Activities For Saint Berxers

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Introduction

The Saint Berxer breed has been around since about 2008, making them an exceptionally new designer breed that’s making a lot of families very happy. They are gentle giants of the dog world and are a mix between a Boxer and a Saint Bernard. As a result, they are an affectionate, loving, loyal and excitable large dog that can grow upwards of 100 pounds. However, unlike a purebred Boxer, Saint Berxers do not require extended amounts of exercise. Instead, it is better for their health to engage them in short bursts of activity of around 20 to 30 minutes. If you’re short for ideas on how to entertain your beautiful Saint Berxer, here are a few ideas. 

Water Fetch

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Toy
Activity description

Not every Saint Berxer is going to like water, but if yours does, then playing water fetch is going to provide them with some much-appreciated excitement for a beautiful summer’s day. Not all Boxers enjoy playing in bodies of water, nor do all Saint Bernards. Therefore, it can be hit or miss whether your mixed breed is going to take to it right away either. However, on a hot sunny day, there’s no harm in taking 20 minutes out of your day to find out. All you need is water, a toy, and plenty of space to get started. 

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Choose water
You can play water fetch anywhere there is water, so you need to decide where is going to be more convenient. Is it going to be easier to go to your local river or beach? Or, will your paddling pool at home suffice? It doesn’t matter where you play; you will find your pup enjoy spending time with you, fetching their toy from the water. It may work out more convenient, however, if you set up an area in your backyard.
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Test the waters
If your Saint Berxer is a puppy or a young dog, you may not have yet found out whether they like playing in the water or not. Therefore, taking them to the river on their leash could be the ideal way to find out. Often, a paddling pool is not a decent representation of a dog’s love or hate for water. Some dogs love the beach and local lakes but are terrified of even getting near a swimming pool.
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Play fetch near the edge
If you’ve established that, yes, your dog loves water – all water, then it’s time to play. Because Saint Bernard and Boxer mix dogs are quite large, they are not as agile as smaller dogs. Therefore, they are going to get equally as much exercise from you throwing it close to the edge of the water as a smaller dog would further out. What’s more, you don’t want to over-exercise them. Spend about 20 minutes or less letting them play fetch. They will be exhausted after all that play.
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Tracking Game

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Toy or treat
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Both the Boxer and Saint Bernard are intelligent dogs – even if the Boxer tends to hide their intelligence well. Therefore, if you want to offer plenty of mental stimulation to a dog that could traditionally track scents well, then a game of tracking could be on the cards. All you will need are either treats or a toy – and you can start. A toy is going to be a better option for dogs that are a little on the chubby side. Around 20 or 30 minutes is also ample time spent on this task, and you can carry it out inside or outside. 

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Set the scene
To teach your pup tracking can take some time, and it’s not a game for someone who doesn’t have a lot of patience. You need to set the scene by first making your pooch sit while you put their toy within eyesight of them. You then tell them to get it and bring it back, before moving it even further than it was and starting again.
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Introduce scent
If they now understand what the game is all about – getting their toy and bringing it back to you, it’s time to introduce the scent aspect of it. Grab their toy off them, make them sit, then walk a particular route to hide it behind another object. Then, ask them to get it. After a while, they will follow the same path to retrieve the item you hid.
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Take it outdoors
You can even continue the tracking game outside the comfort of your property. Take your Saint Berxer to a park, hide their toy, make them sit, then challenge them to find it in an entirely new surrounding with a kaleidoscope of new scents. After 30 minutes of this game, they are bound to be exhausted and ready for a well-deserved nap.
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Walk

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

Saint Berxers are large dogs that are sometimes susceptible to joint problems. Therefore, they don’t require a lot of exercise for extended periods. What’s more, you only need to provide young pups with short bursts of activity and try to discourage anything to do with jumping. Because of their low exercise requirements, they are the perfect family pet for people who don’t have time to head out every day for two-hour walks or long runs. They are more than happy to hang out with their humans, benefiting from a half-hour walk in the sunshine every day. Just don’t forget their leash or a doggy waste bag to clean up after them. 

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Choose a route
To avoid over-tiring your dog, it’s a good idea to plan a path before you head out – especially if you’re new to walking a Saint Berxer. If you go onto Google Maps, you can plan out walking routes which offer an estimate of how long they will take. By utilizing this feature, you can set courses that will be precisely the time you want them to be and no more.
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Go walking
Once you’ve grabbed your leash and waste bag, you will be leading an excitable pup out the door and on an adventure. When you walk your Saint Berxer, remember they are never in any hurry. As a gentle, giant breed, they are happy to go at their own pace which means you may need to offer a bit of encouragement as you make your way around your preferred route. After 30 minutes, they will be fully satisfied with their outing and will be ready to go back home again.
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Dog Park

If your local dog park has a large dog enclosure, then your Saint Berxer will love spending time with other dogs there. However, 20 minutes is plenty of time to let them burn off steam while making sure they are playing nicely with all dogs. Saint Berxers are typically very good with all dogs, but you do need to socialize them early on.  

Car Ride

Saint Berxers love to go for a ride in the car, but it’s not something every owner can offer. If you have a car large enough to accommodate the breed and don’t mind the shedding, the snoring, or the drool, then there’s every reason to let them hop in for the journey. It doesn’t matter where you take them, a short trip in the car is a fun and exciting adventure for a Saint Berxer. 

Conclusion

If you want your Saint Berxer to go berserk with excitement, then try out any of these activities we’ve included above. While they don’t need a lot of activity, a small amount is enough to satisfy their craving, while making them feel like they’re the luckiest pup in the world.