Bernese Mountain Dog: reviews. “The Bernese Mountain Dog is the best choice for a family with children!”
The nature of the Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog is a born shepherd. These dogs are very difficult to tolerate when family members diverge in different directions, and strive to gather everyone "in a herd" in order to continue to control (graze).
In the photo: Bernese Mountain Dogs
The Bernese Mountain Dog does not show aggression for no reason. With the friendly attention of outsiders, these dogs usually behave in a friendly manner. If they feel the danger posed by an outsider, then they will not hesitate to defend the family.
Breeder's observations: They guard their territory (house, apartment) on a basic instinct, but often it’s just barking, which makes it clear to a stranger that the territory is protected. Dogs of this breed are not the first to attack and do not climb into the fray. Aggression wakes up only when they feel that they or their family are in danger.
If the Bernese Mountain Dog is introduced to other animals since childhood, he will treat them absolutely calmly. These dogs get along well with other pets in the family.
The Bernese Mountain Dog loves children of any age. If the family has a child, the dog becomes his best friend and nanny.
Breeder's recommendation: In my opinion, the Bernese Mountain Dog is the best breed for a family with children of any age. But the child needs to be explained that the puppy should not be picked up (in order to avoid injuries if the puppy is twisted), it is impossible to pull the four-legged friend by the tail, legs, ears.
As a rule, the Bernese Mountain Dogs behave quite confidently.If the dog is completely socialized, then problems with the fear of harsh sounds, suspicious objects, etc. not found.
But there are times when a dog is frightened of an unexpected loud sound in some situation and subsequently treats such situations with caution. The behavior of the owner in such a situation should be calm. In no case do not show your behavior that you need to be afraid (do not spare the dog, do not encourage her fear in this way).
Bernese Mountain Dog easily adapts to the lifestyle of the family in which he lives. If the family leads an active lifestyle, then the dog with great pleasure to join. If the family adheres to a calm rhythm, then the dog will behave calmly.
Bernese Mountain Dog is a family dog. She needs regular contact with the owner. Adult dogs easily remain alone at home, which is difficult to say about the puppy. A puppy, left alone at home, is always trying to find entertainment for itself. So, it will be interested in your things, shoes, wires, etc.
In the photo: puppies of the Bernese mountain dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog does not bark in vain. And if you do not want the pet to bark, it is easy to train it at any age.
Education and training of the Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog is easy to learn. We can say that these are universal dogs: they can work as guards, nannies, etc.
If a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy grows in a city, there are no problems in behavior. If the puppy is growing outside the city, socialization is desirable, but much depends on the character of the puppy itself.
Breeder's recommendation: While the puppy cannot go out, socialization involves visits by guests, loudly turned on TV or music. After 3 months, exits to the city begin. Every day visit more and more crowded places and ride on different types of transport.
As for motivation, I think toys in puppyhood are necessary, since they distract from damage to things in the house. Further, the attitude to toys depends only on the nature of the dog.
They perceive all kinds of goodies with a bang. To eat is the most favorite pastime.
Breeder's recommendation: Dog training is desirable, as with other breeds. With the bitch of the Bernese Mountain Dog, the owner himself can achieve domestic obedience, as she is more family and loyal, and as for the male, I always advise you to take the full course of obedience with a specialist.
The Bernese Mountain Dogs are always happy to learn new things. In the process of training any team for them, the main thing is that the owner pays attention to them, as a result, the dog is ready to do anything. The main thing is that the owner is satisfied with the work done.
In the photo: Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog Feeding
Bernese Mountain Dogs do not complain about appetite and are omnivorous. At the same time, they are very prone to fullness, so they need to be limited in food and not succumb to begging. They have no sense of proportion.
The Bernese Mountain Dogs can also pick up garbage on the street, this must be monitored.
In the photo: Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog Care
With apartment housing, the Bernese Mountain Dog does not have a specific smell.
Caring for the Bernese Mountain Dog is not difficult. The dog needs to be combed once a week, and when molted, preferably every other day.
Shedding in the Bernese Mountain Dog occurs approximately 2 times a year in bitches and much less often in males.
It is advisable to bathe the Bernese Mountain Dog once a month.
Breeder's recommendation: For bad weather it is better to get overalls. So you will save yourself first of all excess dirt at home and protect the skin and coat of your pet.
With proper care, the Bernese Mountain Dogs tolerate heat well, but love winter more.
Bernese Mountain Dog can be accustomed to a 2-time walk. But when the puppy begins to go out, the more often he will walk (approximately every 2 to 3 hours), the faster he will begin to realize that it is impossible to cope with the needs of the house.
In the photo: adult Bernese mountain dog and puppy
What kind of owner does the Bernese Mountain Dog need?
The future owner should first of all love animals in principle. He should also be prepared for the responsibility that rests with him when buying a puppy. The puppy needs to be given enough time and have a stable income. A dog, including the Bernese Mountain Dog, is not a cheap pleasure.
In the photo: Bernese Mountain Dog puppy
Photo from the personal archive of Alesi Klementovich