Activities For A Saint Pyrenees

1k Views
0 Comments
0 Votes

Introduction

What is a Saint Pyrenees dog?  This large dog is a hybrid mix of two breeds: the Saint Bernard and the Great Pyrenees.   Both parent breeds contribute similar personality and physical traits to the gene pool. Specifically, those traits are gentleness, lovingness, sweet disposition, intelligence and ease of training with a bit of an independent streak coming from the Great Pyrenees parent.  The Saint Pyrenees hybrid doesn't require large amounts of exercise, generally about an hour daily being sufficient to keep them physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.  They love being in the middle of anything and everything you do, so any activity that involves the family works well for them.  They also require some mental challenges to avoid those annoying habits resulting from boredom.

Family Picnic

Popular
0 Votes
Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Picnic supplies
Drinking water
Doggie snacks
Doggie toys
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
Family outings are always fun for all.  Adding your four-legged furry family member in the mix is an exciting way of squeezing in more quality time with the kids AND the family dog.  The fresh air and sunshine will benefit everyone involved as well as present the opportunity for deeper bonding for all as you play and frolic together.  The menu needn't be elaborate - after all, it's a picnic, not a formal sit-down!  Plan for simple but nutritious food and drink items for your entire family, including your canine companion.  Make sure you have a yummy dessert for everyone, too, being sure to have a dog-friendly treat available for your pet.  Plan some fun in the sun activities that involve everyone, especially your precious pooch, to make optimal use of the time spent together.  Don't forget the doggy waste bags to clean up after your pet.  It's always a good idea to leave the area as clean as possible for the next visitors.  And remember, your Saint Pyrenees hybrid comes from breeds used for carting tasks, so go ahead and load up that little red wagon and utilize them to help carry the load!
Step
1
Find a pet-friendly park
Locate a park or picnic venue that allows you to bring pets. This step can involve talking with friends and family to get recommendations. Your groomer or veterinarian may also have suggestions if you're new to the area. Be sure to contact the facilities for rules and regulations before showing up so that you are prepared and equipped as necessary for an afternoon of fun in the sun with the whole family.
Step
2
Plan and prepare
The next step involves planning and preparation. You need to decide upon the menu for both human family members as well as your furry ones. Since all the traditional picnic food items may not necessarily be recommended for your pet, be sure to bring sufficient appropriate substitutes for them. Of course, be armed for the struggles that are sure to occur at the picnic venue when it is time to separate what the humans eat from that allowed for the non-humans. Assemble your picnic basket with an eye for those items requiring special care; such as refrigeration of perishable items or heating of those dishes which are better at hotter temperatures. Be sure to include an extra bag for those "clean up" tools and supplies so that you can leave the area as clean as possible when the fun is over. And remember, your Saint Pyrenees hybrid comes from breeds used for carting tasks, so go ahead and load up that little red wagon. They'll love to pull the load!
Step
3
Spot Your space
Drive to the chosen venue and look over the area. Determine the best possible spot to "camp out" with your picnic supplies and equipment, keeping in mind the location of the restrooms, water hazards and play areas. Having already chosen the activities for this event, pick a few to keep the kids and the dog busy while you set up for the banquet. A game of Fetch or Chase It is an excellent option for expending some of that nervous energy and excitement that has built up during the drive to the park. When all is ready, rally your family and get prepared to enjoy a delicious meal and quality time in the sun with those you love!
Love this activity?

Beach Fun

Popular
0 Votes
Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness and leash
Drinking water and snacks
Blanket and towels
Beach umbrella
Doggie water toys
Doggie life jacket
Activity description

Most canine breeds love the water and will take any opportunity to play and swim, whether it’s in your plan or not!  So, it makes perfect sense to capture that tendency to create a fun activity that you and your pet can enjoy as often as time and weather permit.  There are many “beachy bonding” experiences in your future when you frolic on the beach with your precious pooch. This trip is pretty cheap, and nothing can be more natural than gathering up your beach stuff and your pooch to head for the closest dog-friendly water park, lake, river, creek or ocean.  We would remind you to bring the sunscreen, lots of drinking water and snacks and the expectation of lots of fun! 

