Activities For Weimaraners

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Introduction

The Weimaraner is a beautiful dog with a silver coat and is considered a large breed. This tall, shiny-coated dog is quite stunning with soft, flowy ears and amber or bluish eyes. They were bred for hunting in the 19th century, and this determined dog was an avid bear, deer, and boar hunter. Nowadays, the game is not large, and the Weimaraner hunts small game such as foxes, rabbits, and fowl. This gun dog originated in Germany by Karl August, in a city known as Weimar. Weimaraner dogs are used for hunting by some people, and others choose to not hunt, instead, enjoying their dog strictly as a family member. The Weimaraner is a true family dog and loves children. This dog is very loyal and has a wonderful disposition. As long as the dog is kept active and mentally stimulated, any family would be grateful to own this great pet!

Agility Training

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1 hr
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Activity description
Agility is a mentally and physically challenging sport that is enjoyed by Weimaraners and their owners. An agility course is a timed obstacle course with various challenges, such as tunnels, teeter-totters, hurdles, cones, ramps, and more. Since a Weimaraner is swift and graceful, agility may be the one activity your dog loves the most. You may choose to try out agility for fun or for competition. You never know, you could begin for fun and see that your Weimaraner is so talented that competing may be a reality after all. There are many agility courses around the country, both indoors and out. Some are also more challenging than others.
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Visit your veterinarian
Make an appointment with your veterinarian so your dog can get a complete checkup. Agility takes a lot of effort and stamina, and your dog must also be flexible enough to jump or crawl through tunnels. Your veterinarian will let you know if your dog is physically capable of performing this sport.
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Contact a club
Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation of an agility course in your area. You can also choose to look online or contact your local hound group. Once you find an agility course, contact them and ask them any questions you may have. You may have questions about cost, trial runs, and training. Make an appointment with your dog to go visit.
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Visit the course
Once you arrive, check in and take a look around. You may see dogs performing on the course. Find the trainer and see if you can get your Weimaraner involved in the club. The club members may let you take your dog on the course and see what your Weimaraner can already do. You will probably meet other dog owners who know a lot about what it takes to perform the sport of agility. Your pup may find it easier to follow other dogs along the course as they learn. Give plenty of encouragement and show patience as the obstacles are mastered. Treats as rewards for trying hard are always suggested!
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Therapy Work

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1 hr
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Activity description
Since Weimaraners are such loving and loyal dogs with an incredible temperament, many people share their companion's love with others. Middle-aged and elderly Weimaraners are calm, gentle, and very receptive to humans. They are perfectly content to lay with or sit with someone and be cuddled. If you are thinking about having your Weimaraner become a registered therapy dog, the process is pretty easy but does take commitment. Once a therapy dog, your dog can visit hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, family homes, prisons, schools, and more. Being around dogs, especially when ill or recovering from a medical condition, can ease stress and make people feel calm and happy.
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Research the requirements
Look online and do some research about what it takes to get your dog registered to be a therapy dog. If you know your dog would be a source of enlightenment around elderly, mentally challenged, or ill individuals, then find out what it takes for your dog to give back to the community. Both you and your dog will benefit from this fulfilling activity.
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Register
Once you find out what it takes to have your Weimaraner registered as a therapy dog, perform the necessary steps and send in any paperwork you need to submit. Your hound may have to be checked by your veterinarian, an obedience trainer, or any other official before starting the training. Typically, a workshop must be attended and your pup will be evaluated on important points like response to commands, interaction with medical equipment, and behavior around other dogs. Once the course is complete there will be additional fees to get the certificate.
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Begin your visits
Call your local nursing home, rehabilitation center, hospital, hospice care, behavioral health facility, or any other institution you feel would benefit from a certified therapy dog visit. More than likely, people will show the gratitude and the need for a dog like yours! Make arrangements to make your first visits and go from there!
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Lure Coursing

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1 hr
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Activity description
Weimaraners were bred to hunt, and many dogs love to chase small animals. A lure course is a place where your dog can chase and get the thills without the actual harming of prey. The animals on the lure appear very realistic, even to us humans! Lure coursing is generally done in a large field, and a mechanical lure with a wire runs in a specific direction. Decoy animals are attached to the lure, and when the lure is moving it looks as if the animals are running. It goes quite fast, and the dog chases the "animals". The decoys quickly change directions to up the challenge for the dog.

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Appointment with your veterinarian
Make an appointment with your veterinarian to be sure your dog is fit for lure coursing. This sport takes a lot of energy and stamina to chase the decoys, and it is important that your dog is physically ready to take on the challenge. Your veterinarian will listen to your dog’s heart and lungs while performing a complete examination of your hound’s overall health and wellness. Once your pup is in the clear, you will be confident knowing that your Weimaraner is good to go!
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Contact a lure coursing club
You can ask a friend, your veterinarian, or your local hound group for recommendations, or look online for a lure course in your area. Once you find a lure course, contact the club to schedule an appointment. You can also ask any questions you may have while on the phone, such as if you can let your dog try it out, what the costs are, equipment requirements, and the hours of operation. In preparation for the visit, take your pup on regular brisk walks to work on their stamina.
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Visit
Once you are at the lure course, take a look around. Ask questions you may have thought of after a brief observation. Perhaps you will be able to let your hound take a turn at chasing. You can observe the other dogs as they perform the sport. Find out the hours of operation and the days your dog can come, and if there is any training available on site. Recreational lure coursing is fun for any dog who likes to chase. Practicing with a flirt pole before trying lure coursing is a good idea so that your pup has an idea of what to do. It's important to note that any dog involved in lure coursing races must have good recall skills.
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More Fun Ideas...

Frisbee Catch

Playing frisbee with your dog is a great way to pass the time. If your dog can catch a disc, you can relax on your deck or porch and throw it into your yard and watch as your dog brings it back to you.

Daily Walking

Taking your Weimaraner on daily walks is essential for health and happiness. Walking through the city, down a country road, or around your neighborhood is good for the both of you!

Conclusion

The Weimaraner has many wonderful characteristics. Being such a well-rounded dog is why many people choose this breed as their family member. Loving and loyal, remarkably athletic and intelligent, this dog is happy being a working gun dog or cuddling on the couch. The activities above can keep your Weimaraner very content and healthy!