Training Issues With My Weimaraner Dog

Over the next few weeks I’m going to write posts about all the training issues I’m having with my weimaraner Remy. He’s almost 11 months so still very much a puppy.

The main reason for these posts is to help others. If I’m having these issues, you can bet thousands of others are having similar problems! Remy is not all that unique (sorry, Bud!).

Second, I want to show you I am not perfect. My dog has his quirks and I’ve made mistakes.

Third, I’d love your advice!

And fourth, writing about our problems forces me to admit I have problems, write them down and come up with a real plan. Ignoring problems usually makes them worse.

So here are our issues. I’ll probably write about these in this rough order, starting with what I believe is the most serious.

Training issues with my weimaraner:

  • Coming when called (he doesn’t)
  • Possessiveness of certain toys like squeaky toys and soft toys. He’s not aggressive but he holds onto them with a death grip and becomes totally fixated.
  • Aggression when other pets walk by his kennel. (Update: This one went away on its own!)
  • Possessiveness of his food bowl with people and pets.
  • Nipping at me when I try to put him in his kennel. He bites at my wrist. (Update: we stopped this! I’ll write about it soon)
  • Humping me! Also humping Ace’s dog bed and blankets. (Update: The humping stopped when he was neutered)
  • General protest barking in his crate.
  • Jumping and biting at people out of excitement during greetings. (Immature puppy biting, not aggression).
  • Pulling on the leash.

Training issues with my weimaraner dog

Remy is not a bad dog. He’s normal. These are all common issues but obviously not behaviors I want to reinforce. Most of these are mild problems at the moment, but could become more serious.

If you are having similar troubles with your dog, often the best thing you can do is block or prevent the problem. If you simply prevent a dog from doing an unwanted behavior, it is no longer reinforced.

For example, Remy barks aggressively if my cats walk by his kennel so I moved his kennel to a quiet corner and I encourage my cats not to walk in that area.

As another example, Remy becomes very obsessive over soft squeaky toys so we simply don’t give him those types of toys.

I’ll go over all of these issues in more details over the next few weeks.

Now … onto YOU. What are your most serious training problems at the moment? Do any of mine sound familiar? Are there any training problems you’d like to see addressed on the blog?

Thank you for your feedback and talk soon!

-Lindsay

24 thoughts on “Training Issues With My Weimaraner Dog”

  1. Mom says most of the training problems are with Bailie, the puppy is well behaved. If only Bailie would stop ripping up beds and pillows, life would be great!

  2. Archer’s recall needs a ton of work. I can pinpoint the moment we made a mistake when working on his training. We allowed Archer free reign in the backyard at a young age before we had done much work on his recall. Linus decided this was a great time to play chase with Archer and we all thought it was a ton of fun until…when Archer got a little older we realized every time we let him off leash in the backyard, in the courtyard, or pretty much anywhere outside he decided it was time to play the chasing game. Even when we let him out to potty on the side yard he wanted us to chase him. Today, we are working to reverse this behavior and while Archer’s recall has improved it’s still no where near perfect.

  3. I can’t get Spirit to heel properly and to stop pulling me. He is a Golden Retriever pup, 7 months old. He is about 55 lbs. and I am afraid when he snows, he could pull me down.

  4. Oh my where to start! Willow is great at wait unless she is overly excited, her recall is pretty much nonexistent, she jumps and nips when meeting people (still a puppy it’s not aggressive), does not greet other dogs properly, still pulls on leash, she also barks and jumps around when I am trying to get her harness on to go for a walk. She is smart and can do all of these until there is something more interesting to do, like chase a leaf.

      1. Yes, she turned 9 months yesterday. I love reading your blog it makes me laugh and feel a little better about her behavior.

  5. Well, let’s see- Lambeau is three now, so some of the issues we are having I can’t really put down to “puppy behavior” any more. His recall is better, but we have been working on that a lot. My biggest issue with him is jumping on people when he meets them. He’s super friendly and loves everyone and I don’t want to discourage that, but he gets sooooo excited, and I have a hard time controlling him. It’s difficult having people to the house and I’ve resorted to locking him in his crate. But that’s not fair to him, since sometimes he’s in there for hours.

  6. Marley is an 80 lb. 5 yr. old hunk of rescued golden labby love all the way from Texas (we live in Washington). Although we’ll never know what his past life was all about, we do know he goes ballistic over anything that moves…bikes, runners, leaf-blowers. He hates being crated (so first day-care said adios), and got dismissed from 2nd “free-range” day care because he fixated on his dog-friend Jack and apparently bit him (no one really saw it, but he was the prime suspect). One thing that drives us nuts is when we’re in the SUV on our daily drive to the walking trail. If he sees a motorcycle, biker or anyone actually, he jumps and barks and bounces off the sides of the car. Heaven help us if we get stuck at a red light with a biker behind us. It’s impossible to correct while driving, and he’s loud! He hates men in hat, vests or any kind of worker that comes to the house. He tries to nip their pant-leg when they walk the other direction. Otherwise, he is very loving and super smart. He’s obviously insecure and needs lots of confidence building, which we’re working on, along with him not being the alpha. Lots of patience and praise. But the barking thing…oy vey!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      Oh gosh! Marley sounds like such a great dog but that must really test your patience. I bet you’ve made a lot more progress with him than you realize. But that barking though … I can imagine how frustrating that would be.

