It has been a little while since I have sent an update on Pushkin. How can I resist this face of anticipation? Push loves to play fetch. As soon as we get up in the morning he has his ball in his mouth, even as he heads out the door to take care of his morning necessities. I can hardly remember what it is like to have a morning cup of coffee without having a ball dropped in my lap and Push waiting, rather impatiently, for me to toss it to him. He loves to catch it in mid-air.
Advanced Obedience Again
I have decided that we are going to take the advanced obedience class a second time, more for my benefit than for Push. When we took it previously I was in an orthopedic boot due to a broken foot. The foot has healed so maybe I can keep up with him this time.
The Ease of it is not lost on me
I also want to let you know that when the local feed store closed down the in December, I decided to try Chewy to get the Diamond Naturals dog food. The food was actually a few dollars less from them. It was delivered as promised and in good condition. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Push is a high energy, stubborn, independent, and totally lovable boy. Thank you for such a great dog. ~Marie
Hello Marie! Thank you, for the regular updates on you and your OwyheeStar Weims. We love the effort you have put into Pushkin’s training–even when you were challenged to keep up. You are a great Weimlover!
Readers–if you want to revisit the last Pushkin update–click here! If you don’t remember the backdrop to the earning of the certificate, you will want to take the time to read Marie’s story. I think it will put a smile on your face.
Lend me your ears
Those that follow our blog realize this has been anything but a typical week. Cliff has been wanting our blog to share with you (our readers) the most important key factors (from his perspective). Understanding and embracing these truths will net positive results. It will give you a firm grasp on what you need to accomplish with the young Weimaraner. Each day, this week, we have shared a topic dear to our heart; the kind we believe will bring you closer to the relationship you need (and desire). Whatever type of relationship you are involved in (human or Weimaraner), respect will lead to a healthy right-type of relationship. Unfortunately, we all too often, create an unhealthy relationship because of who we are, and what we feel we need. Our weaknesses, our bias, our preconceived ideas, and our realm of influence all play into what we hear, as well as how we interpret what is being said.
Simple and Pro-Active
OwyheeStar recommends a pro-active approach. Our hope is you will embrace these simple truths, and in turn reap the benefit. At the same time, you will avoid many of the potential setbacks along the way to success. When you get the foundation laid, that stays intact. You don’t rip up the foundation unless things go completely awry. As you build, the new activities should be well-supported by the good foundation laid.
What is success? It doesn’t always look the same. Nevertheless, it shares those attributes we have been sharing this week. The average Weimlover needs to achieve these goals, and to incorporate them into their life.
- Loose Leash Heeling (on a regular flat collar)
- Come; followed by the Sit-stay
Accomplishing the four listed disciplines will help you with proper socialization, and off-leash compliance.
We love the idea of Freedom
Is freedom your their primary goal? Your list might looks something like this….
- Get free from using the crate.
- Get off-leash
We love freedom; however, making it a focus all too often backfires. We recommend you stay crate-friendly, and maintain the loose-leash heel throughout the entire relationship. A person can never say what life will bring their direction, and if the Weimaraner has these two skills; they can make it through the tough times. We understand some folks cannot embrace the crate-training concept. On the other hand, overall the Weimaraner is better for being crate-trained.
Achieving a measure of freedom is important. You want to shoot for the goal of not needing to rely on the crate in every situation. You want the Weimaraner to be able to experience the exhilaration of off-leash adventures. Nonetheless, achieving compliance must be the primary goal. Then freedom will come, and socialization will have a better result. Jumping up, not coming when called, and other not-lovely occurrences are easier to avoid when the Weimaraner is rock-solid in the four (above listed skill sets).
Many training programs rely on enticements to get compliance. During the early training phase, a treat-for-performance approach can work. Please know that the cookie approach might not serve you well during the heat of the moment. Too many Weims have lost their lives, when they failed to return for an enticement. Folks, you need to very quickly move past the idea that they get a treat for doing the required work. Treats should be random rewards.