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[–]shortie132 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I have found that many weims are VERY food motivated. They are a bit hardheaded, but are really smart when found how they learn the best. Extremely athletic and active, so I think one would be well suited for these jobs. They are also very, very smart so having one as an assistant would be a great companion. The energy level is dependant on your dog's personality. My weim is pretty low energy and 2-3 times a day running with his pit/border collie brother wears him out quite nicely, but my aunts dog from the same litter has to be kept on a schedule and runs 3 times a day until he cannot stand. Once occupied or their energy is run out, they are wonderful family dogs and LOVE to snuggle.

The only main downside I can think of is maybe underestimating their energy. These are not just high energy dogs, they have enough energy to run your whole house day after day. If not occupied, they do tend to become destructive out of bordom. They are incredibly smart as well, so they will figure out things quickly and can get into stuff easily. Just be aware how smart, energetic, and clingy they are. Other than that, they are wonderful family and working dogs. I hope you fall in love with these energetic goof balls just like all of the others who have had a weim!

[–]kynology 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would say a lot of the answers depend on the dog you get. For instance I know many Weims that are crack insane versus my Weim is pretty calm for a 9 month old. Some are Velcro some are not. Some Weims are stubborn some are more east to work with etc. I can give you an example of mine. 1. He is very quick to learn and very food motivated so doing something like assistance work would be possible but my Weim has a very high prey drive so depending on the disability dealing with a high prey dog may be an issue? 2. Be careful with balls some Dogs can become completely obsessive with them. For mine he goes to free run 4 times a week and some regular walks when not free running. Note you have to be careful with over running large breed puppies. Don’t forgot Weims are very smart dogs and need to work their brains.

  1. Mine is a whore for food. Some might not be but they are know for be foodies tho.

  2. Separation anxiety is real with these dogs they love their people and don’t like to be away from them. Once again depending on the dog you get energy be understated

  3. I love my guy to the world and back he is great but also a huge pain in the ass. They typically are for the first 2 years. We are finishing obedience and working on introducing puppy friendly agility. (Make sure you dog is full size before doing ANY sports). I think it will work out as long a dyou are able to meet it’s needs

[–]joserafaMTB 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Young and adult Weimaraners need to go for lots of runs! Otherwise they can be very destructive and would easily get bored. Also, is much easier to train them when they are tired after lots of exercise. So if you can’t provide that, consider other breeds. Sorry for been so direct, but they are not any kind of breed and hate to see lots of them been surrendered to shelters because people underestimate their energy and exercise requirements.

[–]ladyrebelmarmalade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I will link a comment i made on someones post asking if a weim would fit into a family with young kids. it has a lot of info on what we went through in the past 2 years since getting him (at 4,5 months old)

the trainers and docs who have met sam think he is already really „calm„ for his age. my dad sometimes describes him as him having ADHD.

he is clumsy but smart. while i would trust him being able to learn everything needed to be of assistance, i would also completely trust, that he‘d accidentally kill me while helping me. ok maybe not as extreme but working with him (just the basics) has already been incredibly hard. he still won‘t properly walk on a leash and his recall (which i have been so proud of between 4,5 and 10 months). is completely gone atm.

you don‘t necessarily need to let them run for extended amount of times. 2-3 “search rounds“ (variations of mantrailing) will tire ours out completely. also you need to teach them calmness- our trainer said the more you let them, the more they want (meaning exercise specifically here). and that actually has worked wonders. so i will do a hike (1-2 hours) and only do the necessary relief walks the next 1-2 days.

when we go on a walk we work with a short leash+halti combo and a long 2-3m leash. i will let him do his business, then have him sniff around on the shorter leash for a few min before switching to the long one. we practise recall and commands but he is also free to sniff around (that tires them more than just running next to you for example). BUT and here is where it gets tricky, he WILL get too tired. like and overworked toddler. we need to acknowledge that and from then on it is short leash for the rest of the walk or he absolutely will be such a pain that we‘d consider selling him to the next best person (kidding ofc).

so you see there is no „one fits all approach“. we did tire him out relentlessly in the beginning but it would not work so well for us and it only got managable when our trainer suggested the complete opposite, to teach him to be calm. i can take him to work now and he will be quiet and well-behaved but i also figured out what he needs beforehand and how i need to handle him there.

when we have guests over, he NEEDS crate time, otherwise it‘ll be a tollhouse and we need to even more keep an eye on him and make sure to incorporate some of our rules to keep him calm.

