As you all know, I got a weimaraner, Tri, this past weekend. He seems to be doing really well and will come most of the time when called. I am wondering how long to wait to try him off leash so he won't take off and never come back :-)
I have a 30' training lead I am going to be using and we are going to be installing an underground fence within the month. How do you know when they are ready to be off lead and not take off.
Also, we have had the golden retriever, shadow, for about 4 months now, and he has still to go off lead. i am just afraid they will take off.
Tee hee hee! You're too used to Huskies! I have no idea how Goldens or Weims are, but I do know they aren't like Huskies in that regard. Hope someone else with experience in these breeds helps! I think you'll do fine... : )
The more people I meet, the more I love my Siberians...
If your weim is like my brittany, I wouldn't trust him! Since yours was a show dog, he might not be as bad. But DH uses Maggie for hunting, and she loves it! We live out in the country, surrounded by woods and fields. Every now and then, she looks out at the field, gets this look in her eye...and she's gone!!! I'm thinking since they're both pointers, they probably have this trait in common. But again, since yours was a show dog, and if you DON'T live next to a field-you might have better luck!
I'm not sure how old your one pup is. What I have done in the past is to leave a long check cord on them 50'. Its hard to describe, but you will know when you can let the cord go. If they start taking off, step on it or grab it. I've used this on my setters and have had good success, including un-neutred males. I also train them to come with a whistle while out in the fields or woods.
I don't think show quality or non show quality makes a difference. Sporting breeds are sporting breeds. If you would like any other info, send me a pm.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
Irish, you misunderstood. I didn't mean because the dog is "show quality" that he would be better behaved. What I meant is, since the dog was actually SHOWN, he would probably respond better to commands than the average pet.
We have used the 50' check cord for Maggie, and that does work wonders!
I'm interested in the whistle, however. That's something we've never used. Funny thing about Maggie-when DH is out hunting with her, he said she listens 100%. She becomes the perfect dog! Put her in the back yard, though, and she listens maybe about 65% of the time!
Is it possible to use the whistle as a training tool both in the field AND around the house? Or would that confuse things? Just wondering, because Emma is almost 4 months old, and bird season will be coming up. We've got a lot of training to get in! Any tips you can give would be appreciated!
Riley's always been good off leash about staying on trails and such. But we used to have issues when it was time to go home. He'd run off and I'd be stuck waiting for him.
So, to teach come, after all else failed I got a shock collar. I never used the shock however, (as not to confuse the invsi fence) but just the sound. When he'd go too far I'd hit the button and say come. After a while I started hitting the button and blowing the whistle at the same time, adventually only blowing the whistle. Now he comes no matter what, but if needed I can blow the whistle and he knows.
As for letting them off leash, some dogs just arent cut out for it. You need to know your dog. Most pointers arent good for it unless they are working.
I can let some of my pits off the leash, and my rottweiler as well. But others, heck no. LOL I use a whistle to call them, then a stern voice. And they always come with no problem. They know their boundaries, they don't leave the grass. THis includes no sidewalk, street, etc. I began training them this way since they were pups, and now have no problem. The pup we have now listens better than the others LOL I even use the whistle method in the house and they come a runnin'. I do not have/own a whistle for this purpose, it's me whistling, just in a certain "tune" you could say.
tri is 18 months and shadow is 3. you would be amazed though, tri used to be a show dog and yes he is very smart and well trained, but i am still going to be rather concerned about letting him off leash. even though when we went to go look at him last weekend (and ended up bringing him home) he was running through the fields and would come right back when he was told to come.
thanks for all the advice. the whistle sounds like a good idea. i have looked at walmart for a long lead but they only have 30' ones. i think we can start here.
can't wait to get the underground fence in and teach them the boundries and go from there to see how they come otherwise.
lol....uh oh we have lots of fields, (corn fields, hay fields, alfalfa fields) at our house, we have a farm..... he does have a high instinct for pointing and hunting. sounds like this will be rather interesting!!! we can work on it though. ;-)