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Off to A Good Start

We love our Berkley. You chose well!!

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Here’s an update on CRATE TRAINING:

She was totally content in her crate for the 4-hour ride home from Oregon. We stopped once and she went potty. Her first night home, she was not happy at all to be away from her litter mates and her mama. We put her crate in our room so she could see us, but she still howled and whined much of the night. Yesterday we put her in her crate several times, for 20-45 minutes each time, during the day while we ate our meals and ran an errand. She was a little vocal about it each time but got better as the day progressed. We hosted a lunch event and a dinner event, and she did splendid meeting and greeting all the shoe-less guests (parvo precautionary rule). She was the absolute center of attention for a good chunk of the day. When it was time for bed last night we put her in her crate and she went right to sleep. Not one howl or yelp! She stirred at 2 am and gave me a little whimper. I took her outside and she went potty right away. She went back to sleep in her crate until almost 6 am, which is my wake-up time anyway! We were so thrilled and gave her lots of praise for doing such a good job.

An update on POTTY TRAINING:

We used the bell method with our first Weim, and it worked like a champ. So we knew this was the way to go the second time around. Every time we take her outside to go potty (after she eats, wakes up, just before bed or crate time, or every 30 minutes or so), we take her little paws and ring that bell and say “outside”. Yesterday she rang the bell all on her own. We took her out and she went potty right away. Then again today, she rang the bell on her own, and the same thing happened!!! She is catching on so fast. We haven’t had to clean up after any accidents. I am shocked.

An update on TRAINING AND LIFE IN GENERAL:

She is retrieving like a champ to our hand….stuffed toys, mostly. She isn’t into the balls yet for some reason. She is coming on command and just starting to get “sit”. I started working with her on heeling as well, but that’s a little trickier. She is starting to get it, but barely. Berkley went with us to take big sister to school for her first day of school today. And then she snuggled on the couch with us and listened in as I read a Sofia the First story to our youngest. She’s one fun pup. I attached a few pictures.

Thanks so much, Amanda

Breeder Comment

It was very sweet of you to update us on Berkley. We appreciate the follow through you are doing too! It is paying off. Yes, we try to set the pups up for success, but it takes more than a little knack to step quickly toward success.

The potty training is excellent. I love that you used the bell system. Around here that would not work, but in a traditional family setting it can get you off to a good start fast. Be sure to get a fecal exam. Giardia and coccidia are common one-celled parasites that can quickly multiply and reek havoc on the pup’s intestine. Treatment isn’t a big deal if you catch it early. Pups prefer puddle water, and they also lick their feet all the time. These are great ways to ingest something that can take off like a wildfire.

For those that have never collected a sample–you invert a baggie (Mark your name on this baggie first to ensure it is labeled). Grab a portion of a suspicious looking sample and invert and seal the baggie. Label a second baggie with your name, the pup’s name as well as the date and time the sample was collected. Keep this sample cool (not frozen). Freshness is important; therefore, get the collected sample to the Vet office ASAP. Collect it just before you leave when possible.

This one thing can save you a lot of trouble. Stress diarrhea is a thing. We might fear the worst, and it could be stress. Canned or steamed pumpkin is great for correcting a loose stool. It is not a bad idea to give your pup a couple of tablespoons twice a day and even some berry yogurt–the kind with live cultures. These are very good for their digestion, and the yogurt helps ward off yeast infections too.

Featured Weimaraner — Beorn

snuggle time

snuggle time

Happy six month birthday to our Beorn!  (It’s a little early, but the 26th is coming up fast).

He is a family member!

I am very excited to give you an update about Beorn and his place in our family.  He is growing fast, like always.  He is weighing in now at 48.5 lbs.  Big boy!

Puppy Bites are not fun!

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Family Member He is!

We lived through the puppy nipping and got wise and started wearing gloves when we were training him.  He now only mouths us in a very gentle way. 

We all were on the same page with our training program!

The Don Sullivan collar and training video helped us manage this behavior while Beorn was young, so I think it saved us all.  The other very helpful thing we did was to include the whole family (except the cats that is) in the training process.  Beorn listens to commands from both the kids now too (11 and 4). 

The Cat Rules the Roost!Beorn Riddle Snuggle

Our 20lb male cat is still the dominate pet in the house.  He tells Beorn when he gets to close, but they get along ok.  Our younger female cat and Beorn are great friends.  They play hide-n-seek, all in good fun.  They even snuggle together.  He has never shown aggression to our cats, which is a relief.

Beorn is developing into a Running Companion — appropriate distances for his age of course!

running buddies

running buddies

Beorn the nurse

Beorn the nurse

We are busy and on the go and he seems to be adjusting to our schedule.  Alex is at home during the day and I’m home on the weekends.  He does not spend to much time alone honestly, but we do use the crate daily. Most importantly we use the crate at our family meal times and when we are not at home to watch over the pup. 

Beorn travels and adapts well to each adventure!

DSCN2352Beorn loves going to new places and enjoys traveling.  He has been on some snowshoeing expeditions with me at Trillium Lake and also sledding. 

Snowy Nose

Snowy Nose

He loves the snow!  We will be taking him for his first trip to the coast in March.  I hope he loves the waves.  We will be staying in a Yurt, so it will be a fun adventure.DSCN2340

Beorn will be neutered in March as he is showing he is ready for this.  We have an excellent vet and are a little nervous about the surgery, but we know all will go well.

DSCN2337I guess a lot has happened since our last message.  I’ve included some of our favorite pictures.  We are so thankful for Beorn and our chance to be his family.  He has changed our lives in so many ways, we are very happy.  Thank you a thousand times!