Step
1
Find your dog-friendly beach
Talk to friends and family to get the best and more reliable recommendations for dog-friendly beaches in your area. Be sure to double check with those who operate and oversee the beach to make sure you’re aware of the rules and any restrictions which may apply. Inquire as to whether immunization or health records for your dog as well as identification for you and other family members is required.
Step
2
Gather your gear
Gathering up the beach gear is always so much fun because it triggers some very pleasant memories from past water adventures. Be sure to get swimsuits, blankets, towels, sunscreen, drinking water and snacks, beach umbrella, water toys for your darling doggie as well as a doggie life vest for their safety in rough surf. If your pet is new to the life vest, put it on them a few times before beach day, as a trial to getting them used to wearing it when needed.
Step
3
Bask in beach fun
This is probably the most natural of all the steps involved in this activity. The bonding opportunities are tremendous as are the moments of pure fun in the sun, splashing around with true abandon! Enjoy the day, keep everyone well hydrated and ensure that your pup stays close to shore in a dog-friendly area, right by your side.
Love this activity?

Daily Walk

Popular
0 Votes
Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Waste Bags
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water and snacks
Activity description

Daily walks with your precious pooch serve two purposes: first, the walk provides you both the opportunity to get some beneficial exercise, breathe in fresh air and soak up the sunshine (if there is any); and second, it provides you with daily chances to build and deepen your relationship with your furry friend.  While the Saint Pyrenees is not considered an active or energetic canine, that doesn’t mean those exercise periods are not necessary. A couple of daily walks of about 30-minute duration works wonders for everyone’s physical, mental and emotional health. The stroll is free of charge and can’t be more natural a choice for people and dogs of any age or physical condition.  Walking your dog can be done in any weather, requiring extra protection for rainy, snowy, cold or extreme sunny conditions.

Step
1
Review the route
If you’re like most of us, you likely have a choice of a variety of routes to utilize for your daily dog walk. It might be as simple as walking the length of the street and then returning, or, strolling around the block, or, maybe even a power walk of 1 to 2 miles. Your choice of routes is likely affected by weather, time and energy, but it is vital to walk somewhere for even a short period of time with your Saint Pyrenees preferably twice a day.
Step
2
Collar the canine
For most family pets, the collaring and leashing step usually results in an excited dance around the room, with all the associated barking and jumping to signify that they know something fun is in the offing. Make sure you’re wearing good walking shoes and that you are both appropriately dressed and equipped for the weather outside and the distance of the walk. Pack the doggy waste pick up bags and bring along a treat for fun.
Step
3
Enjoy the exercise experience
Breathe in the clean, fresh air and hang on tightly as you begin your stroll because your pooch is probably already off the porch, tugging not so gently on the leash you’re holding in your hand. They are excited and full of anticipation of a fun experience walking with their favorite person and family member and this exuberance can’t help but overflow to you. Enjoy watching your pooch investigate the air and surroundings as you walk along your chosen route. Experience the pleasure of watching them thoroughly get into the daily walk with you. Practice having your dog heel and stop at intervals so that they can brush up on these commands.
Love this activity?

More Fun Ideas...

Fetch the Toy

One of the oldest dog games known to man, this game is one that your canine will never tire of and one on which you will likely have to set your limits, for your sake.  Play this game anywhere, with any toy and for as long as you like.

Flirt Pole

This game incorporates a string or rope tethered to one end of a long pole, stick, rod or PVC pipe. To play, attach a toy to one end of the string and the pole to the other.  Then drag, swing, or twirl the toy, allowing your dog to chase and catch it.

Treat Hide and Seek

This event involves hiding your pet's favorite treats (or toys) when they aren't watching, and then bringing them in to search for them.  They will love to play this game often.

Car Trips

Your Saint Pyrenees loves to be anywhere you are, and that includes in riding in the car or truck.  They will proudly accompany you to the local home improvement store, the hardware store or even just two blocks away to visit a friend.  Be sure to include the leash when you go.

Conclusion

Any activity done with your Saint Pyrenees will be appreciated by them.  These dogs are capable of such love and loyalty that they don’t do well when they are separated from their beloved family. They are a large canine and sometimes don’t realize that they aren’t considered "lap" dogs, but their hearts are indeed in the right place, especially when it comes to protecting their human families.  These games and activities provided here today will allow for some fun and beneficial exercise for all involved as well as many chances to form deeper and stronger bonds with you.