For canine obsessives, all dogs have a unique beauty. There are some breeds, however, which are elegant enough to take your breath away. The Weimaraner is one such breed. With their long legs and silky fur, these animals catch the eye of those who want to own a strong, regal looking pet.
The Weimaraner is a very sociable animal. These dogs, though big and boisterous, are relatively easy to train. They are capable of showing high intelligence, affection, and loyalty to their owners. They are often excellent around children, and they are rarely a nuisance outside of the home when trained properly.
On the other hand, if the breed does not receive sufficient training, it may develop bad habits. It might never learn how to control its energy levels. This guide to some common mistakes made with the Weimaraner breed will tell you what to avoid.
Mistake One: Your Dog is not Naughty
The thing to remember about this breed is that it is reasonably large, so when it jumps around gets excited, people, ornaments, and furniture are in trouble. Originally, Weimaraners were gun dogs, so they have lots of strength and agility. Often, poorly trained pets knock over young children or jump up at visitors. It is rarely a sign of aggression, however.
Your dog is just excitable and needs lessons on how to restrain himself when indoors and around people. Punishing a young dog for being energetic isn’t helpful, and neither is trying to impose your will loudly or forcefully. You have to establish a natural, nurturing sense of dominance and teach him that you are the pack leader. Avoid shouting and be patient.
Mistake Two: Rewarding Unwanted Behaviors
Weimaraners learn very fast, but it can still take some time to train a dog. For the best chance of success, it should be a consistent process; something which you make a part of your everyday life. For instance, be conscious of your behaviors towards your dog. It is natural to want to show him love all the time, but is he acting in a way which warrants it?
Give your pet affection and love when he does the right thing. If he tries to get your attention by jumping up at you –this is a behavior that you should be trying to eliminate – don’t reward it. Wait until he goes about things in the right way. Then, offer a treat or a stroke as a reward.
Mistake Three: Overfeeding Your Weimaraner
This breed is at greater risk of developing bloat. For humans, a bloated stomach is uncomfortable, but not a big worry. For dogs, it can be a severe condition. It occurs when the exits of the stomach become blocked because the bowels have twisted and expanded.
It prevents gas from escaping, so it builds up in dangerous amounts. Bloat is very painful for dogs, but it is relatively easy to avoid. All you have to do is take practical, logical steps around mealtimes. Don’t encourage your Weimaraner to exercise immediately after dinner. If he eats too fast, serve his meal in smaller portions.
Mistake Four: Don’t Leave for Long Periods
It is an obvious tip for experienced dog owners, but it is worth remembering. No breed is designed to spend extended periods of time alone, without contact with humans or other dogs. The Weimaraner is especially susceptible to separation anxiety because it is such an affectionate animal. It craves physical attention, fussing, and lots of love.
There are going to be occasions when leaving your pet alone in the house is unavoidable. However, you should think carefully about whether the amount of time regularly spent alone is fair and healthy. One clear sign of separation anxiety is a high pitched whining when you are away. It is your pet reaching out to contact you because they are lonely and missing their owner.
Mistake Five: Neglecting the Need for Exercise
Finally, you must remember that Weimaraners are hunting dogs. They are perfect for sprinting and have powerful, graceful bodies. It is a joy to watch this breed play and frolic outdoors. However, their boundless energy and rambunctiousness can make them a handful.
If you want your pet to channel its energy into exercise and constructive, controlled play, he needs lots of mental stimulation and time outside. When this breed does not get sufficient entertainment, its sheer size and determination mean that you are likely to run into problems at home. Weimaraners have been known to dig up gardens, chew through drywall, and rip the stuffing out of sofas.