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Kula Bleu,

    “says Oh Yeah!”

Here is Kula doing what he loves, swimming after sticks in the river, even when the water gets cold, he is keen for a swim! He is super good at navigating the currents and rapids and knows the commands right or left when he loses track of a stick and I can direct him from the shore!

Many thanks,
Brent

Breeder Comment

It is excellent that Kula is an extraordinarily good swimmer. Maybe it is extra special that you share the love of the water so much. (Haha) Your two OwyheeStar’s have such an excellent life. Thanks ever so much for everything you do with and for them–as well as sending along the Emailed updates. For those that might not have caught the connection Kula Blue and his sister, Pilikia, were recently featured tucked under the covers enjoying the master’s bed. If you missed that blog–click hereIMG_1410

Moxie Blue

Floating Poolside

     ~Lakes and Rivers we Swim

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I wanted to send a quick follow up to your water work blog.  Don’t be discouraged if your Weim prefers not to swim in the pool.  IMG_1449Moxie Blu prefers to float in the pool rather than swim.  She will swim a bit in the pool but it’s not the same as the lakes and rivers we often frequent.  I remember seeing other blogs with Weims relaxing on pool floaties.  image2

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Chrissy, for sharing these Moxie Blue Waterwork photos. Of course, we love her sitting atop the Flamingo. Who wouldn’t? Enjoying the pool, the lake, or whatever wherever you find it however you prefer is a good theme. There is no room for single-minded ideas. (Haha) Moxie shows us her classy style.

Of course, floating doesn’t expend much energy. (Haha) Regardless, what fun it is for her and her family. Thanks for the share. We truly appreciate it!

Cliff and Shela

Water and Your Weimaraner

     ~Puppy Swim

Most of you know that we try to swim puppies–time and weather permitting. Above is a GoPro Video of a litter swim taken a couple of years ago. It gives you a different perspective. Some pups are excellent swimmers; others struggle a little. Nonetheless, we have never had a puppy fail to be able to swim. Does this mean they will naturally take to the water? No! If you expect them to jump and take off, you may be disappointed. It will most likely require work to get them into the water and swimming. This effort is work we hope you invest. We deem this an essential part of the puppy raising process.DSC03640

The Why and the How

Over the years we have written extensively on how to achieve the swim. More and more of our clients have managed to do this. Sometimes to their own surprise. It is one of the best things you can do for yourself and the Weimaraner.

To expend energy. The growing Weimaraner has boundless energy; however, they cannot be beating the pavement to run off this energy. Until the growth plates close, you need to limit high impact exercise. Many experts agree that about three miles is the limit. Imagine how quickly the Weimaraner puts in the three miles. Seriously, about a mile into your run they have probably gone this far. Using the swim is the ideal way to exercise without causing damage to the growing joints. We would go so far as to suggest it probably helps your Weimaraner get more years and miles from their body. That is something that serves everyone’s best interest. We think you can agree.

Hunter or not you need to master the recall. You say what do you mean by the recall? That is coming when called. Getting the retrieve to hand is also a part of the recall. The rock solid come when you call or give a command–verbal or otherwise. The bringing of a bumper or toy back to you. Keep away it funny and laughable; however, we don’t feel this is ever in the best interest of the Weimaraner or you.

Cliff and I suggest you find an area where there is no escape route. For example–a hallway (closing all the adjoining doors) will work for this exercise. You want to make this an exciting event. Something that they look forward to doing with you. Sit down in that hallway and work on the retrieve at least every day. You want to ingrain the love of the retrieve as well as getting them to bring the dedicated item it to hand. This discipline will serve you well and help you achieve the swim.

The hallway exercise should begin as soon as they arrive. Make it an event–the same person, the same bumper or toy, and somewhat a routine. Five-Seven throws blocking the exit with your body. Toss and retoss keeping the excitement going. This activity should be fun, short-lived, and you want to stop while they are still excited. Once you have the rock solid recall—then you can move to the yard. You may need to use a check cord in the larger venue. If you don’t know what that is, ask us. It is a long line that attaches to their collar and allows you to reel them back to you. Always giving them praise like it was all their idea.

Why the Retrieve

The Weimaraner that is in loves the retrieve then can be worked along the water–at first shallow water. A pond or something similar is ideal. Slopping sides even better. That way they can play at the water’s edge and retrieve. Eventually, you can edge them out a bit, and they will take off and swim a couple of strokes. This process takes patience. You might wonder how long. Can we say it takes as long as it takes? Typically, Cliff gets the water-retrieve in two weeks or less. The rewards are almost endless. You can do this! Believe in the process. Stay optimistic. Keep it fun. Stay at it until you achieve success.

