14 Weeks of Age:
Behavior and Training – Selective Hearing. At this age, puppies may have selective hearing. “Rilo is still doing pretty well with her training, we’re adding a few more commands here and there. Unfortunately she seems to have selective hearing when it comes to commands that mean stay off the counters and furniture and stop eating your bed! And she’s very scared of (and barks very loudly at) the dogs who “live” in the oven and the fireplace i.e. her reflection.” Puppy not coming when called?! Congratulations on enter the “adolescence” stage. They’ll eventually grow out of it. Just keep up your training. If your puppy is ignoring you because she’s curious about her surroundings, that’s actually a very good thing. Now is a good time to encourage a little independence.
15 Weeks of Age:
Behavior and Training – Counter Surfing. Purple Girl/Lola is developing a habit of going up to the kitchen table for food and trying to reach counters for food. How can we train her away from this? Do you think we should get a trainer or simply get your suggestions and do our best to implement?
Boulder is doing the same thing. I have a spray bottle filled with water and turned to the “jet” setting and I squirt him on the head whenever he tries to get up on the counter. At the same time I give him the “off” command.
Friday, December 13, 2013 (6 Months Old) | Behavior and Training – The Second Fear Period
Yellow Girl/Rilo is going through a subsequent fear period. “She’s waging barking wars against certain ceiling lighting fixtures. Car doors slamming send her scampering. She flipped over construction noise this morning–I drove past site on my way to work…it was a mile away. Oh and art, certain paintings/posters terrify her! A few times she’s found herself in front of a whole wall of framed photos, paintings and poster. You can see her look intently/curiously at each one of them. Then she’ll zero in on one and bark her little head off. By my estimation we’re only a week into this phase. Anyway, we’re having daily meet and greets with ceiling fan in my living room. And after being ignored she’s learned to tolerate the wall decor!”
Black Boy/Boulder drinks like a fish and in recent nights has cried around 3AM to be let out. He storms the doors, and the second he reaches the grass, potties for a full 60 seconds (which is A LONG TIME when it’s the middle of the night)! Bo is also starting to do this “whistle” noise in his crate when he whines. His dad does it, and I CAN’T STAND IT. If he doesn’t shape up soon, I’m kicking him out of the house! He’s also getting on my every last nerve and is otherwise a complete handful. This week alone, he has stolen and eaten the entire contents of three boxes of cereal. Here’s the thing: They were INSIDE a drawer and he learned to paw it open and take them out. UGH!
Tips on quieting your dog: http://www.justweimaraners.com/woof-woof-woof-quiet/
How’s everyone else doing these days?
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (6 Months Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – Worming
We babysat Purple Girl/Lola this week and noticed that she was looking pretty thin, despite eating over three cups per day (Boulder is only eating two!). According to her owners, she definitely gets into stuff at the beach, and she’s a hungry girl in general, so I wormed her to see if that would help.
Here’s the thing; all puppies are born with intestinal parasites (worms). Sounds gross, but it’s true.
So we follow the Center for Disease Control recommendation and worm our puppies at 3, 5 and 7 weeks of age. Until puppies are six months old, you should continue to worm them once a month, every month.
Is your puppy “skinny?” Can you see the entire ribcage, all the time? Is your puppy exposed to lots of public places, like beaches, dog parks, etc? If so, and you haven’t wormed your puppy recently, do so soon.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 (6 Months Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – Winter Coats and How to Keep it Looking Good
Yellow Girl/Rilo has flaky skin.
Black Boy/Boulder just returned from his first weekend at the dog shows. EVERYONE kept raving about his beautiful coat. They all asked me what I’m doing.
Fish oil. For awhile, I was giving Boulder one or two omega-3 capsules (purchased from Costco) with his breakfast every morning, but then he started getting fat (too many calories), so now I’m throwing one in every other day or so. It works WONDERS. Smooth, silky, shiny, soft. It’s awesome. When we have a plethora of eggs (and since we raise chickens, we oftentimes do), we’ll throw in some raw eggs with the kibble, too. I don’t think they work as well as the fish oil, but it’s good for the dogs. If you go the egg route, I think you’d need 2-3 eggs a week. One isn’t enough to make a noticeable coat difference.
