Activities For Saint Bernewfies

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Introduction

If you love the docile nature of both Newfoundland and Saint Bernard breeds, then you will fall in love with the designer dog known as a Saint Bernewfie. As a mix of these two stunning breeds, the Saint Bernewfie is a large, docile, and lovable dog that will suit any family with children. While Saint Bernewfies don’t require a lot of fitness, they do need stimulation. You shouldn’t leave them alone for extended periods, keep them in a fenced yard for hours on end, or ignore them. Saint Bernewfies want to be a part of your family, playing games and having fun. If you are struggling to think of what to do to entertain your gentle giant, why not try these options below? 

Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Toy
Leash
Towel
Activity description

In the heart of the summer months, the mercury levels can rise far beyond what can be comfortable. If you’re struggling, then spare a thought for your furry friends with their thick coats. Rather than battle through the heat, which large dogs struggle with, why not take them swimming? After an hour of play in the water with a toy, you can then return home and let them sleep off the day’s activities. Before you go, don’t forget their leash and a towel! The last thing you want is your car getting drenched because you have no way of drying them off before you head home. 

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Choose a spot
Because the United States is such a dog-friendly country, you will have no problem finding somewhere to take your pampered pooch to cool down. You can either opt for free swimming locations such as rivers, beaches, or lakes, or human-made versions for dogs. The human-made varieties are often unique dog parks with both pools and fun activities for dogs. However, they do have an admission fee.
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Go swimming
Once you have decided whether to treat your dog to a water park or your local river, it’s time to get going. An hour is all your dog needs to cool down and have fun with their toy in the water at the same time. Be sure to throw the toy into the water away from steep inclines. The 180-pound frame of your pup means that having to jump up or down to retrieve items can be taxing on their joints. However, given the mix of Newfoundland, you benefit from an easy-dry coat that will quickly air dry with help from a towel.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Treat
Leash
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When you bring your Saint Bernewfie home as a puppy, you can carry them places when they won’t do what you tell them. When they get older, however, their massive size makes this no longer a possibility. Therefore, it’s crucial to undertake obedience training when your puppy is still young. They can learn all the basics such as sit, stay, and come, as well as responding to certain noises and hand movements. Even though these classes can cost a bit of money, they only take up an hour of your time, and you need to arrive with your dog on a leash and a few treats. 

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Find a trainer
There are many different dog trainers from which to choose, but not all will be suitable for your requirements. For a puppy, you may find a puppy school could be a good option for you. Here, they can learn to socialize with other dogs while picking up basic commands at the same time. Then, when they’re a bit older, you can move onto a dedicated trainer who can teach them more advanced skills.
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Attend classes
Classes usually run for an hour per week for between six and eight weeks. During this time, not only does your dog learn new skills, but so do you. You can train a dog only when you use the right techniques, so remember to pay attention during class. You can then have more confidence in what you're teaching at home.
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Practice
Practice makes perfect. When you get home from an obedience training session, it’s crucial to keep practicing over and over again. Dogs learn through repetition, and given that Saint Bernewfies can be stubborn, you may need to spend a little longer to get them to do what you’re asking of them.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

Saint Bernewfies don’t require a lot of strenuous exercises, but their favorite past time is hanging out with their owner. You can kill two birds with one stone by giving them both: that little bit of exercise, as well as your companionship. On a sunny day when you have no plans, grab your pooch, leash, and a doggy waste bag and head out for a wander around the neighborhood. Even a walk as short as 30 minutes can lead to a delighted dog who’s more than happy to chill out, relax, and go to sleep when you get home. 

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Set a route
If you plan on going for walks often, you may find it’s beneficial to prepare a few courses. Rather than walk the same way every time, look at your neighborhood map online and find out which routes will take 30 minutes. You may also like to pay attention to local parks you can walk them through for a change of pace.
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Walk a different route
Each time you head out, choose a different route that you planned out in the first step. Your dog wants variety as much as you do, and a 30-minute stroll in a different direction than the day before is going to evoke some excitement in your gentle giant. Once you have set up a regular walking routine, your dog will see the leash and excitedly run toward you wondering where you’re going to take them next.
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Dog Park

Socializing is not only crucial for humans, but for dogs too. To ensure your Saint Bernewfie is going to be friendly around all dogs, make a point of taking regular trips to the dog park. Here, they can make new friends, play, and burn off that pent-up energy. 

Fetch

Both Saint Bernard and Newfoundland breeds are retrieving and fetching dogs, which is why they will love a game of fetch with you in the backyard. All you need is their favorite toy, and a reasonable amount of space in your yard and your pup can have the time of their life. You are also sure to find that 20 minutes is ample for this activity. 

Conclusion

Saint Bernewfies are relaxed dogs that will think you’re pawesome no matter what you do for them. However, you will find that mental and physical stimulation is crucial for a well-rounded and happy dog. Go to the dog park, play games, go for walks, and spend time with your furry friend. You can then rest assured that you did everything you could to spoil your dog for their entire life.