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Handling

~Helpers

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Our helpers (Granddaughter, Ashley, and her two girls–Evangeline Grace and River Rose) have been giving us a helping hand. Of course, this is not every step in the handling process–more of an add-on thing. I think you can agree it is precious, but also that we are blessed to have these young puppy handlers to assist.

Young hands mean a different way of touching the pups. Well, there is the gentle touch and then the less than tenderness from children this age. All of it is essential in the early stage of development. Even the various human scent–it matters that both women and a man handle the pups. Cliff is involved in the process as well. On the weekends, it is the Cliff and Shela Show. (Haha)

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These girls take their work very seriously–examining and commenting on the least of concerns. We have two stools so both can assist at once. Now, imagine this–they believe this the norm. On occasion (when they come here), we don’t have puppies. Then they are not too thrilled with us. Since spring, we have had pups born–the girls have been here a lot because of the garden.

It was not too upsetting, because between litters we have a couple of females we kept for the future as well as acquiring Manfred (the new Longhair Stud Dog). Now, it is excellent to have the babies because the keepers are a bit rough on these girls–SnowAngel jumps up and easily overpowers River. (Haha) She will learn as time passes, but for now—the three youngsters (Manfred, Gladys, and SnowAngerl) are a bit much.

Raising

The Weimaraner

     ~ Few Insights

The young Weimaraner pup requires a lot of care and special handling. As you are aware, we employ various helpers. Often these are relatives or friends. We have been blessed to find people who wanted to work an odd couple of hours here and there. It is essential to the process. While it looks like a lot of fun, it is like any job. A lot of work. Not every aspect is pleasant. There is the cleanup for one–pooh and whatnot.

Our grandkids and the great-grandchildren love being involved. Evangeline fancies herself a young Vet. Who can guess what the future holds? To her and her sister, puppies are the norm. Puppies benefit from their interaction–kids are different than adults. The way they talk, the way they pet them, and their energy level. (Haha) I am sure River will be getting in on the action–she does get to the counter to help but has not yet asked for the stethoscope.

Personal interaction is invaluable. Nevertheless, engaging the world –the scents, the diversity, etc. is equally essential. As the pups develop, the world expands. We try to help them experience as much as is possible to prepare them for their new family.

We only set the stage. Once the pup arrives at your home, there is a lot of work. There are many transitional stages whereby you can get into trouble with this breed. Avoiding every pitfall is not always possible. Regardless, we sincerely hope the work we have done lays an excellent foundational start.

 

 

At The Vet

Life With Mr. Tilman

     ~ He is a delight

IMG_20180619_192105_654.jpgI just wanted to give you an update as we had our vet appointment last night and Mr. Tilman weighed in at 25 lbs! He sure is growing like a weed!
He is the sweetest, most happy boy and we are so loving him! He has recently discovered birds and squirrels and anything that moves is VERY intriguing. We just started puppy obedience and of course, he is showing off that he already knows sit, down, shake and come. What an absolute joy he is!
Take care, Emily

Breeder Comment

Mr. Tilman, you are lovely. I am totally biased–openly admit it. We are hoping you continue to do well. You have a big job. Your Mama has big plans for you. (Haha)

I love that you have such a fabulous life–keep up the excellent obedience. Your job is to make others smile if nothing else.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Look Into My Eyes

What Do You See?

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We all like to believe we can put our eye on a pup and know more than others imagine. Maybe it is true. Maybe it is a bit of a delusion. One thing for sure, there is more going on between the ears here than what meets our eye. If only we could read the brain waves.

Fifteen plus years ago we stopped doing litter picks. Some people still get miffed, but more often than not our Weimaraner folks like the idea of the Discovery and Placement Process. So, it is a long six-weeks to wait to find out which pup is yours. Despite the waiting, things typically end up as they were meant to be–or so it seems.

There are so many steps between this–

And this!

 

 

Young Addy

Hello Owyheestar!

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Just wanted to check in and say that our lil Addy (13wks) is doing wonderfully!
She keeps us on our toes (this morning got a hold of my daughter’s placemat, mid-bite of her French toast….. and took the entire breakfast to the floor…. ha!) and is doing very good work with our trainer (she loves her fruits and veggies) :)! We are adding more and more distractions to her training, to test her but it isn’t taking long, she’s a smarty-pants. At least until she decides to stop cooperating, ha!

She has just fit right into our family and is quite a social butterfly already. I think we have the 100 touches down because the school was nice enough to let me bring her in when I pick up the kids 🙂
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Thank you again, we couldn’t have gotten a better fit! We adore her!!

(And don’t worry, the about the garden photo…. she loves to run through my garden but isn’t eating anything toxic 😉 except bark…. but that is getting much better!

 

~ Addy’s Family (Oct. 16, 2017)

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to know that Addy is doing well and is much-loved. Thank you, for taking the time to update us. The photos are great too!

Left Behind

Maggie

 

smiths-maggie-left-behindThis (Left Behind) novel series tells the story of being left in a world when the rapture occurs. The Weimaraner version is something a bit different. Staying behind is not something they would choose. Learning how to stay alone can be taught.

Severe Separation Anxiety

The Weimaraner (if possible) would crawl under your skin and nest next to your heart if possible. There are independent Weimaraners. They might want their own way, but they also want human compliance. For many, it is a perplexing thought. They don’t understand separation anxiety or how to counteract it. Just Weimaraners have a great article written by Chris ConklinDealing with Separation Anxiety.

We recommend starting early. Use the appropriate size kennel. The den-like atmosphere is preferred by many Weims; remember you want the Weimaraner to settle not be on guard. The open wire kennel is not the best choice for the very alert Weimaraner. This choice is one consideration. Regardless of you kennel decisions, mastering crate training is crucial.

The benefits of using the crate is a longer discussion; nevertheless, it is a valuable tool. The separation anxiety crazed Weimaraner can engage in many unwanted behaviors; some of which are life-threatening.

  • The enclosed kennel provides a security–and feels safe to the Weimaraner.
  • Even if you believe it is cruel and the Weimaraner resists the crate–it can become your best friend.
  • The Weimaraner who is worried tends to nibble and chew (more than usual).
  • The Weimaraner who feels abandoned can dig a hole through the carpet or wall trying to escape to find you.

Avoiding separation anxiety is a good goal. It is what is best for our beloved Weimaraner and all who love them.

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!