ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH WEIMARANERS
– [Man] Dogumentary TV producing
the best breed documentaries on YouTube.
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– Weimaraners are great to live
with because of their
They’re very connected to their people,
thrive to please their family.
They are also very
protective of their home
and their surroundings.
My name is Rebecca Gardes, and I’m with
Silver Bay Weimaraners.
I have been with the
Weimaraners Club With America,
and have owned the
breed for over 17 years.
I am active in our local
and national clubs,
and also a member of NAVHDA, which
is a national hunting club.
So part of the Weimaraners’ genetic makeup
is that they are a hunting breed,
and they are in the sporting
So what that means is that
it is in their genetic makeup
to want to hunt and run all
day long with their owner.
So I am a member of
NAVHDA, which we go out
in the field and we focus on
her inherent ability to hunt.
Weimaraners, because of they are so smart,
the obedience aspect is another portion
of the field training with NAVHDA
that I feel is one that makes
them a more superior organization.
With the Weimaraner, it is very important
from a young age that they
are trained in obedience.
And that will contribute to making
them better living partners.
Without that training, because they
are so smart, they will figure out ways
to do things themselves, which is,
it wouldn’t always be
beneficial to the homeowner.
So one of the other activities
that we do with our
Weimaraners is we participate
in the American Kennel
Club conformation events,
and that is evaluating
the dog’s overall form.
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So what the judges are looking for
is the actual conformation
of the Weimaraner.
So shoulders, top line, tail
set, forechest, their bite.
All of these things are gonna contribute
to what a Weimaraner should be.
So the reason why I participate
in both conformation
and field is I am a believer
in form and function of the breed.
I believe that a Weimaraner
not only is beautiful,
but should be able to function,
which relates to their field ability
and their activity level.
So having a dog that does both field
and show, and excels in
those two departments,
I feel that you have a complete
package in a Weimaraner.
And not only that, but you maintain
their activity level
to keep them balanced.
With a Weimaraner, daily walk
is probably not going to be enough.
Weimaraner was built to
run, they’re very agile,
and they need that additional space.
So, some examples of
things that you can do,
like we are here today at a park,
giving them an entire baseball field
to run for an hour, or if you live close
to the mountains, getting them out
and letting them actually run the hills.
A good owner for a Weimaraner is someone
that enjoys being outdoors.
Someone that doesn’t have
an issue with an invasion
of space, because Weimaraners
love to be with you,
whether it’s hiking, going to the beach,
going camping, because
Weimaraner’s gonna want
to do all those activities with you.
So the type of living conditions
that a Weimaraner requires
is, I mean they can,
I mean they would be a great house
or an apartment dog, however
with that being said,
you have to be able to get your dog out
and fully exercise them.
They don’t require a lot
of space in your home,
because they thrive on being with you.
But what they do require is activity,
irregardless of the space of the home.
So you have to have the flexibility
to get out to let your dog
run at least two times a day.
And that’s full running.
The type of housing setup that you’d want
for your Weimaraner,
it’s not very specific
because if you were keeping
their activity level outside
of the home high when
they are in the home,
all they want to do is hang out with you.
They won’t be bouncing
around off the walls
because they’ve gotten their activity in.
So if you allow your Weimaraner
to run anywhere between an hour
to two hours a day, when
you have them in your home,
all they’re gonna want to do is sleep
or follow you around the house,
because they’ve been able to get
that overexcitement out.
However, a Weimaraner
that hasn’t been exercised
can use your couches and do zoomies
all throughout the house.
But again, with the activity of running
them everyday, which would be the goal,
you won’t have any of that in your home.
So the advantages of having a Weimaraner
inside your house versus
as an outside dog,
is they are very
protective over their home,
because of their keen
sight, scent, and ears,
they pick up on things that
are outside of the normal.
And while they’re not an aggressive breed,
they will signal you by barking,
and indicating that something is going on.
As far as leaving your Weimaraner outside,
they’re not an outside dog.
This breed was bred to
be with its companion,
so therefore if you do
leave your Weimaraner
unattended out back, or in your yard,
they typically will find
ways to entertain themselves.
Usually at the homeowner’s expense.
Digging holes, because
they’re constantly searching
for something, because they
are a sporting and hunting breed,
they’re gonna follow their nose.
One of the biggest things to take note
of is the fact that it
is a very agile breed,
which means you should have at least
a six to eight foot fence,
and with that being said,
your Weimaraner can still get over it.