Bo does, however, have just a tad of dandruff. That’s normal, and has to do with the dry winter weather. I’m always using the back of my nails to stroke Bo’s back, so I can dust off much of the flake. But upon close inspection, it’s there. Bathing a dog won’t do much, more flaky skin under the coat will just come back. It’s a seasonal thing and should go away. As for losing hair, Bo’s been going through that, too. Totally normal. Do you all have a brush? Ten bucks from Petsmart if you really want one. Every now and again I’ll pull one out just to get the residual dandruff and falling hairs out, but most of the time, I just use my hand.
Baths. Weimaraners are clean dogs, they only need baths when they’re so dirty it bothers YOU. There were many times where I should have given my puppy a bath (after the day in the sand dunes… the day at the beach… the week in Utah, etc.) but by the time he back in the house, he was relatively clean. It’s amazing how much dirt falls off because their hairs are so short. So don’t sweat it if you don’t feel like you’re giving your dog enough baths. Too many baths will actually deteriorate their coat.
The shampoo bottle we’re currently on is “Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo” with oatmeal. The label says “for dogs and puppies.” It works fine for us. In fact, we used this on all the puppies when they were here. I think it was less than $10 from Petsmart, and it’ll last awhile. I DON’T recommend human shampoo on dogs.
Sunday, December 1, 2013 (6 Months Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – New Collars and Tags and A Note about Microchipping
By now, your puppy should have outgrown the original/baby collar that was sent home. If you’re in the market for a new collar/tag, I suggest the following:
Minimize the information on your dog’s tag. Bo has a tag now that has my cell phone number and the words REWARD IF FOUND on it. Bonus points: include “NEEDS DAILY MEDICATION” on the other side of the tag. I refrain from putting Bo’s name on the tag because if he’s ever a potential theft victim, I don’t want the crooks to know his name.
If you haven’t already done so, now is also a good time to have your dog micro-chipped. Once you’ve done this, please forward me the bill so I can reimburse you.
Further reading: http://www.justweimaraners.com/collar-choices/
Monday, November 25, 2013 (25 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Hives and Breakouts
A message from Yellow Girl/Rilo’s mom – A few months ago, Rilo ate some seeds (still not sure where she managed to find them, though I’ve searched far and wide for the culprit tree/bush/plant/grass) and that led to a partial blockage. Luckily, overnight observation and fluids were all that she needed to get things moving on her own… Once they got the fluids running, she perked right back up and started trying to lick everyone to death. She’s all good now. However, there was one slight complication that you might be interested in as her breeder—I didn’t realize at the time, but when I picked her up from the clinic, an allergic reaction was starting to ramp up in her body. She essentially blew up—ears, skin, face, eyes. I had to take her back in for a round of steroids and Benadryl at 11:00PM. They worked. Her vet and I have gone through every possibility of what the trigger might have been, but it’s still a mystery. They only gave her fluids and little Hills i/d. She was in a controlled environment for 24 hours. Weird huh? No problems since. There was some upside to situation—we found an awesome vet (and staff) at the emergency clinic and I am now very well acquainted with Rilo’s puke face. You’re right, hellions through and through!
Any other puppies out there with hives and breakouts?!
Monday, November 18, 2013 (24 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Swallowing Foreign Objects
Sometimes, despite our best efforts to watch our puppies like hawks to keep them safe, they still find a way to get into things they shouldn’t have. In the past few weeks, Blue Boy/Heinrich ate a sock and had his stomach pumped to get it out… Green Boy/Cooper went under the knife to get a bouncy ball, Legos, and fabric removed from his lower intestine… and Orange Boy/Jasper swallowed pieces of his bunny rabbit stuffie (and later passed it in his poop).
You’re all still good parents. But let’s take a moment to go over some lessons learned:
- Weimaraner puppies (especially these babies!) are destructive with stuffies. It’s a good idea to stick with chewies, rawhides, antlers… something they can’t break off into little pieces and swallow.
- Small objects (Legos, bouncy balls, etc.) should be kept in boxes with lids.
Got anything to add? Do let me know!
