Every dog owner has their share of problems. Their dogs will dig, chew, scratch, whine or bark away whenever it is least convenient.
So, if you own a Weimaraner, problems are a very real possibility, especially if the dog is not properly trained from a young age. To help with each of these problems, here are some common issues and solutions:
While the Weimaraner today is a very happy dog with a ton of energy and a loving personality when trained properly, the breed was originally designed for hunting large game. So, deep down, the dog has a tendency to get aggressive towards anything it sees as a threat.
This drive can be made worse when the dog is not properly socialized at a young age.
They might grow easily agitated, overreact to certain situations, and attack new animals or people in their homes. By no means is this is a common behaviour, but it is a possible reaction and one that every Weimaraner owner should be aware of.
To avoid Weimaraner problems due to aggression, socialize your puppy at a very young age, and then maintain a strong alpha presence in the household at all times. Show your Weimaraner puppy that you are in charge and that they need to defer to you for all responses.
This will show them that they don’t need to be aggressive when you are home because you will deal with any issues that arise.
Another side effect related to their hunting past is the drive to kill other animals that the Weimaraner sees as prey. This can extend to everything from small animals like squirrels to the neighborhood’s cats.
It’s a good idea to keep your dog always locked up when outside, and to make sure they meet your new cat at a young age. Weimaraner problems can become very serious issues if your dog starts to attack your neighbor’s animals.
Weimaraners can easily grow agitated and start showing signs of extensive anxiety – especially if you give them too much attention when leaving or coming home.
Not only will the dog bark when you’re away, they may begin to hurt themselves, pulling hair, scratching their paws, breaking teeth, or making messes in the house.
This is a major issue for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the sanctity of your home. For Weimaraner problems with anxiety, teach the dog from a young age not to seek attention before or after you leave or return home.
Additionally, this needs to be taught to all of your family. Even one person “saying goodbye” to a dog can create anxious feelings
Beyond separation anxiety, Weimaraners can grow neurotic over a number of issues – small sounds, digging, scratching, eating, or other common behaviours. It is usually easy to avoid this by keeping the dog busy and giving them a lot of exercise.
A Weimaraner needs at least 1-2 hours of exercise a day in some form or another.
If you cannot spend time at home with your dog in the first 1-2 years of ownership, you should consider a different breed that does better spending time alone.
Additionally, consider getting a second dog for company and spend at least 2-3 hours of every day in the company of your dog, no matter how busy you get.
Weimaraner problems are similar to most dog problems, but can grow exponentially if you are not careful to nip them in the bud early. Spend time with your dog, address common aggressive tendencies and build a relationship early so that your dog remains healthy and happy for the duration of his life.