we have 2 10 weel old Weim pups. Big male pup and good sized female. I am understanding more and more of the challenges and am determined to do a good amount of separate and together training. Does anyone know how the Weim's tendancy towrd separation anxiety may affect this process? I am attempting to crate separately. Do walks together and separately. Obviously feed separately. thank you!
I am not at all super experienced with the breed but have a weimaraner myself. I notice that he is completely lost without our other dog (1 year older golden retriever) and will wine (my hubby calls him a wineramer) constantly when they are seperate, but if we take him away instead of the other dog, then there is no complaints. Awesome breed and keep up the work on the littermates!
Thank you for the advice on the Weims. I have heard about the separation anxiety. I'll do my best to prevent it. We do a lot of exercise with our dogs, living on a big trail system and both my husband and I being runners and hikers. My dilemma comes with how to separate and individuate the littermates (according to the experts that's what I have to do) without triggering too much of the anxiety. Catlover: Are your brittany's littermates? If so, what were/are some of your challenges? Thank you all for your replies!
No, not littermates. Maggie will be 3 in March, and Emma will be 1 in April. We wanted to wait till Maggie was fairly well-trained before getting another pup.
All I can tell you is, get the pups around people as much as possible! Men, women, kids...anyone and everyone you can think of. And as hard as it may be, socialize with them separately as much as possible. That's one thing we were real careful of with Emma. We would take her for walks without Maggie, and we would do training sessions when Maggie was no where around. They absolutely must be good about being apart!
That was the problem with the weim in Emma's class-he was ok at home and he was ok with his owner. But this pup literally shook and trembled in puppy kindergarten when we had to pass the pups down the line and let each person handle each pup for just a few minutes. But kindergarten really made a big difference in him. I'd still call him neurotic, but by the end of the 8 week class, there was a BIG difference in him! He still wouldn't walk up to anyone to play, but at least he would no longer tremble when others approached him.
Good luck with your pups! It sounds like you have the exercise thing under control! (which reminds me-don't run them too hard, yet. Not sure if you know, but it can be really hard on a growing pup's joints-especially a large breed like a weim)
The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
Thank you catlover. We're not expecting to run them until about a year old. Just lots of walks right now. I am trying to do as much separately as possible (very time consuming, but worth it). The big male does much better alone than the female. This is the reverse of what went on the first week. Interesting. Now the female is having trouble eating sometimes is more jumpy and whiny. She will require more work to give her confidence is my guess. Keeping my fingers crossed that she's not a really neurotic dog. I've always had more than one dog at once, none of them neurotic, thank goodness. Thanks again for the advice. They can sign-up for puppy class in a few weeks after they get their last shots.