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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.

tasty thumbIn Summary

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.

 

This Week’s OwyheeStar News

Hello from far Eastern Oregon.

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Nick gives puppy a sweet kiss. Is it precious or what?

Is it Saturday again? I am hoping this blog will publish after I cleared out a lot of files to make more room. You might have noticed that yesterday’s blog mysteriously disappeared after it was published. Don’t worry, I am working on a plan. The next week is going to be focused on the blog, and making a few changes.

Puppies First!

Regardless of what is happening, it is a puppy first policy. Email, the blog, and the website all play second-fiddle to whatever puppies need. That is our primary focus when we have them coming, on the ground (so to speak), and exiting. This can mean months of attention, rather than the weeks you figure. Once a female is pregnant, or suspected to be pregnant, she gets extra everything. So should she too! Then as the pups grow inside her, and her time appears to be coming to whelp, there is more attention to extra nutrition and care. From the time a mating takes place, it takes about four months (if we get a litter), until the pups are old enough to leave for their forever homes.

FB_Puppy in grassOnce they are born,the-around-the-clock work begins. There are many steps required to help a puppy grow and mature. These can vary due to the maturity of the litter, the weather, and the ultimate litter goals. Some steps are always the same regardless, but for pups destined to join a serious hunter, it is important to expose the pup to birds, scent, and more stimuli. Ultimately, the most important component is the socialization that takes place. Breeders who let a puppy leave early, and doing the pup no big favor. Puppy development happens through successive order of events. Each breeder has their own way of doing things, but the end result should help the pup develop potential to be trained.

OwyheeStar has many success stories. We cannot thank our loyal clients enough. Each week we try to post news, information, and articles that educate on the Weimaraner.

Here are the links for this week’s posts….

We are perplexed

Who can say why the article we wrote for Friday’s blog disappeared? It is not showing as a published blog, nor is it to be found in the draft’s folder. This coming week we will focus on the blog, It might take two weeks. You can expect some changes. We are not sure where this journey will take us, but we will try to keep you apprised as it happens.

Change brings the unknown

We sincerely hope there is no interruption in the cycle of publishing the blogs. We cannot guarantee that everything will be perfect during this transition. We thank you for your patience, and bearing with us. Change is a part of life.

Thank you again for liking OwyheeStar, and for keeping us updated. We have a couple of exciting updates to share for the coming week.

Many blessings and warm wishes from Shela and Cliff–

(and the OwyheeStar Weimaraners too!)

~Thank you for being a part of our lives!