Monday, November 18, 2013 (24 Weeks Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – When to Spay or Neuter Your Dog
If we have a Limited Registration agreement, you may recall that I offer a $100 rebate for electing to hold off the spay/neuter procedure on your dog until it reaches one year of age.
There are a myriad of reasons why I don’t support early spay, but I’ll keep it simple: Not all dogs are built the same. Weimaraners are slow to mature (24 months), and those that are altered too young don’t grow properly. Example: lack of appropriate hormones due to early spay result in “leggy” dogs… they just look weird.
That said, the decision of when to spay or neuter your dog is ultimately yours (unless I co-own your dog, in which case that decision is “ours”).
I have a girl puppy. When will she come into season for the first time? When did Miss Friday (her mom), come into season for the first time? Unfortunately, Friday didn’t live with me when she was a puppy, so I don’t know how young she was at her first heat cycle. When the time comes, please send me a message so I can track from a pedigree/breeding standpoint.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (21 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Puppy Acne
Orange Boy/Jasper has a case of puppy acne… on his boy parts.
Congratulations! Our puppies are now “teenagers!”
Totally normal. Green Boy/Cooper has them, too.
Monday, November 4, 2013 (21 Weeks Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – Teething:
Purple Girl/Lola has metallic breath. What’s going on?
Metallic breath is due to the fact that she’s losing her baby teeth and the big girl teeth are coming in. Bo’s is metallic, too. So her gums are bleeding in areas where baby teeth have fallen out. In that case, it’s normal and is nothing to get concerned about.
Here’s a few shots of Boulder:
Your pup should be in the middle of losing his/her teeth right now. Here, you can see that Bo’s new/permanent front upper teeth have grown in, but others are about to drop off. His lower front teeth also still need to fall out.
More teething pictures.
I’m checking Bo’s bite here. At the moment, he has somewhat of an overbite, but since the bottom jaw is slower to grow in, I’m not too concerned about it.
Bo went to the vet for his Week 16 titer. The titer came back negative, so I returned a few days later for the Week 16 shots.
Bo is eating approximately 2 cups of food, twice a day. Your puppy should look similar; you want to see the ouline of the ribcage when the puppy is standing.
Monday, November 4, 2013 (21 Weeks Old) | Health and Nutrition – Nail Clipping
Purple Girl/Lola is a feisty one when it comes to nail clipping. It takes two members of her family to hold her down and get her clipped.
Boulder hates having his nails done, too. I turn him upside-down and sit on top of him and the husband feeds him treats to keep him distracted while I do his nails. He hates it, but we manage. Try baiting your puppy between or during each nail. Or, send your puppy to Petsmart and have them do it.
A note about nails. It’s important to keep them trimmed (this is Miss Friday with her perfect manicure). If you haven’t started clipping your pup’s nails yet, please get on that soon!
Further reading: Click here for a link that describes how you can clip your dog’s nails.
Monday, October 21, 2013 (19 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Loose Stools
Purple Girl/Lola has had runny poo for almost a week. Her family gave her pectin from the pet store with rice and it only has small effect…
Anyone else out there with icky poo? Lola may have picked up worms and needs to be de-wormed again. Having poo analyzed is a good idea. If poo comes back clean, we may need to change her diet, but have that check that out, first.
Further reading: http://www.justweimaraners.com/ibd-and-yucky-poop/
Friday, October 18, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – Food Whores
Weimaraner puppies are food whores.
Black Boy/Boulder Man is, for sure. He stole a pile of cooked chicken bones off the kitchen counter last night (eek!). I fed him a second dinner so that he’d have something else in his tummy to help pass the bones, then I had to watch him like a hawk all night to make sure he was okay. Luckily, he’s fine.
The message: If you discover that your puppy has gotten into some cooked bones, give them some extra food to “pad” their stomachs, then watch them to make sure they pass the bones okay. If your puppy stops eating/drinking/pooping, take it to the vet.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Weight Check-in
Green Boy/Cooper weighs 42 pouds.
Black Boy/Boulder weighs 38 pounds.
Purple Girl/Lola weighs 32.5 pounds.
Yellow Girl/Rilo weighs 28 pounds.
