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In Perfect Harmony

Today is THE day that we have worked toward and practiced for since we became a team almost 3 years ago!!

Today Shiny and I melded together in perfect harmony to run 7 miles…on leash. No pulling, swerving or stopping to sniff.

In perfect step with each other – even though we were on the well traveled (and breath taking) Glenwood Canyon trail.

It was if he was owning his “job” regardless of bicycles, tourists, and other dogs.

“I am running with my Mom. Don’t bother me.”

 

And it was Beautiful!!!!                ~Julia and Shiny

Breeder Comment

There are no adequate words to describe our admiration and appreciation. You and Shiny are doing amazing things together. This running with purpose (and in unison) is one more area where we see the fruit of all your consistent labor. We look forward to hearing more about Shiny–maybe next time it will be another bit of Nosework news. Thanks ever so much for this update.

Reporting In

My Life at Six

Hello there….Maizie reporting in.  You haven’t heard from me in awhile.  I guess my roommates have been busy and I don’t know how to type.  

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Maizie on 01.14.18 (Livee x Blue 02/28/12)
At the end of next month I’ll be “6” years old.  My first photo on the Blog I was 3 weeks old!  I have become for the most part, set in my ways.  My mom and dad love me lots.  They like  to see me happy.  I like truck rides, car rides, chasing balls or frisbees at the dog park, going into stores, going for walks with them—but my mom won’t take me running with her anymore because I like to pull her and stop to sniff or pee whenever I please.  She says it’s no fun.  When they go places where they can’t take me, they put smooth jazz music on for me.  They always give me a “bye bye cookie.”  Sometimes I find one of their socks to put in my mouth and carry around.  Waste baskets are irresistible when they leave—they close doors to keep me out of those places!
I have trained my parents to put peanut butter in the 4 corners of my Kong bone every day after breakfast. I have also trained them to give me 2 Quaker Oatmeal Squares and 3 blueberries every single day after the peanut butter.
I am a huge snuggler and love to cuddle with my family on their laps.  I am not allowed on the furniture or beds—as long as my hind legs are on the floor, everyone is content.  I still carry around my “fleece” daily and flip it into a figure 8 to curl up inside one of the circles.  I am healthy and strong.  I am told my coat is beautiful and I have a great smile.
I keep squirrels in line every day in my backyard.  I am a happy girl.
~Linda  (typist, trash picker upper, and general Weim management professional)

Breeder Comment

Let it suffice for us to send you a warm greeting from OwyheeStar. Thank you, Maizie for prompting your Mama to get this written. You are awesome!

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A new toy?

LaBash's Maizie _1918

Hmmm….it doesn’t seem like it.

LaBash's Maizie _1919

My parents call it “The Cliff Collar.”

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We’ll see……….😉

                                                Love, Maizie🐾

Breeder Comment

We sincerely hope that you are learning not to pull on the lead Miss Maizie girl. It was good to see you again. You are quite lovely and what a family you have there in Western Oregon. We love Chewy.com–they have a lot of great things. You are the second client in days who purchased from them. What can I say? They take care of people, and their service is extraordinary.

Henry

At One YearFilger's Henry Special

Question From a Weimar Mom

Okay, so Henry is 1. And I’ve learned that 18 months is when you can start running with your dog. I’m kind of confused by this because “run” is so vague with this breed. When Henry is playing catch, and darts across the yard with the speed of wind, I consider this running. It’s strenuous, fast, he breathes heavier, etc. I’ve taken him on a few short runs with me, less than 2 miles, and my observation, even though I run at a 9 minutes/mile pace, he appears to just be walking fast. Obviously I don’t want to cause health issues for him in the future, so I am wondering if you could give me more information. Are short runs with me, less than 5 miles, going to cause joint issues for him if I don’t wait another 6 months? And do you think a 9 minute mile pace is really considered a running pace for a weimeraner? ~Kiley

Breeder Comment

Knowing when and how to add age-appropriate exercise is hard to define. Being a serious runner means you want to get the maximum benefit from the time you have together. Longer distances and frequent runs will eventually affect their body–just as it does with humans. The extreme athlete typically would benefit from a major medical insurance policy. A torn ACL or ligament can mean a sizeable Veterinary bill. One such injury often leads to another. No one wants to face such a situation. Nevertheless, this type of thing is a reality even if you have done everything right along the way. Insurance–another consideration when speaking of you and the Weimaraner.

Joint development is affected by various things–their DNA, how fast they grow and the amount of high-pact exercise they see before the growth plates close. Typically, we expect the growth plates to close sometime between a year and a year and a half. During this time of development, recommendations are to keep the runs shorter–about 3 miles a day. With the very high-energy Weimaraner, this seems like too little. It is easy to forget the caution when you are trying to achieve a tired Weim pup. In light of this dilemma, we always suggest swimming. The water retrieve is the best and the safest way to burn a lot of energy without causing harm to the developing joints.

Speaking of high impact exercise–things like playing the frisbee is equally hard on the young Weimaraner. Jumping and beating their feet on the pavement should be avoided. The dirt or grass path is much easier, but still, we feel it is wise to hold off on the pounding regime of a long distance runner until they for sure have those growth plates closed. Only an X-ray can determine if the growth plates are closed. So, for the longevity you want, please take to exercising the young Weimaraner with care. Also, we mentioned it earlier–make sure they grow slow. Feeding the large breed (rather than the regular puppy) food is vital to the hips and joints. That puppy chow stuff will fill them out like a butterball and cause them to grow even faster. Slow growth is preferred. Regardless, they grow to adult-looking before the six month birthday. It is shocking!

