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Going On Vacation?

~Is the Weim Onboard?

Hey, Karen, are you forgetting something? –Like Me!

Separation anxiety is real and palpable –and the consequences are sometimes staggering. We have received notes from people who suffered the worst of outcomes–a loss. Others, and more frequently this is what happens, come home to destruction. The rock-solid trustworthy Weimaraner didn’t handle the absence as expected. Anyone who loves this breed has most likely seen reports outlining shocking Weimaraner behavior. We are positive that many of you have experienced this phenomenon firsthand. (Ouch)

Ideally, we need to help our Weimaraner learn how to adapt and adjust to change. For people new to this breed, this can be a foreign concept. Possibly they equate the Weimaraner separation to what they experienced with another breed–somehow, I highly doubt it. Maybe, but more than likely, this person is going to be caught short–shocked at what can happen. This separation anxiety thing is one of the reasons so many Weimaraner end up being rehomed. It is a sad reality. Nonetheless, many Weimar-addicts walk into the relationship eyes-open knowing about this trait and the other quirks and quandaries they might face.

Don’t Leave Home Without Them…

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The Weimaraner is a family member. People tell us all the time they will never leave their Weimaraner alone. That is simply put is not practical. No one can guarantee they will never need to leave their Weimaraner alone, or at home when they must be gone. The person who rarely is gone, is more apt to set their Weimaraner up for severe separation-anxiety when it becomes necessary. The concrete-thinking Weimaraner thinks you are always there; when you are gone, they feel you abandoned them. Any number of things can follow their paranoia–most of these are not good. The list of ensuing infractions includes but is not limited to destructive behaviors, trying to follow you, and barking incessantly to alert you that you forgot them.

We Cannot Afford to Sugar Coat It!

We are always talking about this topic. It can catch the dog-savvy person unaware, and sometimes results in the unthinkable result-loss of life. The frantic Weim (who doesn’t know how to stay in the crate, or is not 100% safe in the yard) is going to act-out. If you cannot figure how to prevent the bad stuff, and make accommodations for this behavior, you need to look for another breed. Yes, they are beautiful, engaging, and intelligent in a way people outside their circle of influence don’t get. Nonetheless, this breed is not for the faint of heart, or those wanting to get them trained in quick order. This is a lifetime commitment to antics, and challenges of one sort or another. Yes indeed, some Weims become a couch potato, but let’s not hope for the scenario. If you want other than the breed offers–keep looking for the right fit.