Activities For Saint Berdoodles

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Introduction

If you're the owner of a Saint Berdoodle, then you already know what breeds were used to result in your precious pet.  But, if you're not familiar with this breed, allow us to educate you just a little.  The Saint Berdoodle is a large dog, the product of breeding a Saint Bernard with a Standard Poodle.  They most often resemble the Saint Bernard parent in size, having the coat of the Standard Poodle side.  Because of the Poodle contributions, they don't shed much, and both sides of the equation contribute affectionate and loving temperaments.  Both birth parents, bred for working and hunting activities,  combine to create a hybrid canine who is intelligent, loyal and is an excellent choice for families having children and a large enough home space to accommodate their size.   They specifically need mental and physical challenges to keep them happy and healthy.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Drinking water
Activity description
Obedience training is beneficial for both you and your dog.  There are many situations in which this type of training can save the life of your dog or someone you love.  Make no mistake; there is also an opportunity for significant physical and mental exercise which exists for your precious pooch as they process the commands, connecting them to the behavior that you expect from them.  The benefit you will gain is twofold;  first, you get a well-trained and well-behaved furry family member who can accompany you into many places and situations; and second, you and your Saint Berdoodle can deepen the bond between you as you work out the training practices together.
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Locate local classes
Locating classes in your area may take the form of looking up organizations who might provide these events, such as local kennel clubs or community service organizations. You can obtain names of providers from your veterinary professional's office or your groomer, or, you may be able to get some referrals from your friends and family. Contact these referrals and ask for information like their location and distance from your home, the price of the classes, duration of each meeting and the number of weeks involved in the training. You also need to ascertain the required documents or immunization, and health records for registration.
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Gather your stuff
Gathering your stuff includes the collar and leash needed for your dog, your walking or running shoes, drinking water for both of you, identification for you or the handler of the dog and the immunization and health records required for registration. Assemble your stuff, and go ahead and place the collar and leash on your dog.
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Enjoy the fun
Once you have attached the leash to your dog's collar, expect them to demonstrate the joyful behavior that they associate with perceived good things to come. Drive to the training class location and register your Saint Berdoodle if not already done. Now it's time to don those walking or running shoes and prepare yourself for a fun hour of exercise and fellowship with both man and canine. Obedience training requires a kind, firm hand and as well, consistent practice between weekly classes.
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Search and Rescue

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water
Snacks
Activity description
For the Saint Berdoodle, search and rescue activities are right up their alley!  Both parent breeds contribute specific breeding for search and rescue, hunting and tracking and, in the case of the Saint Bernard side, powerful lifting abilities needed for relief or retrieval.   Their keen sense of smell adds a deeper dimension to this lovable and loyal hybrid.  Because the history of both parent breeds is replete with admirable service to humanity, it seems to appropriate to honor that service by exercising and honing the skills which made those abilities so valuable.  Search and rescue training and even then perhaps actual performance in that area are ways to assure that what made your Saint Berdoodle the fantastic furry family member that they are will live on in them.  While there are other activities which will be less expensive regarding finances and energy expended, they don't hold a candle to the benefits to society, and perhaps even to your family, which exist.
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Locate local classes or events
Locating a local class or event may consist of watching the newspaper or checking the internet for ads from organizations advertising upcoming or regularly scheduled events. Ask your friends who are involved in search and rescue how they got into the organization; veterinarians and groomers can be good sources, too. Contact the local entity and question them about the whereabouts of the classes; the duration, the cost to you and your dog for participation, type of identification required for you or your dog's handler; immunization and health records and any specific equipment that is necessary.
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Gather required information
Assemble the required documents, identification, health and immunization records and equipment determined to be needed. At this time, go ahead and put the collar on your dog and attach the leash. The tethering of the lead will send a signal to your canine companion that will result in excited and joyful behaviors, indicating their understanding that something fun is ahead. Be sure to don those walking shoes and lace them comfortably. Determine the amount of drinking water which is appropriate for the outing and be sure to include it with snacks for all parties involved.
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Register and be amazed
Drive to the class and register your dog and handler, providing all necessary documents and identification. Take your place among the participants and wait for further instruction. When the fun begins, watch and wait for your dog to perform with instincts which you may not see at home. Prepare yourself to be amazed and proud as your Saint Berdoodle does what they were bred to do.
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Dog Park Play

