I don’t really do structured training when it comes to plain old manners. I’ve found that keeping the right mindset when interacting with your Weimaraner is a far better way to approach molding a pup or new dog in to a good canine citizen than trying to go through an A to Z program since your dog is learning all the time whether you are meaning to train or not. Thus, it’s a matter of taking training advantages when they come up.
For example, What do you do when you see your Weimaraner quietly laying down and chewing a bone? Thank God that you have a moment of peace and go about your business? It’s natural to do this, but I would encourage you to take advantage of this situation. Praise your pup for being calm, for chewing a bone instead of your shoe, and for taking the initiative for doing something right! See how many good things he’s doing that you are ignoring?
And let’s expand on this concept because, guess what, it also helps with separation anxiety!
Here is what certified trainer Sally Bushwaller says about this idea and how it relates to SA:
We tell our dogs to do everything — sit, down, come, off, leave it, etc. As a result, our dogs are not good at problem solving or creative thinking. If you’re not there telling them what to do, they get anxious. This anxiety manifests in many undesirable ways. So I start every dog I teach in privates or classes, how to spontaneously offer good behavior. It is the foundation of everything else I teach. I see huge improvements in these dogs if I can get the owners to understand the big picture. I’m not trying to teach your dog to sit, they already know how to do that. I’m trying to teach them a concept — offering a sit, or some other good behavior, is the golden key that opens all the doors. Once the dog understands this, they are empowered because you have given them an opportunity to have some control over the consequences of what happens to them. It’s totally cool once the dog understands this, and the dog’s anxiety begins to dissipate.
Make a conscious effort to notice all the times your Weim takes initiative and does something that is pleasing to you that you didn’t ask him to do. He will become a better pet, and it is one of many things you can do to help prevent separation anxiety. And for a dog who already has separation anxiety, teaching your dog to offer behavior should be one of the tools in your arsenal. Please be sure to see the article, Dealing with Separation Anxiety, to read more about other techniques you should use in conjunction to this one.