We have 2 Weimariners and a Greyhound. We saw an ad for a "Blue Weim"free to good home. Older retired couple could no longer handle him. Said they just didn't know how to train him. They have had him since 6 months old, always an outside dog. We took him, he is beautiful, but I do not think he is all Weim as he is almost black. The lady has papers from a kennell but the organization is not AKC. Says both parents Weims. He is fairly hard headed, and I realize I have only had him just a little over 24 hours. He want s to hump all my dogs. They are not taking to it well at all. He also wants to chew his lead. He is so beautiful and I want to keep him, how long should I give him to mellow out and be part of the group????Hubby has short patience.
So he is basically a 2 year old 100 pound dog with no training? Did I get that right?
Did you think you would get this dog and he was automatically just going to mind and fit in perfectly with your family? It is always hard to add a full grown dog into your home - they are already set in their ways and are going to need a period of adjustment and lots of training. If you can't handle this dog what are you going to do with him? Give him back to the people who couldn't handle him to begin with or take him to the shelter?
If he isn't already neutered you need to get him neutered. He needs lots of training and discipline. Give him a little time - he doesn't realize he has to obey by new rules yet. Apparently he is used to running wild with no discipline so give him so time, love and attention.
When we introduced Salty into the home I would say it was about 6 months before she was really a complete part of the family and she settled in to our routine. Every minute we spent making her transition easier was worth it's weight in gold to us. We had our trials with her but I would do it again for what she has given back to us.
It is going to take time. How much time depends on how much you put into training him. It will be worth the effort just watch =)
You have to understand that this is not only a big adjustment for yourself and your dogs, but also for this poor dog. He has always been outdoors, has never been taught how to behave, taught manners, house rules, etc......it is a scary/exciting time for him and it will take time for him to settle in and be at ease with everything.
Some obedience classes would do good for him. Positive training with rewards, praise....lots of consistency.
Hope hubby calms down and relaizes the dog needs time too and didnt come just knowing how to act.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.