Running Companions

For the long distance runner, this is the best way to set the Weimaraner up as your running companion. The growth plates typically close around 15 months. By then you should have them swimming. The waterwork can keep your running companion in the tip-top shape you need as well as help them develop muscles which may help prevent injury.

To Burn Off Energy

For those less inclined or find themselves challenged to keep up with the Weimaraner, this is an excellent way to burn off the excess energy. The Weimaraner will still be able to join you on walks, etc. But tiring the Weimaraner out is challenging. The waterwork helps and does it without injury. Of course, there are other pros to having the water-friendly Weimaraner.

Imprinting the Idea

We swim the pups with the idea that it imprints this experience. If you wonder, the Weimaraner has webbed toes. There are hundreds of updates on our blog that feature OwyheeStar pups and adults enjoying the water–swimming, retrieving, and playing in it. We hope you will achieve the swim.

Here is Stackhouse — a strong swimmer

Olli and Indi

Two Longhairs

     ~ From The Same Parents

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Olli does not share his sticks with anyone…except, now, his sister Indi.  After we got the good news of Indi’s titer test, we took her to Olli’s favorite dog park along the Mississippi River.  He loves to swim and amass a stick collection; Indi is learning to do the same.  She is not at the point of wanting to swim but she goes deep into the water to help Olli carry back his stick prize.
At just over 4 months, Indi is growing like a weed and highly trainable.  She hates to have Olli go anywhere without her so going for a run in the morning can be a challenge as she wants to run after us.  She is a snuggler and keeps hoping that we will give in and let her just sleep on the big bed.  Olli gives her the “been there done that” look…!
All in all, she is doing fine and the crate training concerns of the early days are a distant memory.  We are so happy that Olli and Indi are a part of the family!
Hope all is well with both of you.
Mary
PS: The connection that these animals bring us is amazing.  From western Oregon and beyond – it is a community that comes together over the love of a breed. You and Cliff have done an outstanding job of keeping the connections and ensuring that the puppies are of the highest quality.  Every day is not always perfect and there are plenty of trying times but the sun always comes up and we start all over again.  With the tails a-wagging and puppy licks for everyone 🙂

Breeder Comment

We are thrilled to hear that Olli has adjusted and that he more than accepts Indi. We are happy to hear that the Vaccine Titer Test came back with good results. It is always a good feeling to know the titers indicate they have good immunity.

I am confident that the two get a lot of positive comments. We are ever so thankful for people like you–our loyal Weim-loving folks mean more than words can express. We are indeed blessed. There are more and more people discovering the Longhair. We love all things, Weimar. What can we say? I suppose as addictions go, I prefer this one to others. (Haha)

News

From Nancy

     ~Tikka and Luna

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I read a comment you made about liking pictures that aren’t already posted on FB (TOTALLY understandable!), well you’re in luck 😉 we went on an amazing camping trip and of course I took tons of dog pics, but since all of my kids and grandkids went I felt the need to limit posting dog pics so my human kids knew I loved them too 😂😂the pictures got a little mixed up, one of the girls in the truck is on the way to camp. The one of all the girls lined up is a “girls only” paddle trip

I wanted to give you an update on the fur-girls, we took them camping at Waldo lake last weekend … what an amazing time we had!! As you can see from the pictures we spent most of our time in (or on) the water! Tikka is still getting used to paddle boarding, at one point we lashed our boards together & sat to paddle, she liked that because she had her three “people” in one spot 😂😂

Breeder Comment

~About the OwyheeStar Facebook Group

Yes, Nancy, it is fabulous having the OwyheeStar Facebook Group–it allows people to connect with other OwyheeStar clients. It is a great place to post OwyheeStar Weimar photos. I said OwyheeStar twice–I should mention this group is only for our clients. The regular OwyheeStar Page still works, and it is open to the public for comment. This group is all about our little community. To become a member you must be an OwyheeStar Client–just to clarify for anyone wondering.

Once someone posts a story and photos, it seems rather silly of me to grab that information and to repost it on our blog. I can do that. I have done it. I try to avoid doing it–I like to keep the blog newsy, but also fresh and informational. (Haha) I rely on the kindness of our OwyheeStar clients to update me with stories, photos, and achievements. For the most part, people are so very gracious and follow through–but, not always. Regardless, we love the updates. I think you will agree there have been some great group posts. We do so appreciate them. This update, however, is so helpful. Thank you, again for thinking of us. Your help is much appreciated.

