~in the Canoe
We took Berkley on her first canoe ride today! She was so funny!!! I set her in the water to swim and get some energy out and she followed us around. Then I lifted her back in and she just hung out with us. As we were approaching the beach we let her swim again.At first, she swam really funny…. Like our other Weimie did before he got the hang of it. But then she got the hang of it.It was so very fun.She’s doing really well on all fronts. I just had sinus surgery a week ago and she’s been my cuddle buddy as I’ve been recovering and resting.She’s becoming quite the guard dog and is more and more used to being off leash. We practice a lot, so she learns to come immediately. She still likes the bike rides, too.How are you guys!? Any new puppies? How are you feeling?!Thanks, Amanda
~Propel them through the Water
The Weimaraner is a powerful swimmer once they get going. The trick is getting to take the first step. Their toes are webbed making them better equipped to paddle.
There is no one way to get them to swim; however, we find having a love of the retrieve ingrained goes a long way towards accomplishing this discipline. (Sorry to some of you!) For the non-hunter, many times the retrieve is not viewed as essential. All too many of you allow the Weimaraner to abscond and run around the yard with the toy or the bumper–instead of bringing back to hand. Yes, this is a hoot–although it is just one more Weim antic, this is one we suggest you not allow to take root. The idea of achieving the swim is only one reason in a myriad of why you need to get the rock-solid retrieve. We won’t list those as we are speaking about achieving the Water Retrieve.
You want the Weimaraner coming when called. The Recall is a safety issue and the underpinning of compliance. Two areas where compromise cannot be allowed (in our opinion). Depending on your approach to training there are various ways to get this done–we will forgo the discussion on methodology. Let’s just say get this done! It is going to help you with achieving more than a Water Retrieve.
Cliff suggests you find a place to do this exercise. One location that works well is a hallway. Close all the adjoining doors (so they cannot take off with the bumper of the toy). Make this a special event and stop before they tire–while they are still begging for more. He also suggests you use a dedicated toy or bumper you save for this activity only. Depending on your pup’s attention and skill level keep the number of reps down–at first maybe as few as three. Bear in mind; the idea is to make this celebratory and fun. You want them having the desire. This activity will serve you well on so many levels and enhance your training outcome positively.
Weather Permitting the OwyheeStar puppy will see the water before they depart. You saw the video we shared, if not we included it here. Nevertheless, this is not going to ensure that your pup will swim. It will still require time, effort, and patience to get your Weimaraner to swim–plus a bit of knack. A few suddenly jump in but don’t wait for that to happen. Oh–and if you doubt, the Weimaraner is more than likely going to read your thoughts and agree with you.
You might wonder how to begin. Cliff does it this way–your situation may require you to adapt. Using the reliable retrieve, you work along the edges of a pond. Just play in the water’s edge–a tiny bit on their feet initially. Slowly ease them into the water beyond their comfort zone. It might take a few tries, a few days, or a few weeks. It takes as long as it takes, but if you follow this protocol, you will achieve the goal. Like anything with the concrete thinking Weimaraner, you want to make this part of the early life training. Then it becomes the norm. Oh, and you notice he mentions using the pond. Waves could spook them. You want to avoid that scenario.
Imagine the possibilities!
A Few Final Thoughts
- Weims who balk at the sight of rain or a sprinkler often achieve the swim.
- Don’t go in with the *pre-conceived idea that it cannot be achieved.
- Select the venue to work on this carefully.
- Go in with the idea it takes as long as it takes.
- Make this part of your young pup’s agenda.
- If you *failed to achieve the swim early on, don’t believe it is impossible.
- Some people use a life vest**. The vests are not necessary.
- Often Cliff is teaching a Weimaraner who has not swum since they were a puppy. They might be 2 years old or older. They always learn. Cliff knows it can be achieved. Sometimes it is challenging but, with patience, it always happens.
- Deem this as invaluable to your process. It is a healthy activity that can burn off the excess energy and not take such a toll on the hips and joints. It is good for their cardiovascular as well.
~ We hope this helps someone achieve the swim! ~ Cliff and Shela
*You would be shocked to learn how many folks achieved the swim after they told us it was impossible.
**Life Vests–just a note here that Cliff never uses one. The only vest he might use is a Neoprene one if he were to swim them in inclement weather–like for Duck Hunting. Some of you need this for peace of mind. It might help the Weimaraner take their first few steps, but again–it is not necessary. A lot of clients who live in cold water regions cannot keep their Weims out of the water. This scenario is true even in the winter.
