Forgive my bias here but Weimaraners are beautiful dogs. Their lovely brown and grey coats have earned them the label of the grey ghost. However, those sleek coats are the cover for a powerful animal that wants more exercise than most people have time to give them. Weimamraners will start to become destructive if they do not get enough activity and exercise. They can and will chew holes in sofas, furniture and walls! Another problem is that they can also start barking loudly or digging holes when bored, so you must give them adequate daily exercise and training.
One of the keys that almost every dog training expert suggests is to provide a wide variety of athletics that your Weimaraner puppy can do each day. They will enjoy jogging next to you, running alongside a bicycle, hiking along a rigorous trail with you, or retrieving balls. The effort that goes into learning during training also tires your dog out and really relieves boredom just as much as exercise will. So apart from just exercise, aim to do an amount of training as well.
You must always keep in mind that Weimaraners have been specifically bred to hunt and kill larger animals. That does not mean they can’t be great pets because they can! But they are excellent hunters and may begin to chase whatever they interpret as prey as their instincts prompt them. Because of their breeding, you must ensure your pup is never allowed to chase other pets or wildlife. You must always maintain control over them because once they reach adulthood, a Weimaraner can be a danger to others and to itself if it allowed to chase without warning. Especially in urban areas.
From the moment your puppy enters your home, you should place it into its own crate to begin its housebreaking training. Accomplish this over several weeks of time. Keep your puppy in its crate (apart from exercise and other training times) except when you take it outside for bathroom breaks. Take your pup outside every hour or so during the day, and twice at night. It will not break the bathroom rules in its own crate, and it cannot have an accident on the floor because you pick it up to take it outside. Use the same place every time, and it will quickly learn to know where to go when it is ready to do so on its own.
Training Weimaraner puppies will almost certainly be a challenge. But like lots of other things, good outcomes require some work and eventually you will have a lovely adult dog that is intelligent, protective of you and your family, ready to go play any time, and remarkably loyal. If you can work around your Weimaraner’s natural tendencies to assert itself and maintain your role as alpha leader all will go well with you and your puppy.
- Friendly, Fearless, Obedient
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 36 of 191
- Height: 25-27 inches (male), 23-25 inches (female)
- Weight: 70-90 pounds (male), 55-75 pounds (female)
- Life Expectancy: 10-13 years
- Group: Sporting Group
Originally posted 2016-06-23 05:04:22.