At first glance, the friendly Bernese mountain dog seems to be more comfortable, somewhat more sedate. He moves incredibly happy and blooms properly with the right dog sport. Which dog sports are particularly suitable for the gentle giant can be found here.
Due to its stature, the Bernese Mountain Dog must pay a little attention to its joints. Therefore, dog sports, where it depends mainly on maneuverability and jumps, unsuitable for him. The risk of injuring yourself in Agility, Fly Ball and Co. is just too big. Instead, all dog sports for the Bernese Mountain Dog are great, demanding their stamina, strength and intelligence.
Pull dog sport with the Bernese Mountain Dog
Originally Bernese Mountain Dogs come from Switzerland, where they were bred as farm dogs. Their duties included those of a watchdog and a drooling dog, which kept the cattle herds together. In addition, the farmers liked to harness the big, strong four-legged friends in front of a cart so they could help with the transport of goods. Even today, you can make pull dog sport with your Bernese Mountain Dog.
There are various disciplines, for example, pulling a dog or Bollerwagen, which corresponds most closely to the original task of the Berners. But also for dog trekking - long hiking with a four-legged friend - the Bernese mountain dog is thrilled.
It is important that the harness is perfectly seated and has been manufactured explicitly for the respective draft dog sport. If it squeezes or pinches in the wrong places and the load is not evenly distributed, your dog may be injured and in great pain.
Bernese Mountain Dog as rescue dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is also ideal for training as a rescue dog. Also this dog sport covers several disciplines, for example track and area search, nose work, Mantrailing as well as exercises, in order to train the balance sense and the body control of the dog.
It is important to overcome various obstacles such as bridges, tunnels and hurdles. Unlike Agility, these obstacles are less about speed, but more about skill, accuracy and concentration.
Intelligence games with the Bernese Mountain Dog
In addition, the Bernese Mountain Dog also fun dog sports, where he can use his intelligence. For example, hide toys or treats, which he then has to track down. Or you try to teach your four-legged friend tricks, for example, cleaning up, laundry hanging or carrying shopping bags into the house. Make sure you have a change from time to time and imagine new exciting tasks as soon as your Bernese Mountain Dog masters a trick well. It never gets boring.
Strengthen the attachment to the dog with Obedience
Obedience training serves to practice obedience with the dog. However, it is not about subservience and drill, but - on the contrary - about strengthening the bond between humans and animals and improving communication with each other. This dog sport demands your Bernese Mountain Dog both mentally and physically and is especially fulfilling for him because he can be very close to his favorite human being.
Over time, your fur nose learns to understand you better and you also learn to interpret the dog language better. This also applies to the variant Rally Obedience. Dog sport therefore does not always have to be fast and fierce, but also exercises that require strength and strengthen the mental ability of the four-legged friend make the dogs happy. Especially when it comes to such lovable, good-natured breeds as the Bernese Mountain Dog.