She is really enjoying her new house and already knows her crate is her home and we can hardly keep her from hanging in it all day!
We are pleased that she likes her crate. Sometimes the crate training is hard to master. It is good to have a right-sized safe-feeling location. Once they accept it, then the only other hurdle might be if they get territorial. The Weimaraner can be protective of their space–it is a good idea to move the location of the crate from time to time. This helps prevent them from protecting their corner of the room so to speak. (OMG)
The adventure has begun. Getting off to the best possible start is important. We have posted blogs on this topic, and provided information in your packet. Beginnings are important. The first six months will see a lot of change. The puppy will go from a tiny, precious little pup, to an adult-looking active juvenile. Along the way, there will be ups and downs. The frustrations, and the problems we face, is often a direct result of doing what we think is right. We all want to do the very best for our new puppy. All the while, that cute little face is scoping out the territory, and figuring a way to manage things—you included. The Weimaraner likes to be in control. They can take control of your home by manipulation, or by their out-of-control behaviors. They will exploit your weaknesses. Sometimes when we are trying to figure out our next move, they see it as an opportunity to exploit for their own purposes. That being said, much of what they will become, is directly related to the relationship you develop. A healthy relationship, with them showing you proper respect is the outcome for which we hope.
If you live near enough to Des Moines, WA, we recommend Jan Magnuson. She has thirty-five years of experience with the Weimaraner. (Click here to visit her Website .) Many of you can begin without a trainer, or attending classes. The first steps are about your relationship, house-breaking, crate-training, and the recall. You want them to come when called, follow you, and to learn to run to the door to go outside. We believe we have them set up to succeed, but we also realize it takes a great deal of work to finish the training process. It is not going to happen overnight.
- 7 Steps to Success
- Waltzing with the Weimaraner
- Earning Respect
- Cliff on the Basics
- Oreo Cream Counts
- Cliff Speaks
- Cliff on Collars
We put a lot of time and effort into writing these informational blogs. We sincerely hope you find them extremely beneficial. Regardless, it is one thing to read, research, and educate one’s self. It is another thing to put what you have learned into practice. We all come with different abilities, and skill sets. We all approach this with preconceived ideas, and we read our experience into the process. When faced with the actual situation, it can become pretty daunting. It is easy to become overwhelmed, and frustrated. Maybe you will fly through the process of training with ease. More than likely, it will not happen quite that easily. It is a bit like a chess game. We understand the game the Weimaraner brings to the table. Sometimes they find ways to out maneuver even the most savvy dog person. The best approach is to look at this as a learning experience. Those of us who have been engaged with the Weimaraner for any time realize that they make us better humans. They change our lives in so many ways, but sometimes in the most unexpected way possible. Thanks for listening to our thoughts.