Activities For St. Weilers

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Introduction

Saint Weilers (commonly spelled as St. Weilers) are large sized dogs that result from mixing Saint Bernards with Rottweilers. The St. Weiler is a relatively new breed that isn't as well known as either of their parent breeds are, which can make it difficult to find reliable information about these gigantic dogs as well as learn which types of activities they're fond of. That's where this guide comes in; if you're curious about St. Weilers as a breed and might possibly be on the verge adopting one, then this guide will shed some light on these dogs and reveal tons of information about their personality and temperament based on the activities they like to engage in.

Get Guardian Ready

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Training Clicker
Activity description
Both Saint Bernards and Rottweilers make excellent guardian dogs, so it's no surprise that the St. Weiler can also learn to become a proficient protector with enough time and training. Guardian dog training courses are exactly what it says on the tin - training courses that utilize a number of unique techniques and methods to teach your dog how to guard yourself and your loved ones. Guardian dog classes can cost between $150 to $250 annually, or about one-fourth of that if you enroll in a course that runs for a few months. It doesn't really matter what time of the year you enroll your dog in a guardian dog training class as most activities will take place indoors.
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Types of guard dogs
Dogs can be reared to guard livestock or they can be reared to personally guard people but they can't be reared to do both - at least not at the same time. If you'd like to train your St. Weiler to become a stalwart personal defender, then you'll have to use different tactics then someone looking to train their dog to guard livestock. The younger you can start training your dog, the better.
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Posturing and Intimidation
These are the two tools that every aspiring guard dog must learn how to use well. Our assumption is that you want to train your dog to become an excellent guard dog and not an attack dog. Once a St. Weiler learns how to effectively ward off threats via posturing and intimidation, they likely won't need to go into attack mode as the would-be attackers will already be reeling away with their tails in between their legs.
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Honing new skills
You and your St. Weiler will learn a menagerie of different skills and techniques during your dog's training sessions. To help reinforce what's been taught earlier, continue to practice recently learned concepts at home. You can practice teaching your dog how to survey their surroundings at home by playing hide and seek behind furniture as well as moving their toys around from time to time.
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Great St. Bernard Pass

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Climate Appropriate Clothing
Navigation Equipment
Road Trip Supplies
Activity description
The Great St. Bernard Pass is both the Saint Bernard's place of origin and namesake; the lovable lugs were first bred there, all the way back in the 1700's, by monks who were looking to create a rescue dog that could find lost travelers and bring them to their monastery. The Great St. Bernard Pass is the third highest road pass in all of Switzerland; it's flanked, on all sides, by jagged, jade mountains that rend the clouds with their tips. The cost of a round trip ticket to the Great St. Bernard Pass from the US can be expensive, depending on what time of the year you visit. We'd recommend trying to visit during one of the sunnier seasons of the year, as it gets quite cold in Switzerland during the winter.
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Road racing
The St. Bernard Pass is essentially a part of a gigantic highway that stretches on for hundreds of miles. It's elevated ‎2,469 miles high, so you and your St. Weiler will be able to get quite a view of the surrounding area while travelling along the pass. Traversing along the Great St Bernard Pass is going to feel like an extremely long road trip, so bring enough snacks and supplies for the ride.
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The Great St. Bernard Hospice
The pass will eventually take you and your dog to the exact birthplace of the Saint Bernard - the Great St. Bernard Pass. It was here that your St. Weiler's Saint Bernard ancestors were first bred into existence by a brotherhood of monks who were looking to help lost travelers. If you're planning on driving along the Great St. Bernard Pass, then visiting the Hospice is definitely something you'll need to cross off your bucket list.
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Matching Scarves

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
40 - 50 min
Items needed
Leash
Food and Water
Activity description
St. Weilers are dogs who are very eager to please their human companions - one of the reasons they're willing to try out so many different activities that other dog breeds would be resistant to. When you've got the time and bit of cash, consider visiting your local mall, swap meet, or tailor and see about spending the day getting matching scarves made for you and your St. Weiler. Depending on where you go to have the scarves made, you may not have to spend more than $20 or $30 to accessorize with your dog. You can also go during any kind of weather as you'll likely spend all of your time indoors for this activity.
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Bright and early
Swap meets and tailors tend to get pretty busy as time goes on, so the earlier you can visit the better. The process should take about 20 to 25 minutes for one scarf to be made, but it could take more or less time depending on a number of variables. While you're waiting for the scarves to be made, you and your St. Weiler can practice a few basic tricks like sitting or shaking on command. The two of you can also practice heeling if you're able to walk around while you wait.
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The DIY route
If you're more of the hands on type, you can also get a hold of some sewing or crochet supplies for a little more than what you'd pay to have someone else make the scarves for you. This route is more time consuming and difficult than having someone else make the scarves, but the DIY route can be more fulfilling depending on how much you take to do the activity. If you've never sewn or knitted anything before, then you'll have also learned a new skill by the time you finish making scarves for yourself and your St. Weiler.
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St. Weiler Collar Keg

Saint Bernards and the keg barrels they've been depicted carrying around their necks are practically synonymous with one another. The reality is that Saint Bernards never did, and still don't, use these kegs in real life. Still, it's a novel idea and one that would help others immediately associate St. Weilers with their Saint Bernard family members.

Frisbee Racing

The next time you think about playing frisbee with your St Weiler, consider bringing your running shoes along so you can try this activity out with your dog; when you toss the frisbee, race your St. Weiler to see who can reach the disc first. It's all in the name of good fun of course, so don't worry too much about who actually makes it first. Just give the frisbee a good toss and do your best.

Conclusion

Thanks a lot for taking the time out of your day (or night) to read this article and become that much more knowledgeable about St. Weilers as a breed. From reading this guide, we hope that we've been able to get across how kind, calm, and patient these dogs can be despite their large sizes. St. Weilers can make excellent family pets, guardian animals, and show dogs depending on the sort of training they receive. Should you adopt a St. Weiler, it will ultimately be up to you to oversee this dog's development and decide which kind of pet they will become.