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Pushkin

Novice Obedience

     ~This Happened!

20180814_181827Just a quick note to let you know that my sweet, loving, energetic and manipulative Pushkin graduated from the novice obedience training class tonight. He received a score of 94 out of 100 points. Half of the test was done off leash. We start the advanced class sometime in September. A great 9-month birthday present.
~Marie

Breeder Comment

Congratulations to the both of you! Those scores look really good to us. Keep up the great work, who knows where this might lead. We appreciate the update.

Jorga

Stateside

   ~The Pacific NW

Jorga began her life at OwyheeStar–like so many of your Weims. She then, stayed with Arleen (who lives with Arliss) until she could join her family in Belgium. For the last several years she has reported in at various intervals.

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Here is the sweet Jorga –welcome back! We are happy you made the trip without a hitch. Below she was preparing for the journey–watching as her home was packed into boxes. For all you who say never flying with a Weimaraner ever–what options are there? You cannot leave the family member behind.

In Tennesee 

Our Macey

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Not a person goes by that doesn’t say she is the best looking dog they ever saw.

Macey and our son are best friends it could not have worked out better. Thanks for your hard work. ~ Don

Breeder Comment

Don, we appreciate your loyalty. After your first OwyheeStar Versatile Hunting Weimaraner passed, you could have gone anywhere. The long distance and the logistics of making this all come together make this all the more amazing. We look forward to hearing about her antics as well as her success in the field.

Happy Fourth

Ribbons

     ~ Willow Wins Again!

Magnuson's Willow_1464She took an altered Reserve Best-In-Show today!  At 6-1/2 years of age!  ❤️❤️❤️. Jan

At 7 they are considered a “veteran”, they can certainly still show and win, however, most really top-winning dogs are under five years of age.

She was still limping (from her shoulder injury) yesterday so I pulled her, she was good this morning so we went in the ring for both shows and she did great.
I love Willow so much!
Hugs, Jan

Breeder Comment

We are ever so thankful for Willow’s continued success. Thank you, Jan! we know you have the special photos coming soon. We look forward to it.

Zoe

A Good Fit For Us

  ~Loves Her Routine/Gets Into Everything!

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We haven’t checked in for awhile and thought I would share a quick update!
Zoe is doing fabulous!  She loves her daily routine of morning fetch, outdoor time, nap, and evening walk/runs. She enjoys playing with her human brother & sister Tyler and Sadi and finding anything and everything to get into! She’s a great girl and I’m thrilled to have her in the family!
Take care! ~Courtney

Breeder Comment

We are so happy to hear from you in regard to Zoe. She has busy well-rounded family life. Thank you, for this update and the great report.

The Naughtiest

Guess who’s birthday it is!

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Roy boy the Weim! I can’t believe Roy is TWO! (On 5/20) He is such a light in our lives even though he is such a hand full. Would not trade him for anything, we love our snuggly boy!
54723272525__03208A1D-8675-43EE-A9A6-714C1E26F123Roy is doing great! We recently just got over a case of the swimmers tail, we can’t keep him out of the water! And having a full tail probably contributed to that. Was so weird to see him not be able to wag his tail because he is always wagging that thing!
Still having aggression issues on a leash but I feel like he is getting better… he does wear a muzzle in congested areas. He’s stronger than I am and people coming at him that he doesn’t know makes him anxious. Better safe than sorry, I don’t want anything to happen.
Some dogs choose to fight. Others opt for flight, and unfortunately, all 75 lbs of Roy chooses to fight.   The inside guests in his space issue have gone away, he now loves guests. Off-leash and outdoors he’s totally fine.

We are heading to the beach this weekend for his birthday weekend at his favorite place! He literally goes crazy and into a frenzy at the sight of the sandy beaches.

Breeder Comment

We want to say you are awesome Weim parents. Thank you! Keep up the work, you are winning the battle. Happy birthday, Roy! Two Candles for you!
For the readers that missed the Sunday Blog–click here to see how you spent the weekend.

Pushkin

Roadtrip

     ~Coping with Excess Energy 

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Pushkin and I are preparing for a long road trip to Arizona to move my mother into an assisted living facility. Once that has been taken care of we are going on to the Chaco Canyons of New Mexico.  It is the oldest Anasazi site in the U.S. In preparation for the trip to Arizona, we took a trip from Salem to Kennewick to see my grandchildren.

What I learned on the drive was that we had to stop quite often, not because Push had to “potty” but because he needed exercise. Once he was out of the car and we walked for a bit he settled right down when we started up again. At every rest stop, someone would comment on what a beautiful dog he is. I have attached some pictures for you. The man is my son, the children are obviously my grandchildren. I am not sure who that white-haired old woman is, could it be me?😏

What a great dog he is!
Marie

Breeder Comment

Thanks for the great share–we are excited you’re traveling together. That is fun. We loved your pointer on burning off the excess energy. It is good for humans as well.
One suggestion we might have is to be careful about dusty areas you visit while in the Southwest. Valley Fever in dogs is a thing. We would not want anything to happen to the lovely Puskin. Click here to read a bit about this potential risk. 

Have You Seen This?

Once Upon A Time

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     ~ Now Fascinated with Balloons

 

As promised. Lily playing balloon volleyball. When we were decorating for parties, she wanted to bad to be included and just was fascinated w the balloons. We quickly learned she would try to not pop the balloons if she could play with us. She loves to be included in everything we do, and we do our best to include her. But now. I can’t get a balloon out of the party supplies without her going nuts. So when it is raining and muddy, this is an extra way to tire her out (and we all are laughing and happy)

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Well, what to say about this girl. I think she is blessed to have a family who celebrates her. They find ways to include her in their activities. Balloon game is a new thought for us. Honestly, we have seen the opposite–fear it was an alien floating in the sky. This balloon game is delightful.