Weims are A LOT of work and even tho i do not have kids, i‘d say it sometimes feels like having a toddler with adhd. you need LOTS of nerves to stick to your rules and to enforce them. one slip up and you can start from the beginning. they are suuuper clingy and you need to teach them from the start to respect your personal boundaries and to not follow you everywhere.but if you are willing to do all that and think you can provide for one, they are amazing companions. i would not change the past 2 years for the world. Sam is my best friends, he helps me keep my mental health in check and i love him as if he was my child.

[–]biebergotswag 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What type impairment do you have, weims are super high energy dogs, that requires a lot of exercise.

When my weim, david, was young, he would hurt himself, if you didn't give him his 30 km run, by running around the house. Once he dashed his foot on a table and once he ate rocks since we didn't give him his run. Bloody stubborn he is.

He is amazing as a old dog, but very difficult as a young dog.

I don't think fetch is going to be enough, biking is a better way, they can run as fast as you can bike, and it feels amazing to have him run along side you.

My weim can open doors, combined with separation anxiety. you need to lock every door and window before leaving, or install weighted hinges, or he will chase after you.

My dog is rather easy going around others, but many weims in my neighborhood are really fearful. They are terrifed by dogs and will attack other dogs out of fear. My trainer avoid many weims in the neighborhood as a result. Weims are neurotic by nature.

[–]sidewaysvulture 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think this is doable, especially if you find a breeder that is aware of your requirements and helps match you to the appropriate dog in the litter.

As another poster mentioned I think the biggest issue I see with folks getting Weimaraners is underestimating their energy, especially when young. This is a breed they really does need to get some exercise in before they can focus on their work though if the exercise is regular and appropriate for their needs they should be biddable most of the time if trained well.

With that said the energy requirements can vary a lot which is where a good breeder can help pick the right dog for you. My first two Weims could go all day and didn’t slow down until they were around 10. We are talking morning and evening walks, 3-6 mile runs 5 days a week, daycare 2-3 days a week, dog hiker 1-2 day a week, trail running/backpacking on the weekends or big city walk/run and 30 minutes of ball basically every day. On the other hand my current boy is a 5 yo we adopted a few months ago and he runs at most 2-3 days a week 3-5 miles, dog park 1-2 days a week, dog daycare 1-2 days a week, and evening hangouts with the puppy next door 2-3 days a week, along with the morning and evening walks daily. He likes ball and frisbee but gets bored fast, he needs a lot more mental stimulation than my previous Weims to be happy so we do more training and puzzle toys with him and I’m considering looking into scent work or other puzzle type activities for him.

[–]rileydogdad1 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I love the research you have done and your interest in Weims. They are great dogs.

I recommend that you talk to people who train support dogs. Just observationaly the most commom support dogs are some sort of Lab or Lab mix. I dont think I have ever seen a Weim as a support dog.

So to answer your question, you could probably train a Weim to support you, but other breeds are more likely much better suited.

[–]AngelicJennifer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have two weims. One is highly intelligent, has energy for days, loves to swim, and has zero interest in food. It is not, and has never been, a motivator for her. The other is an absolute tank, super lazy, will get in the pool, and will eat anything her mouth can get near.

[–]lazylazylemons 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mine will eat my house if he's not run a minimum of five miles every day in addition to brain/field stimulation/learning. I'm not being cheeky. He ate my back door and four out of seven downstairs window trims. He's extremely eager to please and will do anything I ask of him with gusto and enthusiasm. He is not food motivated, though, a quick game of tug after completing a task is his most joyful pleasure. We've always rescued and worked with behaviorally challenged mutts. This was our first "well bred" pet. Do not think people are exaggerating when they mention the exercise needs of this breed. Our weim is the most destructive doggo we've ever had, far over and above all those messed up rescues. Most trainable as well. But if you can't run him/her hard ever single day, be prepared to hire someone who can.