~ Like Virginia
Here is a picture of the pond I had built for my babies Dusty and Stormy (Weims).
Maybe you follow OwyheeStar Weimaraners both here and on Facebook. If so, you know about the late Stormy and our aging Dusty.
These are not the same Weims–they are Virginia’s Stormy and Dusty. Ours and Virginia’s Weims are all the Blue Weimaraner. Virginia’s Stormy is a Blue Longhair Weimaraner.
OwyheeStar’s Dusty is the father of both of Virginia’s pups. He is a smooth-coated Weimaraner (pictured to the left), but he carries the DNA marker for the Longhair. This Story originally ran some time ago.–click here to read the full story.
Not Short on Adventures
~ Digging for Sport
I think Stella’s about nine months old now and we just moved into our brand new, very own home! That’s some good news. The bad news is that we are working on our backyard. Of course, Stella thinks it’s awesome because she has a lot of dirt to bury bones in. She is so silly and dirty.
Running Free and Swimming
Another piece of good news is that Stella’s been on lots of adventures with her dog pals! Here are some pictures from our last trip up the Deschutes River. There’s no bad news to that. Stella runs free and happy through the woods and eagerly swims in the river! She’s also ‘almost’ stopped jumping on all the people she meets. Maybe that’s some bad news….
Snacking on the Stairs
Anyway, the worst news is that on the day she was contained in our new dog run and had access to our garage in case of rain…. she opened (or we left open) the door to our new house. There were builders in the backyard putting up the new fence. Anyway, long story short…SHE ATE A STAIR! She’s never chewed anything! Yikes! I included a picture!
Looking Pretty or Contemplating her next Antic
Anyhow, through that whole adventure, we love our beautiful girl still. That’s the best news. I attached a picture of her posing. Or maybe, she was contemplating her next move! Hahahahahaha.That’s the scoop from our family! We hope your family is doing well.
Relocating a Weim can be laden with pitfalls. They don’t do change well, but it seems Stella is adapting well. The most significant concern may be that she is developing the habit of digging. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner is tough to retrain once they get the idea that something is the norm. (oops) This way of thinking can carry over into all areas. Well, such as chewing the stairs could transfer to fencing, etc.
It is outstanding that she is water-friendly–swims in the river. Jumping up on people she greets is not pleasant for those being welcomed; however, at least she is super friendly. We would Prepare these jumping-up issues rather than dealing with a Weimaraner that is not people-friendly. Thank you, for the great share. We truly appreciate it!
At the Nielsen Farm Pond
We promised an OwyheeStar client who is getting one of the Atti X Boone pups that we could swim the pup before they depart. Any promise is subject to being derailed by circumstances beyond our control. Mr. Winter could push in and steal the stage. He has already made it evident that he is intent on an early arrival. We didn’t get snow; however, other not so far away places did–Cotton Mountain for one. The forecast has been for a warmer fall, and we hoped for the Indian Summer weather that we love so much.
The icy temperatures departed, and the pups came of age. Isn’t it grand when the stars align? The pond filled and despite the straw-like trim that floated around the edge it made for the perfect opportunity to get the swim accomplished. The last induction to water for the year. We don’t have access to an indoor swimming pool.
We love adding the puppy swim to the list of early life experiences. Nevertheless, many OwyheeStar Weims swim without the benefit of this imprint experience. Therefore, folks getting a winter pup should not fear their pup won’t take to the water. In fact, any Weimaraner can become an excellent swimmer. Some are more natural swimmers than others. It takes knack and patience. The right setting also helps you achieve the swim. A love of the retrieve is an invaluable tool. If you are patient and keep working on this discipline, we have no doubt you will achieve a positive outcome.
The Water Retrieve
Ringo loves Lake Michigan this summer (and Oakie still does too)!
Abbey Comments on Ringo’s Tail
We love it, and it’s never been an issue or gotten in the way. He gives us great big wags every time we get home. Oakie has a short tail, and it startles us every time we visit.
Swimming is an excellent summer activity. It is cooling but also great exercise as well as being easy on the joints. You might notice that Ringo sports the undocked tail. Nick and Abbey requested the undocked tail. Oakley is Nick’s parent’s Weimaraner, and he has the traditional docked tail. They didn’t get him from us, so that is about all I know about him.
