Baby Thor

Baby Thor

Training Thor

In January 2010, Thor, a 5-month-old weimaraner, came crashing into my life.

Here, I will outline the steps taken to train him to be a well-mannered dog,

to do agility, and to perform some service dog tasks.

At five months, he is pretty wild.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Housetraining & Play

Thor peed in his crate again. I think he may have had other episodes in the crate but my sense of smell is so impaired that I cannot be sure.  I am taking him out every hour, and he almost always pees outside.  At this point, I am starting to wonder if there is something amiss.  I'm going to try to get a urine sample for testing. 

I'm now giving him brief periods of (supervised) freedom in the house.  He's doing very well with this.  He found an old tennis ball which he likes to carry around.  He will release it when asked and chase it when thrown.  He'll return to me with the ball but is more reluctant to release it the second time.  I haven't asked for a third!  I am so thrilled that he likes to play and is including me in his games.  I'll probably introduce tugging soon; I wanted to be sure he had a good release first.  I'm thinking I'll put the release on cue before we start tugging.


  1. Melinda, are you keeping bedding in the crate? In my experience, if the urinalysis comes back fine, it is sometimes necessary to remove the bedding for a period of time in cases like these. Hope this helps, and keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks Amy! Funny you should leave this comment...I just got up with him, and he had peed on his blanket. I took him out, put the blanket in the laundry, and did NOT put new bedding in! So finally, and instinctively, I did the right thing. :-) Melinda

  3. (Times are 3 hours early...I'll have to see if I can fix that.)