Do you like weimaraners? The breed is often referred to as a “Velcro dog” for its loyalty and closeness to its owner. This usually does not make it an easy hunting companion, at least in the beginning. The weimaraner’s instinct must be stimulated by the chase of the game. If he is going to come into his own as a hunting companion. Coaxing your weimaraner into fulfilling his potential as a hunting dog may take time. But it is extremely rewarding to see your “Velcro dog” tear through the woods after the game for the first time.
You won’t have to go very far, especially in the beginning. Like all breeds, the weimaraner needs an outlet for his desire to hunt. Setting up the small game on your property can produce excellent results. A friend of mine ties a rag to a string and lines it out into the underbrush about 20 feet. This makes an effective rabbit or squirrel lure for your weimaraner.
Boar hunting is perhaps one of the most exciting types of hunting you can do with a weimaraner. It is a very challenging, but rewarding experience. A boar with his sharp tusks and tough hide may look scary to some people, but he makes for an amazing opponent for a weimaraner.
What do Weimaraners Hunt?
Weimaraners are traditionally used to hunt larger animals such as wild boars, bears, and deer. Hunting smaller animals such as rabbits and hares are not thought of highly by most traditional weimaraner owners. If you really want to make your dog happy, get him a few hunting buddies. And use him for the types of the game he was originally intended to hunt.
They are very good at pointing and as such work well as flushing dogs. If your weimaraner is an equally adept water dog. Hunting ducks and other types of aquatic games may be a suitable alternative for him.
Since weimaraners are by nature very energetic, they need a good amount of exercise to stay fit and happy. A walk around the block won’t do it. Take them on long hikes in the forest or let them run freely in a safely fenced area.
Weimaraner Hunting: Getting Started
The weimaraner will not be allowed to actively participate in a boar hunt until he is at least 18 months old. Before that age, his bones are too fragile to withstand the rough playing and running against much stronger opponents such as boars. While you may be in a hurry to see your dog tear through the woods after the game, it is in his best interest if you wait before letting him off-leash for the first time.
To get your weimaraner used to hunt, play with him on the weekends and take him with you on small hunts against pheasants or rabbits. Gradually, your dog will become more and more excited about the hunt. Soon, he will be able to join you when you go after the real game.
Always keep your dog on a leash when you are not actively hunting. Even though you know that your dog will only be after the game if you say so, accidents may happen. Your weimaraner is used to obeying his owner and will do what he says even during the hunt, which can lead to undesired results if he does not get permission to go after the game.
Make sure that your weimaraner’s tracking and flushing skills are well developed before you allow him to run free. A wounded animal may cause serious trouble if he finds it first and decides to go after it without your permission.
Weimaraner Hunting: The Hunt
As soon as your weimaraner is old enough to take part in a big game hunt, it is time for him to show what he can do. Start with rabbits and hare before moving on to wild boar. The first time you let your dog off-leash, he may run around excitedly without really knowing what’s going on. Give him a firm command such as “back” or “hunt ’em up” to show him that this is serious business and not just a walk in the park.
If your dog does not respond to the command, keep an eye on him and try to get his attention by calling him or throwing a stick at him. If he still doesn’t get the picture, pick up some fur from the game you’re hunting and put it in front of his nose so that he can smell it. He’ll soon get excited about the hunt.
A hunting Weimaraner is a very focused dog, once he gets going. You can use his instinct to trail and corner prey by calling him back every now and then. This keeps your dog happy as well as stimulates his natural instinct to hunt down prey. If you keep him on a leash during the first few hunts, do not let him get too far away from you. Otherwise, he might lose interest in following your commands.
Weimaraner Hunting: What to Expect
A weimaraner’s instinct is to stay close to his handler while working, but after a while, he will start to run off ahead of you and look for a game. If you see him going too far ahead, it is a good idea to call him back and make sure he does not get too far from you. This doesn’t mean that your dog is not capable of hunting on his own. Quite the contrary actually; fédération cynologique internationale considers this breed as one of the most independent hunting dogs out there. If left off-leash, a Weimaraner will find every single animal track in an area and stay on the trail until he either finds his prey or gets tired of looking for it.
As with any type of hunting, be very careful when approaching your dog when he has cornered his prey. While a small animal may look harmless to you, a cornered animal can be very dangerous to your dog.
Weimaraners are incredibly fast and agile hunters. They usually work in packs, so they will surround their prey quickly and efficiently before pouncing on it. This makes weimaraners very good at hunting small game such as rabbits or hares, but less efficient when it comes to wild boar.
If you want to bring home a truly authentic trophy from your wild boar hunt, skin the animal and have it mounted by a professional taxidermist. In addition to being a fantastic reminder of your hunting trip, such amount is evidence that your dog hunted down and cornered this dangerous beast all by himself.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The average lifespan of a weimaraner is 10-11 years.
This breed makes for an excellent family dog, provided that you socialize him well from an early age on. Like any other dog, weimaraners can be aggressive if not properly socialized. It is important that you teach your child how to approach and play with this dog.
While they do bark when strangers come near your home, Weimaraners are not suitable as guard dogs because of their laid-back temperament.
You can purchase your state’s hunting permit on the department of natural resources website
This breed is very athletic and loves to swim. However, not every dog is a natural in the water, so be attentive when he plays in or near bodies of water.
Now that you know all about Weimaraner hunting, are you ready to give it a try? If you’re thinking of getting your own Weimaraner. Read this article first so that he grows up to be a happy and healthy family member. And don’t forget to have fun during your hunts!
Make sure to check out our other articles, so that you can know about your weim more. And ultimately it builds up your relationship with him.