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When Should My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG Get Their Vaccination

When Should My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG Get Their Vaccination

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Taking your dog for the vaccination is very important and not something you want to forget and today you can learn when this should happen.

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How Do I Introduce My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPY To My Family

How Do I Introduce My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPY To My Family

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Brining a puppy home is an overwhelming day for them as they find themselves in new surroundings and today we will teach you how to introduce your puppy to your family.

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DO BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

DO BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOGS HAVE HIGH PREY DRIVE

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Whilst dogs have been bred away from being predators like their wolf ancestors, most of them still retain the instinctive ability and want to hunt – due to breeding, the prey drive manifests in many different ways in different dog breeds. Prey drive includes a few different behaviours including searching, stalking, chasing, biting to grab or biting to kill. Obviously not all dogs have such a strong prey drive, but it’s good to be aware of the specific behaviours as all dogs are individuals and temperaments can vary.  Bernese Mountain Dogs are very confident, but gentle dogs by nature and although it is common for them to be using as working dogs in herding, they do not have a high prey drive. However, this does not mean that when something may catch their attention that they won’t chase it because, well, they likely would. They are very sociable and playful dogs that much prefer to get on with other animals that they come across. It is very well-known that these loving dogs adore playing and entertaining their owners. They absolutely thrive off being in a home environment and are known for their ‘gentle giant’ character especially when it comes to children. As long as you socialise your pup from a young age in many different settings, with other animals and people, this will help them in growing into a well-balanced and sociable dog. Due to the Bernese Mountain Dog being very sensitive by nature, early socialisation helps them to become a more confident dog. They are a very intelligent dog and are always eager to please making them pretty easy to train, but the training needs to start early in puppyhood because it can be very difficult to handle such a large adult dog. Understanding a dog’s natural instincts helps you, as an owner, to be able to better understand your dogs’ behaviours and to find the best ways to train them. Berners, like I have already mentioned, are known for being devoted to their family and are very sociable dogs when socialised well making them a great family pet as they love to spend time with their owners. Being a people-orientated dog with a high pack drive means that they are easy to train due to them being very eager to please their owner and enjoy all the attention they get given during training. As always, you should be aware of the difference between a dog playing and a dog pushing the boundaries to see how far they can go, specifically with a breed of such a large size like the impressive Berner. These impressive dogs need to be well stimulated both physically and mentally in order for them to be well-balanced dogs and to prevent them from developing destructive or unwanted behaviours. They are a breed that was bred to work in the fields herding for long hours each day and boredom needs to be prevented. Even though they were first bred to work, they are actually very relaxed characters meaning that you may just need to take them for shorter walks more often than one big, long walk.  When looking into the prey drive of a dog it’s important to understand what this really is in comparison to what is perceived as aggression.  It’s important to understand the difference between prey drive and aggression as they can very easily look like they are one in the same. A dog’s aggression is driven by very strong emotions like fear whereas their prey drive is instinctive. Aggressive dogs will want to increase the distance between themselves and the object of their aggression, but a dog’s prey drive will draw them closer to the target. So why does this really matter? Well – as a dog’s prey drive is not driven by emotions, it is most often easier to manage than emotion-based aggression.  An extremely strong prey drive can be particularly problematic if you dog wants to chase absolutely anything that it sees – going for walks could become a nightmare for you as an owner. So, they need to be properly trained and corrected in order to prevent your dog from ignoring your every call. Most of a dog’s prey drive behaviours are harmless, but can cause problems for you as an owner, being unable to go for a walk with your canine companion and to be constantly worrying that they are going to take off.  It’s super important to look into the specifics of a dog breed before bringing them into your home to make sure that you and your pup will be a good match. Plus, it’s good to be aware of the different behaviours that your breed of interest may show more than another breed would.

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ARE BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

ARE BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG GOOD FOR FIRST TIME OWNERS

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So, as I already mentioned, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a very loving dog with a gentle, careful nature. This is a massive positive about this breed as they can make amazing family pets and companions, and they are especially good with children of all ages. This is a quality that they are well renowned for and commonly become a close companion to the children in the family. The Berner is widely known for its kind, sweet and rather docile natures. Obviously, as with all dog breeds, you must socialise and train your pup properly from a young age in order to have a well-balanced dog that gets along with all. Socialisation is key if you are bringing your dog into a relatively busy household where there’s new people coming round or other animals. They are naturally sociable, but socialisation helps in creating a confident and well-rounded adult dog. In the right hands, this sizeable dog is an easy breed to train due to their high intelligence and eagerness to please their human companions. Bernese Mountain Dogs are large and athletic dogs that require at least two hours of exercise every day which should be a combination of walks, off-lead runs, playtime and also mental stimulating activities. As this breed is highly intelligent it needs to be kept busy mentally as well as physically to stay happy. They have a large amount of energy and it needs to be released to prevent them from developing any bad habits or unwanted destructive behaviours. They are a very loving dog and companionship is important to them, so spending time with your Berner on walks and playing games is a great way to keep them happy and prevent boredom. The fact that they are easy to train makes them very well-suited to different canine competitions including obedience, tracking, herding and carting. Of course, you need to be familiar with the breed and its behaviours as their high intelligence can also mean that they are quick to learn bad habits or unwanted behaviours, so you would need to be prepared to spend time and effort correcting your dog in a calm and consistent manner. Although the Berner is recognisable for it’s wonderful, thick tri-coloured coat, this does mean that they are high maintenance in regard to grooming. The Bernese’s coat is a double-layered coat consisting of a long outer coat and a wool-like undercoat. Although their coat is incredibly beautiful, they are very heavy shedders all year round. They shed particularly more in the spring and autumn, similar to other heavy shedding breeds like the Golden Retriever. Brushing your Berner several times in the week will aid in reducing the amount of hair you find around the house and on your clothes. Grooming your dog regularly will prevent the long coat becoming tangled with matts and will keep it clean from dirt. Having a Bernese Mountain Dog means accepting the fact that you will find their hair everywhere, no matter how much you brush them, the dense coat will keep on shedding. This may not be a negative for many, but for several people this amount of hair may put you off having a Berner in your home.  The Bernese Mountain Dog has an incredibly loving, stable temperament which makes them a really good choice for a first-time dog owner, particularly due to the fact that they are so good around children of all different ages. They do really well in a home environment without being too demanding which makes them great to share your home with. They are famously known as gentle giants and this really does ring true! They are a wonderful breed of dog and have a very playful side to them making interactive games and play a super fun activity for both you and them. As long as you are happy to deal with grooming and spending time training and socialising your dog, then the Bernese Mountain Dog could be the perfect match for you as a first-time dog owner. Finding the best match for you, your family and your lifestyle is really important, and I definitely suggest doing plenty of research before bringing a canine companion into your home. Knowing more about your chosen breed will definitely help you in caring for them and giving them a happy and healthy life.

