~Reuniting with Heater Vent
As the leaves dance from limb to ground, so begins the challenge of reminding Asher — the door to the backyard cannot remain open all day. Brrr, did the weather change ever so quickly with a crisp chill in the air…it appears that fall lacked a slow grace. Even Asher noticed as he snuggled with his friend the “heater vent” today.
‘Baby it’s Cold Outside!’
Winter is coming! So does the question, what to do with the energy of a WEIM when ‘Baby, it’s cold outside’?!? Any suggestions? I am open.
Oh, the joy of winter–a lot of Weimaraners love the snow. Most, however, are not wild about the rain. Stackhouse is unfazed by the moisture falling from the sky–he looks for every puddle opportunity despite the outdoor temperature. To our chagrin–the muddier the puddle, the happier might seem. Perhaps one of our readers will share a realistic idea that will be helpful.
Winter exercise is always a problem. There are options–put on rain gear, and dress how you need and get out for the usual walk is the most common solution. We have seen people using a treadmill–that is a cool idea. Ultimately, I think what we need is a big wheel that creates electricity–maybe we could keep it going 10 hours a day. Haha–free power sounds fabulous.
Is Waiting for better weather a good reason?
The idea of getting a pup in the spring is ingrained in our DNA. We were told by those before us, waiting for winter to pass is the way things should be done.
Waiting for spring is certainly an OK approach; however, it is not the only one. More and more folks are realizing the benefits of getting a pup earlier in the year. The trade-offs can work in your favor.
Two Big Pluses are Safety and Time
- Safety — Getting a pup earlier in the year means that by the time spring arrives you can both be out and about. During the high-risk period (the first 20 weeks), it is advisable to avoid high-traffic areas. Almost without exception they are infected with the Parvo virus (as well as other virus, bacteria, and parasites). It is best to avoid exposing your pup to these risks; this is especially true of the deadly Canine Parvo virus. By the time you reach 20 weeks, the pup is fully inoculated, and their immune system is more developed.
- Time — We tend to have more time to dedicate to housebreaking, basic training, and our relationship. Once spring presses in, we find ourselves with projects, plans, and the need to be out there!
There are other factors that play into the equation; however, beyond safety and time nothing is more important than knowing you are invested (as well as able to follow through). The Weimaraner pup needs to get off to a good start from day one.
A little hiccup, can all too soon become a major behavioral problem. When a person follows that up with their own reactive behavior, the minor hiccup goes from insignificant to a glaring issue in no time at all. No one goes into the process wanting to fail. It seems we have mentioned that all too much lately; but keep in mind, our goal is to keep you on the right track.
Simple and easy are not synonymous.
Success can be very simple to achieve. We didn’t say easy. Simple and easy are not synonymous. A person doesn’t have to get stressed, or worry about every little detail. You don’t need to read every dog guru or dog whisper’s bit of advice. In fact, doing so may contribute to creating issues. What you want to do is take the time to let the process unfold in the right manner. This means being consistent, giving clear direction, and being concise.
For example, when housebreaking be sure to use the (appropriate-sized) crate when you are not watching, this will alleviate the inadvertent accident in the house. (Puppies who are running around and exploring are so darned cute. They are fun. They are also going to potty every few minutes. Keep in mind, pups which are active squat frequent. Therefore, they require constant supervision–all freedom must be earned.)
New Pup Adjustments; lessons learned together
Rain, snow, and cold weather deter people from wanting to spend time out with their new pup. Nevertheless, these lessons can be good ones. Being out together in inclement weather can be a fun event, or you can teach them to hate it. They really pick up on our response. We readily admit we are not rain-folk We live in far Eastern Oregon. Rain happens, but it is a rare occurrence. Our first Weim, was our original weather mistake. He put on the skids when a drop of rain made an appearance. He never went potty inside; however, rain would certainly make him wait too long. Some OwyheeStar folks living in the Pacific Northwest (where rain, and a rainy-season is a reality) have made plans from day one to spend time playing in the rain. Many of these people report their Weim doesn’t give the rain much thought. Quite possibly they reflect their people’s attitude.
These photos feature Breezy. She was a winter pup, taken home to the Portland area. Her family has gone to great length to incorporate her into their lives, and to raise her (safely and appropriately) to become a well-adjusted family member. Breezy was recently featured on our Blog–click here to see that post.