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One Year Celebrated

     ~Picture This

For his 1 year birthday, Pushkin graduated from the advanced obedience course. I was not sure it was going to happen. He was fussing while other people and their dogs were going through their paces so I decided to take him outside for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, just before we got to the door his training collar came loose. That would not have been too bad if someone had not dropped a pork roll on the floor. He spied that, ran over and got it and took off like a bat out of Hades. He was all over the facility and would not respond to a recall as he knew he was in trouble.

I finally got him to sit and did a return and grabbed him by the scruff. Jennifer (the trainer) came over and held him while I got his collar back on. We waited until all of the other dogs finished and then went through the commands. He behaved quite well.
Go figure! Everyone in the class clapped for him when we finished. Ya gotta love the Wiley Weims!

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.
Marie

PS: These two flowers apparently do not realize that it is November

Breeder Comment

What to say? We feel your pain–especially Cliff, who had something like this happen to him as well. (OMG) Congratulations on earning the Advanced Obedience. We could not be prouder of the two of you! Oh, and lucky you to have the late season blossoms.

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Bella and Levi

     ~ Our Life ExperienceLevi in Bella's spot on the couch)

Bella here to report that Levi thinks he can just take my spot on the sofa. He ought to know by now who is running things–if he leaves food I finish it and sometimes I get it anyhow. (oops) Mom says we are nuts–I say things ought to be run the way I think the world turns.

Speaking of Food

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I really find that Mom’s goodies are fair game–yum. She laughs and captures photos of my antics. Here you see me, Bella, and I am stalking Mama and her Banana Chips.

cardboard gate_20181026_092842197Okay, do I get a little excited when it comes to going someplace. Mom says though she cannot understand spending good money for those baby gates (LOL) She just uses cardboard. Then she is able to escape out the back door without being knocked over. (oops, again).

Breeder Comment

It is fun to hear about your life and how things work. Without a doubt, you are a true Weimlover. Thanks ever so much for the share.

The Stackhouse Sisters

Sucia and Patos

     ~Part Two

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Sucia initially had nothing but disdain for Patos, but Patos eventually won her over and the two of them are best friends now.  Patos adores her big sister and the two of them play together very well.  Even when they are sleeping in their side by side beds, Patos will often have a paw or leg or head leaning up against Sucia.
Their favorite game is “who has the Thing?”  Although they have a basket of toys, each day there seems to magically be a different toy that is deemed “the Thing of the Day”, even if there are two identical toys.  The next few hours are then spent with Sucia grabbing the Thing and playing with it, or prancing by Patos with it, almost teasing her.  Then Patos will steal it from Sucia.  Then Sucia steals it back.  Then they play-wrestle over it, then run circles around the house and start the whole sequence over.

Breeder Comment

I believe it true that many a person who added the second soon questioned their decision. Maybe they felt they were going to fail. The situation is very different. Often the new kid focuses on the Weimar instead of the human. For the extreme Weimlover, this can be devastating. We like that clingy connection. If we don’t freak out, it usually will come. It may be different. Nonetheless, they do become dependent upon their human of choice.

I often say that if you can get through the initial phase–the pouting, the acting out, the punishing looks, etc. it gets easier. It can be easier to have two instead of one. The best way to achieve your goal is not to react to the utter disdain. Keep things on an even keel and try to be unfazed by their reaction. You can do this because soon they will be the best of friends–inseparable. They don’t love you any less either.

I do believe that two females (in this breed) are trickier than a male and a female. Typically a male will let the female be the queen bee of the castle, whereas, the first female may not back down. It is essential to get a less dominant pup or possibly the first female will allow the new kid on the block the upper paw. Something has to give. Regardless, if the humans remain calm, consistent, and non-reactive; I believe this will almost always work out without exception with a puppy. Bringing in an adult might not work at all. Certain dynamics make this tricky–sometimes impossible. There are those situations where it has worked, but my suggestion is to proceed with caution. Make sure it is going to work. Good intentions do not always make for a positive outcome. No one wants a fur-flying scenario. (OMG)

I love this example of the two girls. They get along but have a healthy sisterly interaction. They share everything and entertain each other in a way that could never happen otherwise. Sucia went from disdain to love for her sister. You did a lot right, my friend.

Say What?!?

