Activities For Golden Saints

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Introduction

In our opinion, the name "Golden Saint" evokes the thought of a being that's outright angelic in nature. As it turns out, this isn't too far from wrong as Golden Saints are some of the friendliest, sweetest hybrid dogs one could ever come across. As their name implies, Golden Saints are designer dogs that result from mixing a Golden Retriever with a Saint Bernard. As with most designer dogs, the appearance of the Golden Saint tends to vary greatly from one dog to the next; some look like Saint Bernards with golden coats while others have brown and white coats that are silky like a Goldie's would be. These dogs are very adapted to handle the elements, so don't be afraid to try a few unique activities with your Golden Saint.

Teach A Few Tricks

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Golden Saints are extremely versatile breeds who are capable of adapting to all kinds of unique scenarios. This fact allows them to learn a number of new tricks with relative ease and at a rather quick pace. Golden Saints can learn all of the classic tricks like sitting, laying down, and jumping on command as well as a number of unique tricks that only Saint Bernards and Golden Saints can pull off. The best thing about teaching a dog of any breed new tricks is that you don't need much to actually pull it off; just a little bit of time, a lot of patience, and a ton of love.
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Preplanning
We suggest you start this activity off by first thinking about which tricks you'd like to teach your Golden Saint the most and then teaching the new tricks in order of importance; if you'd like to teach your Golden Saint how to fetch the newspaper from the front of your home more than anything else, then we suggest you start with that trick and then teach them how to do the more perfunctory tricks like sitting and laying down later.
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Consistency
Whichever tricks you decide to teach your dog, we wanted to add that consistency is key in order for your Golden Saint to truly learn all of them. Your Golden Saint may have seemingly learned how to roll over rather quickly, but if you only practice with them once and then ask them to roll over weeks later, they may not pull the trick off to your satisfaction. So if you really want your dog to get a trick down, we suggest practicing every few days.
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Treadmill Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 to 20 min
Items needed
Treadmill
Water
Activity description
Golden Retrievers are very springy, energetic dogs who love to run and prance all about the place. This is one of their traits that definitely passed over to their Golden Saint offspring, as these hybrid dogs equally have tons of energy and thoroughly enjoy getting out there and darting all over the place. Most of the time, a dog owner will just take an energetic breed to the park or the beach so that they can kick out all of that energy, but sometimes you may not be able to do that. That's where Treadmill Training comes in; with enough time, you can help your dog get acclimated to treadmills so that they can burn off all that energy at home.
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Stretch those legs
Stretching is one of those best practices that should always be employed before a workout. To stretch your dog's legs, sit or kneel in front of them, gently take a hold of your Golden Saint's front legs, and then slowly pull them out from underneath your dog's body towards you. You're essentially helping them lie down manually and we've got to admit, it looks pretty funny the first few times. But it's totally necessary to avoid cramping. The same with your dog's hind legs (in the opposite direction) and then cross this step off your list.
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Warm up
The first few times you have your Golden Saint get on the treadmill, we advise that you don't mess with the incline settings at all and that you refrain from setting the speed to high. Keep things at a brisk pace but avoid having your Golden Saint run too fast early on.
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Higher intensity
After your Golden Saint has adapted to the treadmill, then we feel that they'll be ready to deal with things like incline or higher speed workouts. Incrementally increase the incline and speed of the treadmill over the course of multiple workouts to help your Golden Saint improve their stamina and heart health.
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Weight Training

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
20 min
Items needed
Dog Weight Sled
Weight Plates
Dog Harness
Durable Bungee Cables
Activity description
This finally activity calls for your Golden Saint to make use of their muscular frames and natural high energy. Weight Training for dogs doesn't involve dumbbells or barbells but it does involve weight plates and a lot of determination. You'll also have to gain access to a piece of equipment known as a dog weight sled. These tools can cost as little as $50 USD to as much as few thousand dollars depending on where you buy them. While the thousand dollar sleds are likely not going to be necessary for this activity, we advise not skimping out on quality in favor of saving a dollar.
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Weightless training
After you get your dog in their harness and strap them to the sled, we suggest you spend a good amount of time just training with your dog without adding any weight to the sled. It'll help them get used to this strange new device while also keeping them from straining their muscles while they're still developing.
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Weighted training
Once you see your dog reach the point where they can pull the weight sled as if it were as light as a feather, it's time to start adding weight plates into the equation. Start off with small amounts of weight first and then add of more weight every week or so until you feel that your dog has peaked.
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Treat Toys

Golden Saints are no slouches when it comes to using brains over brawn. There are a number of dog treat toys which have been specifically made to tease your dog's brain, encouraging them to get creative in order to solve various puzzles in order to get a treat at the center.

Snow Tag

It's no secret that Saint Bernards are some of the most adept snow dogs out there. Fortunately for Golden Saint owners who love to have fun in the snow, your dog will have no problem playing along with you in snowy areas. Snow Tag is exactly what it sounds like; the next time you and your Golden Saint are out in the snow, try playing a game of tag together to mix things up a bit.

Conclusion

The activities listed above should prove to be excellent means of working your Golden Saint out for a long time. However Golden Saints, just like both of their parents, are very intelligent dogs and they may grow tired of their usual routine if you don't mix things up a bit. To that end, we encourage you to continue finding new and interesting ways to exercise with your Golden Saint over the years. Your four-legged friend will appreciate the variety and you'll be afforded the opportunity to see the world from a new perspective. Best of all, both of you will bond with each over more and more as you continue to find new ways to have fun with your Golden Saint.