It’s obvious now that boys are bigger than girls. I think the weight difference is a combination of all things. I do think that Rilo is a “smaller” girl, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to be tiny. She’ll likely be between 52-55 lbs as an adult, 23″ at the withers, same as her mom. Lola/Puple Girl, weighed in at 32.5 pounds at the end of last week. Boulder Man was actually the “smallest” boy when I decided I was keeping him. I was initially worried that he’d be “too small” but he seems to have good bone/substance on him. I think his current 38 is good. Green Boy/Cooper (the BEAST!) was rocking out at 42+ pounds THREE WEEKS AGO, so I can only imagine how much more he weighs now.
Friday usually holds steady at 54-55 pounds when she’s “normal.”
If Rilo is 28 lbs, she’s 28 lbs. As long as she LOOKS good, there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Monday, October 14, 2013 (19 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Weight Check-in
Purple Girl/Lola is 32.5 pounds.
Friday, October 11, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Skin Bumps
Orange Boy/Jasper has ten bumps (happy, doesn’t itch). Could it be a food allergy?
I suspect puppy acne, but is anyone else noticing this in their puppy?
Thursday, October 10, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Behavior and Training – Weimaraners in the Rain
Orange Boy/Jasper had his first experience with rain yesterday. He didn’t care for it and tried to pee as fast as possible.
I don’t know what it is, but in my experience, Southern California Weimaraners are weenies when it comes to the rain. My girl, Britta, HATES the rain. On a rainy day, she’ll hold it in ALL DAY if she needs, but she Will. Not. Pee. In. the. Rain. My girl, Friday, was raised in Virginia, so she doesn’t have this problem. Black Boy/Boulder doesn’t seem to mind it, either. Our lawn is dewy every morning, so he’s used to getting his feet wet everyday.
How does everyone else do in the rain?
Thursday, October 10, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Behavior and Training – Crate Training Check-in
Orange Boy/Jasper runs into his crate whenever he does something naughty. Good boy!
How is crate training going for everyone else?
Thursday, October 10, 2013 (18 Weeks Old) | Health, Safety and Nutrition – Puppy Gas
Orange Boy/Jasper is gassy.
So is Black Boy/Boulder.
Boulder went to the vet this week, and when I asked her about his farting, she prescribed some Probiotics. The ones I picked up were approximately $25 for a 30 day supply. One pill every day. It’s supposed to help with the tooting, so before I switch his food (since my other dogs do really well on it), I’m going to try the Probiotics to see if that will help.
Bo is also farting… a lot… so when I brought it up with the vet, she recommended I start giving him Probiotic capsules. Once daily. It actually works. Here’s the front of the box in case you need some for your pup (I know Orange Boy/Jasper is having the same issue).
And here’s the back of the box.
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Monday, September 30, 2013 (17 Weeks Old) | Behavior and Training – Leash Walking
Purple Girl/Lola keeps pulling even with snapping her back in. She is also a bit skittish about road noise, etc. which makes her pull more or try to get away. When I have her off leash at the beach, it’s great because she follows. Re: walking with a leash, I think I need to get harness because she is choking and getting snapped back too much. What do you think?
When I had Lola a couple of weeks ago, I noticed she wasn’t as outgoing as Boulder (but boys are generally more social). But she didn’t jerk around on the leash with me either. I’d have to watch you do it to see what’s going on. Don’t get a harness because that makes the problem worse, not better. Not true for all dogs but definitely true for Weimaraners. Using a harness teaches and encourages dogs to pull because there’s more restraint. Therefore, more resistance. You need to just figure out how to do it correctly. Will your schedule allow for going to basic obedience classes at a local Petsmart? Leash walking should be covered in those classes. Those classes will also be good for socializing her to unfamiliar sounds and other dogs.
Further reading: http://www.justweimaraners.com/walk-your-weim-without-setting-back-training/
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (16 Weeks Old) | Health, Nutrition and Safety – Bone Marrows
Question from Purple Girl/Lola’s family: Can I give Lola a marrow bone?
Yes! All of my Weimaraners love marrow bones. Give her one at a time. The first time, only let her lick out ¼ to 1/3 of it. Outside is better, it can get messy. Freeze what you don’t give to her, it’ll keep longer. Also, when she’s done licking it out, you can save the bone, add peanut butter to the center and re-freeze to make more treats.