Barrett University

The series of Barrett University articles (listed below) is intended to provide Barrett puppy owners with a summary of their puppy’s developmental progress between birth and eight weeks of age. After eight weeks of age, the articles include resources related to Weimaraner behavior, health, nutrition, and safety. As always, please feel free to call or email me directly with any questions, anytime.


– Kim

Welcome article. Congratulations on your new Barrett puppy! Please find below the first article in the “Barrett University” series. We’ll start with some recommended reading and basic homework. Recommended reading: My favorite Weimaraner book of all time is Weimaraner Ways, by Virginia Alexander (who also happens to be Friday’s breeder). For our breed, it’s the most comprehensive book out there… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at one week of age. In the first week of life, your Weimaraner puppy is in the Neo-Natal Period of life (1-14 days), as described by Kathryn Lanam in her “Behavioral Development of Puppies” article, published in the Dewclaw Magazine in Summer 2002. It is pretty amazing to watch them progress, even though they are still helpless and completely dependent on their mother. Puppies cannot see, hear, or regulate their body functions such as temperature and elimination, but they can smell, and are very good at finding out where their mom is… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at two weeks of age. In the second week of life, your Weimaraner puppy begins to phase out of the Neo-Natal Period. The daily routine is as follows: Eat, poop, pee, sleep, squeal. Repeat every two hours. Nail clippings continue to happen on an every other day basis (they grow FAST!)… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at three weeks of age. The transitional period starts when eyes open and ends when puppies “startle” at hearing noises. Other developments: Eliminating  on their own, emergence of teeth, onset of usable vision, and specialized vocalization. (See also: rawr!!) To help with visual interest, this is the week we started putting stuffies and other soft objects into the box, so puppies have something to look at, climb over, play with, etc. To build confidence with new experiences, puppies are also being placed on new surfaces for one minute a day (wood floor, granite counter top, marble counter top, concrete, etc.)… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at four weeks of age. Because puppies are too young to have a sense of fear, this is best time to expose them to loud sudden noises. (Hello, pot banging!!) This encourages puppies to return to normal activities after being startled, a life skill they’ll need later. Puppies are also “play-fighting” this week, with a loose pecking order starting to form. Barking increases. Mamma dog is now growling and baring teeth at puppies when they try to nurse. Puppies respond by rolling over and backing off (learning to accept discipline). Puppies have also been weaned onto real food… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at five weeks of age. This week, puppy play gets much more sophisticated; puppies growl, chase, and “kill” their peers. Everyone is 100% weaned, which leaves more time for physical and mental challenges, like chewing on things, climbing on things, carrying things, and tugging on toys. This sort of play helps to develop strength, agility, and coordination; skills these puppies will need to function as an adult. It’s also this week that puppies must develop problem-solving abilities so they can excel as adults… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at six weeks of age. Succinctly put, socialization is critical to the success of a Weimaraner puppy. Done correctly, it reduces the number of things in the world that a Weimaraner puppy might be frightened of and it continually provides the experience of first being afraid of something, but then recovering from it. This “bounce-back” is one of the most valuable traits anyone can “teach” a dog. And, the more a puppy recovers, the less it’s afraid of things. Some of the things we’re doing this week is exposing puppies to smells, textures, surfaces, sounds, vibrations, tastes and sights… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at seven weeks of age. During this time, puppies are curious about EVERYTHING – they want to climb, crawl, investigate and taste EVERYTHING. They have a very little sense of fear (which is also why socialization is good at this time!) and will approach and investigate anything and everything. Their increased motor skills and mobility helps. This is the week to introduce scarier things: strangers, tunnels, boxes,water, and other stuff puppies can climb over or crawl through… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy at eight weeks of age. And… we’re done! By now, puppies have been reared, socialized, schooled and evaluated. At thiis point in time, they may begin their new adventures with their new families. Once again, congratulations on your new Barrett puppy! By now, the recommended reading should be complete, the food chosen, the veterinarian should be selected, the puppy kindergarten booked, and the things to buy purchased… [click here to continue reading this article].

Your Barrett Weimaraner puppy between the ages of 9-12 weeks. Topics in this article include housebreaking guidance, crate training pointers, alone training tips, and also some information about managing ideal puppy weight, fleas and puppy vaginitis… [click here to read this article].

And now, some more information!

Health articles:

Nutrition articles:

Safety articles:

Behavior articles:

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