
At Sixteen Weeks
~We can Report
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!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.
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.
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!
~and your answer
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.
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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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.
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)
of Beyond the holiday scenarios, there are other reasons a placement fails. pups are promised folks new year with new family member.
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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The Weimaraner Breeder
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.