Proper enrichment and socialization are vital components to the overall Barrett Program. Below is an example of how one special little puppy is being raised, right here at Barrett HQ. (We are using this socialization checklist as a guide.) Time will tell where he ultimately belongs, but for now we’re having a great time exposing him to the great big world. For those of you who are about to bring home a Barrett puppy, please feel free to use this micro-blog as a guide for the types of activities you should be introducing your puppy to for the first 16 weeks of his/her life.
RAISING CANE. Day 75. He’s not supposed to be this pretty. Really. I mean, his mom is a show dog and all, but his dad is a field trial dog, with zero ancestors having ever stepped foot in a show ring. While baffled, stranger things have happened and I’m happy to just bask in the beauty that is this 10-week old creature. Cane has a lot of great things going for him. In blue, you can see that his measurements between the withers (shoulder blade) to the elbows, and the elbows to the ground are equal. In green, his lay of shoulder is set beautifully. In orange, his prosternum is prominent. In yellow, his ribcage is moderately long. Oh, AND THE TAIL!!!! He’ll carry it high all day long. The only two things I don’t like about his structure right now is that his tibia (in red) appears long, as are his hocks (purple). Overall he’s also more square than I like, and his thighs aren’t as broad as I prefer, but hey, there’s no such thing as a perfect dog. What you can’t see from this photo is that Cane is outgoing and confident. He’s also compliant and obedient. In other words, Cane is well on his way to becoming a GREAT specimen of the Weimaraner breed.
For those interested in learning more about Weimaraner structure, take a look at the WCA’s Illustrated Weimaraner Standard.
RAISING CANE. Days 71-74. Properly socializing a puppy is exhausting!!! But little man is having a fun weekend. We are in Boulder, Utah, the place that CANE’s grandpaw BoulderMan was named after.
Off leash hiking Meeting strangers Sitting on strangers Going to the farmers market Jogging on the road with Auntie Jynni Stacking pretty at a coffee shop Off leash heeling Picking out a puppy toy Meeting a little old Yorkie Learning about shopping carts Meeting kids Loose leash walking Brunch under-table hanging out Hotel play time Hotel sleep time Chasing big dogs Splashing in some water Waiting for dinner Posing on a picnic table Looking like a froggy Wading in a creek Climbing Thunder Mountain Scoping out his (possible) future home, you know, if he’s lucky enough to become a permanent resident
RAISING CANE. Days 58-63. This hunk of a fella was bred and raised by L&L Weimaraners but returned to the Barrett mothership last week for further evaluation and testing before placement in “the right home.”So far, we know he’s beautiful. He’s bright. He’s confident. He’s athletic. He’s friendly. He’s independent. He’s bold. He stands. He MOVES.
And. That. Tail.
Stay tuned. He’s one to watch.
– Kim, Barrett HQ