Weimaraner hunting dogs are good companions and make great family dogs, in addition to being skillful small and large game hunters. Weimaraners have natural inbred instincts for hunting large game
They can be taught easily to hunt small game, and they will love and protect your family members, large and small.
Weimaraners are not outside dogs. Unlike some hunting dog breeds, Weimaraners will not thrive if they are stuck outside in a pen. They desperately need to be part of your household.
Weimaraners are very sensitive to being away from you, and they are noted for their tendency to develop separation anxiety. They need to be an integral part of their new “pack”, which just happens to be your family.
Weinheimer Hunting Dogs
Weinheimers were originally breed to hunt large game, wild boars and bears. They are strong hunters who are unafraid to tangle with large animals.
Because they are fiercely protective, Weims make good watch dogs and they will fight to keep family members safe.
Weimaraner hunting dogs have distinctive traits and aptitudes that you should understand, before investing in a puppy. They are high energy dogs and they do require daily exercise.
Just like with any other hunting dog, if you want to hunt with your Weim, you need to start training her when she is very young. A dog’s sense of smell is very developed, and scent training for your puppy is a good place to start.
Weimaraner Dogs as Hunters
In addition, Weimaraner hunting dogs are willful and strong, and a regular routine will help you reinforce training skills.
Without a strong human in control, a Weimaraner can take control and become dominant.
Gaining control of your Weimaraner simply means that you establish that you are the pack leader.
When you are the leader, your dog will faithfully and happily let you make the decisions and call the shots!
Your Weimaraner will reward you with loyalty and sharp hunting skills, in addition to being your Best Friend. He’ll be loyal and faithful to you–whether hunting or enjoying a beer while watching a game together on T.V.
Hunting Hazards for Dogs
As much as you love hunting with your dog, there are a few things that can go wrong. You’ll need to have some first aid knowledge for times when your dog runs into a briar patch.
On a hot day, your dog can become heated and suffer a heat stroke or, if she hunts vigorously all day without enough food, she can become hypoglycemic.
In addition you need to be aware of some conditions or diseases that hunting dogs are more prone to getting. For example, blastomycosis (blasto) is a fungal disease that both dogs and people can get. Currently, we see this regionally in the U.S.
Mosquitoes carry disease and parasites like heart worm. Tick diseases are yet another story. They have spread widely and are becoming very common. Lyme disease, spread by deer ticks, is the most well-known.
And, as you well know, Weimaraners are fierce and unafraid, and they can get all kinds of scratches and wounds, while hunting. Because you are out in the field, you’ll need to be prepared to handle any emergencies yourself.
Equipment for Hunting Dogs
Before you take off for the woods or fields, you’ll need to make sure that you have some basic equipment for you and for your dog.
Of course, you need to take water and snacks for your dog, to keep her hydrated and energized.
Working with your Weimaraner puppy will help you build a strong bond with him. The more you work together, the more you can depend on each other. Soon you’ll be hunting together as a real team in the field!