  7. Quinn is an (almost) 5 y/o GSP with tons of muscle and energy…and she still PULLS every time we go for a run, at least for the first 10 mins or so. And I swear to you, we’ve been working on this since the day we brought her home. She was running with me twice daily for a while, then I had a baby and took a 6 week break from any real activity…And now our runs are less regular, and she pulls more than ever… So i have no advice…sorry, but we do use a pinch collar, which helps. I try to focus more on her training than my actual run, and that helps too. oh, and I go back to this blog referencing your posts on heeling/pulling -they’re good…thank you!!

    1. Lindsay Stordahl

      This is an excuse but I do think it’s harder for some dogs to heel, meaning breeds bred to be out in front of us tracking, flushing & pointing.

  8. Joey, our beagle-mix, is turning two this Feb and has shredded just about every blanket/cover he can get his teeth on! His nightly ritual before bedding down is to spend a good 15 minutes doing this. I can only guess that this has something to do with stress-relief since massaging him, esp. at the base of his tail, seems to be the only way I can get him to stop.

  9. Milo is an 8 month old black lab/border collie cross. He pulls like crazy on walks, likes to dismantle all toys and will swallow anything, including whole socks (many times) and in the recent cold weather has discovered “poopsicles” – DISGUSTING!! We have tried a pinch collar with him, but at the slightest bit of pressure he screams like I am cutting off his neck and I worry about the neighbours calling the police for abuse! He also jumps at visitors at the door and is killing my hardwood floors trying to get to them! I love the hear about Remy, it makes me feel more normal!

  10. Lefty was given to me when he was 4 months. They told me he was a good dog. Wrong. He wasn’t house trained and didn’t even know sit. House training was simple but his obedience doesn’t work all the time. I wanted to teach him simple things but fostering another dog and pet sitting two other dogs caused bad behaviors to develop.
    I now have time to work with him. I’m hoping simple behaviors like sit , down, and stay will take away the bad behaviors.

  11. Love the blog! So real and full of great information. We have 2 pooches: ~12 year old minature Dacshund, Willy Wonka and 6 month old Weimaraner, Ziggy! They get along like oil and water. I have started Ziggy in obedience training classes and we are just now starting the “advanced class”. The end goal is for him to go to work with me at the hospital as a therapy dog. I enjoy the stories of Remy! They serve as a reminder that I’m not alone and give me a taste of what is yet to come in this journey of puppyhood. Weim-crimes are a real thing! Keep the stories coming!!

      1. A few of our training challenges include: leaping into our bed despite being led back to his bed several times a night. (I can’t tell you the last full nights sleep I’ve had recently.) Another one is the sheer craziness that comes when we arrive home and Ziggy has been in his kennel. Regardless of 1 hour or 5 hours…it is chaos when Ziggy sees us. Any suggestions on how to tackle either or both of these issues?

        1. Lindsay Stordahl

          Could you keep him on a leash and tether him to something sturdy or would he chew the leash? I assume you prefer not to use a crate but that’s what I would recommend so you remove the opportunity and habit of jumping on the bed.

          We have the problem with craziness when Remy comes out of his kennel too. Do you mean running around wild and jumping on furniture and grabbing things in his mouth? Or do you mean jumping on you and bothering you? Or barking in the kennel? If he’s jumping on you, I would ignore him completely or leave the room. Perhaps get a baby gate if you don’t have one so you can just step out for a minute. We keep everything picked up so Remy can’t find anything to grab in his mouth other than his own toys. We keep his toys put away too because they also make him wild. He gets them at certain controlled times. If he just can’t settle down when out of his crate I put him on a leash and if he’s still wild, back in the crate for a few minutes. You could perhaps try working on some calming exercises like down/stay or sit/stay for treats if he Ziggy can focus on that. Just brainstorming.

  12. I have a 5 month old Weimaraner and he seems to have a lot of the same issues as Remy. Biting is a big one. You will look at him and all of a sudden he comes right at your face. My 11 year old is scared of him but he just wants to play. He doesn’t sleep through the night. He gets up twice and wants to go outside. He’s very clingy. He follows you everywhere and wants to sit with you. I heard that’s a Weimaraner thing. He jumps on you and scratches you. He still isn’t completely potty trained. I know he’s only 5 months old. My labs were never this hard.

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