Our Boy, Duke

     ~Who Did That?!?FB_IMG_1538060132357

**This turd turned 1 yesterday! We love him so much, but there is this!FB_IMG_1538060112180
He also loves chewing on ginormous logs, rocks, the siding of our house, our deck and our walls. Oh and every. single. dog bed. 🤷🤦 In the life of a Weim! ❤️**
As I knew it would be, it’s been difficult to train him with us and the kids not being consistent with commands, expectations etc. But, he has really changed (better) the last couple months.

At The End of the Day

~This How It Looks

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Breeder Comment

We love these folks–they are dedicated Weimlovers. Nevertheless, we would prefer everyone to avoid this kind of behavioral issue. I am so very glad they shared it though. And, they were kind enough to allow me to make a post that might help someone else avoid having this kind of situation.

I can only guess what lead to this–but the best way to avoid having this type of situation is to follow through with constant supervision at the early stages. If you are not watching them, all kinds of bad things can and do happen. Duke is not the first, nor will he be the last Weim to much on the sheetrock. The exterior siding, flower pots, carpeting, dog beds, wood posts, and just about anything they can get their lips on is a target.

The trick to avoiding it is not to let the behavior start. The crate-training is essential. It only takes a moment for the Weimaraner to get into trouble. My mantra is freedom is earned. Just remember that habits (good and bad) are quickly ingrained, and then nearly impossible to change in the concrete-thinking Weimaraner.

Also, you have to consider the separation anxiety factor. People often spend 24 X 7 with their Weimaraner puppy and think they are doing a fabulous thing. Then, they leave for an hour to run to the grocery and come home to something like this or worse. It is the same for the yard–you cannot just leave a Weimaraner home in the yard–that is unless they have become adapted to that situation. So, that brings me to the point, even once they have earned a measure of freedom, it is essential that they also learn to be somewhat flexible. It is a lot better when they learn how to adapt to schedule changes–or being left behind when necessary.

Finally, can I mentioned that Dusty, back in the day, ate a $2,000 rock. Another time it was an $ 800 rock. One required major surgery, the other not. Rocks are hard on the teeth, and if ingested, they pose a life-threatening issue. Yes, the Weimaraner is not for the weak of heart. Even people who have the best intentions can get into trouble.

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!

This Face

Never Tired

     ~of seeing the cuteness

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Well, I must admit I never grow weary of puppy faces. I know I am not alone. While they are not mine to keep, for a day or two I care for yours.

What can they become you ask? Well, for the most part, it remains to be seen. The journey on which you embark may have twists and turns. Sometimes the desire to get everything right this time is your undoing. Well, isn’t it the truth that we overcompensate and create a new issue in all likelihood? Or so it seems.

Quirks and quandaries are a thing. You cannot go far when exploring the Weimaraner before you run across something downright silly. Their antics are celebrated. Well, these are for the most part celebrated. There are the hair-pulling crazy times I suppose. Yet we are addicted. What can I say? You know what I mean.

ReHomed–Part Two

A New Chapter Begins

     ~With The New Family

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Rocky Kisses

In the first episode of ‘ReHomed,’ we shared about finding Rocky and Mickey a Rock-solid placement. Yes, we got a lot of interest. Nonetheless, not everyone was going to be in the best interest of the two–but we do so appreciate everyone who had the heart to want to help.

As the transition began, Kirsten was kind enough to keep us in the loop. We realize she puts in long hours, and there was the Weim-thing, but she thought about updating us frequently. We had discussed that neither Rocky nor Mickey were supposedly swimmers. Of course, both Kirsten, as well as Cliff and I hoped she could get the both of them at least in the water, if not swimming.

This Water Thing Happened


Not long after they arrived home, Rocky made himself at home in the wading pool.

 

 

When We Know

What We Want

    ~Even When Mom Gives us the Best

 

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Rumor Has It

An Unsuperversized Weimaraner

My response when you ask me _-2There is a common saying about the unsupervised Weimaraner. We are not repeating it. Maybe the sign should say, “You didn’t Watch Me, Shame on You!” Or it might read, “Got you again, when you were not looking.”  Possibly, it might even read, “Your dinner was delicious, thank you!” Of course, they would ask what we are having tomorrow. (OMG)

My response when you ask me _

Tricks

Willow

     ~An Instagram Sensation

But What?

Breeder Comment

We are delighted that Willow is entertaining and that she has brought healing to your heart and home after Roxy’s departure. Thank you, Rene, for all your sharing. I am sure we are not alone in saying we get a kick out of it.