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How Soon Should My BERNESE MOUTAIN DOG Go To The VET

How Soon Should My BERNESE MOUTAIN DOG Go To The VET

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Taking your Bernese Mountain Dog to the vet is extremely important as you don't want to miss their vaccinations and make sure they are healthy.

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BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG VS KANGAL

BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG VS KANGAL

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The Bernese Mountain Dog and the Kangal are both incredibly popular breeds. They have a number of similarities and differences but which would be better for you? Today we compare the 2 breeds.

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Where Should My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPY Sleep?

Where Should My BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG PUPPY Sleep?

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Deciding the place you puppy sleeps at night might be something you have not thought about but it can be incredibly helpful especially for their training and routine.

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How Much Does A BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG Cost?

How Much Does A BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG Cost?

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When buying a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy you should think about more than just the initial cost. Owning a dog can be very expensive so you should always think about the ongoing costs. Today I break down the overall cost of a Bernese Mountain Dog.

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NEVER LET YOUR BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG EAT THIS!!!!

NEVER LET YOUR BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG EAT THIS!!!!

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Watching what your dog eats is very important as there are many poisonous things to dogs and today you can learn what to foods to keep your dog away from.

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5 AMAZING FACTS About The BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG

5 AMAZING FACTS About The BERNESE MOUNTAIN DOG

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Our first fact is that the Bernese Mountain Dog is a VERY heavy shedder. Although their coat is incredibly beautiful, they are very heavy shedders all year round. The Bernese’s coat is a double-layered coat consisting of a long outer coat and a wool-like undercoat. They are recognisably tri-coloured with the vast majority of their body being a black with rust and bright white markings on the chest, face, legs and tail. They shed particularly more in the spring and autumn, similar to other heavy shedding breeds like the Golden Retriever. Brushing your Berner several times in the week will aid in reducing the amount of hair you find around the house and on your clothes. Grooming your dog regularly will prevent the long coat becoming tangled with matts and will keep it clean from dirt. The second fact about the Berner is that they are prone to specific health conditions. Certain health conditions that this breed is more prone to include hip and elbow dysplasia, cancer, eye diseases, blood disorders, bone conditions and bloat. Being aware of this prior to getting a dog is significantly important since, as an owner, you need to be able to care for your dog in the way they require which could mean some large vet bills. It has been stated, according to surveys across Britain and North America that nearly half of all Bernese Mountain Dogs succumb to cancer. Reputable breeders will provide you proof of genetic testing and will be committed to breeding and producing healthy dogs. Our third fact about the incredible Berner is that there have been several heroic Berners in the world. Although no Berner has had its own TV series like say Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, the breed has most definitely been in the headlines for its heroic accomplishments. In 2013, Bella the Bernese Mountain Dog saved her owner in Canada from a burning house by pulling him out to safety. In 2015, a Berner named Nico saved two people who were being swept out into the ocean by a California rip current. Also, during the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, a Berner by the name of Izzy survived the destruction of her family’s home and actually emerged from the forest, tail wagging, as her family frantically searched for her. The fourth fact about this wonderful dog breed is that they are young at heart. Bernese Mountain Dogs have a puppy-like personality throughout the whole of their life. They love to play with their owners and being an intelligent breed doing mentally stimulating activities with them will seriously benefit your high energy dog. They are a very large breed, but that does not stop these affectionate dogs from wanting to be as close to you as they can – they thrive off their human companions’ affection and love. Their loyalty really makes them a great addition to the family and are incredibly gentle and caring when it comes to young children.  Now, our final fact about the Bernese Mountain Dog is that a one point in their history they actually almost went completely extinct. With industrialisation in the early 20th century taking over the jobs of these hardworking farm dogs due to more modern and expedient means of transportation for herding and transporting goods. However, not to worry, as enthusiasts of the breed kept breeding the dogs – their hardworking nature and use on the farms were not the only things that people desired this breed for – they are loyal and loving companions perfect in a family setting. Bernese Dogs, when trained properly and socialised from a young age, are very good family dogs; they are great with children and get along with the whole family in their friendly and loyal nature. They are large and strong-built dogs that require an owner who can handle their size and high energy well. The Bernese Mountain Dog is an extremely impressive breed with lots of amazing qualities.

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