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The stunning Rhodesian Bernard is a mixed breed with two well-known parent breeds: the Saint Bernard and the Rhodesian Ridgeback. Both parent breeds are large, making their presence known, though gentle in nature. The offspring of the two makes for a loyal and loving companion who aims to please their owner.
The Saint Bernard is another one of the dog world’s friendly giants, with a somewhat intimidating appearance and size, but kind temperament. They require less exercise than the Rhodesian Ridgeback, having a laid-back and calm demeanor. Bernards are good with children and eager to please their owner, making them easy to train. The Rhodesian Ridgeback, on the other hand, is independent in nature, which can lead to a stubborn attitude and resistance to obedience training. A strong and confident handler is recommended for the Ridgeback, as well as Rhodesian Bernards, as they can inherit these traits from their parent breed. Obedience training is one of the many activities you can try with your Rhodesian Bernard.
With a strong and powerful breed like the Rhodesian Bernard, obedience training at a young age is recommended to establish leadership. Obedience training can come in handy at all times, and it will strengthen the bond you have with your pooch.
You can begin obedience training when your pooch is still a young puppy. Starting with basic commands is essential for success. You may also choose to enroll your Rhodesian Bernard in formal training classes. Classes can be extremely effective with knowledgeable trainers; however, they can also be costly. Depending on your budget, this is something you may want to try.
The benefit of obedience training is it can be done anywhere. Once your pup knows the commands, daily practice is simple and not at all time-consuming. Grab some treats and get ready to train your Rhodesian Bernard's brain, which is just as exhausting as training the body!
Depending on your Rhodesian Bernard's coat, they could have inherited thick and long hair from the Saint Bernard parent. As a result, they can overheat in hot temperatures, which is why visiting the beach is a "pawsitive" way to spend a sunny day!
The only equipment required for this activity is a leash and a beach. Depending on where you live, this may not be hard to accomplish. If there's no beach within your town, find the closest and most convenient location, and make a day trip out of the activity, packing refreshments for yourself and your Rhodesian Bernard. Whether you go for a swim, walk the shore, or explore water activities, there's a variety of inexpensive ways to enjoy your day. Beaches may have small admission costs and closures due to inclement weather.
Visiting the dog park is essential for socializing your Rhodesian Bernard. The Saint Bernard by nature is a social pup who seeks the attention and affection of both humans and other dogs. The Rhodesian Ridgeback can have a more independent personality, which is why socializing your hybrid breed at a young age will promote them to develop healthy and positive relationships with other pups.
In general, this activity is free of charge, depending on the dog park you visit. Most dog parks come with waste bags for tidying up after your pooch, but if it's your first time visiting, be prepared with your own, just in case. Dog parks generally have hours of operation, which is something to determine before setting out on your adventure together!
Rhodesian Bernards are large dogs that require moderate exercise to stay healthy and happy. As these pups are eager to please and can be stubborn in nature, obedience training at a young age is highly recommended as an activity of choice. On a hot day, you could also have your pooch "wag along" with you to the beach for a refreshing swim. If you’re not up for a swim, taking a walk through your community for fresh air is just as effective for expending built up energy. If the dog parks not far from your route, stop in and let your Rhodesian Bernard enjoy some socialization and play before heading home. If you want to add a challenge to their day, swing by your local pet store and pick out a puzzle toy or satisfy them with a treat. In essence, the Rhodesian Bernard is both large in size and personality, so get creative when finding ways to keep them occupied!