How do you get a nine month old puppy to stop crying while crate training?

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I just aquired a weimaraner puppy and she was not crate trained. She cries the entire time that she is crated. I have tried rewarding her with treats when she is quiet. I have also put chew toys in her crate. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

I started training my Great Dane puppy at 9 weeks, as soon as I got her, and she cried and cried and cried for about the first week of training, then she settled in and accepted it as her 'bed.' I had to just wait it out.


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Weimaraner puppy?!?

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I just bought the most loving and adorable weimaraner puppy ever! He's the greatest. I had a few questions though…I was hoping someone would know just about how much food to feed him. I've been following the amount suggested on the bag but I honestly dont feel it's enough. He is 9 weeks old and a very active dog, we're out walking or playing with his doggy friends next door out in the yard during most of the day. I was also hoping someone knows about how many times a week is it safe to give him a bath? Since he's outdoors with us a lot he tends to get a little muddy but i'm afraid to bathe him too much. Thanks so much for any comments or help on our new addition to our family! You can see his picture here—–>http://www.flickr.com/photos/12741507@N04/1332475687/

Congratulations on your new pup.

How much to feed him depends on the caloric content of the food and they have a wide range. If the package gives you a range, go with the upper range and see how that works. You want to save some calories for training treats.

As they get older some Weimaraners can trend toward being fat plus they are high up on the list for bloat so it is best to get used to feeding him smaller, more frequent meals.

Weimaraners have short, coarse hair and mud should almost slide off. You might try a stiff brush used to remove mud from horses and see if that will do. Grooming should be almost minimal.

They can kick up mud onto their bellies but most of that should come off with a warm water rinse. If you don't have one, it is useful to get one of those handheld shower massagers with the long hose. You shouldn't have to bathe him very frequently unless he gets into something that will not come off with water. You can cut the shampoo with water if you think it is too strong.

In general, they are super high energy hunting dogs. They need lots of exercise and tons of affection. They are prone to separation anxiety so you should start right now getting him to enjoy being by himself (treats are good for that). If you can, introduce him to friendly cats so he doesn't end up trying to hunt them later on.

You should also introduce him to many, many friendly people and friendly dogs as well. He will be a large, powerful dog so you should start obedience training him now. Since he is a responsive, sensitive dog you can use reward training rather than something tougher.

If you live in a cold climate, you might think about getting or making him a few warm coats. Take lots of photos of your pretty pup! They grow up too quickly.


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We've seen trainers, we've read Ceasar's Way, we're still stumped. What is your opinion?

Written by on Sunday, August 31, 2008 – 11:27 pm -

My parents and I got our weimaraner from a rescue. We believe he might have been abused.
We got him when our other weim, Asti, was alive, because we felt she needed a friend. She was small for the breed, extremely intelligent, and very mellow. Willie, our newer one, respected her greatly. Though he is a male, and much bigger than her, he always considered her the alpha.
However, he was not as friendly with us. The day we got him, he started growling in the back of the car. He wouldn't stop. If we even tried to touch him, he'd growl. We were afraid he was vicious! We stuck it out, though, hoping that he'd warm up to us. He did, and he is actually a very sweet dog. But he still growls! It's been about three years, and we've learned that he's not always mad when he growls. He will growl even when you pet him, but we've learned that he likes it. Our other weim would sometimes groan when we pet her, but it could not be mistaken for a growl. Willie growls, constantly.
Although usually he is sweet, any sort of challenge will get him fired up. If you so much as say the word "no", even if it's not directed at him, he gets mad. If you try to lock him in a room during dinner, he quickly turns vicious. He has bitten me and my step-dad.
However, he is very gentle with my 11-month old sister. He never gets mad at her, even when she uses him to pull herself up.
He is not so kind to our standard poodle puppy, though.
It's just a strange case. He is a nice dog, we love him, and he loves us, but he has an aggression problem. And the growling even when he's not mad is very unsettling to strangers.

What could have caused this, and is he "curable"?
Trainers have not been able to cure him, but they also have not pronounced him dangerous. And we've seen Ceasar tackle worse cases than this one.
Is our only hope to try to recruit him?? Unfortunately, he does not go to most states, and we live in Washington.

I adopted a 4 yr old border colliedogsome years ago. He was so bad at the time he had been put on 'death row'. He too had a problem with some words – bad, naughty, etc, and we think he associated these with being abused. I decided to change his words – we now use 'rude' instead and he knows he wont be hurt but we do totally withdraw attention from him – which is his worst punishment. We have also recognised that he doesn't like to be approached to be petted but will go to people if he wants to, so we respect that. He does wear a muzzle if I think other people put him at risk of biting, but this doesn't happen often now. I also found I had to make a real effort to become the 'alpha' in his life – so what I say goes, and I do use my voice range too. Shout if I want to shock into immediate reaction, growl to show displeasure and use a sharp tone for commands. Obviously there are softer 'reward' tones too. He is now a happier dog who knows what is expected from him and has achieved his Kennel Club Bronze Companion Award! Good luck with your dog – they are worth the effort aren't they…
regards Teresa


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I want to get a Weimaraner puppy and have two cats already.?

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Does anyone have experience with this breed and how it gets along with other small pets.

Weimaraners are a highly energetic breed and you can't give them too much exercise. They are also not at all a good choice for a novice dog owner because they require someone capable of being a strong leader. Many of them have a tendency towards aggression with other animals – they are sporting dogs and would not be a very good choice around cats.


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What does everyone think about Weimaraners?

Written by on Sunday, August 31, 2008 – 11:27 pm -

does anyone have any good weim stories?

Great dogs!
I don't have a good story yet.
Next to a Great Dane this would be
my choice of dogs to own.


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