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Collar or halter
Leash
Drinking water and snacks
Activity description
Sometimes your schedule and finances don't support some of the various activities that you can do with your Saint Berdoodle.  During those periods, it is nice to know that your dog doesn't care about the cost of the event or the frequency of it.  All they care about is the fact that you spent time with them, the closeness with you helping to bond more deeply.  The simplicity of a walk with your dog is so relaxing and enjoyable, absorbing the sunshine and breathing in the fresh, clean air as you walk along with your favorite furry buddy.  A similar experience is possible when you take your buddy to the local dog park with an added component of socialization with other dogs and humans to complete your outing.  And, one of the better advantages for a walk in the dog park is that it is usually free to use.
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Locate local dog parks
Peruse the internet for suitable dog parks in your area. Your local veterinary office or groomer may also have some recommendations, or you can get referrals from family and friends. Since there are more parks devoted to dogs are being built all over the country, these facilities are becoming easier to find. Are you looking for a park with a water source? One with plenty of shade? A quiet park off the beaten path? Ask around to find the perfect park for your tastes.
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Collar and leash your dog
A signal for your Saint Berdoodle that something fun and exciting is coming happens when you slip their collar on and then attach the leash. Most dogs wiggle, waggle, and dance around happily until you take them to the car. Be sure to gather all of the drinking water and snacks that you and your pet will need for the outing. Pause now and slip into your good walking shoes.
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Go, enjoy and socialize
Drive to the chosen location and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and socializing with other people and dogs. Your dog will love to meet new friends, and you will enjoy meeting with their pet parents as well. Keep an eye on your pet as they interact with the other dogs, intervening if things get too rough or if any dogs are displaying dominant behavior. It is possible that you and your canine companion will enjoy this outing so much that you'll return again and again.
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More Fun Ideas...

Shop in the Pet Boutique

Pet stores or boutiques are exciting places to visit and shop.  This activity gets even more interesting when your canine companion accompanies you.  Take your pup along, being sure to apply the collar and leash correctly.  Be prepared to be entertained as you allow them to sniff and investigate up and down each aisle.  You might even find a better dog food when they choose it!

Hunt for Dinner

The hunt for dinner activity is one which serves two purposes.  You can entertain and exercise your dog while you feed them.  All you need to do is hide the kibble or treats around the house, and then encourage your precious pooch to search for the food.  You'll be entertained yourself as you watch them munch away happily.

Chew Toy Toss

Chew toys are used in a variety of ways.  Not only can they give your pet the essential chewing practice, but also they can become the focus of a toss and fetch type of game. Just choose the toy, toss it away from you and your dog, then encourage your precious pooch to retrieve and return it to you.  This routine can be repeated as many times as needed to provide the mental and physical stimulation required by your canine companion.

Use a Flirt Pole

This activity involves attaching a toy to a length of string, rope, cord or bungee cord.  You then connect the tethered toy to a stick, rod, pole or piece of PVC pipe.  Twirl, drag, or swing the toy around your dog, allowing them to catch it a few times until one of you need a break.  Your dog will happily chase that toy for hours.

Conclusion

Your Saint Berdoodle is a faithful, furry family member who contributes so much to the overall familial unit.  Though not recommended for those living in apartments or small condos;  because they crave the closeness of their human family and don't do well when left alone for long periods of time, they are eager to join you in any and everything you do.  There isn't another canine breed or hybrid which gives more love and loyalty, regardless of the circumstance or situation.