For those just took home a Mesquite X Stackhouse puppy, Ringo is from a previous litter born to the same parents. The undocked tail preference upsets a lot of people. Others feel you should be allowed to have a tail undocked by choice. In many countries, tail docking and ear-cropping are either illegal or discouraged. Personal preferences run deep.
Before The Swim
Here are three pictures before the swimming part happened. My daughter, Libby, threw the ball and not one of the three dogs (she has two-Merle, a black lab, and Millie, a Burmese mountain dog) would go get it. Merle loves sticks and doesn’t really care about balls. Millie is eight and she just thinks water is not that great. Only Stella would consider saving her orange ball. It was so hilarious! Eventually, she did it!
I thought I’d pass along two videos. Video_1 is her first moment of realizing that she can swim and the Video is actually the next day when she’s got it down pat and we are in a different part of Bend.
Then This Happened!
We are really lucky to live in a place that is very welcoming to dogs. We have lots of trails and water areas that she’s been experiencing. I love the persistence Stella shows in video_1 where you can almost see her thinking, I can do this! We love our sweet girl.Have a great week! ❤️ jill
A Little Water Work
Sadly not able to make the Weimie Play date on last Sunday. So Maddy settled for an hour at Hill’s Creek. 🐾💕
I got it!
Look what I brought you Ma!! 🤗
Motoring on the lake! — at Hills Creek Reservoir
Thank you, for sharing the fun with Maddie at the reservoir. It looks lovely and she is quite the water retriever. That is excellent!
Happy New Year.
I took Skeeter to the pool for some dock practice…only the 2nd time and she’s doing great.
I sent you a you tube video from Gary’s phone.
You have to be patient, but when you see Skeeter’s Recent Dock Dive you will be impressed. Maybe you remember their first outing. If not, click here to revisit that blog featuring Skeeter.
Hi Shela and Cliff! Well as much as I have thought about giving you an update on Miss Emma Blue, I cannot believe it has taken this long! The last year has been a busy one for us and Emma too. In the last year, we have sold our house, bought a new place out in the country, moved twice, taken vacations with and without Miss Emma and done numerous household projects. Emma did absolutely wonderful throughout it all! Our first move was to my mother-in-laws home where we stayed for 2.5 months while we waited for our new home to close. It was in the middle of the winter and my MIL is not a huge fan of dogs. She had strict rules for Emma and Emma met the challenge perfectly. She didn’t run in the house, get up on furniture or come in the kitchen. She was very happy when we made it to our new home though and the furniture rule was over 🙂
I am busy; I am happy…
Emma loves her Crate–thank goodness for that!
I owe a majority of our success to crate training. Throughout the moving process the crate was a blessing. You know how dangerous it can be to be packing boxes (things laying around that aren’t Weim safe), moving boxes (people leaving doors open and more non-weim safe items) and unpacking boxes, and because Emma had learned to love her crate it was a safe and comforting place when it needed to be. It also was a great tool when she was adjusting to the new homes because she had a constant that she could go too. However, she did better with the move than I think we did. I think the only thing she cared about was that we were with her. She really seemed to care less that her entire environment had changed overnight.
Emma’s Park and Playground
It probably helped that our new place is like her own personal dog park. A fully-fenced, six acres worth of running room that comes complete with an endless supply of birds, squirrels and critters for her to chase. There are also an abundance of deer that have made themselves a home at our place that constantly taunt Emma. We do our very best to make sure they aren’t around when we let Emma out on account of she is not scared of them and wants to chase them….I’m afraid she’ll run into one during rutting season and get hurt 😦 We also live across the street from a lake, which until the summer began she thought was her own personal lake as well. (Click Here to watch Emma Swim!)
She has had her fair share of injuries since we have come here. I promise you she is under constant supervision, however she still seems prone to bizarre injuries. We joke that we need to bubble-wrap her to keep her safe. She is tough though and so far has healed well from all her accidents 🙂
Her birthday is coming up! Can’t believe she will be two on July 30th! She has been an absolute joy, a life-changing experience, and a blessing. She is our everything and we can’t imagine life without her. Thank you so much for giving us the most beautiful thing we have 🙂 ~Tanya & Aaron
Breeder’s Note: We understand how busy life can become. Thank you for remembering us in the midst of all you faced this year. We wish you many more years of joy, and fewer mishaps.