The Saint Bernese is a mixed canine species, being the product of the breeding of the heavily coated Saint Bernard and a Bernese Mountain Dog. They are perfect for the colder and less friendly climates of the western Alps of the Italian and Swiss border and the Swiss farmlands. While the gentle, loving and calm traits may seem to make this canine species look like a couch potato, nothing could be farther from the truth, with this pup having the energy to spare. Because this canine is a giant-sized one, be sure to exercise care when around small children who can be injured accidentally by the sheer size of them. This extra large size requires early socialization if you're raising a puppy, and we've got some activities which will help utilize all of that energy with an eye toward socialization as well.
Tracking events are activities which play directly into the background and training of both parent breeds. Their extremely sensitive noses seek and search out both prey as well as humans as they've historically searched and rescued animals and humans lost in the far reaches of those frozen heights from which they come. This hybrid is ingenious as well as talented in their tracking expertise, so it is vital to keep them appropriately physically exercised and mentally challenged. These moderately priced events which involve tracking are only some of the ways to use up those high energy levels possessed by your dog. There are other ways to necessarily stimulate the problem solving or scent following instincts of this family-sized furry friend. And, we might add, you will be in awe as you watch your precious pet do what they were bred to do.
Rally obedience is similar to regular obedience in that there is a formal course in which you and your dog must demonstrate compliance with specific commands. While some of the basics may be similar between the two activities, Rally-O differs a great deal. When you and your dog are participating in Rally-O, you don't have to wait for instructions from the teacher or facilitator to begin or circumvent the course. In this dog sport, your dog can earn titles on several different levels of competition. The canine participants can achieve the levels of Novice, Advanced and Excellent with some entities even adding a Master level. Exercise opportunities abound as you learn and practice the various commands and gaits taught in this setting. While the financial costs involved with this activity fall into the moderate category, the intrinsic value of the training for both you and your dog is priceless.
Obedience training is one of the excellent ways for you, as the pet parent and handler, to learn how to manage your new family-sized puppy. Because they are of greater size than most dog breeds, it is essential to teach them how to behave and respond to commands. This activity also provides many opportunities for socialization, another recommendation for canines of this size. The class time, as well as the practice time, also enables you to exercise your furry family member properly, potentially avoiding issues stemming from the use of their energy in less appropriate ways. Though the financial costs range from cheap to moderate depending on your area and the entity providing the service, the value of the training is unlimited as you teach them "puppy manners" and bond with your precious pup.
Your Saint Bernese is a canine species who has instincts for hunting, tracking and problem-solving. There are many of these types of games available online that you can do with your dog. Trip your imagination triggers as you research them.
Here is something that you can do with your dog that will encourage them to use their natural tracking and hunting instincts by locating and retrieving toys that you have previously hidden. Your dog will entertain you as you watch them do what they were designed to do.
This type of activity requires the dog to run a course which is replete with a variety of obstacles for them to traverse by circling, jumping, climbing or even swimming to return to the starting point. The event is competitive and watching your dog improve the time to run the route is part of the fun.
This activity involves your dog racing down a lane, toward a mechanism which holds a tennis type of ball. The dog is trained to jump on a spring-loaded surface, which releases the ball so that the dog can retrieve it and return it to the starting point. This game provides plenty of opportunities to burn energy and move around.