Dogs like the Weimaraner have peculiar behavior that their masters may find irritating and sometimes, annoying. Figuring out the reasons for these behavioral changes may require you to take note of these factors so that you’ll enjoy the company of your dog more. These are the tips to help you train your Weirmaraner.
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1. Constant Barking – Like most canines, Weimaraners as a breed, tend to bark a lot whenever faced with anything that can stimulate their attention. They are extremely sensitive to movements, unfamiliar people and the presence of other canines which can arouse their senses.
Controlled stimulation can provide the necessary closure that can suppress or mitigate the factors that affect the dog’s behavior. Rather than totally inhibiting your dog from external and unfamiliar stimuli, expose it and enable it to familiarize itself with those things that are bothering it. Let it have a feel for the outside world to satiate its curiosity.
2. Apprehension from Parting – When you are teaching your Weimaraner, putting him or her at ease takes priority. Dogs are social creatures and the Weimaraner is one that requires constant care, attention and love from its master.
Leaving these dogs without social interaction for extended periods of time is not advisable. Extended loneliness and the lack of social stimulation may lead to unruly behavior. These may be explained by its desire to get the attention of its master.
However, if the dog becomes apprehensive even if your absence is only minimal, then it would be advisable for you to refrain from letting it be familiar when you would be gone or when you would be arriving. This creates the impression that your absence or presence should not be his or her concern.
3. Bounding or Jumping– Weimaraners tend to leap at people aggressively if not properly trained. As the master, you must let it know that you are the one who is in command and that there should be rules and boundaries for your dog. Make it aware of this boundary by simulating a real though unperceived physical limitation that separates you and your dog.
For example, when you have just arrived and it leaps at you, make it known to your pet that you don’t appreciate his behavior. If you have guests in your home, inform them that the best course of action would be to treat it as if it wasn’t there. If the leaping behavior persists, rectify it by issuing a controlled and commanding tone expressing your displeasure. After which, continue the process of not paying attention to his or her desire to be noticed.
4. Social Interaction – Training your Weimaraner to treat smaller animals with respect could only happen if you get your dog to be familiar with other animals at a young age. Though much socialization occurs during the course of its lifetime, the sooner you get it familiar with other animals-the better.
As your dog grows older, you should control the underlying circumstances that could affect its interaction with the other animals in your household. Get them used to the situation yet prevent it from becoming aggressive through authoritative commands.
5. Toilet Training – The sooner you teach your Weimaraner the appropriate conventions on how it should go about its toilet behavior, the better. Weimaraners are inherently difficult to train because of the breed’s natural tendencies. Teach them well at a young age, and they will perform appropriately when the time comes.
Invest a lot of time on them while they are still young. Walk with them a lot. Ensuring that it is aware that you are in control when it walks, would make it sensitive to the fact that you are its master. This would help you when you are teaching it.
Never punish your pet for a blooper when a significant period of time has lapsed in between. Dogs are not particularly adept in ascertaining transgressions that it made yesterday.
Teaching your dog proper behavior requires a lot of effort and patience. For every misstep or behavioral problem that it has, there is a corresponding measure. Should your pet persist in engaging in a negative manner, that would be the time when stronger measures need to be applied. Like a child sent to boarding school, your dog might need to be taken to an animal training facility. Professional dog trainers and obedience schools may give you the help that you need when everything that you have tried has failed.