Activities For Swissy Saints

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Introduction

The Swissy Saint is a big, goofy, loving dog who sometimes looks more like a small pony than a puppy. These dogs are large and active, and they love to have a job or purpose to keep them busy. Many people include these dogs in their families to keep watch over the house and children. When you take your Swissy Saint out for a walk, you may feel like a celebrity because of all the stares they'll get, but learning to greet other people is an important part of their socialization. Activities for Swissy Saints are best when they keep the dog engaged, thinking and fit.

Picnic Trek

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Dog backpack
Leash
Picnic blanket
Food
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
Your Swissy Saint wants to play an important roll in family activities and needs to have a job. You can provide them with all of these by taking them along on a short hike to have a family picnic and having them carry along all the fixings. Family picnics are wonderful summer memories to make growing up, but by hiking out into the woods a little way can make it even more adventurous. Your little ones might not be able to help carry everything you need, but your Swissy Saint is more than happy to share the load with you by carrying some of it in a backpack made for dogs. A low cost activity that pays tenfold in family fun, choose a sunny day and take a trek!
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Get used to the harness
Before you can load up your dog with picnic treats, they need to get used to how the harness feels unweighted. Make sure you properly fit the harness to the dog and then let them wear it around the house or on walks. You want them to be excited about the harness and associate it with fun.
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Practice walks
When your dog is comfortable with the harness, let them get used to carrying weight in it. The next time you head out for a walk, put a few water bottles or even some light weights on either side of the harness. Make sure the weight is distributed equally. Take your dog out for a walk with the weight, so they know what to expect when it's time for the picnic.
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Picnic time
Now that your dog understands his pack responsibilities, you can take the family on a "backcountry" picnic. Choose a short trail along a river or that opens up to a nice meadow. Pack your dog's bags with a picnic blanket and plenty of yummy food and drinks. Make sure you pack the dog some water and treats of their own. Your Swissy Saint will be happy to be a part of the family and help you show your children a fun adventure.
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Dog Park Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
Activities for Swissy Saints that help them socialize and learn from other dogs are very important, especially in their puppy years. These dogs love to play, but they need to learn how to play will all kinds of dogs, especially as they get bigger. The dog park is the perfect place to do this. When you take your dog to a dog park, they will learn manners and social cues that only other dogs can teach them. It's important for their health and will help keep them out of trouble as they get older. It's also a great way to get them the exercise they need without breaking the bank.
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Find a park
Dog parks are popping up all over the place as more and more communities are realizing the benefits of designated areas for dogs to play off leash. You may have several options to choose from near you. Look for a park that has some trails and green space for your dog to run. It's also important to note that some dog parks are fully fenced while others are not. If your dog has a tendency to run off, choose a park with a tall fence.
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Mr and Miss Manners
Before you head into the puppy chaos of the dog park, make sure your dog has the necessary manners to play well. You'll need to have them leashed before you enter the park and before you leave, so teach your pup to patiently sit and wait for you to clip and unclip the leash. they should also already have some exposure to other dogs and know not to jump on people. Make sure you always clean up after your dog to help keep the area clean.
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Regular visits
The dog park is so much fun for your dog, and you'll love watching them play and jump with all their new friends. They'll come home tired and happy and ready for a long nap. Make sure you add dog park play into your routine regularly. The more they go, the more they will learn from other dogs and the better their behavior will be when they grow up.
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Book Buddies

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 60 min
Items needed
Comfy blanket
Book
Activity description
Not only can Swissy Saints help you keep an eye on your kids, but they can even help them learn to read. Many children are shy about reading out loud and feel embarrassed or want to give up when they stumble over words in front of adults or other children. If you have a shy reader in the house, enlist the help of your Swissy Saint. When you ask your child to read to the dog, who they already love, they may feel a little more confident. Your pup will relish all the extra attention, and your child will gain confidence with the support of their new reading buddy.
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Get cozy
You want reading to be associated with pleasurable activities, so make sure you have a nice, cozy spot for your child and your dog. Make sure they can curl up in a blanket or sit on pillows. Start with an inviting space and it will be easier to get them there.
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Pick the book
Let your child pick the book at first. Let them know that the dog needs a bedtime or naptime story. Ask them what book they think the dog will like or will help them fall asleep. Allowing your child to choose will mean they are more likely to read.
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Leave them be
As hard as it may be, leave your child alone to read. Get them tucked in and ready for storytime, hand them their book, and walk out the door. If reading in front of an audience is what is challenging them, you won't help them by staying put. Leave them by themselves and listen at the door of the room to be sure they are reading, but leave them be. When they are finished, ask how the dog liked the story and what they will read the next time.
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Spa Day

Treat your Swissy Saint to a spa day. Give them a bath, trim their nails, brush their teeth, and clean their ears. They will love all the pampering.

Fetch

Playing fetch with your Swissy Saint is a wonderful way to keep them fit and active. Just a few minutes of chasing a ball a day is all they need.

Conclusion

Swissy Saints are some of the sweetest and most friendly of the big dog breeds. They love to be around their humans and their goofy side is guaranteed to make you smile and laugh. Activities for Swissy Saints should help them keep good muscle and bone density to prevent any health issues. They also need activities that give them a job. They like to be busy and focused, so something as small as carrying a backpack for a picnic or even training them to pull a cart will help keep them engaged. Mostly, they want to be where ever you and your family are.