So some of the rules that
I have for my Weimaraners
while they are in my home
is that they understand
that the house is our space,
and well when we go outside we have fun,
we run around, we get to do
a lot of really cool things.
Inside the home is a place
to be quiet and calm.
Whether you have children or not,
they have to know how to
behave in an inside setting.
Usually when it comes to
furniture and my Weimaraners,
as long as I invite them on my furniture,
which means I ask them to
come up and lay with me,
that is the best scenario.
When your Weimaraner feels that he or she
can get on your couch
without either being invited
or asking permission, they tend to become
a little bit territorial of that space.
So if you ask them to move, they may not
be very easy to comply because they kind
of establish that as their space.
Because Weimaraner are creatures of habit,
it’s really important that the habits
that you create are ones that you plan
on living with with the
rest of the dog’s life.
So my Weimaraners are crate-trained
and crate training is a really great tool
to keep your home and your animal safe.
Usually, a Weimaraner can be in a crate
anywhere between four and six hours.
However, you have to think
about it if your Weimaraners
are sleeping in a crate every night,
which is typically about eight hours,
and then if you were to go to work,
that could be anywhere
between eight hours,
that is really unrealistic, so during
the day it’s important that
you give your Weimaraners
breaks between its crate session.
So, three to four hours
max, and then getting
your Weimaraner out to be exercised.
And then your Weimaraner
will have no issues
sleeping through the night in her crate.
So when we have a guest come to our house,
we typically ask our
Weimaraners and our guests
to, whether they want to meet out front,
as a neutral greeting plays it depends
what the visit is for.
But our visitors are allowed in our house
and our dogs are put in a
sit-stay and our visitors go
ahead and go and greet our dogs.
The only thing that I ask of my visitors
and whether they’re children or adults
is that if my Weimaraners choose
to go lay into their crates, to allow them
to have their personal space.
So my feeding schedule for my Weimaraners
is they get fed in the morning,
usually around 7:30 in the morning,
and they get fed in the evening,
usually around 6:30 in the evening.
Weimaraners are a medium breed dog
that have a large chest.
And because of their large test,
their feeding schedule
is really important,
because they can be more susceptible
to what we call bloat.
And that bloat is when after a dog eats
or drinks a lot of
water, gets very excited,
their stomach flips, which creates
a lot of gas.
So it’s highly recommended that once
your dog eats two to three hours
of solid quiet times
for the food to digest.
So we feed our Weimaraners
a high-grade kibble.
We also include supplements
such as coconut oil
and fish oil, multi-vitamin,
all of those things,
are a dilute gray coat,
they tend to be a little
bit more sensitive
to the foods that they’re allowed to have.
So keeping high-grade food
with additional supplements
will help to keep their coat healthy,
and their allergies down.
As a new owner of a
and obedience training is something
that you should look into immediately
upon getting your Weimaraner.
Weimaraners are very smart,
so an eight-week-old puppy
is going to be very adaptable
to the new things and environments
that you’re going to expose him to,
and all of those things that you do
with your Weimaraners at eight weeks,
you’ll continue to do at nine
weeks, 10 weeks, and so on.
Some of the key things you’re gonna want
to make sure that your Weimaraner
is socialized with is children.
are creatures of habit,
they can become a little shy of things
that they have never been exposed to.
So your role as a new
owner of a Weimaraner
is to get your puppy exposed
to as many things as possible
during those crucial stages.
So Weimaraners are not
generally an aggressive breed,
however because they are a hunting breed,
if they are not socialized at a young age
with, say cats or small dogs,
they may not adapt very well as an adult.
However, if they are
grown and raised around,
and socialized around small dogs or cats,
or birds at a young age,
they’re very adaptable.
As far as obedience goes, again,
those are just gonna be
things that will help you
to make sure that you have
a good canine citizen.
With that being said, your dog should
be able to sit, it should be able to calm,
it should be able to heal,
walk with you on a leash,
it should be able to stay.
It should be able to welcome a stranger,
be able to accept a child.
By doing these things,
is really gonna set up
your Weimaraner to be
a good canine citizen
in its adult years.
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So having a Weimaraner has been amazing
because not only has it encouraged me
to continue to be active on a daily basis
regarding getting out and
doing the field training,
doing the obedience training, getting
out and enjoying everyday life,
and at the same time being able
to come home with an animal
that thrives on being with me.
Because of their human-like qualities,
they’re very in-tune to
their person’s emotions.
All in all, owning a Weimaraner
has been an amazing experience.
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