Training Issues With My Weimaraner Dog

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

What Tricks Does Your Dog Know? #MuttTricks

What Tricks Does Your Dog Know? #MuttTricks

I promised I would do a roundup post showing off YOUR dogs’ tricks. Thanks to Julia for coordinating this idea when she asked if your dog knows these 5 tricks.

We asked readers to post their tricks to Instagram using hashtag #MuttTricks and you can still participate if you’d like. I always love to see what you’re working on!

Thank you to everyone who posted!

Here are some of my favorites:

First we have what I think is the most difficult, “Bounce!”

Kuba “rolling out the red carpet!”

A video posted by Anna S (@annasie4) on

Sasha: “Roll over”

A video posted by Michelle Kane (@dewthedo17) on

Dakota: “Spin”

I hope this talented and adorable group has inspired you to work on some more ideas with your dog this year.

In the comments, let me know what tricks you’re working on!

I’d love to know what you’re up to!

Remington Express!

Remington Express!

We took this one to the beach Christmas Day, and he ran and ran!

His Christmas present.

We have big plans for our little guy in January.

First, he’s getting neutered. It’s time.

Second, we’re starting a new group obedience class where we’ll be working up to the Canine Good Citizen test. (Ha! He needs a lot of work!)

Third, we’re starting his field training so this city boy can be a real huntin’ dog!

Fourth, we might sign up for a recall class a friend is teaching.

My weimaraner Remington Express

My weimaraner Remy

Remy and me

Thanks to Josh for the pictures.

What are you up to with your dogs?

The Missing Link Supplements for Dogs Review and Giveaway

The Missing Link Supplements for Dogs Review and Giveaway

What is The Missing Link?

The Missing Link is a company that offers superfood supplements for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small pets to help fill the nutritional void in many commercial pet foods.

The company sent me a bag of its Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement for my senior dog Ace and a bag of its Puppy Health formula for my weimaraner pup Remy.

This post is sponsored by The Missing Link. We are giving away a FREE bag of its Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement to one reader. Follow the simple options on the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post to enter.

The Missing Link supplements for dogs review

The Missing Link supplements for dogs review

My thoughts on The Missing Link:

The Missing Link is the first supplement I ever bought for my black Lab mix Ace. When I switched him to a homemade raw diet back in 2011, multiple dog owners recommended the brand for making sure Ace would get the vitamins and minerals he needed.

Ace’s vet has also recommended keeping him on a glucosamine supplement since retrievers are prone to joint problems. The Missing Link’s hip & joint variety offers about 450mg of glucosamine per Tablespoon in addition to omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, dietary fiber and plant nutrients. It is a powder supplement you sprinkle over your dog’s food.

The Missing Link supplements for dogs review

I’ve been giving The Missing Link to my dogs a couple times per week and I do not notice any dramatic differences in their appearance or energy. I wouldn’t expect to.

I feed my dogs a combination of dry dog food, homemade raw food and commercial raw food. In our case, The Missing Link is more about general health and providing my dogs with healthy vitamins and minerals. In Ace’s case, it also provides a bit of support for his joints.

How much does it cost?

The Missing Link’s supplements are available online through Amazon and through various other retailers so the prices vary.

The cost for a 1-pound pouch of the canine hip & joint formula on Amazon is $23.99 (on sale for $20.28).

The Missing Link Ultimate Hip & Joint

Click here to order on Amazon

What’s unique about The Missing Link?

I appreciate how the products are available for multiple types of animals, not just dogs, and formulated specifically for their needs.

The company uses only the best naturally sourced and most effective ingredients, according to its website. The supplements are formulated by veterinarian Dr. Robert M. Collett.

Through his research, the company said Collett uncovered nutritional deficiencies in highly processed pet foods, some completely void of omega 3 fatty acid. His products are designed to target the nutritional gap between what animals would eat in the wild (nutritionally dense, whole, raw and fresh foods) and the modern commercially processed pet foods. Collett patented The Missing Link blends based on observations in his own veterinary practice.

To give you an example, here are the ingredients in the Hip & Joint formula my dog Ace is trying:

Ground Flaxseed, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Cane Molasses, Rice Bran, Primary Dried Yeast, Sunflower Seed, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrot, Ground Beef Bone, Dried Fish Solubles, Freeze Dried Oyster, Ground Barley Grass, Dried Kelp, Zinc Methionine Complex, Lecithin, Selenium Yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Garlic, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid and Vitamin B12 Supplement.

You can learn more about all of The Missing Link’s products for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small animals HERE.

Pros of The Missing Link:

  • No preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors
  • Price is reasonable at roughly $20 to $25 for a 1-pound bag (should last a 50-pound dog about 80 days if given daily)
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Formulated by a veterinarian to support the pet’s digestive, nervous and immune systems
  • Contains live microorganisms
  • Available for dogs, cats, horses, birds and small pets
  • Works with a dry dog food diet, homecooked diet or raw diet
  • My dogs like the taste

The Missing Link supplements for dogs

Cons:

  • Should be refrigerated after opening (no big deal)
  • Contains high fiber which can give some dogs an upset tummy (introduce slowly)
  • There are a lot of ingredients so introduce slowly if your dog has potential allergies to things like alfalfa.

Would I buy The Missing Link?

Yes. I generally don’t buy supplements on a regular basis for myself or my pets but I do pick them up from time to time because I believe we all can benefit. The Missing Link is a supplement I have purchased for my dog Ace before.

Would I recommend it to others?

Yes, The Missing Link is a brand I trust and highly recommend as a general vitamin mix for your dogs. It’s also a good option if your dog needs a specific supplement such as a hip & joint supplement.

Order on Amazon here.

The Missing Link supplement for dogs

Giveaway: Win a free bag of Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement for your dog

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The Missing Link is giving away a FREE bag of its Ultimate Hip & Joint supplement to one lucky reader in the U.S.

There are two ways to enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

1. Just leave a comment on the post.

2. Post a holiday photo of your dog on Instagram and tag @TheMissingLinkPet

Make sure to confirm your entries using the Rafflecopter form below.

Everyone signed up for the $7/mo reward option or higher on Patreon receives automatic entry into ALL of That Mutt’s giveaways.

Contest runs through Friday Dec. 30 so get your entries in soon! I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s email. Sign up for That Mutt’s daily training emails here.

Would your dog love to win a bag of the hip & joint supplement?

Let me know in the comments!

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