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part Two

From the start we followed Owyheestars advice on crate training, freedom is earned. And our guy has earned his freedom. This is where he seems to all the sudden be grown up, but in reality, he’s been working on this since we first brought him home. Most days as of the last few months he spends very little time in his crate. Sometimes you’ll find him snoozing on one of the sofas, sometimes our bed, but most the time he opts to just follow us around the house. Henry has a definite bedtime, he gets sleepy around 8:30-9pm, cuddles until we go to bed, then happily goes to his crate for the night. Henry has also spent more time out of his crate when we leave the house too. It’s rare we all leave for more than a few hours, so he probably only gets left alone for 2-3 hours at a time.

Flieger's Henry and Ben_9162Not sure if I told you that Henry got a roommate last year, our cat Bill. When we first brought Bill home we separated them, mostly because Bill was tiny. Over the course of six months, Bill and Henry had more exposure to each other. Henry used to chase him every chance he got, but Bill always stuck up for himself. Never running under a bed, or a closet. He would just run under the dinner table and give Henry a few swats. Before long, Henry got bored of chasing the cat. He still does every once in a while, but as soon as Bill stops running, Henry walks away, I don’t think he actually wants to catch him, I think his dog instincts say “I must chase a moving object, oh wait that’s my friend, never mind” hahahaha.
The only thing I can think to complain about is how often and how loud he barks. It drives us insane. When I am sleeping during the day he has to wear a bark collar.  Although it doesn’t even need to be turned on, just putting it on him makes him stop.
Henry is a very smart dog. I think the biggest factor to our success with him at this point is that 95% of the time someone is home with him, I also think it is, for this reason, we have dodged separation anxiety and Weim crimes. He loves to please his people. I don’t think our puppy days are gone, he is a Weimaraner after all, but I think they are getting fewer and farther between. He’s the most handsome and loyal dog, and almost two years since we adopted him, we couldn’t be happier with how awesome he is.
Flieger's Henry and kids_4035You know, Weims are a lot of work, but I can say that after 2 years, all the effort we have put in to training him and being very consistent with him has paid off, and we are to the point we just get to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Sincerely,  The Flieger Family

Breeder Comment

You know, Weims are a lot of work. Indeed! I think there are many reasons for your success–consistency, knack, and the desire to get the job done would head the list. There are so many ways things can go awry, to say the least. You have done well and Henry has an excellent life. Thank you, again.
If you missed the first segment, Click Here.

Henry

At Almost Two

     ~ Part One

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I am sitting in bed with my coffee and a snuggled in Weim laying over my legs, and I was thinking about how sudden it seems that Henry has transitioned from wild puppy to this mostly well-behaved dog.
The last message I sent you was when I was teaching Henry how to close the door, he nailed that in less than a week unless he swings the door the wrong way, he closes the door no matter where we are when we give him the command. This trick is exclusive to one door however, we have tried to get him to close other doors, but he runs down to the back door every time, often confused that this door isn’t even open. Lol. I would not be surprised however if he knew how to close every door, but plays dumb until we get out the treats and hand them out like candy until he has learned how to close each door. Someday I want to make a cardboard sign and write “will work for food” and take pictures of Henry, this dog is beyond highly motivated to learn for treats. Back to his human brain, when we open the back door and give our command “go potty” now he comes up and closes the door instead of going outside when he doesn’t need to go. It is crazy to think that his boy has used this trick almost as a way to talk “I don’t need to go potty right now!”
I’ve mentioned before that Henry excels in two sports, being very active, and being REALLY lazy. This works out perfect for us, I sleep during the day, and Kevin works from home, so Henry is pretty chill on work days. Unless of course, he sees me put on anything the resembles work out clothes, topped with my running shoes, he goes nuts!!! There are some days that I need to just get out really quick without distraction. I have to ask Kevin to hide Henry from me so I can leave the house. If this procedure isn’t followed, Henry literally whines for the entire time I am gone. We can’t say W.A.L.K.  out loud anymore, he’s like a child who hears at some point we are doing something, then continues to ask over and over again about when we are going to be doing that said thing, he runs back and forth to each door, whines, etc. He loves his walks and loves them even more with his E-collar. Disclaimer, we live in the country with very little traffic, I would never allow Henry to go leashless other than around home.  We’ve done our walk so many times, he knows the spots I reign him in, he heals (his version is just some part of his body near my heal) when he is too far away from me and a car is coming in either direction I tell him to sit and wait, I either release him when the car passes, or when I catch up to him I command him to heal, he does this until I say “ok” then he sprints away. He knows our turn around spots, and he always stays on the side of the road we are walking on. He has a few friends on our road that he runs fence lines with. A four-mile walk for me is probably 6 miles for him, between sprinting through fields and running with his friends. Lastly, it’s rare he breaks from my side when we see oncoming walkers with dogs. Sometimes I’ll have him heal, sometimes I’ll have him hold a sit until they walk past. The problem happens when he hears (always in a high pitched voice) “your dog is so beautiful” or some similar compliment. It’s like he knows they are talking about him and instantly he wants to be friends. By the way, all of this is with almost no electrical correction, we just use it because he is a dog after all, and you never know when you need to reign them in.

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for sharing this information about Henry. Everyone likes to read what others experience–how they train and manage their Weimaraner. We so appreciate all you have done with and for Henry. Keep up your efforts.

At two–you expect them to turn a corner. Nonetheless, many claim Weimaraner teenage flakiness can pop up even until they are past their third birthday. Then too–we are talking about the Weimaraner. Do they ever grow up? Good question. There are always the Weimaraner quirks and quandaries. Some of this is directly related to your relationship and how easy you are to manipulate. Some of it is the breed. Kudo’s to this family who finds a way to go above and beyond with Henry.