One thing is true about Saint Bernards and that is that they are big, big dogs. However, as the proud owner of a Saint Bernard, you already know this and you also know that finding activities for such a big pup can be difficult. Size can put a damper on some activities but the fun ideas here are perfect for big dogs and also catered specifically toward Saint Bernards and what they inherently enjoy. So look no further Saint Bernard owner, here are some perfect activities for you and your pup!
While many people think that they need to constantly entertain their pup, this is not true at all. In fact, your dog can benefit from some scheduled downtime. Saint Bernards definitely need to have some relaxing moments worked into their day especially because this breed frequently has joint and muscle issues as they get older. Carrying all that weight around isn't easy and it can take a toll on your pup's body! You want to be sure to allow your dog plenty of time to rest their joints and not push them into too many strenuous activities. However, relaxing can be an activity in and of itself! Here's how.
Saint Bernards have a history of being used for tracking. In the Swiss Alps, a Saint Bernard would be employed to seek out lost travelers. Needless to say, if they can find a missing person in many feet of snow, your dog can surely use their nose to search for treats and toys! However, you can even take this skill to a more extreme level and enter your dog in canine tracking competitions. Your Saint Bernard will most likely be the biggest dog at the competition but wait until everyone sees how well they can track! Time to start training!
Did you know that your Saint Bernard's coat is waterproof? That's right! It has an oily coating that will help your dog dry off after a quick dip in the water. This is perfect as most Saint Bernard's love to swim! Another little fact is that Saint Bernard's do not do well with extreme changes in temperature so it is important to keep them cool in the hot summer months. Time to combine all of these facts about your Saint Bernard with a trip to the beach! Pack your beach bag, grab a lot of fresh water for you and your pup and head to the shore!
Saint Bernards are known to be chewers, especially as puppies. Feed your dog's desire to chew by giving them a sturdy, hard chew toy to gnaw on rather than your favorite pair of shoes.
A Saint Bernard is such a unique dog and there are so many things that you can enjoy doing with your dog. Their big build, paired with a soft, kind personality makes them a perfect companion. So, teach your pup to use their nose for tracking, bring them for a quick dip in the ocean or just cuddle up with your big cozy dog. Anything you do with your Saint Bernard is sure to be a memorable adventure.