Rule of Thumb–about three miles should be fine from day one until about a year. From there on out, you have to kind of guess. No one can speak to your exact situation. Of course, the Weimaraner is capable of running more than a nine-minute mile. The biggest concern is the pounding of the pavement or whatever surface on which you run. It is the impact factor because the growth plates are at the end of the bones. Click Here to read a blog on this topic.

More From Kiley

17425926_10155017109079564_5112457838743378612_nPs. I wanted to pass along too how Henry excels at being an active and lazy dog. He loves his walks, loves being outside, but he doesn’t mind being lazy either. Last night I worked and Kevin was out of town, so Henry was in his kennel. I got home this morning, let him out, fed him, and then took him to bed with me this morning. He contently slept with me until 1:30. Exercising him is ideal, but on the days it doesn’t happen, he doesn’t get restless or destructive, he just goes with the flow.
Other than the above questions, Henry has done well with our few runs. He stays to the left, remains mostly focused on me and what is ahead, and doesn’t pull. Henry will be a fabulous running partner for me!!

 

More Comments from Shela and Cliff

 

We like to say the Weimaraner has two speeds–on and off. Wiggle your toe while watching TV and they might assume you are getting ready to do something and in turn fly off the sofa.

More than anything the Weimaraner is all about the relationship. If they want to please you and they respect you and you them, it is a beautiful thing. You are off to an awesome beginning. We wish you all the best on your journey.

Laps for Maizie

Whenever Jerry and I and Maizie return home from our runs, Maizie has to do laps around our front lawn–to show us her preferred running pace!  😉

~Linda
Breeder’s Note: We want to remind everyone (especially those with a young pup) that the Weimaraner is a very high-energy dog. We see them as having two speeds. First, there is full speed ahead, and then there flop (and recline). This makes it challenging to exercise the very young Weimaraner. A lot of long-distance runners choose this breed. They can make a good running partner. Nevertheless, it is important to remember they are similar to us humans. They can wear out their joints. They also can get ACL tears, nerve damage, and a whole myriad of ailments from too much exercise–or an inadvertant wrong move. 
Growth and the Weimaraner
The Weimaraner will continue to grow until they are at least 15 months old. Some growth may occur as late as two-years of age. The only way growth can occur (as we understand it) is for the growth plates to allow expansion. This means they have not closed yet, and the bones are more easily damaged. This same situation means that the pliable bones have a limit to the amount of high-impact exercise they should see. Everyone has their own opinion on this topic. Nonetheless, we suggest that you be creative with your exercise routine. You might consider swimming. It is low-impact, and the water retrieve can burn off a lot of energy. For the first year, keep the runs to about 3 miles, or less. Remember, if you go three miles, they might have gone six. You want those hips and joints to last as long as possible. 
The Amazing Maizie
Maizie is in excellent condition. She is not a young pup, and easily able to do longer runs. We love this video. Isn’t it great how she runs laps on command? Thank you Linda for sharing it with us! it is very fun video….

Featured Weimaraner — Regen

Regen had another birthday.

Shela and Cliff we continue to be so grateful to you and all you do for Weims.20130410_152844

Regen is my girl and she is saving my life.

She is my jogging partner and with that and learning to eat better I have lost almost 100 pounds. I still have 40 more to lose and with Regen I’ll do it. She is still so playful and she just loves our new additions of backyard chickens. She is so gentle with them and at times a little scared.  Ill send pics soon but here is one from yesterday. Adam and I always discussing getting another weim, but currently we are extremely enjoying our Regen girl.

Thanks a million. — Adam and Ingrid 
Dallas Oregon

The Weimaraner — Growth Plate Closure and Appropriate Exercise

Here come Mousse or Mousse is on the loose…

Dogs grow until the growth plates close. In large breeds such as the Weimaraner, the growth plate closure tends to take longer than in small breeds. Even with the Weimaraner, the growth plates close by the time they are two years old. Most experts agree (and there is scientific evidence to back up these statements) typically the growth plates close by the time they reach fifteen months. The leg bones draw intense scrutiny for two reasons. First, they receive the brunt from any type of high impact during exercise; secondly, we know that the bones (in the legs) close later than some other bones. Growth plates can close as early as two years of age. The rib cage is the last area to complete the growth stage and become set. The growth plates in the rib cage usually close around three years of age.

Between two and three years of age, the Weimaraner will still fill out, muscle-up, and gain fat. Actual growth is impossible once the growth plates close. Information on this topic is mixed and confusing. This is largely because growth plate closure is not an exact science, and because breeds vary. Even within a breed, such as the Weimaraner, size and other factors affect the growth-plate closure timeline Some agility facilities will not allow you to bring your Weimaraner without actual proof of growth plate closure, and that means X-ray documentation.

With mixed messages, we defer to the Pat Hastings, who is considered the expert in canine structural development. She is teaching in her seminars and writing in her books that the typical large breed dog’s (leg) growth plates will close around two years of age. Therefore, it is important to determine what is the appropriate exercise for the young developing Weimaraner. Cliff suggests that you limit sustained strenuous high-impact exercise to one-half-hour a day. That would mean you run one direction for fifteen minutes, and turn around and head home. Later, you could play fetch on the turf to get in some easier joint exercise. The importance of taking caution to protect the joints cannot be overstated. Damage can happen without notice, and show up later in life.

We place a lot of Weims with runners–casual and long-distance runners. We always caution people about hitting the road in the first year. Being a serious athlete, it is very difficult to postpone this type of activity. In lieu of these longer runs, we suggest swimming the Weimaraner. This is the perfect exercise to set the Weimaraner up for the field or running. It is a low-impact exercise that burns a lot of energy. Although it takes a knack to get the Weim water retrieving, the dividends are many.