Super Dogs Are Made Not Born.
What does that even mean?
We are told that pedigree IS everything yet here we see documentation that pedigree is NOT everything.
Now before anyone starts to get carried away about pedigrees and no pedigrees for dogs, pedigrees ARE important. They give you, the breeder and the owner very important information about the parentage of the litter; temperment, structure, amicibility, willingness, soundness of body and mind.
For the breeder it does NOT stop at the pedigree. It goes beyond the writting on the paper. The breeder needs to ensure that what appears on the paper reaches the fullest of potentials by doing certain things as litter ages from birth to the time each puppy goes to its new home. Read on and see how much you as the breeder can achieve to give each puppy an true opportunity to reach the potential that is on the written pedigree.
For the new owner it does NOT stop with the written pedigree or the work the breeder has put in. You as the owner now have a puppy with the potenial to be a Super Dog. You must ensure you do your part for the remaining years of your Weimaraner to ensure that it really DOES reach the fullest potential it possibly can. You see, supoer dogs ARE made not born; they are born with potential then they are molded into those fantasic super dogs by you.
Enjoy the following information and use it to develope a wonderful relationship with your Weimaraner puppy, to bring both you and your puppy much joy, love and respect so that you may both grow into best of friends.
Article originally written by Joyce O'Kelley
Today almost everyone involved with dogs has heard of the work of Scott and Fuller. Perhaps they have attempted to read the studies, and like many people stumbled over the scientific languages and technical charts and graphs in an attempt to understand. Many have read Pfaffenberger's book, or at least are familiar with its contents on the critical socialization periods in a dog's life. However, when it comes to "tearing " the books apart and discarding the excess verbiage to get to the salient points, many are at a loss.
This is not meant to imply that these books are not excellent works. Pfaffenberger gives much valuable information. However, his book was not written as a textbook. It was written to be informative, yet "readable". In order to find the information on socialization we must first read through anecdotes of his life and then glean the bits and pieces of information from each chapter. The studies of Scott and Fuller should be the "Bible" of the conscientious breeder. But, again, they do not always discuss their findings in the language of the average dog owner.
Add to these facts that additional studies have been conducted which shed new light on the critical periods, and in some cases even alter some of the thoughts expressed in the earlier works, and add additional critical periods in the life of a pup.
Just what are the critical periods in the life of a dog? What must a breeder do and not do in order to help a pup develop his aptitudes to the highest potential? What can a breeder do to assure a sound out-going temperament, while helping the pup develop confidence without being aggressively dominant? Where does the responsibility of a breeder begin and end? It isn't enough to select a stud and bitch for their sound genetic qualities and temperament. Super dogs are not bred. They are carefully moulded each step of the way through the established critical periods.
Scientific studies have shown a dog's innate temperament and trainability can be altered by the type of environment provided. While we can't change their aptitudes the dog has inherited, we can take these aptitudes and with careful handling turn almost any pup into a super working dog and a super companion.
Hopefully this article will provide some of the answers for the breeder. Each of the critical periods is explained in everyday language. What must be done and what must not be done is spelled out in detail, along with the reasons why.
The one prevailing thought the breeder must adhere to is the fact that the outlined periods are not the "final word". It differs an average time frame for the "average" pup. Some pups will follow the outline exactly, while others may be ahead of the schedule or slightly behind. The actions and reactions of a pup during each period are described to gibe the reader some thing to look for to alert him to the fact that the pup is entering that particular critical period. Hopefully it will help him determine when to put into practice each "Do" and "Do Not" on the list.
If the breeder follows these guidelines in raising a litter, he or she is going to be one busy person! I recently raised a litter of ten puppies and followed the outline with care. It meant many hours above and beyond feeding and changing newspapers. It also meant the help of generous friends. Each pup was socialized individually on a daily basis and each pup received obedience training on a daily basis. It meant rotating pups various pens and even rotating them to different homes and different environments . . . that's where generous friends come in handy!
Following the guideline was not complicated, but it was very exhausting! However, the results made it all worthwhile and very rewarding. The pups were all placed in their new homes between 10 and 12 weeks of age. Each new owner continued the training at a formal obedience class for puppies. This was achieved through a contract, which gage the new owners an opportunity to receive up to $85.00 of the sale price of each puppy back as it proceeded through the various stages of training.
Three of the pups qualified in obedience matches with above average scores at the tender age of 16 weeks! While be accepted standards they weren't even old enough to enter obedience training, must less trials, they were and are outstanding puppies, well on their way to becoming truly super dogs!