~Love Seeing Tikka and Luna

We are thrilled to see Tikka getting used to the paddle boarding. The water retrieves by both girls (Luna and Tikka) is extraordinary. It looks like everyone had a great time.

Freyja

Taking to the Water

Thought you’d like to see a short video. Freyja really loves the water. She’s on the right trying to take the stick away from Odin…lol. She’s a love!! Have a great day😊

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Jeremy with Freya and Odin

Running Circles

Cooper

    ~at Three Months

Meeder's Cooper_1733Both boys (Luke (wearing the sunglasses, and Cooper) just love the pool. Cooper at 3 months is running circles around Luke who is now six years old.

They are getting along swimmingly,

Cooper likes to jump on Lukes back from the side, they are so hilarious.
Thanks again for all the love and kindness you and Cliff put to rearing these guys – they are both so trusting which makes it so much more pleasurable to train them.
~Thanks — Cal

 

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Not So Long Ago

PS: And the exercise in the pool is so much easier on their paw pads than the desert floor. Cooper is up to 3 cups of food a day and still not packin’ any belly fat – looks like we have a big boy on the way …

Breeder Comment

Thank you, Cal, for the update. We love seeing Cooper (Bernie X Boone 2018) taking to the water. You are correct about the pool being a lot easier on the paw pads; however, it is ideal for joints and overall health. We encourage everyone to work on getting the water-retrieve–the benefits are multifaceted. The young Weimaraner needs to limit the pounding of the pavement–until the growth plates close. What’s a person to do with all that excess energy–well, swimming is the ideal solution.

It is so great to see Luke having adjusted to Cooper’s arrival. At first, the interloper was not to his liking; however, now he has a brother/friend–a special companion.

Friendliest

Zelda is the Greatest

   ~California Weimar Girl

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Two years ago we received a beautiful blue female Weimaraner from you folks. We met Cliff in Burns Oregon, we are from California. Zelda is what we named her. Stackhouse was there when we picked her up. Her docked tail has a very notable flip to it. Everyone loves it, as she trots, most friendliest to everyone, except cats and raccoons.
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Eye on the Sky

We live in a pretty normal Weimaraner home.  Zelda has been very vocal these days, I can only guess what all the bumbling is about, urban raccoons and skunks.

Dog Park Star

Star of the dog park is Ms. Zelda. As most know, when puppies run into the park the other dogs come over to check her out, sniff, she runs over to the dog’s parent who seems to bother her the most, and plants herself between their legs, they become taken by her and protects Zelda.  LOL LOL!  Zelda leans into pet parents, they think she loves them. She is very sociable there, everyone knows her by name.

She is a Standout

We have come across two other young Weimaraners.  What separates her from the other weims is temperament and physical appearance, her tail flips up as she moves around, she is outstanding.

The Beach; the Ocean and Miss Zelda

This is Zelda doing one of her favorite outings. Carmel by the Sea is where this video was taken. Her parents are Stackhouse and Livee, she was born July 12, 2016.

Love sharing
Yvonne

Breeder Comment

We are delighted to hear from you. The videos are fun and the photos delightful. It is good to know Zelda is doing well–that she is living a perfect Weimar life. Thank you, for thinking of us, as well as for all you do for your OwyheeStar girl.

On the Water

With Berkley

     ~in the Canoe

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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

Breeder Comment

Thank you, for the great share. The photo is outstanding, too! We love the effort you put into Berkley and how she is a part of your family activities.
We appreciate that so many of you write about your OwyheeStar Weimaraner, and how you inquire about us as well. Yes, we have puppies right now–it is once again crazy-insane. (Forgive the terminology.) As for my health, I a lot better. I hope one day not to have the spasms and whatnot, but I am ever so thankful I am improved. We don’t think about a health crisis until one comes knocking.

Water, Again

Jaeger’s 1st

     ~water retrieve.

It took about 6 tosses and Ruger going in before he’d go beyond chest deep.

 

He’s been introduced to and been in the water all spring, just nothing swimmable until today…. Annnnnd here are a couple more just goofy Weimie pics.

Breeder Comment

Jaeger is about four months old. We feel this is exceptional. He didn’t swim at OwyheeStar before leaving–it was too cold. Jaeger was born in mid-October of 2017. Cliff is dually impressed that he is swimming and water retrieving. We appreciate the video capture of the moment as well as these great photos. Thank you!